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If you are a veteran, we honor and welcome you. You can visit a veterans office (located in your campus financial aid office) for personal help to certify benefits and get information. You may also contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs by calling 1.888.442.4551 or visiting their website.

1. Applying for VA benefits

If you have never claimed benefits you must first complete an application with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Electronic applications are made available using the Veteran Online Application (VONAPP). Keep a copy of your application and confirmation page when you submit online. Veterans that are claiming benefits under Chapters 30, 32, 33, 1606, or 1607 can submit a hard copy Application for VA Education Benefits as well (Form 22-1990).

If you are a spouse or dependent of a service member or veteran who has transferred all or some of their Post 9/11 GI Bill to you, make sure it has been approved by the Department of Defense first. Then, complete Form 22-1990E. Additional information regarding the transfer of benefits can be found on the VA website.

Once the VA processes your application, they will send you a Certificate of Eligibility. You will need to submit your Certificate of Eligibility and your most recent DD-214 (Member-4) to your campus financial aid office.

If you have questions on what you qualify for and differences between benefits, VA has information to help you in determining what benefit is best for you on their website. You can also call VA Education Services for additional assistance at 1.888.442.4551.

2. Apply to the college

Contact your previous college(s) or if this is your first time in college, contact your high school, to request official copies of your transcripts to be sent to the records office. Information about military transcripts and how to request transcripts is available at the following links:

Navy & Marine Corps (SMART Transcript)
Air Force (CCAF)

3. Apply for financial aid

Many Veteran Students are eligible for financial aid, including grants and scholarships. Most forms of financial aid do not affect your VA benefits. Complete an online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to get started. MCC's school code is 002484

4. Register for classes and request enrollment certification to receive VA benefits

Contact an academic advisor at your campus for assistance in creating an academic plan and choosing courses. Once you are registered, complete the Veteran's Request for Benefits Form and submit it to the financial aid office or fax it to 816.759.1132. This is your way of letting us know that you are enrolled and ready to be certified. You can submit your request up to 60 days before the start of the term.

Be advised: Since we have eight week terms, and mini term courses, you should be alert to the fact that the beginning and end dates of each individual course will affect the amount of money the VA will send you for the month. The Department of Veteran Affairs will treat each course you are enrolled in as a separate unit with its own beginning and end date. We will report these dates to the VA so that they can determine your monthly payment according to their regulations.

When a course ends, it is no longer counted by the VA as part of your enrollment, regardless of which semester it is assigned to.

5. Pay for classes

It is every student's responsibility to ensure that their student account is current and paid in full by the payment deadline each term. Each student's level of benefits is unique and the VA may not cover all of the term's fees. Options for payment may include Federal student aid and/or the MCC payment plan.

Veteran's Responsibilities

  1. Eligible veterans and dependents are responsible for notifying MCC of their intent to use VA educational benefits. Submit a Veteran's Request for Benefits form to the financial aid office of your campus or by fax to 816.759.1132.
  2. Enroll ONLY for courses that will apply to your degree program. Only courses that apply towards your declared program will be certified.
  3. You must immediately notify the Veteran's Certifying Official when the below situations occur.
    Failure to do so may result in overpayment collection:
    1. Add or drop a class
    2. Change your degree program
    3. Change your address
    4. Withdraw from a class or college
    5. Change in dates of attendance
  4. If you do not make satisfactory academic progress and lose financial aid eligibility, your GI bill benefits cannot be resumed until you have met the college requirements for reinstatement.

VA Contacts

Local VA Office Regional VA Office MCC VA Certifying Official

4801 Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64128
Phone: 816.861.4700
TDD: 816.922.3328

P.O. Box 66830
St. Louis, MO 63166-6830
Phone: 1.888.442.4551 
Phone: 816.604.1561
Fax: 816.759.1149

Last Modified: 2/12/19