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Veteran's Benefits

Our Mission

Our primary mission is to identify and meet the needs of all military veteran, active duty, reservist and guard students and their dependents. GRCC is committed to offering veteran students necessary information, helpful resources to encourage and empower academic and personal success. We strive to guide veteran students through key processes such as admissions and administration of veteran’s educational benefits. Here at GRCC we proudly serve over 300 veteran students.

Since 2009, G.I. Jobs has named Grand Rapids Community College on its list of Military Friendly institutions based on the college’s academic programs and reputation and its support of student veterans.

If you are an eligible veteran:

  1. View the New Veteran Student Checklist available under Forms.

  2. Contact the GRCC Veterans Office (616) 234-4129

  3. Meet with VA Certifying Official.
    Janice Holton

  4. Meet with Veterans' Resource Representative.
    Marq Hicks

  5. Stop in to the GRCC Veterans Benefits Office located in Room 118, first floor, Main Bldg.

Getting Started

College admissions process for new, returning or transfer students

New or Transfer Students

  • Apply to GRCC online.  You will be notified by the Enrollment Center as to what is needed to complete the admissions process.  You might need to take the Accuplacer placement test to meet Admissions requirement.  Contact the Enrollment Center at (616) 234-3300 for more information

  • Submit official transcripts from all prior colleges, universities, training centers that you attended (if any).

  • Submit official military transcripts to GRCC.

  1. Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserves -
  2. Air Force free copy - write to



  • Contact the Enrollment Center to reactivate your student status prior to the semester when you wish to return.

  • If you have not already done so have any official transcripts sent to GRCC (see above under New or Transfer Students)

Veteran's Benefits

To receive VA educational entitlements, a veteran student, and eligible dependents, must (1) be fully admitted to the college and into a VA approved curriculum, (2) apply for those entitlements, (3) meet the eligibility requirements established by the VA. It is ultimately the veteran students’ decision which benefit option is the best for them.

All documentation should be submitted to the VA Benefits Representative.

Initial Semester - submit the following:

  • Copy of completed application for VA educational benefits.  Go to - (see instructins in the New Veteran Checklist under Forms below)

  • A certificate of eligibility (COE) letter.  This will be mailed from the VA when the application has been processed.  (* Usually takes 4-6 weeks).  You do not have to wait for this to start your education.  You can get started based on your application for benefits

  • A signed Veterans Responsibility Form

  • A completed Record of Previous Education and Training form

Subsequent Semesters - submit the following once enrolled in classes.

  • A completed Veterans Continued Enrollment form.  See link under Resources on this page


Complete and submit Change Place of Training/Pprogram form 22-1995 or Dependent Change of Place of Trainging/Program form 22-5495

Go to (see instructins in the New Veteran Checklist under Forms below)

Vocational Rehabilitation

Consult your VA counselor/case manager regarding required documentation.  Office is located at:

     Gerald R. Ford Federal Bldg
     110 Michigan St NW
     Room 436
     Grand Rapids, MI  4950

FederalTuition Assistance (through your military branch)

Students seeking this benefit should visit with our Certifying Official prior to submitting their request for approval in order to correctly calculate tuition rates.

State of Michigan Tuition Assistance for Guard and Reserve


If you have further questions about GI Bill® benefits, visit the website of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Monthly Verification of Attendance (for ch. 30, 1606, 1607)

In order to receive your monthly benefit you must verify monthly attendance by using either Touch-Tone phone or web verification (WAVE)

Phone (877) 823-2378

Or call VA Regional Office for direct certification 1-888-442-4551 (1-888-GI-BILL1)


Military Leave

If you are called to or returning from active military duty notify GRCC Student Records and bring your orders.

Contact Us

Call, email, or walk in with questions or concerns, or schedule an individual consultation to find out more about veterans benefits and resources.

GRCC Veteran’s Support Services/VA Certifying Official
Student Records (Registrar) Office
1st floor – 118 Main Building
Phone (616) 234-4129 
Fax (616) 234-4204