Attention Veterans and Family members who have a VBA overpayment.
If you are affected by the COVID-19 (CORONA VIRUS), have a VBA benefit debt and need temporary financial relief, please contact DMC at 1.800.827.0648 to request assistance.
If you are a veteran, we honor and welcome you. You can visit a veterans office (located at one of the campus enrollment centers or financial aid offices) 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, you can apply for benefits on the VA website. Keep a copy of your application and confirmation page when you submit online. Veterans that are claiming benefits under Chapters 30, 33, or 1606 can submit a hard copy Application for VA Education Benefits (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. The Certificate of Eligibility and most recent DD-214 (Member-4) are not required; however, it is helpful for MCC to have the documents on file.
If you have questions on what you qualify for and the 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:
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 one of the campus enrollment centers or financial aid offices or email it from your secured MCC student email account to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is your way of notifying MCC 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.
- 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 one of the campus enrollment centers or financial aid offices or email it from your secured MCC student email account to email@example.com.
- Enroll ONLY for courses that will apply to your degree program. Only courses that apply towards your declared program will be certified.
- You must immediately notify the Veteran's Certifying Official when the below situations occur.
Failure to do so may result in overpayment collection:
- Add or drop a class
- Change your degree program
- Change your address
- Withdraw from a class or college
- Change in dates of attendance
- If you do not make satisfactory academic progress you will be placed on warning, probation, and/or an academic plan.
- Students receiving Chapter 30 and 1606 benefits are required to log onto the GI Bill® website and click on the verifying your attendance link, WAVE (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment) on the last day of each month to verify enrollment with the VA or call 1.877.823.2378. Monthly verification for Post 9/11 GI Bill® is not required.
On January 5, 2021, the President signed the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 into law [Public Law 116-315]. This new law provides for the improvement and/or expansion of various GI Bill® programs.
Please be aware that the law has changed regarding the way education overpayments and debts are handled by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
What does this law mean?
The new law requires schools and training providers to be financially responsible, instead of the student, for benefits paid directly to an educational institution for Post-9/11 GI Bill® and other VA education programs.
This applies to tuition and fee payments and Yellow Ribbon program payments under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (including under the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship) and to advance payment of benefits under the various GI Bill programs.
The law applies without consideration of whether the overpayment was the result of the willful or negligent reporting failure of the school and it applies even if the debt is due to the student dropping one or more classes.
What does this mean for the recipient of VA benefits?
If VA assesses a debt to MCC on your behalf, we will send payment to the VA as requested. This will result in a charge to your student account for the amount due to the VA.
What can create a debt?
A VA debt is created by:
- Never Attending a Class
- Withdrawing from class after the 100% refund period
- Withdrawing from the term
What should I do to avoid a VA debt?
We strongly encourage you to work with your advisor when considering dropping a class to determine how a drop will impact your G.I. Bill® education benefits. To identify your assigned advisor through your Starfish account, review the Connect with People Who Can Help You section in Starfish.
If you have additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Local VA Office||Regional VA Office||MCC VA Certifying Official|
4801 Linwood Boulevard
P.O. Box 66830