The term "veterans" refers to students eligible for and receiving VA Education Benefits and/or State of Illinois tuition assistance programs. Evaluations are made at the end of each semester to determine a student's progress toward a specified degree or eligible certificate. A student is considered to be making satisfactory progress if his/her Grade Point Average complies with the following GPA Requirements.
Additionaly, a student must meet Joliet Junior College's Academic Standards of Progress.
Minimum Cumulative GPA Requirements
- 0-12 Credit Hours Attempted: 1.75 Minimum Cumulative GPA
- 13-32 Credit Hours Attempted: 1.85 Minimum Cumulative GPA
- 33-48 Credit Hours Attempted: 1.95 Minimum Cumulative GPA
- 49-64 or above Credit Hours Attempted: 2.00 Minimum Cumulative GPA
The first semester a student using veterans education benefits fails to meet these requirements, he/she is placed on probation and a written notice to this effect is mailed to him/her. A student on probation has one semester to comply with the minimum academic standards of progress. If the student meets this provision, probation will be lifted. If the student fails to comply with the set standards at the end of the probationary semester, eligibility for all state and federal veterans' funds will be withdrawn, resulting in the student being placed on termination status. A written notice of termination, stating the reasons for withdrawal of eligibility, is mailed to each student affected. This notice includes a reminder of the on-campus support and counseling services available. When a student is terminated, JJC is required to notify the VA and suspend benefit certification until minimum standards are reached. JJC is not allowed to bill ISAC for Illinois Veterans Grant or Illinois National Guard Grant. Additionally, the Veterans Administration cannot be billed for MIA/POW tuition assistance for a terminated student. Termination from the use of benefits does not, however, mean termination from Joliet Junior College.
The Veterans Administration in Chicago monitors Standards of Progress for all student participating in the Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
Students may appeal their termination to the Standards of Progress Appeal Committee in writing. Forms are available in the Financial Aid Office for the appeal process. Supporting documentation must accompany the request.
The student must increase his/her GPA in accordance with the standards listed above to be reinstated, or have their appeal granted by the Standards of Progress Appeal Committee.
Changes in Enrollment
If you reduce your school attendance, or otherwise change your enrollment, request that JJC's Certifying Official in the Veterans Office inform the VA immediately. Failure to do so could result in overpayment to you by the VA, for which you will be responsible. If you drop classes, you are responsible for any repayment due back to the VA. Additionally, if you stop attending or participating (considered an unofficial withdrawal) this will be reported to the VA and may create an overpayment of benefits.
Changes in Address
Veterans/Reservists who change their address and/or phone number should do so both with JJC Registration and the Veterans Affairs Office.