Persons planning to attend Los Angeles Southwest College under one of the Veterans bills should schedule an appointment with the Veterans Counselor as soon as possible. Several weeks are needed for the Veterans Administration to process subsistence payment applications. An early start with the Veterans Counselor on this campus is advisable.
A credit of 6 college units may be applied to veterans for time served in the armed services. Elective credits will be granted, when requested, along with the application for graduation.
All veterans receiving subsistence are cautioned that the Veterans Administration demands adequate academic progress in order that one may continue receiving payments without interruptions.
Each student is required to attend all meetings of every class in which he/she is registered. The instructor may drop a student who is excessively absent when his/her hours of absence equal the number of hours the class meets per week, regardless of the reasons for the absences.
It is the responsibility of the veteran to immediately inform the Counseling Office, of any reduction in unit load. The last day of veterans attendance in class must be reported immediately to the Veterans Administration in order to avoid overpayments.
An excessive number of 'W' units may lead to academic probation or disqualification. This will ultimately lead to discontinuance of G.I. benefits. Should a class need to be repeated, a visit to the Office of Veterans Affairs is advisable before signing up for the class.
V.A. Certification - In order for a veteran to be certified for attendance, two criteria must be met: the veteran must be officially registered and he/she must be in good academic standing.
A student will be placed on academic probation if any one of the following conditions occurs:
The student's overall grade point average falls below 2.0, or the student's grade point average in any semester is below 2.0.
The student transfers from another college with an overall G.P.A. under 2.0.
The total number of W units exceeds the number of units completed.
All students who fail to maintain a C (2.0) grade point average for the semester they are on probation will be subject to disqualification.
Program Planning for Veterans
To be eligible for veterans benefits, the veteran should select a major and choose courses from those listed under the major in the catalog. A veteran may elect to choose a number of remedial courses offered by Los Angeles Southwest College to enhance his academic background. The remedial courses will give him/her the necessary tools to do college level work. When a veteran chooses our remedial program, the units are not charged against entitlement. The units taken are also not transferable to a four-year college. For more information, visit the Counseling Office.
Graduation Unit Requirements
Once a veteran has received the required minimum units to obtain an Associate of Arts Degree (60 units), but needs additional units to graduate, he/she must have an overall evaluation of his complete records before he will be certified for benefit payments. The veteran must first go to the Counseling Office. He or she must then bring the evaluation sheet, properly signed by one of our Veterans Affairs staff persons in the Counseling Office. From this Evaluation, the Office of Veterans Affairs will certify only those classes, which are deemed necessary for graduation.