Steps to Enrollment / VA Benefit Certification Checklist

1. Admission and Enrollment

Follow all steps listed to complete the admission and enrollment process.

Application for VA Educational Benefits

NOTE: You can complete the application process to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) while you are completing the admission and enrollment process at the College.

Veterans Checklist

2. Applying For or Transferring Benefits

Montgomery GI Bill: Chapters 33, 30, 1606, 35, or Ch. 31 (VR&E)

First Time Applying for VA Educational Benefits

If applying for the first time:

  • Complete application for VA educational benefits.
  • Chapter 30, 33, 1606 (for veterans or active service members): complete application Form 22-1990.
  • Chapter 35 (Dependent’s Educational Assistance Program – for dependents or spouse): complete application Form 22-5490.
  • Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation): you must apply for benefits through Detroit VA office and submit Authorization for benefits.

Previously Certified at Another Institution

If previously used benefits at another institution:

  • Chapter 30, 33, 1606 or 1607: complete and submit Form 22-1995 (Change of Program or Place of Training).
  • Chapter 35 (Dependents Educational Assistance Program): complete and submit Form 22-5495 (Change of Program or Place of Training).
  • Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation: updated authorization required, must be signed by VA counselor approving attendance at HFC.

Federal Tuition Assistance

FTA recipients should first contact their respective Education Service Officer (ESO) to seek approval prior to registering for classes.

Students using Federal Military Tuition Assistance will be processed as a "sponsored" student and invoicing for your Tuition Assistance payments is handled by the Office of Student Accounts. For detailed information view Military Tuition Assistance Requirements and Policies at HFC or contact Kimyette Black at kblack4@hfcc.edu or cashiers@hfcc.edu.

  • Submit your Tuition Assistance authorization voucher to the Office of Student Accounts prior to the HFC payment due date to to ensure that your courses will not be dropped for non-payment.

State Tuition Assistance (MINGSTAP)

Students using MINGSTAP will be processed as a "sponsored" student and invoicing is handled by the Office of Student Accounts. For detailed information view Military Tuition Assistance Requirements and Policies at HFC or contact Kimyette Black at kblack4@hfcc.edu or cashiers@hfcc.edu.

  • We recommend that you confirm your authorization voucher from the state of Michigan has been received by the Office of Student Accounts prior to the HFC payment due date to to ensure that your courses will not be dropped for non-payment.

3. Certification Process

All of the following documents can be submitted as follows:

Email: veterans@hfcc.edu
Fax: 313-845-6464
Mail: Welcome Center, 5101 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn, MI 48128
In Person: At the Welcome Center drop box.

Please remember, only courses required for your academic program (or required pre-requisites) are eligible for certification See an Academic Adviser or Counselor to review required courses if necessary. The School Certifying Official will review your class schedule, educational plan, and transcripts from previous institutions in order to comply with VA regulations. Timely submission and accuracy of information provided by you will impact timeframe for processing of your VA Certification and determination by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for funding coursework.

All correspondence regarding your VA Certification will be sent through HFC HawkMail.

4. Payment

  • If using Chapter 30, 35, 1606 or 1607, you are responsible for paying tuition and fees by HFC payment due date.
  • If using Chapter 33 or 31, your tuition/fees will be paid by VA based on your benefit eligibility, you are responsible for any portion of tuition/fees not covered by VA benefits.
  • Tuition Assistance (FTA or MINGSTAP): Eligible charges only will be invoiced to your respective branch of service or the State of Michigan by Office of Student Accounts

Support Services

HFC is dedicated to supporting your academic success! HFC offers many student services, and our Counseling office offers services specifically for veterans in addition to personal counseling, and student outreach and support.

HFC VA Certifying Official: Gail Bock
Room WC-121, HFC Welcome Center
veterans@hfcc.edu
313-845-9688