Veterans & Active Military
Veteran Resource Representative, Melissa Colby
Our Veteran Resource Representative, Melissa Colby, is located in the Learning Support Services Department with a singular focus in assisting active-duty members, reservists, veterans and their family members. Melissa also assists to resolve problems that could interfere with their educational and employment goals.
(231) 348-6820 or firstname.lastname@example.org
North Central Semester Certification of Credits
North Central students utilizing veteran benefits will need to submit the VA Registration/Certification form each semester in order to have their credits certified by North Central to the VA. Please print, complete and submit the form to Melissa Colby, VA Representative at North Central.
This federal program provides educational benefits for veterans who entered military service after July 1, 1985. Veterans who entered military service before January 1, 1977 and served actively for at least 2 years after July 1, 1985 may also be eligible.
This federal program provides educational benefits to eligible disabled veterans.
This federal program is for students who have served on active duty after 9/10/01 for: a minimum of 90 aggregate days (excluding entry level and skill training); and at least 30 continuous days if discharged for a service-connected disability.
This federal program provides educational benefits to children between ages 18 and 26, spouses, and widows/widowers of totally disabled or deceased veterans.
This federal program provides educational benefits to persons who entered a six year selected reserve obligation after July 1, 1985 and completed Active Duty for Training. This includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp. and Coast Guard Reserves, as well as the Army National Guard and the Air Guard.
Eligible reservist or National Guard member if served active duty 90 continuous days or more after 9/11/01.
CHAMPVA is a health benefit program in which the Department of Veterans Affairs shares the cost of certain health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries. For more details, including the application, visit http://www.va.gov. STUDENTS MUST CONTACT THE NORTH CENTRAL VA CERTIFYING OFFICIAL EACH SEMESTER IN ORDER TO REQUEST THE SCHOOL CERTIFICATION LETTER BE SENT FOR CONTINUED ELIGIBILITY.
Michigan Children of Veterans Tuition Grant - Public Act 248
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. For further details regarding Michigan educational assistance for veterans and their dependents please go to : http://michigan.gov/dmva. STUDENTS MUST SUBMIT LETTER OF ELIGIBILITY TO Veteran Representative Melissa Colby.
For more information regarding Veterans Educational Benefits go to www.gibill.va.gov
Applying for Educational Benefits for the First Time
- Complete the VA application online or a hard copy can be printed, completed, and sent in to the VA to apply for educational benefits.
- Bring in or mail a copy of the VA application for education benefits to the Financial Aid Office, 1515 Howard Street, Petoskey, MI 49770 along with a copy of veteran’s DD214.
- Contact theNorth Central Veteran Representative, Melissa Colby at (231) 348-6820 for list of additional documents needed for your file.
- If you have not received notice of approval for benefits from the VA after 4-6 weeks, contact the VA Office at (888) 442-4551.
- Complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov
When completing the FAFSA, do NOT include funds received from these resources as income: VA education benefits under chapters 1606, 1607, 30, 33, 35, Section 903, REPS, ROTC (title 10 chapter 2), ROTC (title 37 chapter 2) and chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits.
Continuing Your Educational Benefits
Student will need to contact the VA Certifying Official every term that they would like to utilize their educational benefits. It will be necessary to fill out the Veteran Registration/Certification Form each term in order to get your credits certified to the VA.
Role of the College
The role of the College is to certify your enrollment each semester to the VA and to monitor any changes in enrollment. We also assess academic progress after each semester. All other correspondence and communication is directly between you and the VA. However, we will be happy to try and answer questions you may have.
Amount of Educational Benefits
The amount of monthly benefit is dependent upon the VA educational program you qualified under and the number of credit hours you enroll in each semester. Current rates are available online at http://gibill.va.gov/resources/benefits-resources/rates-tables.html.
Maximum Number of Credit Hours for Educational Benefits
Students may only receive veteran’s educational benefits at North Central for degree program requirements. At the point a student completes the requirements, eligibility for benefits at North Central ceases. A student may request approval by the VA for a change in program of study. The form “Request for Change of Program or Place of Training” will need to be on file at North Central as well as the new evaluated plan for new program of study.
Federal regulations require that students receiving veterans’ educational benefits must be making satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their program. The satisfactory academic progress policy for students receiving veterans’ educational benefits at North Central Michigan College is outlined below.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards
- All full and part time students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or greater. Satisfactory academic progress will be reviewed at the end of each semester. Your benefits may be terminated if you do not meet minimum academic progress standards at North Central.
- A student will be placed on veteran’s probation when their cumulative grade point falls below 2.00, the minimum level considered to be in good academic standing. A student placed on veteran academic probation will have two semesters of enrollment to bring their cumulative grade point average up to 2.00 or above. Failure to do so may result in suspension of veteran educational benefits. If the veteran fails to come off probation after the probationary period, they will no longer be certified for veteran's educational benefits and the College will inform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that the student has failed to come off probation and is not eligible for aid.
- A student will be recertified for veteran’s educational benefits once they have attained the cumulative GPA required by the policy for the credit hours attempted and met with an academic advisor.
- A student has the right to appeal termination of veteran’s educational benefits to the Director of Financial Aid. The appeal must be made in writing and provide reasons why satisfactory academic progress was not maintained. Supportive documentation may be required of the student. The Director, after review of the appeal, will inform the student, in writing of the decision. A student wishing to appeal the decision of the Director may do so in writing to the Dean of Student Services. Decisions by the Dean are considered final and may include specific requirements for retention if the student is permitted to continue enrollment.
Change in Program or Place of Training
The VA generally allows students to change their degree program. Students must file VA Form 22-1995 to request a program change and meet with an academic advisor to create an evaluated educational plan for new program of study.
Students planning to enroll at another college after completion of their coursework at North Central should complete VA Form 22-1995 to request approval for a change in place of training. These forms are available in North Central’s Financial Aid Office or at the VA web site: www.gibill.va.gov
Course Withdrawal and Mitigating Circumstances
At the beginning of each semester, the Financial Aid Office forwards an Enrollment Certification to the VA certifying the number of semester credit hours for each student eligible for educational benefits. At any point a student drops credit hours or withdraws from class(es), the college must inform the VA. If, by dropping credit hours, a veteran changes his/her enrollment status, the result may be an overpayment that the veteran will be required to repay to the VA unless there are “mitigating” circumstances.
Examples of mitigating circumstances are prolonged illness, severe illness or death in the immediate family, and unscheduled changes in your employment or work schedule. Unacceptable mitigating circumstances include withdrawal to avoid a failing grade, dislike of instructor, or too many courses attempted.
In a situation regarding mitigating circumstances, you will need to contact the VA. You will have to establish, in writing, that you withdrew for a reason that was beyond your control.
VA ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE
Veterans Administration Regional Office
P.O. Box 66830
St. Louis, MI 63166-6830
(888) 442-4551 (Educational Benefits #)
Melissa Colby: (231) 348-6820
Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE)
What is WAVE?
Wave (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment) is a Web based program that allows you to submit your monthly verification of enrollment, check on status of your record, and report changes in enrollment.
Where is the WAVE?
To access the WAVE, go to the GI Bill home page, www.gibill.va.gov/wave/ and click on WAVE links (left side of page) and follow the log-in instructions.
Why should you use WAVE?
It's available 24-hours-a-day, eliminated the possibility of being lost in the mail, and benefit checks will be issued faster. "No Change" verifications submitted via the WAVE will be processed within 24 hours.
What else can I do on the WAVE?
You can find out the following:
- Has my request for benefits been processed?
- Click on "Benefit Status Information" to see if VA has updated your record to show your current enrollment. If you've received benefits in a previous semester, your record will display on WAVE.
- Has my monthly verification "hit"?
- You can see if your verification has been processed, including changes in your enrollment. Be sure to allow two business days for processing of "no-change" verifications. It's not a "real time" system. Changes to your enrollment will take longer.
- Can I start or change my direct deposit?
- You can use WAVE to submit your direct deposit information. The information is sent to our Direct Deposit Center for processing.
- Can the VA send me a reminder to do my monthly verification?
- If you choose, WAVE will e-mail you a reminder to verify at the first of the month and again mid-month if you still need to verify. WAVE can also send you your password if you forget it.
You don't have Internet Access?
The VA also developed an Interactive Voice Response IVR system for those that don't have access to the Internet. Just dial (877) 823-2378 and follow the instructions. However, for any changes to enrollment, you must use the WAVE system. No monthly verification can be accepted by the VA prior to the last day of the month; and please, only submit once each month.
MICHIGAN VETERAN EDUCATION INITIATIVE
Veterans at North Central Michigan College have access to a new program launched by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and the Michigan College Access Network, called the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative. It is expected that 30,000-50,000 veterans will leave the military and transition to Michigan in the next five years. North Central is taking the necessary steps to increase knowledge regarding veterans and their family members on campus in order to maintain an environment conducive for success.
- Application/coordination of local, state and federal benefits available from Department of Veteran Affairs in following areas: education, employment, healthcare and quality of life.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) assistance.
- Assist with documentation required by VA School Certifying Official.
- Priority registration.
- Student account payment options.
- Liaison between student and campus community.
VETERAN AFFAIRS SCHOOL CERTIFYING OFFICIAL - EMILY BONGIOVANNI
Phone/Fax: (231) 348-6617
VETERAN SERVICE OFFICERS
EMMET COUNTY - JIM ALTON
Phone: (231) 348-1780
CHARLEVOIX COUNTY - JOHN HESS
Phone: (231) 547-7220
CHEBOYGAN COUNTY - MELLISSA HOKANS
Phone: (231) 627-8833
OTSEGO COUNTY - MARLENE HOPP
Phone: (989) 731-7575
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