Using Your Educational Benefits
Your time served, type of service, residency, and other factors determine eligibility for all or some of the benefits listed below. Research VA education benefits using the MyMilitary Benefits Flowchart.
Contact the MDVA Higher Education Veterans Program Regional Coordinator for a one-on-one benefit consultation. POC is Kari Johnson, Cell 320-491-2734 or Kari.Johnson@state.mn.us
Apply for the GI Bill®
- Apply for the GI Bill® at va.gov or contact Kari Johnson as noted above.
- Contact Randy Tuper, CLC School Certifying Official (SCO), to obtain the Request to Certify form each semester. Randy’s contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org, 218-855-8279, and he’s located in the Veterans Resource Center.
- Email a copy of your Veterans Certificate of Eligibility to email@example.com
Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)
- Eligibility: The Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) program provides tuition assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs for Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve Component service members. FTA is available for courses that are part of an approved academic degree or certificate program. This money is paid directly to the institution by the individual services.
- Students requesting FTA must receive approval from the student’s Education Service Office (ESO), military counselor, or Service prior to enrollment.
The Army National Guard Education Center is the most commonly used Education Service Office (ESO) for CLC students and is a great place to start to begin using your Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) at:
- Minnesota Army National Guard Education Office
600 Cedar Street
Paul, MN 55101
All other Service branches will need to contact their respective Education Service Office (ESO) to determine your FTA eligibility and what steps you need to take to apply at:
- FTA must be approved seven days prior to classes beginning. Visit your respective Tuition Assistance site from the links provided above.
- Apply for Federal Tuition Assistance utilizing your branch-specific process.
- Army students must set up an Education Goal and confirm with their ESO that they are authorized to take courses at their chosen institution.
- Select Request FTA.
- Once you’re approved, provide the School Certifying Official with your FTA approval paperwork by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Inform the School Certifying Official (SCO) if you are combining FTA with other GI Bill benefits because some require coordination.
Minnesota GI Bill
- Eligibility: Minnesota residents who served on active duty or those who have not served on active duty but have served at least 5 years in the National Guard/Reserves and some spouses and dependents may be eligible for this benefit.
- Applicants must first submit a FAFSA at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
- Apply for the MN GI Bill at https://mn.gov/mdva/resources/education/minnesotagibill/or contact the Regional Coordinator as noted above.
Minnesota National Guard – State Tuition Reimbursement (STR)
- Eligibility: Members of the Minnesota Army and Air National Guard, as well as spouses under certain circumstances, may be eligible.
- If you are actively drilling, complete the required paperwork with your unit education specialist.
- If you have deployed and are now out of the military, you may qualify for the Extended State Tuition Reimbursement Program. Contact the Regional Coordinator as noted above.
- Contact Randy Tuper, CLC’s School Certifying Official (SCO), at 218-855-8279, email@example.com, or by stopping by the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) on either campus to obtain a “Request to Certify Military Education Benefits” form each semester.
- Notify Randy before making changes to your course schedule (adding, dropping, or withdrawing from courses).
- Attend class regularly and complete work timely.
- Check your online student account in E-Services under “Bills & Payments” to see your charges, payments on account, balances, etc., and to sign up for a payment plan, if needed.
- Learn about your financial rights and responsibilities
- Ask for help. Connect with your advisor. Learn about supportive servicesand student basic needs resources available to help you succeed.