MVSC Covid-19 Information

Military and Veterans Success Center

Resources for Students Impacted by Covid-19

MVSC Face Book:  https://www.facebook.com/UT-Tyler-Military-and-Veterans-Success-Center-1940741462603291/

MVSC Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/themvscinsta/

MVSC Zoom Session Schedule

Student Veterans Group Faccebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/svouttyler/

Twitter: The MVSC at UT Tyler    @MvscUt

Email: mvsc@uttyler.edu

VA Press Release Webpage

UT Tyler Coronavirus page

 

MVSC Updates

4/23/2020

UT Tyler announced all summer classes will be online

Classes with labs etc. will be offered in a future term

Based what the VA instructed us to do

We still have to wait to do certifications for summer untill told to do so.

We are working on getting a complete list of classes that were going to be resident (face to face) for Summer 2020.

Those classes and only those classes will be reported as resident hours with a Covid-19 comment.  

Returning students who were getting resident BAH/MHA for Spring 2020 at UT tyler are suppose to get resident BAH/MHA

Note Houston, Longview, Tyler classes that were x4x sections still count as online per VA requirements.  Even if they combined them with a 001 section and converted it to 06x sections.

 

 

Student who were online only and any new UT Tyler students will probably get only the online rate.  

Please undersand, we just report the way we are told to report. The VA will determine the pay rate.

 

4/6/2020

We still are not allowed to certify any summer sessions.  Normally we would be starting initial certifications for CH33 for anone over half time and not on active duty or the spouse of an active duty service member around mid-april for summer. We spoke to the VA today to confirm we are still holding, and they said to not certify summer untill told to do so.

If delayed, that would delay payments of housing/book stipends/allowances for summer sessions.

This is our projected processing calendar for Summer 2020, but we are waiting for authorization to do initial certs for CH33.  

 

This should not affect CH31 VR&E, at least we have not been told it will, yet.

 

3/27/2020

VA updates are posted below. We have a VA teleconference on Monday but expect it will be much of the same information.  It appears we will not be able to legally certify any Summer until at least May 1 as of now.  There is a bill being pushed by SVA to help pay Federal VA Work Study students. We have no update yet but know that SVA is working hard to get that done as quickly as possible.

We are committed to staying in touch during this time. We know many veterans can feel like they are alone, and we want you to know that you are very much NOT alone.  If you have any needs, let us know so we can see what we can help with.

To meet you where you are, we have set up Twitter for news blasts only (think updates from VA, reminders of sessions in Zoom), Zoom sessions every Monday and Friday to give you updates, some Q and A time, or just a chance to connect, (those links are below), Instagram you will need to watch for some contests (start taking some funny pictures of your bored self or what you are d doing during this uncertain time) and our MVSC Face Book page will be updated as-well-as going live on FB.  If you have any other suggestions let us know.

 

3/25/2020

As you all know, classes have moved online for the remainder of the semester.  As of now, we see no significant changes to military education benefits. Updates and changes are coming daily. As of today, we are keeping the office open and following social distancing guidelines.  All emails and phone calls are being answered.  Even if we are forced to shelter in place, we will be able to do most of the work from home. 

To help you stay up to date, we have redesigned the Military and Veterans Success Center Face Book page found here:  https://www.facebook.com/UT-Tyler-Military-and-Veterans-Success-Center-1940741462603291/   Go to the page and give it a like for the latest as we get it.

The MVSC has launched a new Instagram account as well. Feel free to check us out: https://www.instagram.com/themvscinsta/

The Student Veterans Group can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/svouttyler/ 

The SVO is made up of every typer of military affiliated student we have here: Married, Divorced, Widowed, prior service, all ages and all branches. They perform community service and help keep an eye on each other.

The MVSC will be going live with updates as the SVO will also be adding links with jobs and up to date information.

We will try to update this COVID 19 page as much as possible. 

If you have any questions or direct needs, please reach out to us at mvsc@uttyler.edu   

 

VA Updates

4/23/2020

Veterans and survivors recieving Compensation(disability) or pension from the VA are supposed to get thier Covid-19 economic impact checks even if they did not file taxes. The VA is working with the Treasury.

 

3/23/2020

For Spring 2020 MHA payments will stay the same/will not be reduced to the online rate.   President Trump signed a bill to protect students GI Bill Housing allowance.

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

 

3/30/2020

Attended online webinar.  VA only read the questions and answers from the FAQ dated 3/24/2020

 

3/24/2020

FAQ from VA