Explanation of Benefits and Veterans Enrollment Certification

HFC is authorized by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs to certify enrollment in its degree programs under the following educational benefits:

Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill: Veterans must have entered active duty on or after July 1, 1985, and must have made monthly contributions while on active duty.

Chapter 31: Vet Success/Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program: This program is for disabled veterans as determined by the Veterans Administration (VA). To be considered for it, a veteran must have received or eventually receive an honorable discharge (or a dismissal from the military that is NOT a dishonorable discharge), have a VA service-connected disability rating of 10% or more, and apply for vocational rehabilitation services.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 G.I. Bill: Veterans must have served at least 90 days of active duty service on or after Sept. 11, 2001 and received an honorable discharge.

Chapter 35: Spouses and dependent children of Veterans who are 100% permanently and totally disabled or who died while serving on active duty.

Chapter 1606: Selected Reservist or National Guard Members: Volunteers must have entered or extended their enlistment for at least six years on or after July 1, 1985. Effective Nov. 26, 2014, students may not use Chapter 1606 benefits and Federal Tuition Assistance simultaneously.

Chapter 1607: REAP (Reserve Education Assistance Program): Veterans must have served on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001 under Title 10 US Code for a contingency operation and served at least 90 consecutive days or more. This program expires November 2019, students may NOT use Chapter 1607 benefits and Federal Tuition Assistance simultaneously.

Federal Tuition Assistance: Members of the Selective Reserves and National Guard are eligible for federal tuition assistance. However each of the Armed Forces determines how to administer their own Tuition Assistance (TA).

Students using Federal Tuition Assistance (GoArmyEd, Navy College Program Tuition Assistance, MyCAA, etc.) will be processed as a "sponsored" student and invoicing for their Tuition Assistance payments is handled by the Student Accounts Office. Students must submit their Tuition Assistance authorization voucher to the Student Accounts Office, which is located in the Welcome Center (Building WC on the main campus). For detailed information, view Military Tuition Assistance Requirements and Policies at HFC or contact Kimyette Black at kblack4@hfcc.edu or cashiers@hfcc.edu.

Michigan State Tuition Assistance (MINGSTAP): MINGSTAP is available to members of the Michigan National Guard who (1) are active in the National Guard (including the traditional service of one weekend/month and two weeks/year; (2) are not absent without leave or under UCMJ charges; and (3) meet the additional criteria established by the TAG consistent with the guard's recruiting and retention requirements.

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA): The Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship is a workforce development program that provides tuition assistance to eligible military spouses. The scholarship helps military spouses pursue licenses, certificates, certifications or associate degrees necessary to gain employment in high demand, high growth portable career fields and occupations.

Requesting Certification of Enrollment

All students must review and complete all requirements indicated on the Veterans Checklist, contact veterans@hfcc.edu for assistance.

Current HFC students using VA educational benefits need to submit:

Documents can be submitted in person at the Welcome Center drop box, faxed to the Welcome Center (313-845-6464), or e-mailed to veterans@hfcc.edu.

To Comply with Department of Veterans Affairs Regulations:

  1. For military deployment or reactivation: If you are unable to complete your current semester due to deployment or reactivation, contact the VA Certifying Official immediately. Submit Tuition Appeal Form and a copy of the official military deployment or reactivation paperwork to the Registrar's Office.

  2. You must report any reduction or increase in training time or changes in your schedule to the VA Certifying Official as soon as the changes are made to avoid possible over-payments made to you and/or HFC. Failure to report drops could result in the loss of benefits dating back to the first day of the semester and possibly money that you will need to return to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs due to over-payment. You must report ALL changes in your enrollment as they occur immediately.

  3. If you are dismissed from the College due to unsatisfactory academic progress (academic probation or dismissal), this information will be reported to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Once you are permitted to return to the College, approval will have to be granted by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs to continue enrollment certification for educational benefits.

  4. Grades such as I, U, DR, W, NA, and E (if the E grade is issued due to non-attendance or if the student stopped attending class(es) prior to the end of the semester) will be reported to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. This could result in a reduction of benefits for that semester dating back to the first day of the semester.

  5. The Dept. of Veterans Affairs regulations prohibit payment for repeated classes (A through D grades) or for classes that are not required for his or her degree. If a student earns a grade in a class that does not meet the prerequisite requirement(s) for enrollment in the next course level required for his or her degree or program, that course can be repeated and submitted to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs for certification. If a student is requesting certification for an elective course(s), the elective course(s) must be listed on the program evaluation as a required prerequisite, program admission requirement, or elective course needed to earn the total number of credits required for an associate degree.

NOTE: You must complete and submit the HFC VA Certification Request Form EACH semester you receive educational benefits. In addition, if you change your program of study you must inform the VA Certifying Official prior to enrollment certification.

Enrollment Status

The Dept. of Veterans Affairs reviews the start and end date of your classes to determine your benefit(s) eligibility for each semester. Online course enrollment is reported and used to determine benefit(s) eligibility. If you are taking a class that is 100% online or that is partially online (classroom/web course) this may impact your monthly benefit(s) amount, depending on the number of credits you are enrolled in that meet on campus for the duration of the semester.

For Fall & Winter (15 week) semesters:
Full-Time: 12 or more credit hours
Three-Quarter Time: 9-11 credit hours
Half-Time: 6-8 credit hours
Less than Half-Time: 1-5 credit hours

For military deployment or reactivation: If you are unable to complete your current semester due to deployment or reactivation, contact the VA Certifying Official immediately. Submit Tuition Appeal Form and a copy of the official military deployment or reactivation paperwork to the Registrar's Office.