Applying for Benefits & Paying for College

Through your veteran benefits, much of your education may be funded. Veterans may also be eligible for financial aid. We can assist you in determining which benefits work best for your unique situation and will work with you to complete and submit the appropriate paperwork.

Getting Started

You must submit an application for VA education benefits at the Veterans Online Application Website. Retain a copy of your application for your records.

To obtain further information about VA benefits, email Tammy Alvaro, Director of Veterans Resources, at to discuss your options and call 1-800-MICH-VET for a free benefits consultation by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.

VA General Contact Number


Scholarships & Veteran Benefits

To assist veterans in seamlessly beginning at Mid, we have established funding to provide for students who may experience a delay in their veteran benefit funding.

The Christopher Smith & Estelle Bergey Smith Veteran's Award

This award provides funding for students with unique circumstances that are not always accounted for in federal and state aid programs.

For first-time veteran students, this one-semester award is for recently discharged veterans who are enrolling at Mid but do not have their Veterans Education Benefits established yet. To qualify the veteran must have been honorably discharged from active duty in the last 12 months and demonstrate financial need. The amounts of these awards vary.

If you're looking to get started on your own, the GI Bill® Comparison Tool/Benefits Calculator offers a useful analysis of programs.

Programs are approved for the use of VA educational benefits.

Veteran Educational Programs that are available for students attending Mid include*

  • Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty
  • Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act 2008
  • Chapter 35 - Survivor's & Dependent's Educational Assistance (DEA)
  • Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserves
  • Children of Veterans Tuition Grant
  • Folds of Honor

*Because programs change frequently, this list may not be exhaustive.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Website.

The Certification Process

  • When education benefits are approved, a copy of the certificate of eligibility will be located in the veteran's/sponsor's eBenefits account. This will take approximately 4 to 6 weeks. This certificate is issued only once and it will indicate the number of months of eligibility. A copy of this notification must be provided to the Mid Michigan College Certifying Official.
  • You must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program. Upon completion of verification of enrollment, courses will be certified and sent electronically to the VA Office.
  • If you are a guest student at Mid requesting VA certification, your home school must complete and forward a parent institution letter to Mid indicating that the courses you are taking at Mid Michigan College will satisfy the degree requirements at their school.
  • If you are transferring to Mid Michigan College and are already receiving your VA benefits, contact Mid's Director of Veteran Resources for assistance.

Self-Verification of Enrollment

  • Chapter 30 and 1606 students must verify their enrollment monthly, on the last day of the month utilizing the WAVE verification below. Payments will not be sent until this is done.
    • Verify by Interactive Voice Response (IVR) at 877-823-2378
  • Chapter 33 students must verify their enrollment monthly utilizing the Chapter 33 enrollment verification process.
  • Monthly verification has not been adopted for Chapters 31 or 35 benefits.

GI Bill® Benefits - Related Next Steps

  • Apply to Mid Michigan College. Follow a few simple steps to complete Mid's online application today!
  • Visit the ArmyIgniteED Student Portal to apply for the Federal Tuition Assistance benefit. You will need to create an account using your military .mil email and working CAC Card. Applying for the Federal Tuition Assistant benefit is required if you will be using MINGSTAP. 
  • Visit the Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (MINGSTAP) site and create an account and complete the application prior to or at the beginning of the semester in which you are applying for benefits. Fill in all of the required fields within the form, including your Pay Entry Date and ETS Date. At the end of the semester, you will need to upload the required documents (invoice, transcript, COE for 1606, and verification of use of Federal Tuition Assistance) to receive your reimbursement.
  • Visit the VA website and apply for the Federal Chapter 1606 GI Bill educational benefit. Send a screenshot or copy of the final page of this application to Tammy Alvaro, Director of Veteran Resources, at so the College has a record of the date you requested your file. Once you complete this application, the VA will send a digital copy of the Certificate of Eligibility to your eBenefits Account, typically within 2-4 weeks. We must receive a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility, to finalize your educational account with the VA. 
    • If you do not have an eBenefits account set up, we highly recommend that you do so. 
    • If you do not or choose not to have an eBenefits account, contact the VA Educational Department and request that a Certificate of Eligibility be mailed to your home address. This can take 6-8 weeks from your application date. We must receive a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility, to finalize your educational account with the VA.
    • Visit the Joint Services Transcript (JST) website. You will need to submit an Official Transcript Request for an official transcript to be sent directly to Mid Michigan College. Screenshot or download a confirmation of the transcript order and email it to Tammy Alvaro, Director of Veteran Resources, at so it can be added to your file. If for some reason JST does not send your official transcript promptly, we can use the screenshot of the confirmation screen to get your approval process started. You should also download a student copy of your transcript for your own records. JST should have a selection for Mid Michigan College, Harrison Campus, but in case you need to manually enter a recipient and address, use the following.
      • Mid Michigan College
        Attn: Registrar
        1375 South Clare Avenue
        Harrison, MI 48625
    • If you are with the Air National Guard submit your military transcript request through Air Force University. If you have the option to send the transcript electronically, request that it be sent to If you need to send your transcript to a physical address, use the address listed above.
    • Contact any other educational institutions you have attended and request that an official transcript be sent directly to Mid Michigan College. If you have the option to send the transcript electronically, request that it be sent to If you need to send your transcript to a physical address, use the address listed above.
  • Complete Mid's GI Bill Enrollment Certification Agreement of Understanding Form
  • Complete Mid's Veteran Enrollment Certification Form.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as there may be additional monetary benefits to you in addition to your veteran educational benefits. If you need assistance with this application you may contact Financial Aid at Mid by calling (989) 386-6664 or emailing
  • Schedule an appointment with your Mid Mentor. Veterans and military-connected students are assigned a dedicated Mid Mentor to help them throughout their time at Mid. Schedule an appointment with Tena Diamond, Mid Mentor, by calling (989) 386-6622 or schedule an appointment online.
Director of Veteran Resources

Tammy Alvaro


(989) 386-6634 

Harrison Campus

  • Room 132

Mt. Pleasant Campus

  • CLAB 306
School Certifying Official

Beth Fitzpatrick


(989) 386-6622 x541 

Harrison Campus

  • Room 104

Mt. Pleasant Campus

  • CSS 148