The Veterans Resource Center at Northland is your one-stop-shop for all military benefits. If you are a Veteran, you may be eligible for the GI Bill or other military education benefits. You may also be eligible for disability services, personal counseling, tutorial assistance, financial aid or VA Funded work-study.
The Veterans Certifying Official or the Higher Education Veterans Programs Regional Coordinator are available to guide you as you apply for your military education benefits. You may also be eligible for disability services, counseling, tutorial assistance, financial aid or VA funded work-study. We want to make sure you get all the benefits for which you are entitled. The Veterans Resource Center provides a place for study and to socialize with fellow veterans.
The application process involves two main steps: 1- Apply to Northland and 2-Apply for your military education benefits. The process for both is outlined below.
Here are the steps a Veteran needs to accomplish to apply to Northland. Schedule an appointment to meet with the Higher Education Veterans Programs Regional Coordinator, or staff at the on campus veteran’s center to discuss specific veterans/higher education questions.
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Recent legislation in Minnesota requires Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to review military academic transcripts and give appropriate credit based on the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations. To get your official military transcripts go to:
Chapter 33 - The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.
Below are descriptions of each of the military education benefits:
This is the “active duty” Montgomery GI Bill. It provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans. Active duty members pay in $100 per month for 12 months to receive the benefit. The benefit is scaled based upon number of credits taken.
This is the Vocational Rehabilitation program. The veteran must have service connected disabilities to apply for the benefit.
This is the predecessor to the Chapter 30 benefit. To be eligible for this program the veteran must have entered service for the first time between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985.
This is the Survivors and Dependants education benefits. Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.
The Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes 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. Generally this is the education benefit for soldiers that have not been deployed.
Montgomery GI Bill - REAP - It is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security will determine who is eligible for this program.
Minnesota State Tuition Reimbursement (STR) will pay for 100% of your tuition (not including student fees) and will pay up to the undergraduate rate at the University of Minnesota and up to 144 semester or 208 quarter credits.
This benefit may be used in conjunction with GI Bill and Federal Tuition Assistance. This benefit is available to members of the Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota Air National Guard.
Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) will pay up to a set amount per Army fiscal year (Oct - Sept) in tuition expenses including student fees. This benefit is may be used in conjunction with the GI Bill and State Tuition Reimbursement (see attached letter for conditions). Please note this is not a guaranteed benefit. This program has a finite budget and is paid on a first come, first serve basis. Please apply early. You may apply for these benefits within 30 days of your semesters/quarters start date.
This program is available to drilling members of the Army National Guard or Army Reserve. In order to receive payment for a course, the course must be completed prior to your separation from any of the above mentioned military components. You may start receiving FTA benefits the day you enlist. FTA can be reimbursed for out of state institution tuition. Remember you must be an active member of the Guard or Reserve.
This benefit is paid up-front. You are required to earn a "C" or better in your classes, or in the event of a class taken pass/fail you must "pass". Failure to earn a "C" or better or 'pass" may result in repayment of FTA.
The GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals.Apply for GI Bill Benefits »
Army Education Center
HQ 88th RRC
506 Roeder Circle
Fort Snelling, MN
Toll Free: 1.800.THE ARMY, ext 3081
The Minnesota Military Appreciation Fund is a fund established by private residents of Minnesota to thank Minnesota service members for their service. The MMAF will provide $250 -- $500 to all Minnesota military personnel who have served in a combat zone since September 11, 2001. They will increase the amount of the award to Purple Heart recipients and to the families of those killed in action. See eligibility criteria below.
The State of Minnesota will provide free tuition at any state college or university to Minnesota war orphans until a bachelor's degree or equivalent has been obtained. Eligibility determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Please see eligibility criteria below.
For more information visit the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website. See your County Veterans Service Officer to apply.
The Minnesota G.I. Bill program is a new program in 2007 established to provide postsecondary educational assistance to eligible Minnesota veterans who served on or after September 11, 2001. Full-time undergraduate or graduate students may be eligible receive up to $1,000 per semester and part-time students can receive up to $500 per semester.
You must be a Minnesota resident enrolled at Minnesota institutions who is a: