Based on recently passed legislation (Senate Bill 3503, signed into law March 21, 2020), an IHL which converts an approved residence training modality course to an online training modality for that course (distance learning), should not submit changes when the conversion is the only factor. The law only authorizes this special authority from March 1, 2020, to December 21, 2020.
- Educational institutions which convert modalities as described above do not need to submit enrollment adjustments for the current term.
- Only converted courses – SCOs cannot certify resident credit hours to VA for online courses when there is no approval for a resident training counterpart.
- The new law applies equally to current and new students enrolled in the converted courses.
- In order to avoid confusion and the need to make multiple changes to enrollments, VA is asking all schools to temporarily refrain from making any future enrollment certifications (not already submitted in VA ONCE) if training has changed due to COVID-19. VA will provide further guidance as soon as possible.