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I'm new to Montgomery College, where do I start?

How do I apply for my VA Benefits?

When and why should I contact the VA Coordinator?

Do I have to request my VA Benefits every semester?

How long does it take to receive my benefits?

Are there deadlines to take care of my benefits?

I am being activated/ mobilized and am enrolled this semester, how do I withdraw from my courses?

Can I repeat a course that I've previously failed?

Am I allowed to take any course I want to and get VA Benefits?

Do I have to declare a major?

This isn't the first college I've been to; how do I send MC my previous college credit? 

I'm a student at another college, and I just want to take a couple of courses from MC to transfer back, do I have to apply for VA Benefits all over again?


 

I'm new to Montgomery College, where do I start?

If you are a new student at Montgomery College, and would like to enroll into VA Education Benefits, please refer to the Steps to Process VA Education Benefits for New Students portion of our Military Community webpage.

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How do I apply for VA Benefits?

To apply for VA Education Benefits, please refer to the Steps to Process VA Edcation Benefits portion of our Military Community webpage.

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When and why should I contact the VA Coordinator?

You MUST contact the VA Coordinator if you:

  • Are a returning Montgomery College student
  • Change your Major
  • Add or DROP a Course
  • Change your Address

 

* Contacting the VA Coordinator for these reasons is vital to avoid interruption of your benefits. Failure to contact the VA Coordinator may result in significant payment complication.

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Do I have to request my VA Benefits every semester?

YES! If you are a returning student, you must submit a Certifiaction Request for VA Benefits to the Office of Admissions and Records EVERY SEMESTER you plan to enroll at Montgomery College. This form must be submitted before the payment deadlines to ensure your classes are not dropped.

Submit the form to the Office of Admissions and Records via:

 

Any changes in your enrollment must be immediately reported to the VA Coordinator by e-mail to avoid payment problems.

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How long will it take to receive my benefits?

It will take the Department of Veterans Affairs AT LEAST EIGHT WEEKS to process your application. The process may take longer during peak registration.  

"Remember that the Post-9/11 GI Bill housing and books and supplies stipends are paid 'in arrears.' This means that your housing stipend for January won't be received until February. Also, if you are starting school for the first time, your first payment may not be for a full month of housing because we pay from the actual day you start school. So, if you start January 8th, your February payment will be for 23 days you attended in January." - VA Website

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Are there any deadlines to apply for VA Benefits?

The VA Coordinator at Montgomery College strongly encourages you to apply for your benefits at least two months prior to the beginning of a semester . This will ensure that  you are properly enrolled and that your benefits are processed on a timely manner. However, there is no official deadline to apply for VA Benefits.

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I am being Activated/ Mobilized and am enrolled this semester, how do I withdraw from my courses?

Enrolled students who must withdraw because of being called to active military duty or being transferred because of related troop movements are provided a 100% refund of tuition and fees.

To receive a withdrawal and refund, you must submit:

  • A signed, written appeal statement
  • A copy of your military orders signed by your Commanding Officer (or another appropriate official to show proof of date-effective) 

-These documents should be turned into the Office of Admissions and Records or the VA Coordinator.

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Can I repeat a course that I've previously failed?

Only those courses in which you received a grade "F" may be repeated ONE TIME and paid for by the Veterans Administration. Any course in which you received a grade of "D" or better WILL NOT be paid for again, since the Veterans Administration views this as a passing grade.

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Am I allowed to take any course I want to and get VA Benefits?

To receive VA Benefits, you must be degree/certificate-seeking and enroll in credit-courses at Montgomery College.

The following types of courses are not eligible for VA Benefits:

  1. Physical Education Courses & HE 100* - Unless they are degree requirements.

             - (Note: Dependents DO NOT have PE or HE course restrictions.)

  1. Audit & Independent Study Courses**
  2. Courses that do not meet the requirements for your degree.

* The Veterans Administration will not pay for PE and HE 100 because you will receive transfer credit for those courses from your DD-214 or DD-295.
** The Veterans Administration will not pay for courses pursued on an audit or independent study basis.

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Do I have to declare a major?

You may be considered an "Undeclared-Major" student for the first TWO semesters at MC. After your first two semesters, students must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program to be eligible for benefits. You may only pursue the required classes for your particular degree or certificate as outlined in the College Catalog.

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This isn't the first college I've been to; how do I send MC my previous college credit?

If you previously attended college, submit official copies of all previous college transcripts to the Office of Admissions and Records on the campus you plan to attend. Unofficial transcripts and transcripts that are not in the sealed, original envelope will not be accepted.

Mail your transcripts to the Transcript Evaluator in GermantownRockville, or Takoma Park/ Silver Spring 

It is your responsibility to ensure that all transcripts are received and evaluated; you will receive a copy of your evaluation in the mail. It is also your responsibility to ensure that prior training is not repeated. When in doubt, do not pursue the course until an evaluation has been completed. You will be certified for one semester only in a "pending" status; future certification will not be done until an evaluation has been completed.

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 I'm a student at another college, and I just want to take a couple of courses from MC to transfer back, do I have to apply for VA Benefits all over again?

If you are currently a student at another college or university, you do not need to apply for VA Benefits again. Please refer to the Steps to Proccess VA Education Benefits for Visiting/Guest Students from another Institution portion of our Military Community webpage.

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Have a question that's not listed? Contact Montgomery College's  VA Coordinator.


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