Our Lady of Holy Cross College was named when G.I. Jobs announced the release of its 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/2011list. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools which are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. “The Military Friendly Schools list is the gold standard in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience..." The list was compiled through exhaustive research starting last April during which G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide.
We would like to thank you for your interest in Our Lady of Holy Cross College! The College provides services for Veterans within our Office of Veteran's Services. A team, which includes the College Registrar, Director of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning and the Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs, has been trained to assist you in accessing your benefits.
These benefits may include: assisting you in applying for your G.I. Bill benefits, certifying your enrollment to the Veteran's Administration for payment each semester, and resolving any issues with payment. The information below highlights some of the benefits provided by Our Lady of Holy Cross College, but may not be all inclusive of all veteran's educational benefits programs. For more information or a complete list, contact the Department of Veteran's Affairs at www.gibill.va.gov or 1-888-442-4551.
Admission to the College
All applicants must complete an application to Our Lady of Holy Cross College. You can apply online, or submit a paper application in the Office of Admissions. Please note that some degree programs, including the Master's degree programs require an additional application and/or application materials.
Credit for Prior Training and Experience
If you receive Veterans educational assistance, you are required by law (38 U.S.C., 1775 and 1776) to provide official transcripts of prior education, training and experience at the time you enroll. An evaluation of your prior education and training will be conducted. This evaluation will establish if any of your education, training or experiences will be applied to your degree program and shorten your time at OLHCC. The evaluation will include all materials submitted, including those received while on active duty even if they were not covered by DVA. Approved credit will appear on your official transcript.
Veteran's Education Benefits Program
VA education benefits may be authorized for veterans and qualified dependents under the specific chapters of Title 38, U.S. code (USC). Each VA education program has distinct eligibility requirements. The staff at OLHCC cannot determine your eligibility for any of these programs. In order to apply for any VA benefit you can obtain an application at http://www.gibill.va.gov. On the back of the application you will find the various VA chapters and the general eligibility requirements for each. Specific questions regarding the application or eligibility should be directed to 1-888-442-4551.
The DVA will pay an eligible student education benefits for an approved program of education or training. An approved program is a course of study which the appropriate state approving agency has determined meets the legal requirements for payment of DVA educational assistance.
The DVA requires all veteran students to declare a major by the end of their sophomore year. VA students must be classified as degree-seeking students no later than their second semester of enrollment. You are allowed to change your major at any time during your degree program. If you are receiving benefits under Chapters 30, 32, or 1606, complete VA Form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training. If you receive benefits under Chapters 35 or 31, additional forms might be necessary for a change of major. Each time you change your major a re-evaluation of credits will be conducted. OLHCC is required to report any changes in program to the DVA including a report on the applicability of hours.
Change in Student Status
It is the responsibility of the student to notify your VA coordinator if you reduce the number of credit hours in which you are enrolled. This includes if you withdraw from a course, terminate enrollment, or make any other changes that impact your payment status. Failure to notify your VA coordinator of the changes in enrollment may result in an overpayment of your benefits. If this occurs the DVA will collect all overpayments from the student.
Change of Address
The student must notify the College and your VA coordinator of any change of address.
The DVA will not pay for a student to repeat a course if you have received a passing grade for the course previously. The DVA will pay for a course to be repeated if: you receive a grade of an "F" in the course and it is required for graduation or if you receive a "D" in a course for which a minimum grade of "C" is required.
VA education benefits are not paid for courses which are not required for graduation.
Students called to active duty
If you are called to active duty (National Guard, Reservist, Discharged Veteran), please contact the Registrar's Office at OLHCC immediately. You will need to provide a copy of your orders.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Our Lady of Holy Cross College has applied to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. OLHCC will match up to $1500, for a total of $3000 once matched by the VA.
New Veteran Student Checklist