Certain MTC programs are approved by the state of Florida Approving Agency. Veterans and dependents of disabled or deceased veterans who plan to attend under any of the training laws should stop by the Office of Financial Aid for assistance and advisement. Veterans’ information may also be obtained at http://www.gibill.va.gov. To obtain a list of approved programs at MTC, please contact the certifying official at 352-671-7203.
NOTE: The programs that are certifiable for Veteran’s Assistance benefits are the following: Administrative Office Specialist, Applied Cybersecurity, Barbering, Combined Fire Fighter/Emergency Medical Technician, Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts/Professional Culinary Arts & Hospitality, Cosmetology, Database Application Development and Programming, Emergency Medical Technician – ATD, Fire Fighter, Massage Therapy, Medical Administrative Specialist, Medical Assisting, Medical Clinical Laboratory Technician – ATD, Medical Coder/Biller, Nails Specialty, Nursing Assistant – Long Term Care (CNA), Phlebotomy, Practical Nursing, Public Safety Telecommunications, Radiologic Technology, Technology Support Services, and Welding Technology.
APPLICATION FOR VETERANS EDUCATION BENEFITS
Applications are designed to obtain the data necessary to determine eligibility for educational assistance benefits for particular educational objectives. The application and required forms vary according to the type of benefits and to the circumstances. Veterans unsure of their eligibility status regarding VA educational benefits are encouraged to submit an application online at http://gibill.va.gov and let the VA determine eligibility or to call the Department of Veterans’ Affairs at 1–888-442-4551. This number will connect the veteran or dependent of a disabled or deceased veteran to the nearest VA regional office, where counselors should be able to provide additional information as to whether a particular veteran is entitled to benefits.
Marion Technical College may require various forms to certify the student. The following is a partial list of forms that may be required to certify the individual.
- 22-1990, Application for VA Educational Benefits for MGIB, 34/30 and MGIBSR
- 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training
- 22-5490, Application for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance
- 22-5495, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (Chapter 35)
- 21-686c, Declaration of Status of Dependents (Chapter 34/30 only)
- DD Form 2384, Notice of Basic Eligibility, NOBE (MGIB–SR)
This form can be obtained from your Reserve or National Guard Unit
- DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from active duty)
- Certificate of Eligibility
Additional forms may be required for special cases.
VETERANS AWARD LETTER
When payment of education benefits is authorized, VA will, without exception, mail an award letter to the student. Only one copy of this letter will be issued. The letter provides the student with the following:
- Notification that his or her enrollment has been processed for a specific period, with the inclusive dates for which payment will be issued.
- The monthly rate of payment the student can expect to receive.
- The student’s original net entitlement.
- Delimiting date.
- The amount of entitlement remaining at the end of the term, quarter, semester, or academic year, if the student continues to attend at the certified rate for the entire period. (For a service person, the entitlement used is shown.)
- A maximum 60-day deferment for MTC tuition and fees can be granted for veterans awaiting payment from the VA by initiating a tuition installment plan.
Where applicable, a copy of the award letter is also provided to the claimant’s accredited service representative. The law requires that educational assistance benefits to veterans and other eligible persons be discontinued when the student ceases to make satisfactory progress towards completion of his or her training objective. Benefits can be resumed if the student re-enrolls in the same educational institution and in the same program. In other cases, benefits cannot be resumed unless the VA finds that the cause of the unsatisfactory attendance, conduct or progress has been removed and the program of education or training to be pursued by the student is suitable to his or her aptitudes, interests, and abilities. For each student, MTC is required to maintain an academic record that includes, for a veteran or eligible person, the credit allowed toward the student’s current program due to previous training and experience.
VETERANS ATTENDANCE POLICY
- VA students are required to attend all classes.
- Daily attendance records will be forwarded to the certifying official’s office.
- Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is monitored each semester as per the course semester calendar. Students must maintain an overall 90% attendance and a minimum “C” average to remain in good standing unless otherwise specified.
- Veterans not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress will have their benefits terminated.
- Veterans cannot receive benefits if on a leave of absence. (Benefits must be terminated.)
- Veterans must complete the program within the 100% of the specified program time frame in clock hours.