Veterans are welcome at NFC

Veterans and veterans' dependents eligible for educational benefits should receive approval from the VA Regional Office prior to registering for classes. For VA application forms, certification of attendance, and assistance with problems, students may contact the Veteran Affairs Coordinator.

NFC Veteran Affairs Coordinator

  • For information, contact Lori Pleasant, Veteran Affairs Coordinator, by telephone (850) 973-9469 or email Veteran Affairs. The office is located in the Administration Building (Bldg. 3). Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  • New applicants should complete the required procedures at least six weeks prior to their first term at the college.
  • Veterans and those eligible for VA benefits must meet with the Veteran Affairs Coordinator each term during the academic advisement period to review their status.

Certification Restrictions

All degree programs are approved for a specific number of credit hours. The VA will pay only for required courses in an approved program. The same rule applies to vocational certificate programs measured in clock hours.

The declared program of study must be the same on the student's college record and the student's VA file. Students must follow the program of study outlined on the graduation status sheet. Students cannot be certified to take a course on an audit basis or a course for which they have received prior credit.

Attendance Standards

The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs requires that attendance records be kept on all eligible veterans attending vocational programs. VA benefits can be suspended if they accumulate three or more unexcused absences during a calendar month.

Academic Record

Veterans and other persons eligible for VA educational benefits have all previous post-secondary education evaluated and the equivalency credits recorded in the student’s College file maintained in the Office of the Registrar and in the VA file. Cumulative academic records are kept on the transcript, which shows all work attempted, credit and grades earned, incomplete work, and withdrawals.

Standards of Progress

Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress and conduct to receive or continue to receive VA educational benefits. A student receiving VA benefits whose cumulative GPA becomes less than a “C” (2.0) once seven college credit hours have been attempted, will be placed on academic probation at the end of any term.

Continued probation will occur when the student earns a minimum 2.0 term grade point average and the cumulative GPA remains below 2.0. A student placed on academic probation will be placed on academic suspension for one semester if both the term and cumulative grade point average fall below 2.0.

A student receiving VA benefits whose cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 for two consecutive terms of probation will be terminated from VA benefits.

A veteran student terminated from veteran benefits due to unsatisfactory progress may be re certified to the VA after obtaining a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.

Terms I and II

Full-time ...............12 + credit hours
3/4 time.............9 to 11 credit hours
1/2 time...............6 to 8 credit hours
Tuition Only..........1 to 5 credit hours

Terms IIIA and IIIB

Full-time..................6 + credit hours
3/4 time......................4 credit hours
1/2 time......................3 credit hours
Tuition Only...........1or 2 credit hours

Deferment of Fees

First-time veterans may have their fees deferred for up to sixty days. It is understood that should the loan not be paid, no grades will be issued to the student nor will those grades be placed in the student’s permanent record.

Students who need a deferred payment plan for VA may make a request to the Financial Aid office by calling Ms. Brooke Turner at 850-973-1674 or email Financial Aid.