Delta College has one of the largest veteran student populations in the area and wants you to take advantage of your veteran's benefits. We have an extensive history of serving veterans and can provide academic training that will assist you in entering the civilian workforce.
Use the Student Guide Checklist (PDF) to guide you through the process of admitting, registering and applying for education benefits under the GI Bill here at Delta College. The most current GI Bill information is available at the GI Bill website.
Applying for Benefits
Applying for GI Bill Benefits - Fill out an online application using VONAPP (Veteran Online Application). Print a copy for your Delta College file. Attach a copy of your DD-214 Member-4, and a copy of a voided check if you are interested in direct deposit. In addition, submit to Delta’s Veteran Services Office a VA Educational Benefits Certification Request (PDF) form to request VA certification.
Approximately 8-12 weeks after you apply for benefits the VA will send a certificate of eligibility to you; bring it into the Veteran Services Office at Delta. For questions about the status of your application or payments call the VA at 1-800-442-4551.
Transferring to Delta College - If you've been receiving GI bill benefits and you're changing schools, complete the Change of Place of Training form (22-1995 for chapters 30, 31, 33, 1606, 1607) or (22-5495 for dependents or spouses of Chapter 35). Download the form from the link above or stop by Veteran Services in B100. Give the completed form to the Veteran Services Office. In addition, submit to Delta’s Veteran Services Office a VA Educational Benefits Certification Request (PDF) form to request VA certification.
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Guest Students - If you are attending Delta College as a guest student and are requesting VA certification, your home school must submit and send to the Veteran Services Office a parent institution letter stating that the courses you are taking at Delta College will satisfy the degree requirements at your home school. In addition, complete the Delta College VA Educational Benefits Certification Request (PDF) form each semester and submit to Delta’s Veteran Services Office to request VA certification. If you are a Delta College student attending another college, please see the Veteran Services Office for a parent letter.
Eligibility for Benefits (“What’s My Chapter?”)
Active Duty Montgomery GI Bill - Chapter 30 -- At least 2 years on active duty and contributed $1200 to your GI Bill fund and were honorably discharged.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) - Chapter 31. Also known as the VetSuccess program. Assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. Veterans are eligible if they: 1) Have received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable; 2) Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10%, or a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA); 3) Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess services.
Post 9/11 GI Bill - Chapter 33 -- At least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or be discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Post-9/11 GI Bill became effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. Post 9/11 pamphlet is available.
IMPORTANT - If you are currently receiving benefits under Chapter 30, 1606 or 1607 and you apply on VONAPP, you are required to make a decision that is irrevocable (cannot be changed) to give up one of the other programs you are eligible for. However, if you completely exhaust your entitlement under your current chapter before the effective date of your Chapter 33 election, you may receive up to 12 additional months of benefits under Chapter 33. Choose your effective date for Chapter 33 carefully. Let the Delta Veteran Services Office know that you submitted an application on VONAPP.
Survivors' or Dependents' Educational Benefits - Chapter 35 -- Child (18-26 years) or spouse of a veteran determined to be 100% disabled or deceased due to military related injuries.
Reservists/National Guard - Chapter 1606 -- You must have a six-year obligation to serve in the Reserves or Guard and be currently in good standing with your unit.
REAP (Reserve Education Assistance Program) - Chapter 1607 -- Selected reserves called to active duty in response to a contingency operation declared by the President or Congress. The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security (Coast Guard) determine who’s eligible for chapter 1607. The Department of Veterans Affairs administers the program and pays benefits. Members of the Selective Reserve may be eligible for chapter 1607 and chapter 33 after serving 90 consecutive days on active duty for a contingency operation.
VA Contact Information
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Regional Processing Office
400 South 18th Street
St. Louis MO 63103-9722
888-442-4551 (Monday – Wednesday 7 am – 5 pm Central Time
Delta College Veteran Services Office
B100 (within the Registrar’s Office)
1961 Delta Road
University Center MI 48710
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 8 am – 6 pm, Friday 8 am - 4 pm. (Closed Fridays May 17 through July 29 for Green Fridays).
Phone: (989) 686-9465
Fax: (989) 667-2221