1. Your very first step would likely be to apply for GI Bill benefits. Here is a link: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/apply.asp. If you are a member of the Massachusetts National Guard, visit the link to the left.
Here are some brief summaries of the different chapters of benefits available:
Chapter 30 (Veterans GI Bill)
Educational assistance program available to fully honorably discharged veterans who meet the eligibility criteria explained in detail on the Department of Veterans Affairs website http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_ad.asp.
Chapter 33 (The Post 9/11 GI Bill)
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. The Post-9/11 GI Bill will become effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. More eligibility information on The Post 9/11 GI Bill is provided on the Department of Veterans Affairs website. http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/pamphlets/ch33_pamphlet.pdf
Chapter 1606 (Reserves/National Guard)
This program may be available if you are a member of a selected reserve. More eligibility information on Chapter 1606 is provided on the Department of Veterans Affairs website http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/benefits.htm#MGIBSR.
Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
More eligibility information on Chapter 1607 is provided on the Department of Veterans Affairs website http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/benefits.htm#REAP.
Chapter 35 (Survivor’s and Dependents Educational Assistance program DEA)
The spouse, child, stepchild or adopted child of a veteran who is deceased (service-connected) or who is 100% disabled (service-connected) may qualify for Chapter 35 benefits. Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/benefits.htm#DEA
Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation)
Any veteran receiving at least 10% permanent, service-connected disability from the DVA can apply for this benefit. Approval is made on a case-by-case basis and is managed at the state level. To learn more about or apply for Chapter 31 benefits contact your local VSO. Here is a list of area VSOs: VSO’s15.
Here is a document with tips on applying for your benefits: Applying for VA Education Benefits.
2. Send your military transcripts to us by going to the Joint Services Transcript site: https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do
3. Apply to enroll. http://mwcc.edu/admissions/#steps
4. Apply for financial aid. This is completely independent of your VA benefits. http://mwcc.edu/financial/
5. Bring us a copy of your DD214. While here, sign a Mass Veteran tuition waiver, http://mwcc.edu/admissions/files/2013/01/Categorical-Tuition-Waiver-Approval-Form.pdf. Sign a health insurance waiver, https://www.gallagherstudent.com/students/user-login.php?idField=1198.
6. Any questions? Contact the Director of Veterans Services: firstname.lastname@example.org, 978 630 9408.