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Veteran Affairs (VA) Principles of Excellence Designation


The Student Veterans Resource Center is proud to announce that UC San Diego now holds the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Principles of Excellence designation. This VA designation is a key component of the VA GI Bill Comparison tool which helps recipients of the GI Bill search and find the best institution for them. The designation is awarded after the VA has verified that the institution meets the following guidelines.

Schools that are part of the program must:

  • Give you a written personal summary of the total cost of your educational program, including:

    • The costs covered by your benefits.

    • The financial aid you may qualify for.

    • Your expected student-loan debt after you graduate.

    • Other information to help you compare aid packages offered by different schools.

  • Give you an educational plan with a timeline showing how and when you can fulfill everything required for you to graduate.

  • Assign you a point of contact who will give you ongoing academic and financial advice (including access to disability counseling).

  • Allow for you to be gone for both long and short periods of time due to service obligations (service you must fulfill) for active-duty service members and Reservists.

  • Make sure all new programs are accredited (officially approved) before enrolling students.

  • Make sure their refund policies follow Title IV rules, which guide federal student financial aid programs.

  • End fraudulent (deceitful) and aggressive methods of recruiting

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