Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need to contact the Veterans Services office each semester?
- What is considered full time?
- How do I contact the Veterans Services office?
- How will the Veterans Service office contact me?
- How do I contact the VA?
- Does the VA pay my tuition and fees?
- I have the Post 9/11 GI BILL, why did the VA send me a letter stating I was certified at $0 and $0 fees?
- When will the VA pay?
- Should I Apply for Financial Aid?
- Why is My Tuition Status so Important?
- How does Tuition Assistance (TA) work at PTC?
- Can I use the Guard Tuition Incentive Program (GTIP) at PTC?
- Can I use my VA benefits to become a pilot?
- What if I drop a class or an instructor drops me from a class?
- What if I have to leave school in the middle of the semester for deployment?
- What do I do if I am suspended?
Yes, you must contact the Veterans Services Office each semester for which you want to receive VA benefits. To do this you must log in to your MyPTC Portal, click on the Admissions tab then on the VA Verfication link. This will e-mail your schedule to the Veterans Services Office and we will process the information. If there is a problem with your classes, someone will contact you so that changes can be made. Please keep in mind that changes to schedules cannot be made after the 5th day of class. After that your hours will be reduced or terminated which may cause an overpayment with the VA.
Fall and Spring Semesters
|Training Time||Credit Hours||Chapters|
|Full-Time||12 and Above||Ch 30,31,1606,1607, & Ch 33|
|Three-Quarter Time||9 – 11||Ch 30,31,1606,1607, & Ch 33|
|Half-Time||6 – 8||Ch 30, 31, 1606, 1607|
|Half-Time||7 – 8||Ch 33|
|Less Than Half-Time||1 – 5||Ch 30,31,1606,1607, & Ch 33|
Training Time is based on Standard Semester Term (16 weeks)
**Students using Ch 33 Post 911 benefits must be enrolled in 7 hours or more to receive BAH.
Summer Semesters I & II (4 weeks each)
|Training Time||Credit Hours||Chapters|
|Full-Time||3 and Above (each term)||Ch 30,31,1606,1607, & Ch 33|
Summer I Extended (8 weeks)
|Training Time||Credit Hours||Chapters|
|Full-Time||6 and Above||Ch 30,31,1606,1607, & Ch 33|
|Half -Time||3 – 5||Ch 30,31,1606,1607, & Ch 33|
The Veteran Services Office is located in room 338, Campus Center Building, North Little Rock campus. You can contact Brandi Hutsell (Phone: (501) 812-2360) or Michele Haynes (Phone: (501) 812-2282) or email the Veterans Services Office at PTCVS@pulaskitech.edu; Fax (501) 812-2360.
The Veterans Services Office will most often contact and communicate with you through Pulaski Technical College official email. This address is ‘the first two letters of your first name’ + ‘your last name’ + ‘the last 4 digits of your PTC id number’ + ‘@students.pulaskitech.edu.’ For example, John Doe is firstname.lastname@example.org. Check your Pulaski Tech email regularly.
For education benefits questions = 1-(888)-442-4551 (1st menu=1, 2nd menu=zero) or www.gibill.va.gov.
For questions about money owed to the VA or repaying money to the VA = 1-(800)-827-0648
For monthly verification = 1-(877)-823-2378 or www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do.
Only individuals receiving Chapter 31 and Post 9/11(100%) have all of their tuition and fees paid by the VA. If you receive the Montgomery GI Bill or dependents benefits, the VA does not pay your tuition and fees. Individuals using Chapter 30, Chapter 35, Chapter 1606 or Chapter 1607 must pay their tuition and fees.
PTC does not enter tuition and fees until the 11th day of classes. However, in order to be proactive we pre-certify in order for the VA to release the book stipend and start the monthly housing on time.
The VA will pay in arrears. This means they pay at the end of the month, after you have attended courses. Students should expect to receive their first full check on the month after school starts. Any amounts received before then will be smaller checks and will either be your book stipend (if Post 9/11) or your prorated days for the first month you are actually in attendance.
Yes! Receiving VA benefits does not affect your eligibility for student aid. Additionally, most veterans and dependents must pay their own tuition and fees. Financial aid can help with this. Click here to visit the Pulaski Tech Financial Aid office for more information.
Out-of-State tuition is significantly higher than In-State tuition. The student is responsible for making sure that the tuition status is correct. If there is a problem, the student must bring proof of residency that shows at least six (6) months in Arkansas. If a military member or a copy of the orders must be presented to gain In-State status immediately. This must be done before the of the drop/add/swap period. The student’s name must be on the orders for you to receive In-State status and a copy of the orders must be submitted with the form below. VA will not pay for Out-of-State status; therefore, the student will have to pay the difference.
Cost per credit hour:
In-State per credit hour $95
Out-of-State/International per credit hour $153
Change in Student Data Form (PDF)
How does Tuition Assistance (TA) work at PTC?
Tuition Assistance (TA) is a Department of Defense (DoD) program. TA rules vary by branch of service and can even vary between unites depending on whether the unit is active, reserve or National Guard.
*Please note that new federal regulations prevent service members from using FTA and Chapters 1606 (MGIB-SR) or 1607 (REAP) in the same semester.
Contact Information for Students receiving Tuition Assistance:
Pulaski Technical College:
Brandi Hutsell Coordinator for Veterans Services (501) 812-2360
Michele Haynes Advisor for Veterans Services (501) 812-2282
Army National Guard:
SSgt. Crystal Jones email@example.com (501) 212-4049
The Guard Tuition Incentive Program (GTIP) is a state funded award to assist soldiers with their educational expenses.
You may send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org for the NEW Application dated 1 July 2013 or contact your Unit.
- Fall term applications are accepted July 1 – August 15
- Spring term applications are accepted November 1 – December 15
- GTIP is not available for summer classes
GTIP approval process:
1. If approved for GTIP assistance, the Arkansas National Guard will submit
the eligible students to the AR Department of Higher Education (ADHE). ADHE will
compile the names and send to PTC on a roster.
2. New Policy – AR National Guard will not pay GTIP funds for less than full-time (12 college credit hours).
3. Your official enrollment will be reported to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education as of PTC’s 11th class day of the spring semester. You will need to be enrolled full-time on the 11th class day to receive these funds.
For more information, visit the AR National Guard Education website or call the Education Services Officer at (501) 212-4021.
For more information you can go to this website:
Yes. The PTC professional pilot degree operates through Central Flying Service. Your first step is to visit their website www.central.aero. For flight training and cost information click here. All aviation classes are taken at Central Flying Service. Students must have at least a second class medical certificate and their Certificate of Eligibility before beginning the program to fly.
Program costs are subject to change but the private pilot license will cost about $10,000. The single-engine instrument rating will cost about $10,000. The multi-engine instrument rating costs about $4,000. The single-engine commercial license will cost about $21,000. Commercial flight instructor ratings cost about $3,000 each. Students enrolled in the professional pilot degree are required to take non-aviation classes concurrent with their aviation classes. You can reach Central Flying Service at (501) 975-9330.
Students using Chapter 33 – Post 911 benefits will have up to 100% of the tuition, fees, and flight fees paid by VA directly. All other chapters will receive their monthly stipend and VA will pay up to $10,000 a year for flight fees.
Please visit us in the Veterans Services Office in CCB 338 for more information.
If your hours are reduced by your or an instructor then you will have to pay
VA back for any money paid out by VA for that class. If you are dropped
accidentally, it is your responsibility, once you are reinstated, to let the
Veterans Services office know.
What if I have to leave school in the middle of the semester for deployment?
In compliance with Arkansas Code § 6-61-112 the soldier, spouse or dependent
(student) will be eligible for one of three choices: 1) the student may receive
a refund on tuition and fees for the semester the student is withdrawing from;
2) the student may receive a free semester of tuition and fees upon return to
PTC; or 3) a grade of Incomplete (I) if you are within 4 weeks of completion.
This type of withdrawal must be initiated in the Veterans Services office by
bringing in a copy of the orders and completing the PTC Deployment Form.
*If you received enough financial aid/scholarships to cover tuition and fees, you are NOT eligible for the refund for the semester. However, you will receive a tuition/fees free semester if you choose to return to PTC after the deployment.
If you have academic suspension or financial suspension, you are not eligible to receive VA benefits for the same period of time you are ineligible for financial aid. After your “no-assistance” time, you can receive your VA benefits again. To reinstate your benefits, veterans must submit to the VA a 22-1995. Dependents must submit a 22-5495 and all chapters of benefits must submit a 22-8873 to the VA and Veterans Services Office. After you have been suspended, you must register for classes through the Advisor for Veterans Services, Michele Haynes.