Important Information for Military Students

Important Information for Military Students

 

Our Midland College Military Resource Center (MRC) is a one-stop source for information which may be useful to both prospective and enrolled student veterans, and their families.

While accepted to Midland College, to take advantage of any military benefits, a few additional requirements must be completed.

When contacting Military Services provide: Full name, email address, and mention which VA Chapter benefits you are interesting in using.

We look forward to showing you how educational benefits can help you in your present and future endeavors.

  • Located in the Scharbauer Student Center (SSC), Room 225
  • mcvet@midland.edu
  • (432) 685-4511

Military Student Computer Lab

  • SSC 225
  • For military students and dependents

Military Student Lounge

  • For military students and dependents
  • Scharbauer Student Center, Room 103

Please visit with your Educational Service Officer prior to enrollment.

Our Midland College student information system automatically sends an email to students who select one of the following on the ApplyTX application:

  • Veteran (former U.S. military service member
  • Current U.S. military service member
  • Spouse of dependent of a veteran or a current U.S. military service member
  • Spouse or dependent of , or a veteran or current U.S. military service member with an injury or illness resulting from military service (service-connected injury/illness)
  • Spouse or dependent of a deceased U.S. service member

Yolanda Ramos

Military Resource Center
Scharbauer Student Center, Room 225
(432) 685-4511
mcvet@midland.edu

VA educational benefits in the Military Resource Center include:

  • Efficient delivery of Veteran’s educational benefits
  • Direct program oversight and will serve as the Certifying Official for educational benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Primary certifying official using VA once for Chapters 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606 and 1607
  • Ensure all college processes align with VA requirements
  • Assist Cashier's Office with verification of federal funds received for veteran students
  • Assist veterans with academic and career planning
  • Liaison between MC and the military community to develop and promote college services to veterans

To receive your max monthly housing allowance you must be enrolled in fulltime hours:

For 16 weeks = 12 hours

8 weeks = 5 1/2 or 6 hours

3/4 time = Student receives National Average Basic Housing Allowance.

Student can contact the Veterans Affairs for any payment questions at 1-888-442-4551 once courses have been certified.

MC Details on VA.gov

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

Jeremiah Magby

Scharbauer Student Center, Room 221
(432) 685-5510
jmagby@midland.edu

Jeremiah is responsible for students by last name: A-E

Jeremiah received his AS in Business Administration from Austin Community College in 2011. He will graduate in Fall 2021 with his Bachelor's in General Studies from Sul Ross State University, and will attend The University of Houston-Victoria for his Master's in Adult Education in Spring 2022. He has worked in financial aid at Midland College since 2019. Jeremiah loves working in financial aid, and he enjoys staying up-to-date on all financial aid related matters by taking advantage of the many educational opportunities that Midland College has provided to him, including attending financial aid conferences, webinars, and the MC Student Services task force. 

Jeremiah 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

 

Maribel Yanez

Scharbauer Student Center, Room 221
(432) 685-4693
myanez@midland.edu

Maribel is responsible for students by last name: F-O

I was born and raised in Monahans, I currently live in Odessa. I earned my Associate's Degree from Odessa college in Early Childhood Development. I am currently working on my Bachelor's degree at UTPB and will graduate next year with a Bachelor's in Child and Family Studies and a minor in business management. 

Maribel 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


Valerie Macklin

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

Valerie is responsible for students by last name: P-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 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 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

Net Price Calculator

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

Net Price Calculator

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.

VA Educational Benefits Agreement 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.

Fall and Spring semesters

Fulltime = 12 hours or more

8 weeks = 5 1/2 hours or 6 hours

3/4 time = 9 to 11 hours

1/2 time = 6 hours


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 225
(432) 685-4511
mcvet@midland.edu

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