veterans benefits

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Bay College is approved to train veterans and others who qualify under the educational benefits programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs by the Michigan Department of Education State Approving Agency.  Bay College is committed to offering veteran students necess
ary information and helpful resources to support academic and personal success.

Apply for your VA Educational Benefits by visiting
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After the application is processed, the VA will issue a Certificate of Eligibility (COR) for individuals who qualify for benefits.  The COE will include information about your number of months of entitlement, period of eligibility and benefit level.  This process can take up to 6 weeks.
Bay College Assists Veterans with the Following Programs:
Chapter 30
Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty Program—For active duty members who enroll and pay $100 per month for 12 months and are then entitled to receive a monthly education benefit once they have completed a minimum service obligation.
Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation—This program provides educational benefits to eligible disabled veterans.
Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill—This program is for students who have served on active duty after 9/10/2001 for a minimum of 90 aggregate days (excluding entry level and skill training) and at least 30 continuous days if discharged for a service-connected disability
Chapter 35 Survivors’ & Dependent’s Educational Assistance—This program provides educational benefits to children between the ages of 18 and 26, spouses, and widows/widowers of totally disabled or deceased veterans
Fry Scholarship  The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship is available for children and spouses of service members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. 
Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserves—This program provides educational benefits to persons who entered a six-year selected reserve obligation after July 1, 1985 and completed Active Duty Training.  This includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Reserves, as well as the Army National Guard and the Air Guard

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The Director of Financial Aid is the VA Certifying Official and point of contact and will assist veterans, service persons, and their spouses and dependents with the process of applying for VA Education Benefits.  The Certifying Official certifies enrollments of eligible students within the VA system, monitors the Standards of Progress for VA Education Benefits, and assists in finding resources to meet student veteran needs.
2017 Military Friendly School Award logo Student Veterans of America logo VA Certifying Official at Bay College:
Laurie Spangenberg
Director of Financial Aid
(906) 217-4065
FAX: (9060 217-1647​

Consortium of Michigan Veteran Educators
Bay College is a member of the Consortium of Michigan Veteran Educators.  This network is comprised of twenty-eight community colleges and fifteen four-year public universities.  Its mission is to improve the support available to student veterans and their family members, to increase the number of individuals who take advantage of their educational benefits, and to provide staff with professional development opportunities to better support student veterans.

Department of Defense (DoD) Memorandum of Understanding
Bay de Noc Community College’s application for participation to the DoD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was approved on July 1, 2014.  In accordance with the MOU, eligible service members at Bay may receive funds from the DoD Tuition Assistance (TA) Program.


Standards of Academic Progress
The law requires that veterans and other eligible persons receiving educational assistance benefits to make satisfactory progress toward completion of his or her training objective. 
It is the policy of Bay College that students must make satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their degree or certificate. A 2.0 grade point average is required for graduation. Students are considered to be making satisfactory academic progress if, after completing at least 12 credit hours at Bay College, they maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress will be reviewed at the end of each fall and winter semester.
  • The first time a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.0, they will be placed on veteran’s probation.  A student on veteran probation will have two semesters of enrollment to bring their cumulative grade point average up to 2.0 or above.
  • Failure to bring the cumulative GPA up to a 2.0 or better within two semesters of enrollment will result in suspension of veteran educational benefits and will no longer be certified for veteran’s educational benefits and the College will inform the U.S, Department of Veterans Affairs that the student is terminated from receiving educational benefits.
  • A student will be recertified for educational benefits once they have attained the minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • A student has the right to appeal the termination of educational benefits to the Director of Financial Aid.  The appeal must be in writing and provide reasons why satisfactory academic progress was not maintained.  Supportive documentation may be required of the student.  The Director will review the appeal and inform the student in writing of the decision.
Educational costs at Bay College are shared by students, the taxpayers of Delta and Dickinson counties, and the state of Michigan.  Because property taxes paid by residents of Delta and Dickinson counties supplement student tuition and state aid, tuition charged legal residents of Delta or Dickinson counties is lower and tuition charged to out-of-state students is the highest.

Bay College Board of Trustees Policy 4002 includes a residency policy for military persons as follows:
  1. A student currently serving in the military or who has been discharged within one year of the start of the semester will be classified by their residence at time of enrollment.
  2. The following individuals will be charged the in-state tuition unless he/she qualifies as a Delta or Dickinson County resident as described above:
Any individual using educational assistance under either Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill®--Active Duty Program), Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill®), of title 38 United States Code, and/or the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 311(b)(9)) who lives in the State of Michigan while attending Bay de Noc Community College (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).
Transfer Credit/Military Training Credit
All veterans having a certified DD Form 214 on file in the Admissions Office will automatically be given credit for two semester hours of physical education. Official copies of a veteran’s Joint Service Transcript (JST) or Community College of the Air Force Transcript as well as official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended will be evaluated by the Registrar based on the American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations. For more information, visit their web site at
To request your JST visit,
To request your Community College of the Air Force transcript visit,

Students are responsible for initiating their withdrawal from a class; this does not happen automatically. Students can withdraw from a class by completing the Course Change Form. Students can obtain this form in Student Services or by going online to: and select myBay>Current Students>Forms, Docs, & Policies. It is the student’s responsibility to accurately complete this form in its entirety and to obtain the required instructor’s signature to withdraw from their class. Failure to follow this procedure will result in the student receiving an “F” for the class.
Military Deployment: There is no penalty due to withdrawal for military personnel who are deployed. Transcripts will be marked “Military Deployment.” Student Services will work with military students and veterans to assist them with completion of courses and degrees or certificates.
If at any point a student drops credit hours or withdraws from class(es), the Certifying Official must inform the VA.  If, by dropping credit hours, a veteran changes his/her enrollment status, the result may be an overpayment that the veteran will be required to repay to the VA unless there are mitigating circumstances such as prolonged illness, severe illness or death in the immediate family, or an unscheduled change in your employment or work schedule.  If mitigating circumstances exist, the veteran will need to contact the VA to establish, in writing, that he/she withdrew for a reason that was beyond his/her control.
VA Address and Telephone
Veterans Administration Regional Office
PO Box 66830
St. Louis, MO  63166-6830
Phone:  1-888-442-4551

Enrollment Certification
Eligible students can receive their VA education benefits only when the college certifies their enrollment to the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Eligible students that wish to receive their benefits must submit a VA Registration Certification Form to the Director of Financial Aid/VA Certifying Official every term.  Students will receive their educational benefits only for the terms for which they request certification.  This form is available in the Bay College Financial Aid Office or online at

A veteran can receive benefits only for courses that are required for graduation.  The Certifying Official cannot submit for certification a repeated a course in which the veteran has previously earned a satisfactory grade.

Campus Resources

Bay College offers Academic Support Services for students including Tutoring, Office of Accessability (Accomodations), Supplimental Instruction, TRiO, and more.

Other Veteran Resources

Counseling Services
Bay College offers students on both campuses counseling services with a licensed counselor. All counseling services are provided on a confidential basis and are free to enrolled students. Personal mental health counseling, prevention, and intervention are available.  Please visit the following website for more information:

Buddy-to-Buddy is a peer-to-peer outreach program that trains veterans to provide peer support and linkage to needed resources for Michigan service members and veterans.  For additional information about the Buddy-to-Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program visit
Escanaba Veterans Center
3500 Ludington Street, Suite #110
Escanaba, MI  49829
Phone 906-233-0244 OR 800-215-8262
The Escanaba Veterans Center offers readjustment counseling services free of charge to eligible veterans, their families, and significant others.
Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
Phoenix Building, 5th Floor
222 N Washington Square
PO Box 30104
Lansing, MI  48909
Phone 800-642-4838
The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency serves as the central coordinating point for Michigan veterans, connecting those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, to services and benefits throughout the state. MVAA was created by Executive Order 2013-2 and began operations on March 20, 2013, the 10th anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
MVAA is a state government agency and is housed within Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
The agency works to identify and break down barriers veterans face in employment, education, health care and quality of life, making Michigan a great place for veterans and their families to call home. The agency aggregates veterans services currently found in 14 state agencies as well as hundreds of community-based veteran programs to create a ‘no wrong door’ access to benefits and services.

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Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center (OGJVAMC)
325 E H Street
Iron Mountain, MI  49801
Phone 906-774-3300
OGJVAMC is a primary and secondary level care facility with 17 acute care, general medicine beds. The main facility has an Urgent Care Center, and collaborates with larger VA Medical Centers in Milwaukee and Madison, WI, as well as local community health facilities to provide higher-level emergency and specialty care services.  OGJVAMC also provides rehabilitation and extended care, including palliative and hospice care, in its 40-bed Community Living Center. 
OGJVAMC also offers a Veteran Peer Support Program designed to improve social functioning and quality of life, increase access to resources outside the VA, improve employment outcomes, provide comfort and support, improve recovery skills, and advocate for the homeless veteran.  Phone 906-774-330 ext. 32541 for details.
For additional information visit
Veterans Service Organizations
Bay College Main,
2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829
906.786.5802 Main Campus Directions