Military Education Benefits at MACU

Using VA Education Benefits

If you are a veteran or active military member eligible for GI Bill® education benefits, college tuition assistance can help make higher education affordable for you.

MACU participates in the U.S. Department of Defense tuition assistance program and serves as a liaison to the Department of Defense in processing tuition assistance and other military education benefits, which can cover a significant portion (in some cases, up to 100 percent) of your tuition for a bachelor's or master's degree.

Before you receive veterans affairs education benefits and enroll in your classes, you may be required to develop an education plan or complete tuition assistance orientation. Please keep the following in mind when you apply for enrollment:

  1. Military college benefits may only be used to pursue degree programs at colleges and universities in the United States that are regionally or nationally accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify a school's accreditation status by visiting the U.S. Department of Education.

  2. Your service's education center must approve your VA education benefits before you enroll in a course. Learn more about tuition assistance for your service:

Tuition Assistance Top-Up

VA Tuition Assistance Top-Up allows funds from the Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty or the Post-9/11 GI Bill to be used for tuition and fees for high-cost courses not fully covered by tuition assistance funds.

Eligibility: To use Tuition Assistance Top-Up, your service branch must approve you for tuition assistance. You must also be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill or the Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty.

Application: First apply for tuition assistance in accordance with the procedures of your service branch. After applying for tuition assistance, you will need to complete VA Form 22-1990 to apply for Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits. The form is available online from the VA. Make sure you specify "Top-Up" on the application and mail it to one of the education processing offices listed on the form.

Other Supplemental Funding Possibilities

Aside from using the MGIB-AD or Post-9/11 GI Bill for items such as tuition and fees not covered by tuition assistance, there are other funding opportunities available to service members, including federal and state financial aid

The federal government provides $150 billion per year in grants, work-study programs, and federal loans to college students. The aid comes in various forms, including need-based programs such as Pell grants, subsidized Stafford Loans, Supplemental Educational Opportunity grants, and federal work-study programs. You can also get low-interest loans through the federal government. Visit Federal Student Aid to find out more or complete an online application for FAFSA at no cost to you. Please keep FAFSA deadlines in mind.

Cpt. James Ahn Special Forces Memorial Scholarship

Gain Service Academy Admission is sponsoring the Cpt. James Ahn Special Forces Memorial Scholarship, a $1,000 annual scholarship for military students named in honor of Captain James Ahn. Captain Ahn died tragically in a parachuting accident while with his unit in Washington state in 2015. To learn more about the scholarship and apply, click here.

Important Phone Numbers for VA College Benefits

VA Education Hotline: 1-888-442-4551 

Monthly Verification of Attendance: 1-877-823-2378 

Direct Deposit: 1-877-838-2778 

Other VA Benefits: 1-800-827-1000

Get Started With MACU’s Military Education Assistance Program

Reaching out to an enrollment counselor is the first step in finding out how armed forces tuition assistance can benefit you at MACU. We’ll guide you every step of the way! 

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