Santa Fe College welcomes veterans and military service members, and dependents, and we encourage you to continue your education with us. We are approved for the education and training of veterans and other eligible military persons under all public laws now in effect. The SF Veterans and Military Success Services office has been established to help you and other eligible persons attain your educational goals and help you in applying for educational benefits. The office provides information on programs and offerings such as work study, tutorial assistance and solving USVA related eligibility issues.
Information is also available on standards of conduct, credit for experience, deferred tuition payments, and academic progress.
All veterans and other eligible persons are encouraged to visit the SF Veterans and Military Success Services office located in Building R, room 110 on the Northwest Campus, or call 352-395-5505. For more information visit the VMSS website at www.sfcollege.edu/veterans.
Veteran Education Benefits Orientation (VEBO)
The VEBO is a required orientation separate from the college’s New Student Orientation/Convocation and is for the following veteran student populations:
Any new student utilizing VA military education benefits, including:
- Chapter 33 / Post 9-11 G.I. Bill®
- Chapter 30 / Montgomery G.I. Bill® Active Duty
- Chapter 1606 / Montgomery G.I. Bill® Selected Reserves
- Chapter 31 / Vocational Rehabilitation
- Chapter 35 / Dependents Educational Assistance
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
The VEBO will cover resources available both on and off campus to our veteran and dependent population, along with the federal, state and school policies and procedures associated with utilizing benefits at the college. Students must attend the required orientation in order to receive VA education benefits.
VA Payment Compliance
In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), Santa Fe College adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA. This school will not:
- Prevent the student’s enrollment;
- Assess a late penalty fee to the student;
- Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
- Deny the student access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.
However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:
- Produce the VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class;
- Provide a written request to be certified;
- Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies
Awarding Military Service/Training Credit
In accordance with Florida Statute 1004.096 “College credit for military training and education courses” and 6A-14.302 (F.A.C.) Santa Fe College will grant appropriate credit(s) for military educational experiences that are evaluated by the American Council of Education (ACE) as suitable for postsecondary credit. Credit may be granted for areas appropriate for Santa Fe College degrees or certification and approved by the appropriate academic department on campus. Acceptance of military training and the awarding of college credit is based on “The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.” This document can be found at www.acenet.edu
- Prospective students may request a Joint Services Transcript online at https://www.military.com/education/timesaving-programs/the-joint-services-transcript.html. The transcripts can be sent to Santa Fe College electronically from JST. For further information, students can email firstname.lastname@example.org. For U.S. Air Force veterans, transcripts can be requested from the Community College of the Air Force - www.airuniversity.af.edu/Barnes/CCAF/Display/Article/803247/community-college-of-the-air-force-transcripts/
- All transcripts and prior training documents must be submitted during the student’s first term of enrollment.
- If the course to which the military training or coursework is determined equivalent fulfills a general education or major course or degree program requirement, the credit will apply toward the award as such. Otherwise, credit will be granted to the extent elective credits are needed to fulfill program requirements. Credit awarded will not be removed once added to the student record.
- The college may transfer in any military credit that was previously evaluated and awarded by a Florida public postsecondary institution, and that is appropriate to the student’s program of study. However, the college reserves the right to review all such credit.
- Credit awarded for military training and coursework shall be noted on the student’s transcript.
- A notification of receipt will be sent to the student’s eSantaFe account once your military transcript is received.
- Documents not sent electronically can be delivered to the Office of the Registrar located in R112 and can also be mailed to:
Office of the Registrar
Attn: Transcript Evaluation
Santa Fe College
Bldg. R, room 112
3000 NW 83 Street
Gainesville, FL 32606
- The VMSS office will work with students on questions about this process.
Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for eligibility of Veterans Benefits
Students must maintain a minimum term GPA of 2.0.
If the student’s GPA falls below a 2.0 for two consecutive semesters, benefits will be suspended. VA benefits may be reinstated after one (1) semester is completed with a GPA above a 2.0 and without VA benefits assistance (paid for via alternate funding i.e. Financial Aid, out-of-pocket, etc.)
Criteria for appeal
Any student utilizing VA Educational benefits has the right to apply for a late withdrawal or a drop with refund through the Office of the Registrar. Should however either one of these processes be approved by the college, a debt may be incurred with the Department of Veteran Affairs. The appeals process for VA debts differs from that of the college and students should contact the VA directly if they have any questions regarding that process.
Attendance Policy for Eligibility of Veterans Benefits
Students enrolled in Career and Technical Certificate (CTC) programs that are delivered on a clock hour basis must maintain satisfactory attendance to receive veteran benefits. Students must maintain 80% attendance in a calendar month to continue with benefits (e.g. a class meets 20 days in a month the maximum amount of days a student could be absent and still remain in good standing is 4 days). Benefits will be suspended for 30 days for students who do not remain in good academic standing. During the 30 days probationary period, the student will not receive any payments from the VA. After the probationary period, the student’s attendance record will be reevaluated on attendance compliance. If standards are met, VA benefits may be reinstated. If not in compliance, the student will not receive benefits for the remainder of the semester and may incur a debt with the VA.