Veteran Student Information
Welcome to Miami Dade College's Veteran Student Information Web Site
Miami Dade College's Veterans Affairs offices are available to assist all eligible U.S. Veteran students and dependents who are using their VA educational benefits to further their education. MDC's VA staff can provide information about entitlements, filing claims to the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and certifying enrollment at MDC.
You may use the links on the sidebar or click on the following active links to access resources about MDC Staff/Contacts, Admissions/Registration, Certification Information, Certification Process, Non-compliance, Forms, Financial Aid, and Important Links.
Out-of-state Tuition Waiver Opportunities
Effective July 1, 2014, and applicable Fall Term 2014 and thereafter, House Bill 7015 [amended section (s.) 1009.26, Florida Statutes (F.S.), fee waivers] created the Congressman C.W. Bill Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Program, which authorized an out-of-state fee waiver for honorably discharged veterans of the United States (U.S.) Armed Forces, U.S. Reserve Forces or the National Guard who physically reside in Florida.
Out-of-state waiver opportunity for spouse/dependents of veterans
Revised July 1, 2014 – 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 began offering, in Fall of 2013, an out-of-state tuition waiver for eligible veteran students, their spouses and dependent children.
Spouse/dependents of veterans must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for the out-of-state 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 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 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 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 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 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 spouse and/or dependent child(ren) 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.
The VA Certifying Officers at Miami Dade College support the College's mission by serving students as accurately, thoroughly, and as quickly as possible. We strive to provide our services through courteous, professional, and responsive means to complement student learning.
Veterans: Get Credit for What You Know
MDC offers college credit for passing DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) examinations. DANTES exams can assist current or former service members in achieving their educational goals at MDC. Students can take these exams in order to earn college credit instead of taking a college course.
You've learned a lot in your time in the military, knowledge you can use to earn college credits through tests like the CLEP and DSST(DANTES). That means you'll get your degree faster and save money. Best of all, you can take these tests for a fraction of their cost.
Reimbursement for Veterans
Through the GI Bill, you can be reimbursed for much of the cost of eligible tests, such as the CLEP. Simply schedule your test at an MDC testing center, pay the testing fee, take your test, and request reimbursement from the VA. For more information, visit:
Credit for Military Training, Experience and Coursework
Miami Dade College awards applicable credit for validated military service training, experience, or coursework that is recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE). To receive credit, students must submit an official Joint Services Transcript (JST) for evaluation. Air Force training is evaluated as transfer credit from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) or Air University. To receive credit for this training, students must submit an official transcript from the CCAF. To receive credit for Coast Guard training the student should contact the Coast Guard Institute (CGI) to submit an official transcript.
MDC also offers college credit for passing DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) examinations. DANTES exams can assist current or former service members in achieving their educational goals at MDC. Students can take these exams in order to earn college credit instead of taking a college course. The Maps to Credentials project has been created to allow military Servicemembers and veterans the ability to earn academic credit for their military training and experience based on their military careers. The maps guide students to select pathways that accelerate their time to completion based on prior learning while serving their country. The maps match military training toward MDC courses in applicable Associate of Science degree and certificate programs. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.