Northeast Iowa Community College, a CHAMPS Home Base Iowa School, has been recognized as a Military Friendly School for 2019-20 and has held this distinction for several years. Additionally, Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) awarded the College the designation of a Top School in its 2017 MAE&T Guide to Colleges & Universities.
Student veterans at NICC work to help each other with not only class work but also in dealing with the day to day changes that veterans face when going from active duty to civilian life.
Students who have served in the military, or are the spouse or dependent of a veteran, may be eligible for veteran's education benefits while enrolled in an approved program of study at NICC. Each campus has a VA certifying official who assists students with the application process and serves as a liaison with the VA.
To receive VA benefits, students must:
- Be eligible for one of the benefit programs from the Department of Veterans Affairs;
- Pursue an eligible program of study and enroll in applicable courses;
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress (be in good academic standing).
You are advised to apply for veteran benefits when applying for admission to NICC. Use the veterans enrollment checklist as a guide to assist you. Complete the veterans worksheet and return it to your respective campus VA certifying official. The initial application process can take a significant amount of time, so students should start the process as early as possible.
For transfer students who previously attended another institution and received VA education benefits, VA Form 1995 must be completed and submitted to the VA certifying official.
VA Benefits Available at NICC
Click on the applicable benefit option below, and the section will expand to display more information. Iowa National Guard members may also be eligible for the tuition assistance program. Find out more about VA Education Payment Rates.
The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) has different eligibility requirements based on your active duty service. The benefits available under each category may vary depending on your situation and length of active service. If you are separated from service, you may be an eligible veteran if you:
- Entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985
- Received a high school diploma or equivalent before the end of your first obligated period of service
- Received an honorable discharge
- Continuously served for three years, or two years if that is what you first enlisted for, or two years if you have an obligation to serve four years in the Selected Reserve AND entered Selective Reserve within a year of leaving active duty.
Eligible service members may receive up to 36 months of education benefits. The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of training you take, length of your service, your category, any college fund eligibility and if you contributed to the $600 buy-up program. You usually have 10 years to use your MGIB benefits.
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program’s mission is to help veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find and keep suitable jobs. To receive an evaluation for VR&E services, a veteran must:
- Have received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable
- Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 20 percent
- Submit a completed application for VR&E services
Benefits may include payment of tuition, fees, books, supplies and a monthly subsistence allowance. The basic period of eligibility in which VR&E services may be used is 12 years from the latter of the following:
- Date of separation from active military service or
- Date the veteran was first notified by VA or a service-connected disability rating
You are required to meet with a VA Voc-Rehab Counselor prior to receiving benefits at NICC. Further information can be obtained from the College's Financial Aid Office.
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. The government matches your contributions on a 2-for-1 basis. To qualify, you must have:
- Entered service for the first time between Jan. 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985
- Opened a contribution account before April 1, 1987
- Voluntarily contributed from $25 to $2,700
- Completed your first period of service and were discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable
- If you are currently on active duty and wish to receive VEAP benefits, you must have at least three months of contributions available.
Benefit entitlement is for one to 36 months depending on the number of monthly contributions. You have 10 years from your release from active duty to use VEAP benefits. If the entitlement is not used after the 10-year period, your portion remaining in the fund will be automatically refunded.
If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001 and are still on active duty, or are an honorably discharged veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program.
Under this bill, you may receive:
- Tuition and fees payment (paid directly to the school) not to exceed the tuition and fees at the most expensive state Institution of Higher Learning (IHL)
- Monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. Access the GI Bill Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) Toolkit for easy to understand messaging on new MHA change.
- An annual book stipend of $1000 paid proportionately based on enrollment
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits generally payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.
The Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) education program provides educational benefits to actively drilling members of the Selected Reserve. This includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Reserves as well as the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and VA makes the payments.
You may be considered an eligible reservist or National Guard Member if:
- After June 30, 1985, you signed a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve
- You completed your Initial Active Duty for Training
- You received your high school diploma or GED before you complete your Initial Active Duty for Training
- You are in good standing in a drilling Selected Reserve unit
You will remain eligible for benefits for 14 years from the date of eligibility (usually the day you graduate AIT or Tech Training). You may use any one GI Bill benefit for up to 36 months of full time use and may be able to combine multiple GI Bill benefits for up to 48 months of use.
Chapter 1607 is an educational assistance program which provides benefits to members of the reserve components who are called to active duty in response to a war or national emergency. The reserve components consist of Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard and Air National Guard.
To be eligible for Chapter 1607, you must meet one of the following requirements:
- You served on active duty on or after September 11th, 2001 in support of a contingency operation for 90 consecutive days or more (deployment)
- You Performed full time National Guard duty under section 502(f) of title 32 for 90 consecutive days or more when authorized by the president or secretary of defense for the purpose of responding to a national emergency declared by the president and supported by federal funds
If you were ordered to active duty while drilling in the reserve component, you will remain eligible for Chapter 1607 only by continuing to actively drill in the reserve component. If you were called to active duty from the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) you will remain eligible for Chapter 1607 by continuing to serve in the IRR or by actively drilling in the reserve component. You may use any one GI Bill benefit for up to 36 months of full time use and may be able to combine multiple GI Bill benefits for up to 48 months of use.
The Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or dependents of veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.
To be eligible, you must be the son, daughter or spouse of:
- A veteran who died, or is permanently and totally disabled, as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.
- A veteran who died from any cause while such service-connected disability was in existence
- A service member missing in action or captured in the line of duty by a hostile force
- A service member forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power
You may receive up to 45 months of education benefits. Effective Oct. 1, 2013, some DEA beneficiaries may be eligible for up to 81 months of GI Bill benefits if they use the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance program in conjunction with an entitlement from other VA education programs.
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