Benefits and Waivers

The GI Bill and Tuition Waiver can help offset the cost of paying for college. The following will help you determine what benefits you are eligible for and how to apply for these benefits.

GI Benefits

Chapter 30 (Active Duty Montgomery G.I. Bill)

The Montgomery G.I. Bill may be available to veterans that have been honorably discharged from active duty. Benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.

Students need to provide the following to a School Certifying Official (SCO):

  1. DD-214 (Member-4)
  2. Certificate of Eligibility (mailed to student after completing VA form 22-1990 )
  3. Curriculum check, by Counselor in Advising and Counseling Services
  4. Veteran’s Benefits Contract, from Advising and Counseling Services

Chapter 33 (Post 9/11)

The Post 9/11 G. I. Bill may be eligible to veterans who have served 90 days or more on active duty since 9/11/01. Reservists must have been called to active duty in support of an operation for more than 90 days (other than training) to be eligible. Benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.

Students need to provide the following to a School Certifying Official (SCO):

  1. DD-214 (Member-4)
  2. Certificate of Eligibility (mailed to student after completing VA form 22-1990 )
  3. Curriculum check, by Counselor in Advising and Counseling Services
  4. Veteran’s Benefits Contract, from Advising and Counseling Services

Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation)

A Veteran seeking eligibility under Chapter 31 must apply with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC). The VRC will work with the Veteran to determine if an employment handicap exists as a result of his or her service connected disability. If an employment handicap is established and the Veteran is found entitled to services, the VRC and the veteran will continue counseling to select a track of services and jointly develop a plan to address the Veteran’s rehabilitation and employment needs.

Students need to provide the following to a School Certifying Official (SCO):

  1. DD-214 (Member-4)
  2. VA form 22-1905 signed by a VRC; required before bill can be stamped
  3. Curriculum check, by Counselor in Advising and Counseling Services
  4. Veteran’s Benefits Contract, Advising and Counseling Services

Chapter 1606 (Montgomery G.I. Bill–Selected Reserve)

The Montgomery G.I. Bill-Selected Reserve program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.

Students need to provide the following to a School Certifying Official (SCO):

  1. DD-214 (Member-4)
  2. Certificate of Eligibility (mailed to student after completing VA form 22-1990)
  3. (Guard Only) Notice of Basic Eligibility from your Unit (NOBE), once per year
  4. Curriculum check, by Counselor in Advising and Counseling Services
  5. Veteran’s Benefits Contract, from Advising and Counseling Services

Chapter 35 (Dependents and Survivors)

DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.

Students need to provide the following to a School Certifying Official (SCO):

  1. Certificate of Eligibility (mailed to student after completing VA form 22-5490)
  2. Curriculum check, by Counselor in Advising and Counseling Services
  3. Veteran’s Benefits Contract, from Advising and Counseling Services

To view G.I. Bill Benefit Rate Tables, visit 
http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/resources/benefits_resources/rate_tables.asp

CT Tuition Waiver

Information regarding CT Tuition Waiver:

  • 100 percent of tuition is covered for general fund courses at all CT public colleges and universities (fall and spring semesters, for courses running approximately 15 weeks in duration).
  • At MCC, CT Tuition Waiver is NOT available during Winter Intersession or  Summer Session, for any credit-free courses, or for any accelerated, credit-extension fund courses (3-, 6-, 8- and 12-weeks) during the fall and spring semesters.
  • At the four Connecticut State Universities and UConn, 50 percent of tuition is covered for summer courses.  It is critical, however, that you contact the school’s Registrar’s  Office to verify if the summer course you are interested in is covered, as there are exceptions.
  • If you are a Tuition Waiver Qualified National Guard member, you need to file an application with your unit before the beginning of the semester. This process is  your responsibility and must be done 40 days before every semester.

For timely processing, upon your arrival present your DD214, your NOBE, or your Letter of Good Standing from your Guard Unit Leader for evaluation. To make the process quicker, we suggest that you submit all of your information and requirements at the same time. This will avoid the possibility of any delays in processing your application and forms.


To all students who receive CT Tuition Waiver:

If all necessary paperwork is not in, your tuition waiver will be revoked and you will have to pay for both tuition and fees or you will be subject to cancellation from your classes.

If you have any questions in regards to your file, you may request an appointment with one of the School Certifying Officials. Please set aside 5-10 minutes for your appointment.

Eligibility for CT Tuition Waiver

Currently Veterans who have been honorably discharged could potentially be eligible for a tuition waiver which will cover the cost of tuition. In order to qualify you must first have served during one of the predefined time frames.

Active duty for at least 90 days during:

World War II December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
Korean Conflict June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955
Vietnam Era February 28, 1961 to July 1, 1975
Persian Gulf War August 2, 1990 until present (no end date at this time)

All military war service subsequent to August 2, 1990 is covered including, but not limited to, Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom, Somalia and Bosnia, and Operation New Dawn.

Engaged in combat or in a combat-support role in:

Lebanon July 1, 1958 to November 1, 1958 or September 29, 1982 to March 30, 1984
Grenada October 25, 1983 to December 15, 1983
Operation Earnest Will July 24, 1987 to August 1, 1990
Panama (escort of Kuwaiti oil tankers flying the U.S. flag in the Persian Gulf) December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990

Reservists must be mobilized in time of war for other than training purposes.

Vocational Rehabilitation

Students and Veterans qualified for vocational rehabilitation should bring a copy of the following documents:

  • An updated, authorized Form 1905, Authorization or Certification into Rehabilitation. Please inquire with your case manager if you have not received a form, as one may be mailed to MCC, Great Path, MS #8, Manchester, CT 06040, faxed to this office at 860-512-3371, or emailed to one of the School Certifying Officials.
  • A completed Curriculum Check from an advisor in Advising and Counseling Services after informing him/herr that you are Chapter 31, and have a declared major.  Only courses required for your major can be certified.

To make the process quicker we suggest that you submit all of your information and requirements at the same time. This will avoid the possibility of any delays in processing your information.

If you have any questions in regards to your file, you may request an appointment with the Veterans Services staff. Please set aside 20-30 minutes for your appointment.

Please note:If you are eligible to receive CT Tuition Waiver, the VA requires that the college first apply the waiver to your tuition (general fund courses only) and then certify you for the remaining balance of college fees only.  In order to prove you are eligible for the CT Tuition Waiver, we must have a copy (member 4) of your DD-214.