Veterans Educational Benefits
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 Certifying Representative at North Central.
Chapter 30- Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
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.
Chapter 31-Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment.
This federal program provides educational benefits to eligible disabled veterans.
Chapter 33- Post 9/11 GI Bill
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.
Chapter 35- Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA)
This federal program provides educational benefits to children between ages 18 and 26, spouses, and widows/widowers of totally disabled or deceased veterans.
Chapter 1606- Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB-SR)
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.
Chapter 1607- Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
Eligible reservist or National Guard member if served active duty 90 continuous days or more after 09/11/01.
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 www.va.gov/hac. STUDENTS MUST CONTACT THE NCMC 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 NCMC VA CERTIFYING OFFICIAL.
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 St., Petoskey, MI 49770 along with a copy of veteran’s DD214.
- Contact the VA Certifying Official at NCMC 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 receive veteran’s educational benefits at NCMC for up to 60 credit hours unless the degree program the student selects requires additional credits. At the point a student earns 60 credit hours or completes an Associate Degree, eligibility for benefits at NCMC ceases. A student may request approval by the VA for a change in program or an extension of the 60 credit hour limit. The form “Request for Change of Program or Place of Training” will need to be completed and submit to VA.
Federal regulations require that students receiving veterans’ educational benefits must be making satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their Associate Degree. The satisfactory academic progress policy for students receiving veterans’ educational benefits at North Central Michigan College is outlined below.
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS STANDARDS
1. 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 NCMC.
2. 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 veterans 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
Students planning to enroll at another college after completion of their coursework at NCMC should complete VA Form 22-1995 to request approval for a change in place of training. These forms are available in NCMC’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.
You will have to establish, in writing, that you withdrew for a reason that was beyond your control. Your written explanation will be forwarded to the VA by the Financial Aid Office.
VA ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE
Veterans Administration Regional Office
PO Box 66830
St. Louis, MO 63166-6830
1-888-442-4551 (Educational Benefits #)
Web Site: www.gibill.va.gov
NCMC VA CERTIFYING OFFICIAL:
Melissa Colby: 231-348-6627 or 1-888-298-6605 ext. 6627
Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE)
What is the WAVE?
Wave (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment) is a Web based program that allows you to submit your monthly verification of enrollment, check on the 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 the WAVE?
Its 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 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 1-877-823-2378 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.