Easy to follow steps to utilizing VA benefits at Kirtland:
Federal Educational Benefit Programs
Programs available to veterans, dependents, and selected reservists are:
- Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill
- Chapter 30, Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty Educational Assistance Program
- Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation Veterans (for service disabled veterans)
- Chapter 1606, Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program
- Chapter 35, Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA) for a spouse, son, daughter, stepchild or adopted child of a Veteran who is permanently disabled, or dies of, a service connected disability.
Federal Tuition Assistance (TA)
- Soldiers must request Tuition Assistance through www.GoArmyEd.com prior to the course start date.
- Tuition Assistance is requested on a course-by-course basis.
- GoArmyEd will notify the Soldier whether the TA is approved or not. If the TA request is not approved, GoArmyEd will advise the Soldier of the reason and next steps.
- All drops/withdrawals must take place through GoArmyEd. Soldiers who do not successfully complete a class will be required to repay the TA. Soldiers who are unable to successfully complete a class due to military reasons must request a Withdrawal for Military Reasons through GoArmyEd and complete all required steps to ensure that they will not be charged.
Military Spouse Career Advancement
Unofficially referred to as Spouse Tuition Assistance, the Department of Defense recently expanded Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program can provide up to $4,000 of Financial Assistance for military spouses. Visit www.military.com/education for more information and links to apply.
Additional Funding for Veterans/Dependents
Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance (MING-STAP)
State Tuition Assistance is available to active Soldiers and Airmen of the Michigan National Guard currently in good standing. Students must apply no later than the first week of classes. Payment is sent directly to the College of up to $6,000 annually for tuition and mandatory fees. It is recommended to utilize this program first and then FTA if tuition/fees exceed $6,000 for the academic year. A GPA of 2.0 must be maintained. To apply, go to www.michigan.gov/mingstap
Michigan Children of Veterans Tuition Grant (CVTG)
The State of Michigan offers the CVTG to children of deceased or disabled members of the armed forces. To be eligible, a student must be the natural or adopted child of a Michigan veteran, be older than 16 and less than 26 years of age who have been Michigan residents for 12 months prior to applying. Stepchildren of the veteran are not eligible. The veteran must have been a legal resident of Michigan immediately before entering military service and must not have later resided outside of Michigan for more than two years; or the veteran must have established legal residency in Michigan after entering military service. Full-time students can receive up to a maximum of $2,800 per academic year. Click here for the application.
Michigan Veterans Trust Fund Emergency Grants
Temporary assistance granted by the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund (MVTF) for emergencies or hardships is available to eligible wartime veterans and their families, residing in the State. For more information contact the State at (517)284-5299 or go to Michigan Veterans Trust Fund Emergency Grants online.
National Guard Grant
Kirtland awards a small grant based on fees for eligible Michigan Air and Army National Guard members if the student owes after using all the MING-STAP benefit. The application is listed on the Important Forms page.
Children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen
This scholarship is for the children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen pursuing a post-secondary education at any accredited school—whether that be a career training, trade school, community college, or four-year university. This is a financial need scholarship and will be awarded to every eligible applicant.
The scholarship application is open year-round for students pursuing career and technical education programs less than 12 months in length. Students can apply at www.mcsf.org/cte. For programs longer than 12 months, the application is open from January 1 to March 1 each year. Click here for a digital brochure. If you would like print materials or more information about the program, please visit www.mcsf.org or e-mail email@example.com.
VA Application Process
The VA encourages all applicants to apply online a https://www.va.gov/education/. This is the quickest way to have your eligibility determined. The application process can take 8 to 12 weeks so students should apply a full semester before they intend to enroll in college. For questions on how to apply for benefits or what benefits each program offers, call the VA at 1-888-442-4551.
Certification of Enrollment
After registering for classes, a Veterans Benefits Certification Request form should be completed and given to your academic advisor. The advisor confirms all courses pertain to the student’s declared program of study and forwards the form to the Student Financial Services Office. Enrollment and tuition is generally reported to the VA no later than the third week of the semester.
Paying for Classes
Chapters 30, 35 & 1606 pay a monthly stipend directly to the student. Students utilizing these programs are solely responsible for payment by the due date. A FAFSA application should be completed to determine eligibility for grants & loans. A monthly payment plan is also available but payments to the College need to begin prior to receiving the VA stipends.
Other programs such as Chapter 33, MING-STAP, CVTG will pay tuition directly to the College. If eligible for grants & loans, they can be used in addition to a VA benefit to help cover other educational expenses.
Student Financial Services Office
Kirtland Community College
4800 W 4 Mile Road
Grayling, MI 49738
989-275-5000 ext. 257
Service Members Opportunity College (SOC)
Kirtland Community College is designated as a Service Members Opportunity College (SOC). The designation means the college understands service members’ special needs and is receptive to working with them. The college also participates in the Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP) as future students enlist in the U.S. Army.