FAQ for Military and Veterans Services
Students can complete an application for VA benefits at https://www.va.gov
Students can apply for benefits as soon as they decide to attend college. The sooner the better.
Transfer students must complete a Change Place of Training or Program form (22-1995 or 22-5495 for Chapter 35) at https://www.va.gov and submit the updated COE to Military Services once received from VA.
Students must submit a change of major form to the admissions office and bring a copy to Military Services. VA students cannot change their major in the middle of a semester. All major changes submitted after classes begin, or the student has been certified will not be applied until the next semester.
Students who drop a class after it begins and/or after it has already been certified may create a debt with the VA and/or MGCCC.
All schedule changes must be reported to Military Services as soon as possible to avoid or minimize debt. Students should always meet with an advisor prior to changing his or her schedule assure the course is certifiable with the VA.
No, the VA requires that an institution have all official transcripts before the VA School Certifying Official can verify a student’s enrollment to the VA. If a student cannot get his or her transcript from prior institutions, the student should contact the prior institution and resolve the reason they are holding the transcript.
Yes. All students are encouraged to apply for Financial Aid to help with education costs. You can apply for Financial Aid on the FAFSA website https://www.fafsa.ed.gov
Whether or not a student can use both VA benefits and a scholarship at the same time depends on the chapter the student is using, and the type of scholarship awarded. Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) recipients need to see the School Certifying Official if receiving a scholarship to verify any effects it may have on their benefits.
Joint Services Transcript (JST) at https://jst.doded.mil
Community College of the Air Force (CCAAF) at https://www.airuniversity.af.mil
Yes. The VA will pay for online courses; however, Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) students will only receive half of the BAH if taking all online classes.
Yes. The VA will pay for remedial courses if they are required due to test score requirements and taken as a resident class only. Remedial courses taken online are not eligible for certification.
VA does not pay for a class that is not specifically required for your major, an online remedial class, or if you are repeating a class you have previously passed with a “D” or better.
The VA considers full time as 12 semester hours per term (same start and end date) for the fall and spring and 7 semester hours for the summer term (same start and end date).
Yes, if courses taken are required for the program and meet VA requirements.
We cannot give an exact time frame a student will receive payment from the VA. Once the School Certifying Official submits a student’s certification to the VA it automatically generates an email to the student’s MGCCC email letting him or her know that it has been sent to VA for processing. Certifications are done on a first come first serve basis. If you have not received payment information within three weeks after your certification was submitted to the VA please contact the VA at