For University Staff and GI Bill Approving Officials
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Information for University Staff and GI Bill Approving Officials

Does our institution need to be affiliated with TWC in order to have students apply for this opportunity? How would we learn more about affiliation?

Any eligible student can apply to the VET Initiative regardless of whether or not their home institution is partnered with The Washington Center. Learn more about how universities affiliate with TWC and contact Sara Biggs at sara.biggs@twc.edu if we can discuss the many benefits of affiliation further.

 

My institution is already partnered with TWC. Should we assume that the same credit/financial arrangements we usually have in place would apply to VET Initiative participants?

Although some institutions may award credit for the experience, the program components for the VET Initiative differ from those involved in the traditional TWC Academic Internship Program. Since the VET Initiative is a fully-funded program, TWC will not need to invoice participants or their home institutions for associated fees.

 

How can I help students be considered for the VET Initiative? What promotional materials are available?

You can help by directing prospective participants to the VET Initiative webpage, providing program brochures, and supporting students through the application process. Applicants may benefit from the support of various university departments that can assist them with creating their application materials (e.g. resume and essays) and talk with them about their goals in completing the program. Feel free to contact the VET Initiative manager (veterans@twc.edu or 202-238-7735) to request promotional materials and ways to assist applicants.

 

How can a student’s GI Bill funding be applied for participation in the VET Initiative?

The GI Bill allows for the continuation of payment of benefits to the veteran as long as he or she is partaking in a program in which credit from the veteran’s university can be received in order to graduate. The following steps should be followed in order to verify, allowing at least a month for the verification process:

  • Students should first communicate with their academic unit (e.g. academic advisor or internship coordinator) to verify if internship credit is required or can be earned to receive credit in order to graduate.
  • If it is determined that a student might be approved to receive credit for completing the VET Initiative, the student should then follow her or his academic unit’s procedures for reviewing and approving the VET Initiative internship for academic credit. This may require providing information about the curriculum and/or overview for the internship, the evening course (if enrolled), and the Professional Development Colloquium. TWC can provide program information by request at veterans@twc.edu.
  • Once the student’s academic unit has approved the VET Initiative to receive academic credit towards fulfilling graduation requirements, the student will need to meet with her or his university's veterans’ office to discuss the process to administer GI Bill funding for the VET Initiative. The student may need to meet with an official in the veterans’ office and/or the financial aid office for processing the sign-off on the approval form.
  • The student’s designated official will then send the approval form to the State Approving Agency (SAA). The SAA representative will make the final determination if the VET Initiative meets the necessary requirements for continuation of benefits. If approved, the SAA will send a notification to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for continuation of benefits.

Note: The above information meets the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs -- Veterans Benefits Administration’s criteria and policies for continuation of benefits.

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