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Veterans Services at MCCC

Mercer County Community College is approved for Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill benefits, NJ National Guard Tuition Waiver, US Army Tuition Assistance, US Air Force Tuition Assistance, US Navy Tuition Assistance, USMC Tuition Assistance, US Coast Guard Tuition Assistance, and MyCAA.

The goal of the Mercer County Community College Veterans Services Office is to ensure that veteran, military, and dependent students are successful at MCCC and able to take fully advantage of the broad range of educational and cultural activities offered by MCCC while being able to share their diverse experiences with the college community.  
 

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New Jersey National Guard Tuition Waiver Program

Students who are members in good standing in the New Jersey National Guard are entitled to receive free tuition for up to 15 credits per semester. The National Guard member is responsible for paying college fees, laboratory fees, and the cost of books and supplies. http://www.state.nj.us/military/education/NJNGTP.htm

Students must:

  • Submit NJDMAVA Form 621-2-R to the MCCC Veterans Affairs Office. This document must be dated not more than 60 days before the registration date.
  • Fill out the MCCC Request for Certification form
  • Each year the member must apply, through the Financial Aid Office at the institution, for all available state and federal student grants and scholarships for which the member may be eligible to receive. [This may be accomplished by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).]

*You are required to use available financial aid before the National Guard Tuition Waiver will be applied to your account. Understand that if you are eligible to use the National Guard Tuition Waiver you will not pay for your tuition out of pocket (up to 15 credits). Your tuition will be covered by financial aid, the waiver, or a combination of both. You are still required to cover the cost of any applicable fees due to the College.

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Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/education_programs.asp

How to Receive Benefits at MCCC as a New Student

This provides a useful overview of how to get started with receiving Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill benefits. Please also review the steps below to ensure you receive your benefits at MCCC.

  • Ensure that your desired program is eligible for benefits. Most programs at MCCC are eligible, but if you have a question about eligibility, please email vets@mccc.edu.
  • Apply for your benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    • If this is the first time you will be using your benefits they you will fill out, Application for VA Education Benefits VA Form 22-1990.
    • If you have used your benefits elsewhere prior to MCCC, then complete, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training VA Form 22-1995. This form is available through the same online application, VONAPP, where you apply for your benefits.
  • Provide your VA Certificate of Eligibility for benefits to MCCC Veterans Services Office
  • Complete a MCCC Request for Certification form to receive GI Bill benefits at MCCC.
    • VERY IMPORTANT: THE MCCC REQUEST FOR CERTIFICATION MUST BE DONE FOR EVERY SEMESTER YOU WANT TO USE YOUR BENEFITS.
  • If you are receiving benefits under Ch. 33 (the Post-9/11 GI Bill), you do not need to take any additional action to be certified. Tuition and fees payments will be sent directly to MCCC on your behalf; all other stipends and payments (e.g. BAH, books stipend) will be sent to you.
    • If you are receiving a partial amount of Ch. 33 then you must pay the partial tuition and fees that the Ch. 33 GI Bill does not cover.
  • If you are receiving benefits under Ch.30 or Ch.1606, you must verify your enrollment each month with the VA via the Web Automated Veteran's Enrollment (WAVE) system. Benefits will be sent directly to you (whether via paper check or direct deposit), and you are responsible for transferring any of these payments to MCCC.

How to Receive Benefits as a Continuing Student

Each semester that you would like to receive VA benefits at MCCC, you must submit the MCCC Request for Certification form, obtained from the MCCC Veterans Services Office (room SC220) or by emailing vets@mccc.edu.

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Community Resources

Trenton Vet Center
Mercer County Community College has forged a partnership with the Trenton Vet Center (located on the border with Ewing) to expand the services the college offers to military veterans. A representative will be on the West Windsor campus room SC 236 every Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to advise veterans about issues they may be facing that are interfering with their success in college and in their personal lives. Services include counseling, outreach and referrals to community agencies.

Soldier On
Soldier On is a private nonprofit organization committed to ending veteran homelessness. http://www.wesoldieron.org/

If you know a veteran or a member of a veteran family who is homeless or at risk of being homeless residing in central or eastern New York state, northern or central New Jersey, western Pennsylvania, western Massachusetts, or Mississippi who could benefit from Soldier Onís Supportive Services for Veterans Families program, call 1-866-406-8449.

Student Veteran Club
The MCCC Student Veterans Club, Alliance for Veterans and Supporters (AVS), seeks to be the spot where veteran, military, and their supporters on the campus can come together to relax, socialize and help each other while attending Mercer. On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MCCCVeteranClub, AVS participates in many of the events on campus, providing support to its members and throughout the community. Meetings are held in the Student Veterans Lounge in SC 222..
News Announcement: New Veterans Club at MCCC Creating Bridge to Civilian Life

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Work-Study Benefits (22-8691)
Applicable to Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606 and 1607.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) work-study program permits eligible veterans to perform services for DVA in return for a monetary allowance equal to the prevailing federal minimum wage. DVA work-study payments are non-taxable. Eligible veterans may contract for a maximum of 750 hours of service in a fiscal year. This may not exceed 250 hours in a quarter, semester, or other applicable enrollment period. Work-study services may be performed at DVA regional offices and educational institutions, DVA medical facilities, DVA national cemeteries, and certain other organizations approved for outreach activities. The services must be DVA-related.

Eligibility
The student must be attending at least ĺ time and pursuing a program of education or training under Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606 or 1607. Whenever feasible, DVA will give priority in selection for this allowance to veterans with service-connected disabilities rated at 30% or more. DVA will consider the following additional selection criteria: (1) need of the student to augment his or her educational assistance; (2) availability to the student of transportation to the place where his or her services are to be performed; (3) motivation of the veteran; and (4) compatibility of the work assignment to the student's physical condition.

It is the student's responsibility to locate an approved Veterans Affairs work-study site.

Please contact the MCCC Veteran Services Office at (609) 570-3240 to obtain a more information about the program. MCCC Veterans Services is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2014 semester.

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Other Helpful Information

How to Get a Copy of Your DD214

  • Acquire any necessary paperwork documenting your service. Usually, you need an original or certified copy of DD Form 214 documenting your active duty service or other documentation of your military service to enroll in benefits. Now, you can access your DD-214 online.

Military Transcripts for MCCC Credits

Mercer recognizes that learning in the classroom is only part of the learning that takes place in the modern world. Credit may be granted by examinations and other demonstrations of knowledge or skills acquired outside the traditional classroom. These include appropriate life and work experiences in addition to formal learning through military schools, proprietary schools, or training programs.

US Army, US Navy, US Marine Corps
Can request official transcripts here

US Air Force
Can request official transcripts here

Calendar of Events:
happening for veterans at MCCC, Mercer County. and New Jersey

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Hours and Contacts

room SC220
West Windsor Campus
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550

email vets@mccc.edu
or call 609-570-3240

Drew Daddio
Director, Veteran Services

 
Mondays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursdays 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Trenton Campus)
noon to 4 p.m. (West Windsor Campus)
Fridays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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