Educational Benefit Information

What educational benefit is right for me?

DISCLAIMER: To determine which program is right for you, please visit:

Education and Training
Apply for Educational Benefits (Veterans and Spouse/Dependents)
W.A.V.E. (Reserves and National Guard)

VA Educational Benefit Information for:
National Guard and Army Reserves
Spouse or Dependents
Veterans not Using VA Educational Benefits

Educational Benefit Information for:

Active Duty Military

MCC Tuition Waiver Forms:
Armed Forces
National Guard

Veteran Advising (Certification Request):
Online Certification Request Form

Regardless of your military status, you may be eligible for educational benefits. We can assist you with determining what benefits to use and with the application process. Ultimately, it is up to you to determine the appropriate program you are entitled to. You may als contact your VA Certifying Official, your local VA Office, or contact Veterans Affairs at (888) 442-4551 (888-GI-BILL-1).

MCC complies with Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act (“Choice Act”) with regard to offering in-state tuition at all public institutions of higher learning (IHLs). Under S2248 PL 115-407 Section 103, Middlesex Community College will not impose a late fee, denial of access to facilities, or other penalty against a veteran using Chapter 31 or 33 educational benefits who has provided the College with a certificate of eligibility and have been certified by the College. The veteran will not be restricted in any way for the first 90 days of the semester if the reason for the delay in making payments for the certified semester is due to a delay in receipt of benefits from the VA. After the 90 days, the College will treat each veteran on a case by case basis. Any portion of the student bill not covered by VA benefits is still expected to be settled by the due date.

In adherence to the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (codified at 38 U.S.C. 3679) - Section 1005 of Public Law 116-315, requires that for all courses, semesters, or terms beginning after August 1, 2021, public institutions of higher education must charge qualifying veterans, dependents and eligible individuals tuition and fees at the rate for in-state residents. The following individuals be charged the in-state resident rate:

  • A veteran using educational assistance under either Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty Program), Chapter 31 (Veterans Readiness and Employment), Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 G Bill®) or Chapter 35 (Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program [DEA]) of 38 U.S.C., United States Code, who live in Massachusetts while attending a school located in Massachusetts (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school with a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Any student using transferred Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in Massachusetts while attending a school located in Massachusetts (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).
  • Any student described above while they remain continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same institution. The person must be using educational benefits under Chapter 30, Chapter 31, Chapter 33 or Chapter 35 of 38 U.S.C.
  • Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311(b)(9)) who lives in Massachusetts while attending a school located in Massachusetts (regardless of his/her formal state of residence)

In summary, individuals are no longer required to enroll within three years of discharge or release from a period of active duty service or the transferor’s discharge or release from active duty service in order to receive the in-state resident tuition rate.

Recruitment Policy

Middlesex Community College will ensure compliance with program integrity requirements consistent with the regulations issued by ED (34 C.F.R 668.71-668.75 and 668.14) as well as the College’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Defense (DoD) related to restrictions on misrepresentation, recruitment, and payment of incentive compensation.

  • Ban inducements, including any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, transportation, lodging, meals, or other item having a monetary value of more than a de minimis amount, to any individual or entity, or its agents including third party lead generators or marketing firms other than salaries paid to employees or fees paid to contractors in conformity with all applicable laws for the purpose of securing enrollments of Service members or obtaining access to Military Tuition Assistance (TA) funds. Educational institution sponsored scholarships or grants and tuition reductions available to military students are permissible, and;

  • Refrain from providing any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments or federal financial aid (including TA funds) to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance, and;

  • Refrain from high-pressure recruitment tactics such as making multiple unsolicited contacts (3 or more), including contacts by phone, email, or in-person, and engaging in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose of securing Service member enrollments.
Last Modified: 3/25/24