A dedicated staff provides U.S. active-duty personnel, military veterans, select reservists and their dependents with information about education benefits available. Below are resources and highlights of the types of benefits that are available. If you’d like to make an appointment to discuss your application in detail, please call (810) 989-5526.
If you’ve served in the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, or Coast Guard, you’re encouraged to request your Joint Services Transcript for credit evaluation by our Records Office. Request your Joint Services Transcript. Students who have served in the Air Force are encouraged to request their military transcript at au.af.mil/au/ccaf/transcripts.asp.
The St. Clair County Department of Veterans Affairs website provides great information about benefits at a local level.
Connect to news, information, services and resources in Michigan for Veterans by visiting the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency website.
Visit U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to apply for VA benefits.
Overview of Federal programs
- Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill®
- Chapter 33 – Post-9/11 Montgomery GI Bill®
- Chapter 35 – Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Benefits
- Chapter 1606 – Selected Reserve, Montgomery GI Bill®
- Chapter 1607 – Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation
This program is available to veterans with a service-connected disability. For more information, contact the Veterans Administration Regional Office (28), Patrick V. McNamara Federal Building, 477 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226 or call (800) 827-1000. Upon approval, deliver the Authorization and Certification of Status (Form 28-1905) to the SC4 Office of Veterans Services in the Welcome Center.
State of Michigan Children of Veterans Tuition Grant Program
Obtain an application from the Children of Veterans Tuition Grant Program (CVTG) at www.michigan.gov/osg. Application questions should be directed to 888-4-GRANTS or e-mail email@example.com. Upon approval the applicant will receive a Letter of Eligibility from the State of Michigan Department of Treasury. Deliver the Letter of Eligibility to the SC4 Veterans Services Office.
Note: Any individual using educational assistance under either Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty Program), Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation), or Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill®), of Title 38, United States Code, and/or the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311 (b)(9)) who lives in the State of Michigan while attending St. Clair County Community College will be charged in-State tuition (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).
GI Bill® Application Process
Students are encouraged to apply at the earliest possible date. Applications are available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. Electronic application and paper applications are accessible for both veterans (Form 22-1990) and dependents (Form 22-5490). The Department of Veterans Affairs will provide the applicant with a Certificate of Eligibility when approved. Visit the SC4 Veterans Certifying Official, Room 105, SC4 Welcome Center, after you have received your certificate of eligibility.
The VA strongly recommends that veterans and other beneficiaries submit their education benefits application online to expedite processing. You may call the VA National Education Help Line at (888) 442-4551 for assistance.
If students have previously drawn educational benefits, a “Request for a Change of Place and/or Program” (form 22-1995) must be filed at va.gov/education/change-gi-bill-benefits/. An official transcript from other colleges must be sent to SC4 for evaluation of credit as soon as possible. Benefits can be suspended if credits granted for previous training are not reported to the Veterans Administration.
Monthly rates vary according to which VA program is providing the assistance and the student’s course load. To view current payment rates for all chapters, please refer to the following links visit benefits.va.gov/gibill/resources/benefits_resources/rate_tables.asp.
Satisfactory Progress for Veterans
Students receiving VA benefits need to understand the college’s policy regarding academic probation. They must maintain a GPA equal to or better than a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (“C” average). A 2.0 GPA is required to meet graduation requirements. If the GPA falls below 2.0, students will be placed on probation with VA.
Guidelines and Responsibilities
- Individuals may register only for courses required to satisfy graduation requirements for specified majors.
- VA payment is not ordinarily allowed for repeating a previously passed course.
- Any changes in program of study, course load, home address, etc., must be reported to the SC4 Office of Veterans Services.
- If a student receiving VA benefits withdraws from a class, the student may have to repay the money received for the class unless the withdrawal was due to circumstances beyond the student’s control.
- Disability/tutoring services
- St. Clair County Dept. of Veterans Affairs
- Veterans Crisis Line
- Opportunity for a SC4 Veterans Club – Alpha2MikeNovemberCharlie (A2MNC). If you are interested, contact Brent Forsgren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at benefits.va.gov/gibill.