VETERAN'S TUTORING PROGRAM
Hunter College’s Office of Veteran Affairs is pleased to participate in the Veterans’ Administration’s Tutorial Assistance Program. Coordinator of the program is Alex Rosero. Veterans, active-duty military personnel, and reservists receiving funding assistance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may qualify for tutorial assistance. Students enrolled at least halftime may qualify. Payments are allowed when students demonstrate deficiency in courses that are required for their degree programs.
If you are interested in participating in this program, you should contact Alex Rosero at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 772-4923. Here are some things you should be aware of:
- It is your obligation to pay the tutor, and then await reimbursement from the VA.
- Reimbursement will only be approved by the certifying official if all of the following criteria are met:
- Student must demonstrate a deficiency in the class. Examples of how this may be done include having previously failed the class, obtaining a written statement from the class instructor on departmental letterhead, etc. Alternate means of demonstrating a deficiency will be considered on an individual basis.
- The class for which the tutoring is being sought must be necessary for the student’s degree program.
- Student must be currently enrolled in at least 6 credits.
- The tutor must meet appropriate qualification criteria.
- Students may find tutors their own tutors, but should insure that the tutor meets appropriate criteria. The certifying official will make every effort to match up students with appropriate tutors.
- FINAL DETERMINATION OF REIMBURSEMENT FOR TUTORIAL SERVICES IS MADE BY THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION. HUNTER COLLEGE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR VETERANS ADMINISTRATION DECISIONS RESULTING IN FAILURE TO REIMBURSE STUDENTS FOR TUTORIAL SERVICES.
More details on the program can be found below. For any questions, please contact Alex Rosero, email@example.com.
Many students, upon entering their college program or other post-high school education, find that they need additional help in order to obtain passing grades in their course work. One method is through individual tutoring by a knowledgeable student or faculty member.
For Chapter 30 & Chapter 32 veterans and servicepersons, Chapter 1606 reservists (effective October 1, 1992), and Chapter 35 spouses, surviving spouses and children, VA will help defray the cost of such individualized tutoring as found necessary. This benefit will reimburse eligible VA students for the actual cost of the tutorial sessions up to $100.00 per month. The maximum amount of tutorial assistance to which any VA student will be eligible is $1,200.00. A total of $600 in tutorial assistance may be paid to a student without charge to the student's entitlement. All moneys paid after that limit is reached will be charged against that student's entitlement.
To qualify for tutorial assistance, a VA student must:
- Be enrolled in a post-secondary program of education (requires a high school diploma/equivalent or at least 12th grade level skills for admission).
- Be enrolled on at least a half-time or greater basis.
Appropriate school certifying officials (designated on Item C of VA Form 22-8794, Designation of Certifying Officials) must make the following determinations:
- That the individual tutorial assistance is essential to correct a deficiency in a specified unit subject or subjects required as a part of, or which is pre-requisite to, or which is indispensable to the satisfactory pursuit of the student's approved program of education;
- That the tutor selected is qualified;
- That the charges for such tutorial sessions do not exceed the customary charges for such tutorial assistance.
Acceptable evidence of the need for tutorial assistance includes failure of first class test or assignment, poor SAT, ACT or other standard test scores for the particular subject matter, retaking a unit subject which was previously failed, and instructor's evaluation after the first class meeting of the unit subject. A VA student's statement that, "I feel I need it", will not suffice. The school, not the student, must make the final determination for need. It should also be noted that the student must be registered for and pursuing that unit subject at the time he/she is being tutored for it. A student cannot receive VA assistance for tutorial sessions conducted before the class commences or after it ends.
Qualified tutors include upper class students majoring in the subject matter for which they are giving tutorial sessions, students who received a grade of A in that subject, and faculty members teaching in that subject matter. It is permissible, if not the usual case, for a VA student to receive tutorial sessions from the faculty member who is teaching the student's class for which tutoring is needed.
PAYMENT FOR TUTORING GIVEN BY A CLOSE RELATIVE OF THE CLAIMANT IS PROHIBITED BY LAW. A CLOSE RELATIVE IS DEFINED AS A PARENT, CHILD, SIBLING, OR SPOUSE OF THE CLAIMANT. CLOSE RELATIVES ALSO INCLUDE IN-LAWS (whether or not they are close in fact is not relevant).
All tutorial sessions must be individual, one-on-one, sessions and not group tutorial or self-help sessions or study groups. Additionally, where a school offers free tutorial services, we expect VA students to use those services the same as any other student. At such schools, VA tutorial assistance may be paid only if a specialized tutor is needed who is not normally available through the school's free program.