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Veterans - Other Important Information
The FLC VA certifying official usually processes submitted paperwork within one week; two weeks during peak periods. Processing of the initial VA application takes at least 8-10 weeks at the VA Muskogee Regional Processing Office; subsequent paperwork usually takes 6-8 weeks.
Selecting a Major
Veterans and dependents are required to declare a two-year major as listed in FLC’s catalog, a certificate program as listed in FLC’s catalog, or a transfer major based on four-year school’s articulation agreements with CSU or UC and FLC. Students can only pursue one goal at a time, i.e., transfer program versus associate's degree.
What is a Major?
A major consists of general education classes, major courses as prescribed in the catalog and electives (only as required by a specific major). The VA pays for required remedial/refresher courses as determined by testing through the assessment office, specifically Math, English and Reading classes. Refresher/remedial courses are numbered between 1 and 99 and are not usable towards AA or transfer degrees.
General Education Requirements – give the student an opportunity to have a well-rounded education and are mandatory for degree requirements.
Major Requirements - involve courses that pertain only to your major and must be followed to maintain your benefits. Your major is an important part of your education equation.
Electives - are the courses that remain after you account for GE and Major courses:
•For an AA degree, if your pattern has a high number of major requirements, then you may have no room for electives. Hence electives will not be payable.
•For a Four year degree, depending on the size of your major pattern, you could have room for electives. This is done on a case by case basis, but usually BS degrees heavy in math and science courses, have no room for electives. On the other hand, many BA degrees have room for electives.
The VA requires that every veteran student complete an education plan. Once an ed plan is done, the VA certifying official will check semester courses against the ed plan. Courses are also checked for pay-ability at the start of each new term.
Make sure that your courses are payable to your major prior to actually enrolling in classes. We will aid you as much as possible, but students are ultimately responsible for the courses they register in. If once you get a copy of the education plan you do not agree with your plan, you must contact your counselor to clear any discrepancies.
Academic and Progress Standards
Veteran students should be aware of the standards of satisfactory progress and attendance for GI Bill recipients attending FLC. A student who fails to maintain FLC’s academic standards of progress and is dismissed must be terminated from VA benefits for “Unsatisfactory Attendance, Conduct, or Progress”.
Our district’s dismissal policy is as follows:
Academic Dismissal: A student on Academic Dismissal is subject to dismissal when the student earns a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 in all units attempted in each of three consecutive semesters.
Progress Dismissal: A student on Progress Dismissal is subject to dismissal if one half or more of the units in which the student has been enrolled have recorded entries of “W”, “I”, and “NC” in at least three consecutive semesters.
A dismissed student must meet with a counselor to petition for readmit after dismissal. It is the student’s responsibility to detail those circumstances in writing on a petition for readmission after dismissal. In these cases, the college must report to the VA that the student was subject to dismissal but allowed to remain enrolled by appeal and submit an enrollment certification terminating the student effective the last day of the term in which progress was unsatisfactory. We would then submit an enrollment certification re-enrolling the student the beginning of the next term.