Please know that applying for your VA educational benefits can be a long process from start to finish. It is best to start the paperwork as early as possible to ensure that the processing of your benefits is complete well in advance of the start of each semester. Please use our step by step guide below:
1) In general, students may apply for benefits under one of the following chapters associated with VA educational benefits:
Qualify by Reserve enlistment but have at least 90 consecutive days of active duty service after Sept. 11, 2001. (Legislation was recently passed to sunset this program - please click on the link above or call the VA Hotline at 1-888-442-4551 for more information.)
Note: If you are eligible for Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill ® at the 100% rate, or Chapter 31 - Voc Rehab you will not be eligible for state aid awards (TAP/VTA or DoD TA).
Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA):
Benefits paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application processes, and restrictions. The money is usually paid directly by the service branch to the college.
Each of the military branches have information for their processes at www.military.com
If choosing direct deposit for your benefits delivery, be sure to have your bank account number and routing number ready. If you don't have account information, you can update with the VA later with this form: Direct Deposit Enrollment Form
3) Once the VA processes your claim, you should receive a Certificate of Eligibility in the mail. (If you receive a denial letter and are unsure as to why, please contact the VA at 1-888-442-4551.)
Bring your Certificate of Eligibility and DD-214 to the Veteran Services Office.
4) Admissions - If you are a new student, transfer student, or re-admitting student, you should apply for admission to the college. You can apply online or print out a paper application from here: Apply
Request your official high school transcripts and/or GED scores and diploma.
Request your official college transcripts if you have attended another college besides MCC.