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A. Certifying VA Educational Benefits and Applying for Financial Aid

This procedure can also be found in a step-by-step process on the VA Benefits Home Page under Certify VA Education Benefits.

In order for your VA Education Benefits to be certified, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Active servicemembers must consult with their Education Services Officer prior to submitting an application for VA benefits to Montgomery Community College.
  2. Veterans, active servicemembers, Guard and Reserve, and survivors and dependents must complete an application for VA educational benefits at VONAPPand supply copies of applicable documentation* to Montgomery Community College.
  3. Veterans, Guard, and Reserve must supply a copy of their DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty to Montgomery Community College.

  4. Veterans, active servicemembers, Guard and Reserve, and survivors and dependents must apply for admission and submit a copy of your acceptance letter from Montgomery Community College to the VA Certifying Official.

  5. Veterans, active servicemembers, Guard and Reserve, and survivors and dependents must request official transcripts (high school/GED, college, College Level Examination Program, or Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support test results) to be sent directly to Montgomery Community College Admissions Office from all other educational institutions attended.

  6. Within two-to-three weeks after you apply for or transfer VA benefits, you will normally receive a letter from VA informing you that they have received your application and are processing it.

  7. Approximately 45 – 60 days (sometimes longer, depending on the workload at the Regional Processing Office in Atlanta ) after your application has been submitted, you will receive two copies of a letter from the VA entitled "Certificate of Eligibility." Copy Number 2 is for the VA Certifying Official at Montgomery Community College for inclusion in your VA file.

  8. Upon receipt of your official letter of acceptance from Montgomery Community College, submit a copy to the VA Certifying Official at Montgomery Community College and consult with him/her prior to registration to ensure transcripts and other necessary paperwork has been entered into your file. The VA Certifying Official will aid you in ensuring your courses match your degree program. It is ultimately your responsibility to follow the approved courses listed for your degree program. Certification cannot take place until after you are successfully enrolled in classes. (See Registering for Classes.)

    Veterans, active servicemembers, Guard and Reserve, and survivors and dependents may also apply for additional financial aid through FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by completing the following steps:

    I will not be applying for additional financial aid through FAFSA. What happens next?

  9. Gather the following information needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

    • Social Security Number

    • Current year tax return or W-2 forms

    • Driver's license number

    • Amounts received from Social Security of Veterans Administration

    • Amounts of child support paid or received

    • Estimated net value of assets

    • Montgomery Community College's School Code: 008087

  10. Go to www.pin.ed.gov to obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to electronically sign your financial aid application, then proceed to www.fafsa.gov to file for financial aid.

  11. Within 24 hours to 2 days receive a copy (electronic if you provided an e-mail address) of your Student Aid Report (SAR.) Review and make necessary changes at www.fafsa.gov.

  12. Begin watching e-mail box (including junk mail) or home mail box for a checklist from Montgomery Community College of items for you to complete and return to the college by e-mail, U.S. mail or in person. Financial aid applications are not complete until all additional forms are filled out and returned to the college.

  13. Once all forms have been returned to the college, look for a rose-colored award letter in the mail informing you of your financial aid award. In the event you do not qualify for financial aid, you will be notified by the college by mail or e-mail.

    According to NC state law, tuition and fees must be paid at the time of registration. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee financial aid to any student who has not received a rose-colored award letter by one of the following dates:

Montgomery Community College Financial Aid Priority Dates

If you will be attending
MCC this
You must have your rose-colored award letter by this date
Fall July 1
Spring November 1
Summer April 1

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