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Veterans' Education

Veterans Resource Center

Important Update on GI Bill Benefits from the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs: Congress Passes New Legislation due to COVID-19

March 20, 2020 11:30 AM

Student Veterans will continue to receive their GI Bill benefits ®, which President Trump signed into law March 21.

The law enables VA to continue providing the same level of education benefits to students having to take courses online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The law gives VA temporary authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies. This allows for continued payment of benefits even if the program has changed from resident training to online training.

Thanks to the law, GI Bill students will continue receiving the same monthly housing allowance (MHA) payments they received for resident training until Dec. 21, or until the school resumes in-person classes.

In the wake of COVID-19, thousands of students nationwide have been converted to distance learning as many educational institutions are transitioning to technology-based lesson delivery. “I commend President Trump and Congress for their work on this important law,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “It will give Veteran students certainty as they continue their education.”

Students receiving GI Bill benefits ® are not required to take any action. Benefits will continue automatically. VA will work closely with schools to ensure accurately certified enrollments and timely processing. Updates will be provided to students via direct email campaigns and social media regarding VA’s effort to implement these new changes.

Students with specific questions can contact the Education Call Center at: 888-442-4551 between 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.

Veterans' Q and A

If you have questions about the VA benefits process, be sure to visit our Q and A page.

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Our Mission to Veterans

Porterville College honors and supports the sacrifices of those who have served in our nation’s military and is approved as an institution of higher learning for the training of veterans and dependents of veterans who are entitled to educational assistance.

To assist our veterans with their transition from the military to the classroom, Porterville College provides a Veterans Resource Center (VRC) located in the Academic Center building, room 116. The VRC is a relaxing place for student veterans to gather, meet with the veterans’ counselor, study, talk with representatives from veteran service providers, or just enjoy the camaraderie of fellow veterans on campus. In addition, the center provides a copy machine for veteran use, a study room with computers, and a lounge area to have lunch or just take a break.

Veterans are also encouraged to participate in the Student Veterans Organization (SVO). The SVO is the student club that advocates for veteran issues on campus and provides a social group setting to help veterans become successful in their adjustment to the college and civilian life. The SVO meets regularly and all veterans are encouraged to come to the meetings or join in its various activities.

The VRC is a centralized location and hub of activities for the veterans on campus. It provides a place for academic support services, camaraderie, and wellness. The services include:

  • Priority registration for veterans
  • A designated veteran’s counselor
  • Study room with computers
  • Lounge for camaraderie
  • Student Veterans Organization (student club)
  • Veterans Affairs Work Study students working as “Veterans Assistants”
  • Free parking passes (called Mikes passes) at initial enrollment
  • Earned Mikes passes for continued involvement in projects or activities
  • Referrals to the VA and numerous veteran service providers
  • Referrals to campus services based on student need
  • Monthly camaraderie lunches
  • “Learn at Lunch” workshops
  • End of academic year “Patriot Awards” for leadership, academic excellence, and commitment to fellow students
  • Community service projects and involvement
  • Coordination of the Porterville College Veterans Day Parade float

What's a “Mike's Pass”?

A Mike's Pass is a free parking pass given to all veterans their first semester of enrollment at Porterville College. (Mike's Passes for subsequent semesters can be "earned" - see the VRC coordinator/counselor for more information on how to earn an additional Mike's Pass).

Method of Funding
Mike's Passes are funded through the generous donations of individuals, businesses or agencies in the community. Donations are made to a foundation account established for the specific purpose of providing this additional support to Porterville College veterans.

How to Register for a Mike's Pass
In order to obtain this free parking permit, veterans need to:

  1. Register for a general parking permit online at www.permitsales.net/PortervilleCollege.
  2. Select “other” as your payment method.
  3. Print out the receipt and bring it to the Veterans Resource Center coordinator/counselor for verification. You will then be provided an approval form to take to the Business Office for pick-up of your parking permit.

VRC Mission Statement

The mission of the Porterville College Veterans Resource Center is to provide assistance and support to veterans and their dependents as they transition from the military to the completion of their academic goals.

  • Providing a central location for counseling, referral, and peer-to-peer support
  • Fostering camaraderie with fellow veterans
  • Providing study space and computers for completion of class assignments
  • Coordinating with campus services to ensure the unique needs of veterans are met
  • Social networking and mentoring through participation in college and local community activities, such as the campus Student Veterans Organization
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