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Military Veterans Information

Monroe County Community College would like to welcome you and thank you for your time and service!  We are honored that you have chosen our College as your home for higher education.  This webpage is designed to assist you with educational benefits/resources and to introduce the certification procedures we have developed.  If you have additional questions, please visit the Registrar’s Office for assistance. 

How to Apply for Military Veteran Education Benefits

Post-9/11 GI Bill and other programs

The Department of Veterans Affairs administers a variety of education benefit programs. Many Veterans and active duty personnel can qualify for more than one education benefits program, including the:
     Administered in the Registrar’s Office

  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
  • Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD – Chapter 30)
  • Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
  • Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
  • Survivors’ and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA – Chapter 35)

*Veterans are responsible for upfront payment of tuition and fees for all benefits listed above except The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33).  

     Administered in the Financial Aid Office

Military Tuition Assistance

Students who are eligible for Military Tuition Assistance through any of the programs listed below should contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance.

  • Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)

Members of the Selective Reserves and National Guard may be eligible for Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA). Each service (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard) has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process, and restrictions. See your respective Military Branch FTA Website for detailed guidelines and responsibilities.

FTA Student Responsibilities:  FTA recipients should first contact their respective Education Service Officer (ESO) to seek approval for funding before registering for classes at MCCC.

Payment: Students must submit their authorization voucher for FTA to the Financial Aid Office at MCCC.  This voucher must be turned in before the payment due date for the semester, otherwise students will be at risk for being dropped from classes for non-payment.

If students receive other tuition and fees specific benefits, such as GI Bill or financial aid awards, the FTA plan or other resources may be reduced. Fees, books and supplies are NOT covered by FTA, as this is a tuition-only program.

If you need assistance with your account, please contact your unit’s Education Service Officer (ESO) or the MCCC Financial Aid Office.

  • Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (MINGSTAP)

MINGSTAP is available to members of the Michigan National Guard who (1) are active in the National Guard; (2) are not absent without leave or under UCMJ charges; and (3) meet the additional criteria established by the TAG consistent with the guard's recruiting and retention requirements.

Payment: Students must verify that their authorization from the state has been sent to the Financial Aid Office at MCCC prior to the payment due date for the semester, otherwise students will be at risk for being dropped from classes for non-payment.

  • Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)

The Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship is a workforce development program that provides tuition assistance to eligible military spouses. The scholarship helps military spouses pursue licenses, certificates, certifications or associate degrees necessary to gain employment in high demand, high growth portable career fields and occupations.

Payment: Students must verify that their authorization has been sent to the Financial Aid Office at MCCC prior to the payment due date for the semester, otherwise students will be at risk for being dropped from classes for non-payment.

MCCC’s Return Policy for Military Tuition Assistance Funds

Even though Military Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits are applied as a payment to a student’s account at the start of each semester, the student earns their TA benefits by completing their courses in the semester. If a student withdraws during his or her period of enrollment, the amount of TA benefits the student has earned up to that point is determined by a specific schedule.  The following schedule shows the percentage of TA benefits earned when a student withdraws from classes.

MCCC's Fall and Winter semesters are 15 weeks in length.  The schedule for percentage of aid earned for the Fall and Winter semesters is as follows:

Week 1: This is MCCC's 100% tuition refund period once classes have started.  MCCC will return 100% of TA funds to the provider for students who withdraw before or during the first week of classes.
During weeks 2-4: 75% return
During weeks 5-8: 50% return
During weeks 9: 40% return (60% of course is completed)
During weeks 10-15: 0% return


VA Benefits and Education Resources

How to Obtain Credit for Military Service Experience

Credit for service experience may occur in two forms.  Use of this credit is based on its appropriateness to the student’s program at Monroe County Community College.

  • A student presenting the Registrar’s Office with a DD-214 form showing a minimum of one year of service with the character of discharge being either “honorable” or “general under honorable conditions” will be awarded two semester hours of general elective credit.
  • Service personnel, having successfully completed certain approved training courses, may be awarded a limited amount of academic credit once proof of this training has been provided to the Registrar’s Office.  MCCC follows the American Council on Education Guide to the evaluation of educational experience in the armed services.


Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

  • Find a benefits counselor
  • Request a DD-214
  • Seek emergency assistance

Additional Resources for Veterans

Veterans Crisis Line... 1-800-273-8387 (Press 1)

Veterans Resource Card - pdf file

Upcoming Events

Be a guest speaker at Sunset Village Veteran's group every third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. Please contact Kallie Inman if interested at