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Step 1: Start at the VA Website:
Step 2: Read and review the "Student Bill of Rights"
Step 5: Print a copy of your Military Transcripts to bring when you register. Use the links below.
Step 3: Apply for your GI Bill benefits. If approved you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility. Bring
this copy to the school. It will explain the parameters of your benefits. This link will break down your payments, etc.
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Student Bill of Rights
Considerations Prior to Enrollment
Step 6: Contact the School's Certifying Official, Michelle Mangano, to arrange a tour and meeting.
This document must be given to enrolling veterans and eligible persons when using GI Bill education benefits at a private postsecondary
institution approved for the training of veterans by the California State Approving Agency. This is provided for informational
purposes only and is intended to give you guidance in order to optimize the use of your VA education benefits:
- You have the right to
investigate training alternatives. Be aware that tuition charged by institutions offering similar training programs can vary
greatly. You may also seek payment of GI Bill benefits for other types of training or career objectives, including Apprenticeship/OJT
- You have the right to fully explore a program prior to enrolling. You may check out the school's facilities
and equipment, inquire about instructors' qualifications and class sizes, observe a class, and talk to current students. You
may also ask to contact recent graduates to learn about their experiences with the school.
- You have the right to check with the Better
Business Bureau, or other consumer protection agency, to find out if complaints have been filed against the school. You also
have the right to verify the school's standing with any accrediting association and/or licensing agency.
- You have the right to clear
information about the value of the training. Are the credits transferable to other institutions you may attend in the future?
Will the training satisfy requirements for employment, or is it necessary for the position you are seeking?
- You are entitled to clear
data about the program's success rate. The institution will provide you with the completion and placement rates for the most
recent years for which data is available. You will be given the definition of a "placement," including the length of time in
the position. You will also be provided with the average starting salary.
- You are entitled to a clear statement of the total cost
for completion of the program, including tuition, equipment and fees.
- You are entitled to a clear explanation, without coercion, of
all financial aid options, before you sign up for any student loans.
- You are responsible for paying off a loan whether or not you
complete the program. Failure to pay off a loan can lead to financial problems, including inability to get a future loan or
grant for another training program, inability to get credit to buy a car or home, or garnishment of wages through the employer.
You must begin repayment of the loan in accordance with the terms detailed within the financial aid documents.
- You have the right to
read and understand the contract, and all other materials, before signing up.
- You are entitled to a clear explanation of the school's
cancellation/withdrawal policy and procedures, to understand how to withdraw or cancel, and be informed of any financial obligations
you will incur.
- You are entitled to a clear explanation of the school's refund policy, which can vary greatly. If you withdraw
from a course after the first day of class, an overpayment of VA benefits can result. It is not uncommon for schools to charge
the entire tuition cost at the point when you have completed just 60 percent of the program. If an overpayment is assessed,
the VA will send you a debt letter for the cost of the training you did not receive. For example, you may drop at the 60 percent
point, and be asked by the VA to repay 40 percent of the cost of the tuition. A debt related to payment of the housing allowance
may also be assessed. Ensure that you review the school's refund policy to understand the consequences of withdrawing before
the end of the term.
- You have the right to contact the California State Approving Agency at www.csaave.ca.gov or the state consumer
protection agency if you are unable to resolve a complaint with the school.