Checklist for First Time VA Students
1. Apply to MCC as a degree-seeking student (it’s free!): www.muskegoncc.edu/apply
- The Enrollment Services office will contact you by mail with further information
- New VA Students need to complete all admissions steps for a successful start at MCC, these steps can be done at the same time as the VA benefit steps below
2. Apply for VA Education Benefits (GI Bill) through your eBenefits Account or the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP)
- Information on the different VA education benefits is available here: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/education_programs.asp
- Qualify for more than one program? Compare which could be best for you here: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/comparison_tool.asp
- Once you compete your application for education benefits, VA will mail you a Letter of Eligibility — Please bring in a copy of this letter as instructed, as it is needed before any payments can be applied.
- eBenefits: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/
- VONAPP direct link: http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/
3. Request Military Credit Transcripts and previous official college transcripts to be mailed to:
Records Auditor, Room 100-H
Muskegon Community College
221 S. Quarterline Road
Muskegon, MI 49442
Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard: https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do
4. Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
5. Bring a copy of your DD-214 or NOBE (Notice of Basic Eligibility) to the Veterans Office in Room 103
6. Read, initial, and sign the Veterans Responsibility Form. Paper forms are available in the Veterans Office (Room 103), please contact the Veterans Office with any questions on the items in this form
7. Each semester you want to use your VA benefits at MCC, you must complete a Certification Request Form. This is one of your last steps, and should be done after you register for classes. The Certification Request is available in your MyMCC account. This will be available to your after you attend MCC New Student Orientation.
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
or click here for the Application to Determine Eligibility for Educational Benefits