Veterans Affairs - Victory Center is OPEN for Face to Face services!!
SAC-VA serves all Military Affiliated students at San Antonio College - including Active Service Members, Guard, Reserve, Veterans and all family members.
Campus Partially Open for Summer Semester
(On-Campus Face to Face Advising Walk-ins and Scheduled Advising Appointments available Monday through Thursday during summer hours beginning June 7, 2021)
ADDITIONALLY, ALL VICTORY CENTER SERVICES WILL CONTINUE TO BE OFFERED REMOTELY
SUMMER & FALL 2021 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - REGISTER AND SUBMIT CERTIFICATION DOCUMENTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO ENSURE CONTINUOUS BENEFIT PAYMENTS!
Students must request certification of education benefits each semester.
(Incomplete or inaccurate Certification requests will result in delayed processing times. Certification of classes taken at other Alamo Colleges is subject to the processing times at the other institution. Parent Letters will be submitted by SAC-VA at time of SAC certification.)
TO REQUEST EDUCATION BENEFIT CERTIFICATION, CLICK ON ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TABS:
WAVE - Verify your monthly enrollment
Tuition Assistance for Military
DoD Tuition Assistance Funded Students
Students should always consult their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within their Military Service education office before engaging in any voluntary education endeavor. It's the students' responsibility to know the Tuition Assistance (TA) process and policy for their branch of service and to ensure tuition balances are paid by the payment deadline. Contact your SAC-VA Academic Advisor or our Alamo Colleges Installation Representatives if you have questions.
Airforce Information -
Tuition assistance must be requested no earlier than 45 days prior to semester start date and no later than 7 days prior to the semester start date. Active Duty Air Force members should apply for TA through their Air Force Portal account at the Air Force Virtual Education Center site. Questions should be directed to your Air Force Education Office.
Army Information -
Tuition assistance must be requested no earlier than 60 days prior to semester start date and approved no later than 10 days prior to the semester start date. Active Duty Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserves should apply for TA through their GoArmyEd account. Questions should be directed to your Army Education Office
Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Information -
Please direct Tuition Assistance questions to your unit education liaison or your service Education Office.Navy: Download the free voluntary education Navy College Program App from the Google Play or iTunes online stores by searching "Navy College Program".
Paying with Tuition Assistance (TA)
Registration periods have corresponding payment deadlines. TA must be submitted to the college (once approved and signed) for processing by the payment deadline associated with the date of registration. TA funding documents are not processed on the weekends (or holidays) unless the campus Business Office is scheduled to be open for business.s Students who fail to turn in their approved TA forms and pay outstanding balances will be dropped for non-payment.
- Register for courses
- Request TA
- Know your payment deadline
- Request payment extension if necessary
- Submit approved TA to college for processing before payment deadline
- Pay all other balance not covered by TA through your ACES account
Submit your TA payments by email to: SAC-VA@ALAMO.EDU or to your SAC-VA Academic Advisor.
During the months of June and July, the college operates on a 4 day work-week, closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday. TA documents must be turned in no later than 1500 on the Thursday before payment deadlines in order to be processed. Students may opt at any time to enroll themselves in a payment plan online through their student account to secure their courses.
Payment Extension Request for Pending TA
If your payment deadline is prior to funding approval, you may request a payment extension. A payment extension may be granted for those eligible for Tuition Assistance (TA). Please refer to our Payment Deferment form.
DoD Funded Tuition Rates
Other Funding Sources
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Scholarship Information
Refunds and Billing
Students using TA funding should always check with their SAC-VA Academic Advisor before making any schedule changes. Students are responsible for understanding implications of schedule changes, to include adds, drops and withdrawals and their effect on student accounts. Students are responsible for all charges incurred, including those not covered by TA and/or resulting from the return of unearned TA funds.
Questions regarding schedule changes and TA billing should be discussed with the individual's service or MyCAA before changes are made.
Access to Additional Student Supports through the disAbilities Support Services Department
Alamo Colleges Installation Offices
Fort Sam Houston
Lackland Air Force Base
Randolph Air Force Base
What is MyCAA?
The My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship Program is a workforce development program administered by the Department of Defense, that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible active duty military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or Associate's degree in a portable career field and occupation.
Determine eligibility - Select a Degree - Apply for Admission
How Do I Know If I'm Eligible?
When searching MyCAA for institutions, search for Alamo Community College District
Career Exploration and Applying for Admission
Why is Alamo Colleges A Good Choice?
Compare Our Costs
How far wil $4,000 take you?
Students in courses with special program tuition should contact our representatives for assistance with special course tuition rates.
Get More For Less
Our affordability extends the value of Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) funding.
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San Antonio College has a large selection of degree and certificate options. Explore careers and view our degrees using these tools:
To begin using MyCAA funds with San Antonio College:
1. Apply for Admission
The application is free…apply today!
2. Register for Classes
- Login to ACES and Go to MyPage
- Register early and make note of your payment deadline
- If you are unable to obtain a MyCAA payment voucher before the payment deadline, contact your advisor to inquire about a Deferment for Pending MyCAA
3. Submit the Following Documents to MyCAA
- Your MyCAA Education & Training Plan obtained from your SAC-VA Academic Advisor
- A copy of the current DoD Tuition and Fee Schedule
- A copy of your current Class Schedule
- Submit all documents in Pdf format in one email
- Your class schedule is available in ACES
4. Once You Receive Your MyCAA Payment Voucher
- Submit your MyCAA payment voucher to your SAC-VA Academic Advisor as payment
- Log into ACES to confirm your payment has been credited and pay your remaining balance
- If you are unable to submit a payment voucher before your payment deadline contact your SAC-VA Academic Advisor to inquire about a Payment Deferment Request.
- MyCAA does not pay for fees or instructional materials
SAC-VA ADVISING - Virtual Front Desk
June 7 - July 23, 2021
FACE TO FACE
Monday thru Thursday
beginning June 7, 2021
Please use the meeting information below to access our virtual waiting room and wait to be called in to a private advising break-out room.
Meeting ID: 257 906 0371
New Student Orientation/Group Advising for Military Affiliated Students
New Student Orientation is mandatory for all students entering San Antonio College for the first time. If you are first time in college student or a student transferring to SAC from another college with less than 15 hours, you need to make arrangements to complete online New Student Orientation. Be sure to select the Veteran Student Track to ensure that you learn all of the information pertinent to our military affiliated student population.
Not sure what documents are needed? These checklists can help!
Not sure how to do one of the things below? These How-to Videos can help!
Certify Benefits Schedule Advising Appointment Register for Courses Mission Statement Title IX Training Payment Plan Forward ACES Email to Personal Email
Not sure how to do one of the things below? These How-to Guides can help!
Pay My Account Balance Request Benefit Certification Schedule Advising Appt Submit Mission Statement Complete Title IX Training How to Submit Proof of Bacterial Meningitis
How to Find Your Personal Shopping Sheet
Enrollment Checklist Academic Calendar 20-21 Academic Catalog 20-21 Registration Calendar Summer 20-21 Student Code of Conduct Payment Plan Information CLEP Exam Information TSI Exam Information Schedule of Tuition and Fees Link to National Archives Disability Support Services
SAC Resource Guide
Additional Student Success Resources
MyVRC Smartphone App
STUDENT SERVICE FORMS - FILLABLE
MILITARY RELATED FORMS - FILLABLE
VA BENEFIT FORMS - FILLABLE
Advising Hours are currently available by zoom meeting.
Summer and Fall 2021 Registration is open.
Please contact your advisor to set up an appointment. You may also call 210-486-0111 to schedule an appointment.
What COVID-related information can you provide students with that impact your department?
The Department of Veterans Affairs has released the following information in regards to students that are using the Post 9/11 G.I.Bill®
My school changed my program from in-residence classes to online (ZOOM) classes? Can I still get GI Bill benefits for this?
Based on the recently passed legislation, if your school converts from an approved residence training course to online training(ZOOM) for that course (distance learning) due to COVID-19, your benefits will not change. However, the law only authorizes this special authority from March 1, 2020, to December 21, 2020. The new law applies to both current and new students enrolled in courses affected by COVID-19.
Note: Other types of changes to your enrollment status (for example, dropping a class results in a reduced rate of pursuit) may affect payments.
What happens to my housing allowance if my school changes from in-residence classes to online (ZOOM) classes due to COVID-19?
Post-9/11 GI Bill students whose schools convert to online programs (ZOOM) from previously approved resident programs will not see reduced monthly housing payments. Current and new beneficiaries can receive the resident housing rate when in school March 1, 2020, to December 21, 2020.
Note: Other types of changes to your enrollment status (for example, dropping a class results in a reduced rate of pursuit) may affect payments.
If I am unable to attend school due to COVID-19, but my school is in session, will I still receive my education benefits?
VA can pay you through the last date of attendance, but not through the end of the term. This may create a prorated tuition & fees debt and a housing overpayment for you. If you do get a debt you can request a waiver when you are notified of a debt. Learn more at Submit a Waiver Request. Also, VA has provided additional support to students who owe debts (see question 8 for additional information).
What happens if my school is closed temporarily?
If your school is temporarily closed, VA will continue to pay your benefits through the end of the term or 28 days, whichever is sooner.
What happens when my school’s resident lab portion of a course is canceled or marked as incomplete due to COVID-19 and the school does not allow me to move to the next class in the degree program? (i.e. Organic Chemistry 1 lab completion needed to enroll in Org Chemistry 2 next semester)
VA lacks authority to handle these situations in any special way due to COVID 19. VA has instructed schools to follow their “Incomplete” grade policy and apply that procedure, if applicable. When the school is eventually able to continue training, you will be allowed to complete the lab portion without any further reporting requirements to VA. However, if the discontinued class is a prerequisite to future classes, you cannot enroll in the next sequential required class until the pre-requisite is complete. If your school doesn’t have an “Incomplete” policy, the school should withdraw you from the class based on your last date of attendance. But if this action changes your rate of pursuit, your monthly housing allowance may be affected.
Will VA pay for my benefits if my school changes from a standard grade scale (A, B, C…) to a Credit/No-Credit or Pass/Fail or other grading system due to COVID-19 national emergency?
Depending on the School’s grading policy, classes taken Pass/Fail or Credit/No-Credit may result in a non-punitive grade if the student fails the class. Rules about non-punitive grades have not changed. Although VA does not typically make payments for classes resulting in non-punitive grades, if COVID 19 is reported as mitigating circumstances for the student’s receipt of a non-punitive grade (i.e., Credit/No-Credit) VA will pay for the class.
I’m experiencing a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and owe a debt to VA. Is there any relief for me?
VA’s Debt Management Center (DMC) is currently offering Veterans a couple options; one is to completely suspend debt collection and the second is to establish an extended repayment plan without the submission of additional financial documentation. DMC encourages Veterans and family members affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus) who have a VBA benefit debt and need temporary financial relief to contact the DMC at 1-800-827-0648 to request assistance.
If you have questions about your specific circumstance, please contact the Education Call Center at: 1-888-442-4551 between 8 AM and 7 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday, or submit your question electronically. The VA Debt Management Center (DMC) is offering temporary financial relief if you are unable to pay your GI Bill benefit debt during this crisis. Our debt relief flyer breaks it down for you.
Will there be any impact on tuition and fee payments when only the modality changes within a term due to COVID-19?
Tuition and Fees reporting requirements will not change due to COVID-19 national emergency.
Remedial/Deficiency class: Will VA education students be allowed to continue or start remedial/deficiency level courses at Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) who convert to an online modality due to COVID-19?
Based on the new law, an educational institution which converts an approved resident Remedial/Deficiency course to an online training modality for that course (ZOOM), may continue to certify these credit hours to the VA as resident credit hours during the authorized timeframe: 1 March 2020, to 21 December 2020.
If an educational institution creates a new vacation break, or extends such a break, which may include a change in term dates that are due to COVID-19, what steps will be taken?
The School is required to always include inclusive dates of official school vacation periods of 7 or more consecutive days when certifying non-standard enrollment periods for all benefits in non- standard remarks. This remains true during this COVID-19 national emergency. If there is a change in enrollment dates, the School must adjust all elements of the enrollment certification to match actual enrollment timeframe. (includes break time and end date)
Have there been any policy or process related changes in your department that impact students?
- All services will be provided to students in a remote environment until further
- Appointments and Virtual Walk-ins (if available) will be conducted via Zoom appointments and Zoom
- Benefit Certification will be completed by submitting your request for certification via docusign
– Please be sure to select appropriate school’s tab when completing this process https://www.alamo.edu/academics/academic-resources/student-forms/
- The college Webpages are frequently updated with pertinent information
- If you have any outstanding debt with the VA or questions pertaining to VA debt, please contact the Debt Management Center at: 1-888-442-4551 between 8 AM and 7 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday, or submit your question
What additional information can you share with students that is key to their success with your department?
To ensure successful completion of the semester, students should:
- Maintain contact with your academic advisor and faculty members
- Make sure that all courses you register for are required for your degree Plan
- If you are a guest student from a college/university that is not an Alamo College, be sure to have your home school submit a parent letter
- Check your ACES email account often for any updates
- Be sure to visit the your school’s webpage for any pertinent updates
- Be sure to submit benefit certification paperwork before the payment deadline if using CH33, CH31, Hazlewood or deferment
- Pay your balance or enter into a payment plan prior to the payment deadline if not using one of those
- Pay your IM fees prior to payment deadline if your balance is more than $102.00
- Inquire what impact any schedule changes (drops/adds) will have to your benefits before making changes
- If you change your schedule, notify your advisor and request that those changes be certified (you will have to submit another request)
- If you are using CH31 (VR&E), make sure you maintain contact with your VA Case manager and that you have a valid PO for your home college and each book store that you have classes
- Remember that you must submit documentation to request benefit certification EVERY semester that you wish to use benefits
HOW TO ORDER YOUR SUMMER MATERIALS FOR THE ALAMO BOOKSTORES
Because the bookstore is closed and classes will be online, the bookstore is going to create accounts for Veterans to order books and supplies online through the bookstore website.
To access your VA accounts online, you will need your campus student ID number, as that will be linked to the supply and book voucher.
You will need to place two orders, one for books and one for supplies - as you would do two transactions in the bookstore at the registers
Once you have logged into your specific campus bookstore website you will see a link to shop by student ID:
Enter your student ID, and hit enter. You will be brought to a second page, where you confirm your college and the term (Summer 2021 or Fall 2021)
Once you select “Find Courses”, you will be taken to your list of courses, where you will select which books you are looking to purchase. Make your selections based on the required materials
Once you have made your selections, proceed to checkout. Create an account using your .edu email address, and confirm your shipping and billing address. Once you get to the payment method screen you will see your payment options. For VA, you will have to select the option for Bookstore Charge Account as seen below:
Once you have selected that, enter your full campus student ID number and select Find accounts. You will see two accounts, one for books, one for supplies. Select the appropriate account.
PLEASE NOTE: You cannot use the full available balance on your textbook account - we place a large limit to ensure it covers all REQUIRED books. If your book total is only $50 you cannot spend the excess. YOU CAN ONLY PURCHASE THE BOOKS LISTED FOR YOUR CLASS.
Before you continue, you must check mark that you understand the terms and conditions of using the VA accounts online for both textbooks: and for supplies:
Once you have checked the box, and clicked “Pay with This” you can finalize and complete your order. You will receive an email with your order confirmation number, and once your order ships, a tracking number will be provided via that email address.
You will repeat the order process for your Supplies account, shopping for the standard supplies, such as pens, pencils, notebooks, highlighters, etc.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TUTORING SERVICES
May 17-August 13, 2021
Tutors are available for remote (Zoom) tutoring appointments
SAC-VA TUTORING- Virtual Front Desk
The hours are as follows:
The Office of Veterans Affairs assists all eligible veterans obtain financial assistance and information on Veterans Benefits while they attend San Antonio College.
Students using VA education and Veterans Readiness & Employment (VR&E)(formerly VocRehab), Hazlewood and Tuition Assistance benefits request certification of benefits through their home campus each semester.
Benefit certification requests should be submitted well in advance of the payment deadlines if the benefit being used will cover all or part of the student's tuition bill.
Note: Students utilizing Chapter 30 and Chapter 1606 must log in to the WAVES online system and verify their enrollment each month on the first day of the month to ensure timely payment of benefit stipend.
Advising services provided by ZOOM
and Face to Face
Monday thru Thursday
Beginning June 7, 2021
Victory Center Room 101
1819 N. Main Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78212
Summer 2021 Hours
May 31 - July 23, 2021
Closed on Fridays during the summer
Tammy L. Micallef, M.S. USN(Ret)
Director, Student Success
EXECUTIVE ORDER 13607
San Antonio College is a signatory to the Presidential Executive Order – Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members; and the “8 Keys to Veterans’ Success” which are steps that postsecondary institutions can take to assist Veterans and Servicemembers in transitioning to higher education, completing their college programs, and obtaining career-ready skills.
- If you served on Active Duty, you might be eligible for education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. For example, the Post-9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for educational and housing expenses to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.
- If you are currently serving in the military, you may be eligible for funding offered through the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance program. Check your eligibility status and the amount for which you qualify with your Service prior to enrolling.
- If you are the spouse or child of a service member who is serving on active duty Title 10 orders in the paygrades of E1-E5, O1-O2, or W1-W2, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Department of Defense for education, training, and/or the occupational license and credentials necessary for a portable career. (MyCAA)
- If you are the spouse or child of a service member, you may be eligible for transfer of the service member’s Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits to you.
- San Antonio College does not provide commissions, bonuses or other incentives based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments or federal financial aid (including Tuition Assistance funds) to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruitment, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance.
- San Antonio College refrains from high-pressure recruitment tactics such as making multiple unsolicited contacts (3 or more). including contacts by phone, email, or in-person, or engage in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose od securing Service member enrollments.
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