Veteran Students

Veterans Benefits

Oakland Community College participates in six veterans educational benefits plans. Funds are attached to the veteran – not the institution. The Veterans Administration (VA) approves academic programs.  Most OCC programs are approved for enrollment.

 

Educational Benefits Plans


CHAPTER 30: MONTGOMERY GI BILL, ACTIVE DUTY (MGIB-AD)

If you served on active duty AND were discharged before September 10, 2001, choose this plan.

Qualifications

Entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985. You must have served three continuous years of active duty, unless you were discharged early for one of theses reasons:

  • Convenience of the Government
  • You must have 30 months of continuous active duty if your obligation was 3 or more years.
  • You must have 20 months of continuous active duty if your obligation was less than 3 years.
  • Service-connected disability
  • Hardship
  • A medical condition that you had before service
  • A physical or mental condition that interfered with performance of duty and didn't result from misconduct on your part - OR - A reduction in force

Benefits

This benefit may be used at OCC for degree programs. Veterans have up to 10 years from their discharge date to use the benefits. Based on the length of active duty service, you are entitled to a percentage of the following:

  • Cost of tuition and fees
  • Monthly housing allowance* equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as your school (paid to you)
  • Yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1000 per year (paid to you)

*Note – The housing allowance and books and supplies stipend are not payable to individuals on active duty. The housing allowance is not payable to those pursuing training at half time or less, or to individuals enrolled in distance learning.

Steps to Apply

After applying online in Step 1, students will need to complete the rest of the forms and return them to the OCC's Veteran Affairs Office on the Auburn Hills campus or any OCC Student Financial Resources and Scholarships office.

  1. An Application for VA Educational Benefits (VA Form 22-1990). Apply online.
  2. If transferring from another institution, you must complete the Change of Place of Training (VA form 22-1995). NOTE: If you have already sent your 22-1990 to the Regional VA Office, you can submit a copy of your application and/or a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility letter issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  3. Each semester, after you register, you must submit the OCC Veterans Statement of Intent - Request for VA Benefits (PDF) form.
  4. Submit the OCC Statement of Responsibilities (PDF) form explaining student' s responsibilities to notify the OCC VA Office of any changes in enrollment and academic performance standards.
  5. Submit the OCC Veteran' s Plan of Study (PDF) form that outlines your proposed course of study. Only courses that are required for an OCC degree will be certified to the VA. An appointment with a school counselor is required to complete this form.
  6. A copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy) OR Military Discharge papers
  7. Letter of Eligibility from the Department of Veteran Affairs when received by student needs to be turned in to the OCC VA office or any OCC Financial Aid Office

CHAPTER 31: VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION

If you have a service-related disability, choose this plan.

Qualifications

Veterans who have incurred or aggravated a physical or mental disability while in the armed forces of the United States.

Benefits

The Vocational Rehabilitation Program provides a comprehensive program of vocational rehabilitation assessment and services for veterans who have incurred or aggravated a physical or mental disability while in the armed forces of the United States.

Steps to Apply

After applying online in Step 1, students will need to complete the rest of the forms and return them to the OCC's Veteran Affairs Office on the Auburn Hills campus or any OCC Financial Aid office.

      1. Authorization and certification of entrance or reentrance into rehabilitation and certification of status (form 1905 is available from Voc Rehab Counselor required in order to bill Voc Rehab for tuition and fees.)
      2. Each semester, after you register, you must submit the OCC Veterans Statement of Intent - Request for VA Benefits (PDF) form.
      3. Submit the OCC Statement of Responsibilities (PDF) form explaining student' s responsibilities to notify the OCC VA Office of any changes in enrollment and academic performance standards.
      4. Submit the OCC Veteran' s Plan of Study (PDF) form that outlines your proposed course of study. Only courses that are required for an OCC degree will be certified to the VA. An appointment with a school counselor is required to complete this form.

CHAPTER 33: POST 9/11 GI BILL

If you served on active duty after September 10, 2001, choose this plan: Chapter 33.

Qualifications

If may be eligible if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001. You may also be eligible if you were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-related disability AND you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001.

Benefits

This benefit may be used at OCC for degree programs. Veterans have up to 15 years from their discharge date to use the benefits. Based on the length of active duty service, you are entitled to a percentage of the following:

  • Cost of tuition and fees
  • Monthly housing allowance* equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as your school (paid to you)
  • Yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1000 per year (paid to you)

*Note – The housing allowance and books and supplies stipend are not payable to individuals on active duty. The housing allowance is not payable to those pursuing training at half time or less, or to individuals enrolled in distance learning.

Steps to Apply

After applying online in Step 1, students will need to complete the rest of the forms and return them to the OCC's Veteran Affairs Office on the Auburn Hills campus or any OCC Student Financial Resources and Scholarships office.

  1. An Application for VA Educational Benefits (VA Form 22-1990). Apply online.
  2. If transferring from another institution, you must complete the Change of Place of Training (VA form 22-1995). NOTE: If you have already sent your 22-1990 to the Regional VA Office, you can submit a copy of your application and/or a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility letter issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  3. Each semester, after you register, you must submit the OCC Veterans Statement of Intent - Request for VA Benefits (PDF) form.
  4. Submit the OCC Statement of Responsibilities (PDF) form explaining student' s responsibilities to notify the OCC VA Office of any changes in enrollment and academic performance standards.
  5. Submit the OCC Veteran' s Plan of Study (PDF) form that outlines your proposed course of study. Only courses that are required for an OCC degree will be certified to the VA. An appointment with a school counselor is required to complete this form.
  6. A copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy) OR Military Discharge papers
  7. Letter of Eligibility from the Department of Veteran Affairs when received by student needs to be turned in to the OCC VA office or any OCC Financial Aid Office

CHAPTER 35: SURVIVORS & DEPENDENTS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

This program is available to spouses and dependent children of veterans who are 100% permanently and totally disabled or who died while serving on active duty. Benefits for eligible dependent children are available between the ages of 18 and 26.

Qualifications

Members of a reserve component called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress.

Benefits

The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used at OCC for degree programs. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Children of Veterans Tuition Grant Act (Act 248 of 2005)

This act was setup to establish an undergraduate tuition grant program for children of certain deceased or disabled members of the armed forces of the United States. Below are the restrictions:

  • The program pays up to $2,800 each school year in tuition (no course fees)
  • Lasts no more than four academic years
  • Students must maintain a 2.25 cumulative G.P.A.

CHILDREN OF VETERANS TUITION GRANT ACT 248 of 2005 (PDF)

Steps to Apply

After applying online in Step 1, students will need to complete the rest of the forms and return them to the OCC's Veteran Affairs Office on the Auburn Hills campus or any OCC Student Financial Resources and Scholarships office.

  1. An Application for VA Educational Benefits (VA Form 22-1990). Apply online.
  2. If transferring from another institution, you must complete the Change of Place of Training (VA form 22-5495). NOTE: If you have already sent your 22-5490 to the Regional VA Office, you can submit a copy of your application and/or a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility letter issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  3. Each semester, after you register and pay, you must submit the OCC Veterans Statement of Intent - Request for VA Benefits (PDF) form.
  4. Submit the OCC Statement of Responsibilities (PDF) form explaining student' s responsibilities to notify the OCC VA Office of any changes in enrollment and academic performance standards.
  5. Submit the OCC Veteran' s Plan of Study (PDF) form that outlines your proposed course of study. Only courses that are required for an OCC degree will be certified to the VA. An appointment with a school counselor is required to complete this form.
  6. Letter of Eligibility for Michigan Veterans Trust. Eligibility entails:
  • Is enrolled in that academic year as a full-time or part-time student in undergraduate classes at an eligible institution
  • Is a United States citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Is more than 18 and less than 26 years of age
  • Is the natural or adopted child of a Michigan veteran

CHAPTER 1606: MONTGOMERY GI BILL, SELECT RESERVE (MGIB-SR)

If you served or are you currently serving as a reservist in the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard or Air National Guard, choose this plan.

Qualifications

You must have a six-year obligation to serve in Selected Reserve and have completed basic training. 

Benefits

This benefit may be used at OCC for degree programs. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. 

A monthly benefit is paid to the student based on training time and/or training program. Entitlement (number of months of benefits you may receive) is 36 months. Reservists have 14 years from the date of eligibility to use their benefits.

Steps to Apply

After applying online in Step 1, students will need to complete the rest of the forms and return them to the OCC's Veteran Affairs Office on the Auburn Hills campus or any OCC Student Financial Resources and Scholarships office.

  1. An Application for VA Educational Benefits (VA Form 22-1990). Apply online.
  2. If transferring from another institution, you must complete the Change of Place of Training (VA form 22-1995). NOTE: If you have already sent your 22-1990 to the Regional VA Office, you can submit a copy of your application and/or a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility letter issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  3. Each semester, after you register and pay, you must submit the OCC Veterans Statement of Intent - Request for VA Benefits (PDF) form.
  4. Submit the OCC Statement of Responsibilities (PDF) form explaining student' s responsibilities to notify the OCC VA Office of any changes in enrollment and academic performance standards.
  5. Submit the OCC Veteran' s Plan of Study (PDF) form that outlines your proposed course of study. Only courses that are required for an OCC degree will be certified to the VA. An appointment with a school counselor is required to complete this form.
  6. A copy of your DD-2384 - Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE). This form is obtained through your unit.

CHAPTER 1607: RESERVE EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (REAP)

If you are a reservist in the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard or Air National Guard who has served on active duty, choose this plan.

Qualifications

Members of a reserve component called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress.

Benefits

This benefit may be used at OCC for degree programs. A monthly benefit is paid to the student based on training time and/or training program. Entitlement (number of months of benefits you may receive) is 36 months. There is no fixed time period for persons eligible under REAP to use this benefit. There is one exception: If a member is separated from the Ready Reserve for a disability which was not the result of the member's own willful misconduct, he or she is entitled to REAP benefits for 10 years after the date of eligibility.

Steps to Apply

After applying online in Step 1, students will need to complete the rest of the forms and return them to the OCC's Veteran Affairs Office on the Auburn Hills campus or any OCC Student Financial Resources and Scholarships office.

  1. An Application for VA Educational Benefits (VA Form 22-1990). Apply online.
  2. If transferring from another institution, you must complete the Change of Place of Training (VA form 22-1995). NOTE: If you have already sent your 22-1990 to the Regional VA Office, you can submit a copy of your application and/or a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility letter issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  3. Each semester, after you register and pay, you must submit the OCC Veterans Statement of Intent - Request for VA Benefits (PDF) form.
  4. Submit the OCC Statement of Responsibilities (PDF) form explaining student' s responsibilities to notify the OCC VA Office of any changes in enrollment and academic performance standards.
  5. Submit the OCC Veteran' s Plan of Study (PDF) form that outlines your proposed course of study. Only courses that are required for an OCC degree will be certified to the VA. An appointment with a school counselor is required to complete this form.
  6. A copy of your DD-2384 - Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE). This form is obtained through your unit.

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