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GI Bill: Student Responsibilities

In order to comply with VA regulations and to get your enrollment certified you should know and understand the following:

  1. Changes to your schedule will be reported to VA and could affect your benefit payments.
  2. Your benefits can be terminated if your GPA remains below a 2.0 for three consecutive terms.
  3. Grades of NS, W, E, or I will affect your benefit payments.
  4. Only courses required for graduation can be certified toward your benefits. Courses required to be repeated for graduation can be certified. Contact Veteran & Military Services office with questions.
  5. You must submit the required paperwork each semester to Veteran & Military Services in order for your enrollment information to be sent to VA.
  6. You must also submit a Macomb counselor-signed program plan your first semester and any time you change academic programs.

Standards of Progress

Macomb Community College has to comply with federal reporting requirements about your enrollment when you are using GI Bill educational benefits. Due to this, the following situations are examples of times we are required to report changes to VA that will affect your benefits:
  1. A student must maintain a 2.0 GPA. If your GPA (grade point average) falls below 2.0, you will be placed on probation and will have two consecutive semesters to raise your GPA to a 2.0 or higher. Failure to do so will result in termination of educational benefits by the VA.

    To request reinstatement of VA Educational Benefits:

    • Make a counseling appointment. Obtain a statement from a Macomb Community College counselor declaring that your program meets your interests, aptitudes, abilities, and you can successfully complete your associate degree requirements.
    • Submit a written statement explaining why your GPA fell below 2.0 and what you have done or plan to do to correct this situation.
    • Complete VA form 1995 or 5495 (available at the Veteran & Military Services office).
    • Submit all the above to the Veteran & Military Services office.
  2. If you receive a grade of NS, W, E, or I, Macomb must report your last day of attendance or your non-attendance to VA. VA will determine how this affects your benefit and adjust your payments accordingly. In some cases, VA will reduce your benefits from the first day of the term. By notifying our office of any circumstances that affected your enrollment (mitigating circumstances), we may be able to report additional information to VA.
  3. VA regulations only allow us to certify you for courses required for graduation. Courses not on your program plan will not be certified. When your benefits were used for multiple attempts of the same course, VA will not always pay for the repeated attempts. In some repeat situations, we have to reduce your certified credit hours from a previous term. This can cause a debt situation with VA.

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    By reporting changes to your schedule and communicating with us about stoppages in attendance or unavoidable life situations, we may be able to help you avoid, or at least reduce, debt situations. Regardless of whether you tell us about your schedule changes or not, we have to report the changes to VA. Communicating with us as things are happening allows us to better guide you through options.

For further information or assistance contact the Veteran & Military Services office.

Enrollment Status

GI Bill payments are calculated by VA using the number of credit hours you are enrolled in and the dates of your semester (how your credit hours overlap). Most benefits prorate your payments based on your "Enrollment Status" (full time, 3/4 time, etc.). Check out our Enrollment Status charts and information or contact our office for further clarification.

For details on GI Bill® Eligibility, view our web page, VA's web page or contact our office.