University description (as per official university website)
VERNON COLLEGE MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of Vernon College is teaching, learning, and leading.
Vernon College is a comprehensive community college that integrates education with opportunity through our instructional programs and student services.
Therefore, the college will provide:
Technical programs up to two years in length leading to associate degrees or certificates;
Vocational programs leading directly to employment in semi-skilled and skilled occupations;
Freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences, including the new core and field of study curricula leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees;
Continuing adult education programs for occupational upgrading or personal enrichment;
Compensatory education programs designed to fulfill the commitment of an admissions policy allowing the enrollment of disadvantaged students;
A continuing program of counseling and guidance designed to assist students in achieving their individual educational goals;
Workforce development programs designed to meet local and statewide needs;
Support services for educational programs and college-related activities;
Adult literacy and other basic skills programs for adults; and
Such other programs as may be prescribed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or local governing boards in the best interest of postsecondary education in Texas.
The financial aid programs available at VC are administered according to the laws and guidelines of each program. Essentially, eligibility requirements are the same for all Federal and State financial aid programs. Recipients of financial assistance must:
1. Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen and have a valid social security number;
2. Be registered with Selective Service if a male who is at least 18 years old and born after December 31, 1959, unless you are not required to register;
3. Have a high school diploma or GED certificate;
4. Show documented financial need;
5. Be enrolled or plan to enroll at least part-time as a regular student in an eligible program. The Pell Grant and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant programs will permit eligible students to enroll less than half time and still qualify for assistance;
6. Be working toward a degree or certificate;
7. Maintain satisfactory academic progress in a course of study;
8. Not be in default on any loan or owe a refund on any grant made under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, at any institution; and
9. Not have a conviction for violating any federal or state drug possession or sale law while receiving financial aid.