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It consists of a prescribed program ady with provision for interaction ten the student and the regularly oyed faculty of the institution of I learning. The interaction may Tsonally or through use of comcations technology,

including telephone, videoconferencing, uter technology (to include elecic mail), and other electronic

(4) Flight training which is an integral part of a standard undergraduate college degree.

(e) Graduate resident training. VA considers a graduate course to be resident training if the course

(1) Is offered through regularly scheduled, conventional classroom or laboratory sessions; or

(2) Consists of research (either on campus or in absentia) necessary for the preparation of the student's

(i) Master's thesis,
(ii) Doctoral dissertation, or

(iii) Similar treatise which is prerequisite to the degree being pursued; or

(3) Consists of a combination of training as described in paragraphs (e)(1) and (e)(2) of this section.

It is offered without any regu

scheduled, conventional classor laboratory sessions; and It is not a course listed in para(c), (d), or (e) of this section. VA considers a course to be ofin part by independent study

It is an undergraduate course; It is not classified as one of the types of courses listed in parah (c) of this section; ) It has some weeks when standard sessions are scheduled; and D) It consists of independent study lefined in paragraph (b)(1) of this lon during those weeks when there do regularly scheduled class ses

(Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3676(e), 3680A(a))

(f) Course approval. A State approving agency may approve a course offered by independent study or a combination of independent study and resident training only if

(1) The course is accredited and leads to a standard college degree; and

(2) The course meets the requirements of $21.4253.

(Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3672, 3675, 3680A(a)(4)) (61 FR 6783, Feb. 22, 1996, as amended at 62 FR 40280, July 28, 1997]

ority: 38 U.S.C. 3523, 3676(e), 3680A(a)) Scope of independent study. VA not consider any of the following les to be courses offered by indeent study. A cooperative course as defined in 23(a); A farm cooperative course; or

À course approved as corondence course.

ASSESSMENT AND PURSUIT OF COURSES

a

hority: 38 U.S.C. 3676(e), 3680A(a)) ) Undergraduate resident training. considers the following underuate courses to be resident train

A course which meets the requirets for resident institutional trainfound in 821.4265(f); A course which requires regularly duled, standard class sessions at t once every two weeks and which & total number of class sessions al to the number of credit hours rded for the course, times the numof weeks in a standard quarter or lester, as applicable; ) A course of student teaching; and

$21.4270 Measurement of courses.

(a) Measurement of trade, technical, and high school courses. Trade, technical, high school, and high school preparatory courses shall be measured as stated in this paragraph.

(1) Trade and technical courses. (i) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, if shop practice is an integral part of a trade or technical course not leading to a standard college degree

(A) A full-time enrollment is 22 clock hours per week (exclusive of supervised study) with not more than 242 hours rest period allowance;

(B) A three-quarter-time enrollment is 16 through 21 clock hours per week (exclusive of supervised study) with not more than 2 hours rest period allowance;

(C) A one-half-time enrollment is 11 through 15 clock hours per week (exclusive of supervised study) with not more than 144 hours rest period allowance;

(D) A less than one-half-time but more than one-quarter-time enrollment is 6 through 10 clock hours per week (exclusive of supervised study) with not more than 34 hour rest period allowance; and

(E) A quarter-time enrollment is 1 through 5 clock hours per week (exclusive of supervised study).

(ii) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, if theory and class instruction constitute more than 50 percent of the required hours in a trade or technical course not leading to a standard college degree, enrollments will be measured as follows. In measuring net instruction there will be included customary intervals not to exceed 10 minutes between classes. Shop practice and rest periods are excluded. Supervised instruction periods in a school's shops and the time involved in field trips and group instruction may be included in computing the clock hour requirements.

(A) A full-time enrollment is 18 clock hours net instruction per week (exclusive of supervised study);

(B) A three-quarter-time enrollment is 13 through 17 clock hours net instruction per week (exclusive of supervised study);

(C) A one-half-time enrollment is 9 through 12 clock hours net instruction per week (exclusive of supervised study);

(D) A less than one-half-time but more than one-quarter-time enrollment is 5 through 8 clock hours net instruction per week (exclusive of supervised study); and

(E) A quarter-time enrollment is 1 through 4 clock hours net instruction per week

(exclusive of supervised study).

(2) High school courses. If a student is pursuing high school courses at a rate which would result in an accredited high school diploma in four ordinary school years, VA considers him or her to be enrolled full time. Otherwise, for high school enrollments, training time will be determined as follows. (For the purpose of this paragraph, a unit is not less than one hundred and twenty 60

minute hours or

the equiva study in any subject in one a year.)

(i) A full-time enrollment is hours net instruction per week units per year or the equivalent

(ii) A three-quarter-time eni is 13 through 17 clock hours struction per week or three u year or the equivalent;

(iii) A one-half-time enrollm through 12 clock hours net ins per week or two units per yea, equivalent;

(iv) A less than one-half-ti more than one-quarter-time ment is 5 through 8 clock hours struction per week or one uniti or the equivalent; and

(v) A one-quarter-time enroll 1 through 4 clock hours net inst per week.

(3) Elementary school. For school preparatory course pun the elementary school level

(i) A full-time enrollment is 1 hours net instruction per week;

(ii) A three-quarter-time enro is 13 through 17 clock hours struction per week;

(iii) A one-half-time enrollme through 12 clock hours net insti per week;

(iv) A less than one-half-tin more than one-quarter-time ment is 5 through 8 clock hours 1 struction per week; and

(v) A one-quarter-time enrolla 1 through 4 clock hours per week

(Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3688(a))

(b) Measurement of non-college courses offered by institutions of learning. (1) Notwithstanding the sions of paragraph (a)(1) of this if a student is enrolled in a which is not leading to a standai lege degree and which is offered institution of higher learning, V measure his or her enrollment i same manner collegiate ! graduate courses are measured as ing to the provisions of paragraph this section.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisid paragraph (a)(1) of this section, student is enrolled in a course not ing to a standard college degree y

as

ered on a standard quarter- or se- (c) of this section, but will measure the ir-hour basis by an educational in- course according to the criteria in tion which is not an institution of paragraph (a)(1) of this section. r learning, VA shall measure his r enrollment in the same manner (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3688(a)(7)) llegiate undergraduate courses are

(c) Undergraduate, graduate, profespred according to the provisions

sional, and on-the-job training courses. ragraph (c) of this section, pro

Collegiate graduate, professional and I that the educational institution

on-the-job training courses shall be ires at least the same minimum

measured as stated in this table. This ber of hours of weekly attendance

shall be used for measurement of collete required by paragraph (a)(1) of

giate undergraduate courses subject to section for courses offered on a

all the measurement criteria of -hour basis. If the educational in

$21.4272. Clock hours and sessions mention does not require at least the

tioned in this table mean clock hours minimum number of hours of

and class sessions per week. Iy attendance as are required in raph (a)(1) of this section, VA will (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3482, 3532, 3677, 3687, upply the provisions of paragraph 3688)

COURSES

d school

Kind of course

Full time

4 time

Less than 1/2 more than 14

1/2 time

V4 time or less

time

14 semester

hours or
equivalent

10 through 13
semester
hours or
equivalent.

7 through 9 se

mester hours
or equivalent

4 through 6 se

mester hours
or equivalent

Mae under Standard colle

giate courses
including co-
operative and
external de-
gree pro-
grams?

1 through 3 se

mester hours or equivalent.

i grad Standard colle

giate grad
vate courses
including law
and external
degree pro-
grams

14 semester

hours or equivalent or as certified by a responsible official of the school?

10 through 13

semester hours or as certified by a responsible official of the school.

7 through 9 se

mester hours
as certified by
a responsible
official of the
school.

4 through 6 se

mester hours
or as certified
by a respon-
sible official
of the school.

1 through 3 se

mester hours
or as certified
by a respon-
sible official
of the school.

loral non- Law only 3 died

12 class ses

sions per
week.

9 through 11

class ses-
sions per
week.

6 through 8

class ses-
sions per
week.

4 through 5

class ses-
sions per
week.

1 through 3

class sessions per week.

scral e Internships and cted and residencies:

Medical, Den-
tal. Osteo-
pathic.

As established

by accrediting
association

As established

by accrediting
association or
entity offering
the internship

or residency.
13 through 17

clock hours
or 10 through
13 semester
hours, as ap-
propriate.

18 clock hours

or 14 semes-
ter hours, as
appropriate.

As established

by accrediting
association or
entity offering
the internship

or residency.
9 through 12

clock hours
or 7 through
9 semester
hours, as ap-
propriate.

Nursing, X-ray,

medical tech-
nology, med-
ical records li-
brarian, phys-
ical therapy

As established

by accrediting
association or
entity offering
the internship

or residency.
5 through 8

clock hours
or 4 through
6 semester
hours, as ap-
propriate.

As established

by accrediting association or entity offering the internship

or residency 1 through 4

clock hours
or less than 4
semester
hours, as ap-
propriate

ng estat

Apprentice or

other on-the-
jobs.

Standard work

week.

Full time only...

No provision

5 clock hours

net instruction

Farm Coopera

10 clock hours 7 clock hours tive 6

net instruc- net instruction

tion? boperative courses may be measured on a full-time basis only.

2 When the institution certifies that all undergraduate students enrolled for a minimum of 12 or 13 semester hours or the egi alent are charged full-time tuition, or considered full time for other administrative purposes, such minimum hours will establish criteria for full-time measurement. When 12 hours is properly certified as full time, VA will measure 9 through 11 hours as time, 6 through 8 hours as a time, 4 through 5 hours as less than 2 time and more than 14 time, and 1 through 3 hours as time or less. VA will measure all other undergraduate courses as indicated in the table for undergraduate or professid courses, as appropriate, but when 13 credit hours or the equivalent is certified as full time, 3/4 time will be 10 through 12 hou When, in accordance with 821.4273(a), a responsible official of a school certifies that a lesser number of hours constitute time, 74 time, 1/2 time, less than 12 time and more than 14 time, or 4 time or less, VA will accept the certification for measu ment purposes.

To meet criteria for full-time measurement in standard collegiate courses which include required noncredit deficiency cours in the absence of a certification under $21.4272(k). VA will convert the noncredit deficiency courses on the basis of the appli ble measurement criteria, as follows: 18 or 22 clock hours, 4 "Carnegie Units," or 12, 13, or 14 (as appropriate) semester ha equal full time. The credit-hour equivalent of such noncredit courses may constitute any portion of the required hours for full-ti measurement

3 Class sessions measured on basis of not less than 50 minutes of classroom instruction. Supervised study periods, chi breaks and rest periods are excluded.

"Supervised study must be excluded.

5 Full-time training will consist of the number of hours which constitute the standard workweek of the training establishme but not less than 30 hours unless a lesser number of hours is established as the standard workweek for the particular establi ment through bona fide collective bargaining between employers and employees.

6 In measuring net instruction there will be included customary intervals not to exceed 10 minutes between classes. Shop pn tice and rest periods are excluded. Supervised instruction periods in school's shops in farm cooperative programs and the ti involved in field trips and individual and group instruction may be included in computing the clock hour requirements

For full-time training the 440 clock hours a year may be prescheduled to provide not period.

[44 FR 62503, Oct. 31, 1979, as amended at 45 FR 73479, Nov. 5, 1980; 48 FR 37992, Aug. 22, 191 50 FR 21605, May 28, 1985; 50 FR 43135, Oct. 24, 1985; 54 FR 48549, Dec. 1, 1988; 54 FR 33891, Au 17, 1989; 57 FR 29804, July 7, 1992; 57 FR 35628, Aug. 10, 1992; 61 FR 6784, Feb. 22, 1996; 62 F 55760, Oct. 28, 1997)

$21.4271 (Reserved]

$21.4272 Collegiate course measure

ment. VA will measure a college level course in an institution of higher learning on a credit-hour basis provided all the conditions under para graph (a) or (b) of this section are met. See also $21.4273.

(Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3688)

(a) Degree courses-accredited or candidate, VA will measure a degree course on a credit-hour basis when

(1) An institution of higher learning offers the course; and

(2) A nationally recognized accrediting association either

(i) Accredits the institution of higher learning, or

(ii) Recognizes the institution as a candidate for accreditation; and

(3) The credits earned in the course can be applied towards an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree which is

(i) Appropriate to the level of the institution of higher learning's accreditation, or

(ii) Appropriate to the level of the institution of higher learning's candidacy for accreditation; and

(4) The course is offered on a semester-hour or quarter-hour basis, and

(5) The degree to which the couri credits are applicable either

(i) Is granted by the institution higher learning offering the course,

(ii) Is a part of a concurrent enrol ment as described in 821.4233(b), or

(iii) Is being pursued by a noi matriculated student as provided 1 $21.4252 (1), (2) or (3).

(b) Degree courses-nonaccredited. V will measure on a credit-hour basis degree course which does not meet th requirements of paragraph (a) of th section when

(1) The course is offered on semester- or quarter-hour basis, and

(2) The course leads to an associat baccalaureate, or higher degree, whic is granted by the school offering th degree under authority specificall conferred by a State education agency and

(3) The school will furnish a lette from a State university or letters froi three schools that are full members a nationally recognized accrediting a sociation. In each letter the State un versity or accredited school must cei tify either:

(i) That credits have been accepte on transfer at full value without re: ervation, in partial fulfillment of th requirements for a baccalaureate 0 higher degree for at least three stu dents within the last 5 years, and tha

(3) The quotient resulting from the use of the formula is called equivalent credit hours. VA treats equivalent credit hours as credit hours for measurement purposes.

(Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3688(b))

(h)–(i) [Reserved]

(j) Course measurement; credit course taken under special circumstances. If a course is acceptable for credit, but the educational institution does not award credit to the veteran or eligible person because he or she has not met college entrance requirements or for some other valid reason, the Department of Veterans Affairs will measure the course as though it were pursued for credit, provided the veteran or eligible person performs all of the work prescribed for other students who are enrolled for credit.

(Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3688(b))

(k) Course measurement; noncredit courses. (1) Except for courses leading to a secondary school diploma or equivalent, the Department of Veterans Affairs will measure noncredit courses given by an institution of higher learning on a quarter- or semester-hour basis if the institution considers them to be the equivalent, for other administrative purposes, of undergraduate courses that lead to a standard college degree at the institution of higher learning.

(2) The Department of Veterans Affairs shall measure other noncredit courses under the appropriate criteria of $21.4270.

(3) Where a school requires a veteran or eligible person to pursue noncredit deficiency, remedial

refresher courses in order to meet scholastic or entrance requirements, the school will certify the credit-hour equivalent of the noncredit deficiency, remedial or refresher courses in addition to the credit hours for which the veteran or eligible person is enrolled. The Department of Veterans Affairs will measure

or

t 40 percent of the subjects withb curriculum, for which creditheasurement is sought, has been ed without reservation by the ing State university or accredhool, or That in the last 5 years at least students, who have received a aureate or higher degree as a reof having completed the nonited course, have been admitted it reservation into a graduate or ed professional program offered certifying State university or ited school.

lity: 38 U.S.C. 3688(b)) Reserved) Course measurement general. When dergraduate course qualifies for phour measurement, VA will are it according to the table cond in $21.4270(c) of this part.

kortty: 38 U.S.C. 3688(a); Pub. L. 99–576) 0 [Reserved) Course measurement; nonstandard (1) When a term is not a standard ster or quarter as defined in go(b), the Department of Veterans $ will determine the equivalent 1-time training by: Multiplying the credits to be d in the term by 18 if credit is ed in semester hours, or by 12 if I is granted in quarter hours, and Dividing the product by the numI whole weeks in the term. In determining whole weeks for formula VA will

Determine the number of days 1 the beginning to the end of the | as certified by the educational intion, substracting any vacation id of 7 days or more; Divide the number of days in the I by 7; D) Disregard a remainder of 3 days 88. and Consider 4 days or more to be a le week.

hority: 38 U.S.C. 3688(b))

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