Military Educational Benefits

If you are currently serving or have served in the military, you may be able to take advantage of veterans educational benefits. Spouses and children of a service member who is serving on active duty (Title 10 orders in the paygrades of E1-E5, O1-O5 or W1-W2) are eligible under certain circumstances too!

Apply for your GI Bill® Educational Benefits

If you are applying for your educational benefits for the first time, use the Veterans Online Application .

Visit us in the Wadhams Veterans Center with any questions you may have. Please note, while we provide many kinds of assistance, our Veteran Center staff can not determine your eligibility for benefits.

For more information regarding your eligibility, please contact the VA Educational Hotline at (888) 442-4551 or visit the website at gibill.va.gov .

Residency

We are compliant with Choice Act, Section 702 . You are eligible for in-state tuition (regardless of your formal state of residence) if you live in the State of Michigan while attending WCC and are receiving educational assistance under:

  • Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty Program,
  • Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill, of title 38, United States Code and/or
  • The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. 3311(b)(9)).

For more information regarding our residency policy, please check our residency page.

Federal education benefits

Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill ® Active Duty : Provides education benefits to veterans and service members who have at least 2 years of active duty.

Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment : Provides a variety of services, such as helping you determine your abilities and skills and finding a job.

Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill ®: Provides financial support for educational and housing expenses to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. If you are the spouse of child of a service member, you may be eligible for transfer of the service members Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits to you.

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship : Provides Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits to the children and surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001.

Chapter 35 Dependents Education Assistance Program : Offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

Chapter 1606 Montgomery Bill Selected Reserve : Provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including 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.

Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) : Provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress.

Michigan education benefits

The Children of Veterans Tuition Grant Act : Provides assistance to certain natural or adopted children of a Michigan veteran who:

  • Was killed in action or died from another cause while serving in a war or war condition in which the U.S. was or is participating; or,  
  • Died or become totally and permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected illness or injury as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; or,  
  • Was totally and permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected illness or injury prior to death and has now died; or,  
  • Is listed as MIA (missing in action) in a foreign country as determined by the US government.

Michigan National Guard Tuition Assistance Program : Provides tuition assistance to members of the Michigan National Guard who are attending any public or private college, university, vocational school, technical school or trade school located in Michigan.

Deployed or returning to active duty status?

We are here to support you during this transition and will attempt to make our part of it as smooth as possible. Explore your options if deployed or returning to active duty status.