Getting Started

 

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)

http://www.gibill.va.gov/pamphlets/CH1607/REAP_FAQ.htm

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: r_mayer@mwcc.mass.edu, 978 630 9408.