Students eligible to receive veterans' education benefits must contact the Registrar's Office and arrange to have their enrollment certified with the Veterans Administration. The amount of monthly checks is determined by full- or part-time enrollment status. In order to receive maximum benefits, students must be enrolled full-time in at least 12 credits during a regular semester. Those enrolled in fewer than 12 credits receive proportionately smaller benefits.
Enrolling in an independent study (research, field work, internship) or in music or health and physical education courses may affect the amount of monthly checks. Students contemplating enrolling in these courses should call the V.A. to determine exactly how benefits will be affected. V.A. regulations exempt some internship experiences from reduction in benefits. Veterans enrolling in an internship should consult the Registrar's Office to determine whether their internships comply with these special regulations.
To be considered for maximum benefit payments, the internship must comply with the following special V.A. criteria in addition to meeting regular Johnson State College requirements:
- Each approved field experience must have a college faculty member as an assigned instructor and must be supervised by the College.
- The planned program of activities must be controlled by the College.
- Meetings must be regularly scheduled on at least a weekly basis to provide for interaction between the instructor and the student. (Class attendance is defined as any regularly scheduled meeting with the instructor, regardless of location.)
- Appropriate assignments must be required.
- The grading system must be the same as that used for in-residence courses at the College.
- Required preparation and training time per credit hour must be at least as great as normally required for other courses offered at the College.
- The field experience approved by the College must be required for graduation.
- The field experience must be measured in the same unit (semester credits) as other courses.
- Students residing off campus and expecting a refund of financial aid funds for living expenses will not receive those funds until after the add/drop period.
The student veteran is responsible for seeing that the internship contract form explicitly indicates how each of these criteria is met.