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Veterans and military education & financial aid benefits at Mayland Community College


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Veterans Administration Education Benefits

All degree, diploma and certificate programs at Mayland Community College are approved by the North Carolina State Approving Agency under Public Law 634 for educating and training veterans, dependents of deceased or disabled veterans, and members of the Selected Service.  Continuing Education courses are not approved for VA Education Benefits.

Eligibility for Veterans Education benefits is determined by the Veterans Administration, not Mayland Community College.  Applications for VA Education Benefits should be submitted online through the GI Bill website.  You may contact the VA Administration at 1-888-442-4551 to confirm your eligibility.

Once you have applied online for VA Education Benefits, please meet with the VA School Certifying Official to discuss your academic plans and sign a memorandum of understanding.  The VA School Certifying Official's office is located in the Financial Aid Department on the main floor of Gwaltney Hall.

Per Department of Defense guidelines, the following resources are available to assist veterans in making a college selection:

College Scorecard

The College Scorecard is a planning tool and resource to assist students and their families as they evaluate options in selecting a school.

College Navigator

The College Navigator tool allows students to search a national database for admissions statistics, retention and graduation rates, financial aid, program/majors, etc., to assist in evaluating and comparing different colleges.

Paying for College: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Paying for College website allows students to view and compare detailed financial information from up to three schools at a time.

The North Carolina Military Education Positioning System (NC MEPS Portal)

The NC MEPS Portal is a free service which provides a series of online interactive modules that allow active-duty service members, veterans, reservists and National Guard, and their family members to:

  • choose the most appropriate North Carolina higher education opportunity.
  • navigate the admissions, enrollment, financial aid, and credit transfer process.
  • understand the available military educational benefit options.
  • transition successfully from military culture to campus life.
  • access on-campus as well as community support services and resources.
  • achieve success in school and beyond.
  • loacte and utilize internship and job placement resources.

Financial Aid Shopping Sheet

The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet is a consumer tool designed to help students understand costs and financial aid associated with the school they are attending and is made available to Mayland Community College students through their LEO accounts.  You will also be given a copy of the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet when you meet with the VA School Certifying Official.

Benefits Programs

Mayland Community College is approved for training of veterans, national guard/reservists, and dependents of deceased or disabled veterans under the following programs administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs:

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

  • This is a new education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.

Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty Educational Assistance (Chapter 30)

  • This bill is for those enlisted or entered into active duty FOR THE FIRST TIME on or after July 1, 1985, with active duty service of at least two years and an Honorable Discharge.

Montgomery GI Bill - Selective Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1606)

  • This bill is for those with an enlistment in the Selected Reserve for a period of not less than six years on or after July 1, 1985 with Honorable Discharge.

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) (Chapter 1607)

  • This is for those who have been a member of a reserve component who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 under title 10 U.S. Code for a contingency operation (in response to war or national emergency) and who served at least 90 consecutive days or more.

    Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) (Chapter 32)

    • This program is for those who entered active duty after December 31, 1976, and before July 1, 1985, with Honorable Discharge, and made financial contributions to the program.

    Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)

    • This program is for the children or spouse of a veteran who is permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition; or who died in service; or who died of a service-connected disability; or who is listed as a POW or MIA.
    • Children of disabled or deceased veterans who are North Carolina residents may also be eligible for a scholarship which pays tuition, some fees, room, and meals from the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs, Raleigh, North Carolina. Scholarship applications and additional information can be obtained from the Avery, Mitchell or Yancey County VA Offices.

    Vocational Rehabilitation for Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities (Chapter 31)

      • Entitlement for Chapter 31 benefits is determined by a VA counselor on an individual basis.  If a veteran is interested in Chapter 31 services s/he should contact Voc-Rehab directly at 1-800-827-1000 ext 7900 or visit the local Avery, Mitchell, Yancey County Voc-Rehab Offices.

      North Carolina National Guard

      • Members of the North Carolina National Guard may be eligible for tuition assistance.  National Guard members should contact their unit to obtain an application.

      Scholarship Opportunities for Veterans

      Scholarships are available through the North Carolina Department of Administration for Veteran Affairs for children of certain deceased, disabled, or POW/MIA beterans provided under Chapter 165, Article 4.  For more information or to apply for these scholarships, contact your County Veterans Service Officer.

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