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Veterans Services

EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS

MCC works closely with veteran students to make sure they receive all benefits they are entitled to receive for their military service. The Kentucky Approving Agency is a connection between our students and the Department of Veteran Affairs. Most academic programs at MCC are approved by the VA. You may contact your Veteran Services Coordinator to find out if the program you plan to pursue is approved. 

All Veterans enrolled at MCC are responsible for submitting an online Enrollment Request Form for their classes to be certified with the VA. A hardcopy of the form can also be requested from your School Certifying Official. It must be filled out completely and returned in order for your certification to be processed in a timely manner. 

Education benefits can be transferred between institutions. You must complete a form to transfer benefits and should contact the college you will be attending.

VA BENEFITS

Eligibility for VA educational benefits is determined by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. All students should visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/ for the most up-to-date information on the education benefits. Find out if you are eligible for the GI BillĀ® and related benefits, and learn how to apply online. 

While we are happy to assist you with your application for benefits, your Veterans Affairs Coordinator does not approve or deny benefits. To check on the status of an Education benefit payment, call 888-GIBILL-1 (888-442-4551). You can select the option for an automated update, or speak to a claims specialist.  You can also visit the GI Bill Help Portal to see answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will pay education benefits to an eligible student for pursuit of an approved program of education or training. The DVA prohibits the payment of VA education benefits for training in any course if the training is not part of the student's approved program of education (see 38 CFR 21.7122(b)). The VA also requires all veteran students to be classified as degree-seeking students no later than their second semester of enrollment and to declare a major by the end of their sophomore year. Degree-seeking means that you are officially pursuing a degree and you are classified by the school as a regular student; it does not mean that you have selected a major.

TUITION ASSISTANCE

If you are on active duty, a drilling reservist, or a member of the National Guard you may qualify for Federal or State Tuition Assistance (TA). Many of these programs are time-sensitive so the earlier you get things done, the smoother your benefits will go. Keep in mind that schools and other programs have their own deadlines as well.

Work with your respective branch of service if you plan to use Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA). Please use the following links for additional information.

Air Force
Army
Coast Guard
Marines
Navy
Kentucky National Guard
MyCAA (for military spouses)

Applicants and students must speak with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or Counselor prior to enrolling.

KENTUCKY TUITION WAIVER PROGRAM

This program is an educational benefit provided for children, step-children, adopted children, spouses, and un-remarried widows and widowers in recognition of military service of certain disabled or deceased Kentucky veterans. Additional information about this program and the application process is available at Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs.


For additional information about Veterans Affairs at MCC, please contact Paula Seabrooke at paula.seabrooke@kctcs.edu or at 270.824.1708.