Easy to follow steps to utilizing VA benefits at Kirtland:
Military Tuition Assistance (TA) – through your military branch
Information regarding the TA program, is located at:
- TA requests should be submitted through your military branch 10 days prior to the class start date.
- For assistance with computing tuition costs per class, please email email@example.com or call Student Financial Services.
- This program only covers tuition. Fees and textbooks/supplies are not covered.
- A class schedule/bill and a degree plan be must be upload online to gain TA authorization from your branch.
- The TA approval is sent to the student and must be forwarded to the College to avoid being deregistered for non-payment.
- If you change classes or degree programs, a new TA approval is required.
- Prior to withdrawing from a course, contact Student Financial Services in order to determine how it could impact your TA award and potential repayment obligations. The College must comply to the Return of Unearned TA Funds Policy.
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 of 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 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 a 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 to print materials or more information about the program, please visit www.mcsf.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 pertaining to the student’s declared program of study and forwards the form to the Student Financial Services Office. Enrollment and tuition are 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.