Miami Dade College (MDC) wishes to honor veteran students who have served our country. Based on a change in Florida Statute (F.S.) 1009.25(2) regarding fee exemptions, MDC is now offering an out-of-state tuition waiver for eligible veteran students, their spouses and dependent children.
Veteran students, their spouses and dependent children must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for the out-of-state tuition waiver:
- Be enrolled at MDC in a degree-seeking program in the Fall Term 2013 or thereafter.
- Maintain minimum academic requirements, which are a minimum 2.00 term GPA, as well as a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA as shown on the academic transcript.
- Provide veteran eligibility documents for the veteran, spouse, or dependent child, such as an honorable discharge, DD214, Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE), military orders, or any other relevant, official federal documents.
- Submit a completed out-of-state tuition waiver application with the appropriate documentation prior to the first day of classes for each term for which the out-of-state tuition waiver is sought. Please refer to the MDC Academic Calendar, available at http://www.mdc.edu/main/academics/academic_calendar.aspx to determine the first day of classes for upcoming terms.
- Submit a completed veteran students out-of-state tuition waiver application, with all required accompanying documents to the MDC Admissions and Registration Office at your home campus.
Once the waiver is approved and applied to your account, the out-of-state tuition waiver will allow you to pay the in-state tuition portion; however, you will remain classified as out-of-state for tuition purposes. The out-of-state tuition waiver may be combined with VA benefits, financial aid and other scholarships, for which you should verify your eligibility with the Financial Aid Office and your home campus VA Certifying Official in the Admissions and Registration Office.
The veteran student out-of-state tuition waiver will be offered on a renewable basis--as long as the minimum academic requirements are met as stipulated above--until the veteran student, spouse, and/or dependent children become Florida resident(s) for tuition purposes, as established by Florida state laws, 1009.21, Florida Statutes (F.S.) and 6A-10.044, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), but not to exceed one year from the first day of the term for which the waiver is granted.
No retroactive reimbursement of tuition payments for previous terms will be made.
Please contact your campus veterans certifying official for assistance with your out-of-state tuition waiver application.
Important Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) News
Given that the statute directs VA that we do not have the authority to pay VRAP benefits after 31 March 2014, the decision was made to compute and distribute a lump sum payment for those Veterans still enrolled in March 2014 to enable them to complete their current term of instruction between now and June 30th. It does not provide anyone more than the original program’s 12 months of benefits.
We have begun to compute those lump sum payments already. So, for example, if a Veteran is currently enrolled with a term/enrollment completion of 10 May 2014 – that individual would receive a lump sum for the month of April + 10 days in May. If a Veteran’s term ends on 15 July, that individual would get a lump sum payment for April + May + June –and not the 15 days in July.
These payments will not be made for enrollment periods that begin after March 31, 2014. Again, this lump sum payment does not provide additional VRAP benefits beyond 12 months.
VRAP was established by the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 and began July 1, 2012. So far, we have provided more than $740 million in retraining assistance for more than 75,000 unemployed Veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 years.
School Certifying Officials must submit all VRAP enrollment certifications to VA on or before March 17, 2014 and must continue to review enrollments and report changes to VA for training pursued after March 31 through the end of the current enrollment period.
VRAP participants must verify attendance on or after March 31, 2014, for training pursued in March to receive payment. Attendance may be verified via VA’s Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do or via the toll free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line at 1-877-VA-ECERT (1-877-823-2378). Participants should report any changes in enrollment that occur on or after April 1, 2014, to their school certifying official and to VA at 1-888-GI Bill-1 (1-888-442-4551). A reduction in training or withdrawal may result in an overpayment.
New information about VRAP will be posted online at:http://www.benefits.va.gov/VOW/education.asp