Application instructions for military benefits

Steps for Veterans Benefits (GI Bill®)

  1. Apply for VA Education Benefits (GI Bill®) 
    1. Veteran application: https://www.vets.gov/education/
    2. “Claim” you are making
      • First time application: Form 22-1990 “Application for VA Education Benefits”
      • To transfer your GI Bill® to MCC from another college: Form 22-1995, “Change of Program or place of Training”
    3. Qualify for more than one VA Program? Compare the benefits here: https://www.vets.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool/
    4. Once you complete your application for education benefits, the VA will mail you a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE). Please set an appointment to turn this in to the Veterans Office as instructed – it is needed before any payments can be applied.
  1. Request Military Credit Transcripts and previous official college transcripts. Most transcripts can be sent electronically.
    • Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard transcripts: https://jst.doded.mil/
    • Community College of the Air Force transcripts: http://www.au.af.mil
    • If mailing paper transcripts is required, send to: Transcript Evaluation Muskegon Community College 221 S. Quarterline Road, Muskegon, MI 49442
  1. Locate your DD-214 (Version: Member 4 or Service 2)
  1. Set an appointment to turn in your CoE and DD-214 to the Veterans Office. You will then complete your final steps to begin payment on your GI Bill. Call 231-777-0342 for an appointment.

 

Reserve & National Guard Benefits

  1. Apply for VA Education Benefits (GI Bill®
    1. Apply online: https://www.vets.gov/education/
      • Claim you are making: Ch 1606, “Montgomery GI Bill – Select Reserve”
      • The VA pays the GI Bill® by direct deposit. Have a bank routing number and bank account number on hand to complete the application.
    2. Qualify for more than one program? Compare which could be best for you here: https://www.vets.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool/
    3. Once you complete your application, the VA will mail you a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE). Please set an appointment to turn this in to the Veterans Office as instructed – it is needed before any payments can be applied.
  1. Request Military Credit Transcripts and previous official college transcripts. Most transcripts can be sent electronically.
    • Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard transcripts: https://jst.doded.mil/
    • Community College of the Air Force transcripts: http://www.au.af.mil
    • If mailing paper transcripts is required, send to: Transcript Evaluation, Muskegon Community College, 221 S. Quarterline Road, Muskegon, MI 49442
  1. Locate your DD-214 (Version: Member 4 or Service 2)
  1. Apply for Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (MINGSTAP): https://mingstapapp.state.mi.us/
    • You have up to $6,000 per academic year (Fall, Winter & Summer semesters)
    • You must designate how much funding you want to use per semester
    • Each Fall semester, a new academic year and new $6,000 limit start
  2. Set an appointment to turn in your CoE and DD-214 to the Veterans Office. You will then complete your final steps to begin payment on your GI Bill. Call 231-777-0342 for an appointment.

Benefits for Family Members (spouses and dependents)

  1. VA Chapter 35 Dependents Educational Assistance

    1. Application for Spouses, Dependents & Survivors of deceased or disabled veterans: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/apply#education
      • First time application: Form 22-5490 “Application for Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance”
      • To transfer your benefits from another college: Form 22-5495, “Dependents’ Request for Change of Program or Place of Training”
    2. Once you complete your application for education benefits, the VA will mail you a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE). Please set an appointment to turn this in to the Veterans Office as instructed – it is needed before any payments can be applied.
  1. Request Military Credit Transcripts and previous official college transcripts. Most transcripts can be sent electronically.
    • Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard transcripts: https://jst.doded.mil/
    • Community College of the Air Force transcripts: http://www.au.af.mil
    • If mailing paper transcripts is required, send to: Transcript Evaluation Muskegon Community College 221 S. Quarterline Road, Muskegon, MI 49442
  1. Locate the veteran’s form DD-214 (Version: Member 4 or Service 2)
  1. Set an appointment to turn in your CoE and DD-214 to the Veterans Office. You will then complete your final steps to begin payment on your GI Bill. Call 231-777-0342 for an appointment.

 

Children of Veterans Tuition Grant

The Children of Veterans Tuition Grant Act is designed to provide undergraduate tuition assistance to certain children older than 16 and less than 26 years of age who have been Michigan residents for the 12 months prior to application. To be eligible a student must be the natural or adopted child of a Michigan veteran. The veteran must have been a legal resident of Michigan immediately before entering military service and did not later reside outside of Michigan for more than two years; or the veteran must have established legal residency in Michigan after entering military service.

The Michigan Higher Education Assistance Authority administers the program. Please contact:

Michigan Department of Treasury

Office of Scholarships and Grants

Michigan Higher Education Assistance Authority

PO Box 30462

Lansing, MI 48909-7962

(517)373-7120

or click here for the Application to Determine Eligibility for Educational Benefits