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Important Information for Military Students

 

Military Resource Center

  • Located in the Scharbauer Student Center (SSC), Room 132
  • Email:  mcvet@midland.edu
  • Phone: (432) 685-4511

Military Student Computer Lab

  • SSC 132
  • For military students and dependents

Military Student Lounge

  • SSC 133
  • For military students and dependents

Personnel

Melinda Aguilar

Scharbauer Student Center, Room 132
(432) 685-4265
maguilar@midland.edu

Melinda was a military spouse for 10 years while her husband served in the U.S. Army and National Guard.

Melinda’s specialties in the Military Resource Center include:
  • Answering general VA benefit questions
  • Assisting students in determining VA benefit eligibility
  • Assisting students with VA benefit application process
  • Clarifying community resources available to VA students
  • Assisting students with registration process for Midland College and Veterans Affairs
  • Primary Certifying Official using VA Once for Chapters 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606 and 1607

Delma Ortega

Scharbauer Student Center, Room 132
(432) 685-4265
dortega@midland.edu

Delma was a U.S. Navy wife for 26 years, following her husband’s career from boot camp through his retirement in 2015.

Delma’s specialties in the Military Resource Center include:
  • Answering general VA benefit questions
  • Assisting students in determining VA benefit eligibility
  • Assisting students with VA benefit application process
  • Clarifying community resources available to VA students
  • Assisting students with registration process for Midland College and Veterans Affairs
  • Primary Certifying Official using Texas Veterans Commission for Hazelwood
Visit our Financial Aid web pages for information about types of financial aid, how to apply, and who to contact.
 

 

Applying to MC & VA Benefit Details
 

Steps to Enroll for Military Students

 

Financial Aid Advisors

Nina Meraz

Scharbauer Student Center, Room 221
(432) 685-6488
ameraz@midland.edu

Nina is responsible for students by last name: A-L

Nina attended Midland College and got her AAS in Psychology. She continued at UTPB where she obtained a bachelors in Psychology and Industrial Technology.

Nina can assist Midland College students and Veterans in the following areas:
  • Verification
  • Unusual Enrollment
  • Return to Title IV
  • Divorce/Separation questions
  • Dependency Override questions
  • Special Circumstances questions
  • TASFA processing
  • Summer aid
  • SAP policy
  • Requesting transcript evaluation
  • High School graduation verification
  • TEOG awards
  • Tuition waivers/state exemption

Nina attends frequent webinars and the Federal Conference each year to keep up with the current regulations and standards for processing student’s financial aid.

Valerie Macklin

Scharbauer Student Center, Room 221
(432) 685-4603
vmacklin@midland.edu

Valerie is responsible for students by last name: M-Z

Valerie attended Midland College (MC) and got her AAS. She continued to Odessa College where she obtained an Associates in nursing. She came back to MC and obtained a bachelors in Organization Management, and graduated from North Central University with an MBA.

Valerie assists MC students and Veterans in the following areas:
  • Verification
  • Unusual Enrollment
  • Return to Title IV
  • Divorce/Separation questions
  • Dependency Override questions
  • Special Circumstances questions
  • TASFA processing
  • Summer aid
  • SAP policy
  • Requesting transcript evaluation
  • High School graduation verification
  • TEOG awards
  • Tuition waivers/state exemptions

Valerie attends frequent webinars and the Federal Conference each year to keep up with the current regulations and standards for processing student’s financial aid.

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For information on tuition and tuition comparison, see the Net Price Calculator (external site).

A student wishing to receive VA education benefits must submit a written request to the Military Resource Center every semester. Complete the online Veteran Certification form or pick one up in the in the Military Resource Center.

Students must be registered for classes before submitting the Request for Certification form online, in person, or via email mcvet@midland.edu.

Veterans Certification Form (pdf)

Contact the Military Resource Center to ensure your certification was submitted. If it was submitted, you should call the VA at 1-888-442-4551. The VA representatives at this number can look up your file when you provide them with your VA claim number. They are able to verify or deny receipt of your certification as well as determine whether your payment has been processed.

The Military Resource Center must be notified of any and all changes to the student's information, major, or semester schedule of courses.

All adds, drops and withdrawals must be reported by the veteran in order to receive the applicable benefits correctly. Remember, the veteran will be held responsible for all overpayments.

Changes of address or direct deposit information MUST be reported by the veteran to the VA Processing Office. This can be done by phone at 1-800-442-4551 or on the VA website at either the "WAVE" or the "ASK A QUESTION" feature.

A repeated course may only be certified by the VA if:

  • a minimum grade of "C" is required by the department as stated in the catalog to advance to the next course.

  • a course is failed with the grade of an "F" or "W".

  • The last semester before graduation is considered a "round out" term. To receive full VA Benefits, you may take 12+ hours and are not limited to courses on your degree plan.

VA students must meet the criteria for satisfactory progress as put forth in the Midland College Catalog & Student Handbook. A student who remains on academic probation for two consecutive terms must be reported to the RPO as making unsatisfactory progress.

Once reported for unsatisfactory progress, benefits are terminated and cannot be resumed until the student attends and regains good academic standing at Midland College. The VA Resource Center will report to the RPO the student’s renewed eligibility for VA education benefits.

For Fall and Spring semesters

Full Time = 12 or more hours

3/4 Time = 9 to 11 hours

1/2 Time = 6 to 8 hours

Chapter 33 only - 7 hours or more

Summer semesters

Full Time = 4 hours in each 6-week session; 6 hours in each 8-week session

3/4 Time = 3 hours in each 6-week session; 5 hours in each 8-week session

1/2 Time = 2 hours in each 6-week session; 3 hours in each 8-week session

The Hazlewood Act (Section 54.203, Texas Education Code) exempts Texas veterans from payment of tuition and certain fees at state-supported institutions of higher education.

Financial Aid - Hazlewood

For more information, visit the Texas Veterans Commission website:

Texas Veterans Commission

Return of Unearned Tuition Assistance Funds

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period of which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded.  

To comply with the new Department of Defense policy, Midland College will return any unearned TA funds on a prorate basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending. These funds are returned to the Military Service branch.

Instances when a Service member stops attending due to military service obligation, the educational institution will work with the affected Service member to identify solutions that will not result in student debt for the returned portion.  

Institution's schedule for returning unearned TA to the government:

16-week course withdraw submitted
Before or during weeks 1 - 2 
100% return
During weeks 3 - 4 75% return
During weeks 5 - 8 50% return
During weeks 9 (60% of course complete) 40% return
During weeks 10 - 16 0% return

 

8-week course withdraw submitted

Before or during week 1 100% return
During week 2 75% return
During weeks 3 - 4 50% return
During week 5 (60% of course complete)         40% return
During weeks 6 - 8  0% return

Questions?

Military Resource Center

Scharbauer Student Center (SSC)
Room 132
(432) 685-4511
mcvet@midland.edu

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