Veterans Services and Education Benefits

Whether you are currently serving or separated from the service, you may be eligible for certain education benefits.

Education benefits will vary depending on your branch of service, length and type of service, as well as, current military status. Some examples of military education benefits are the GI Bill®, Federal Tuition Assistance, State Tuition Assistance and Minnesota GI Bill.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website www.benefits.va.gov/gibill 

Admissions for Veterans

To qualify for veterans benefits, you need to apply for general admission to Anoka Technical College.

  1. Follow the Admissions Checklist
  2. Apply for Veterans Education Benefits
    For personalized services email or call 651-336-2371. Veterans Affairs (VA) applications are processed after you have  been accepted to the college. Fill out the Application of Education Benefits (Form 22-1990), obtain a certified copy of your DD-214 and return them to the VA Certifying Official in the Records Office located on campus. For those in Selective Reserve or National Guard, a Notice of Basic Eligibility is required, which is available from the your commanding officer or unit. 
  3. Contact the Veterans Certifying Official by email or 763-576-7740.Submit a copy of your scheduled classes to the Veterans Certifying Official after registering for courses.
  4. You are welcome to visit the Veterans Center on Campus Rm 333, 8 am to 4 pm.

For more information on the college admission process, visit the Admission's homepage

College Services for Veterans

Anoka Technical College's vision is to honor veterans and their families for their service to our country by providing you 

with the finest career and technical education in Minnesota.

Services for Veterans, Reservists and Families

  • Career Exploration
  • Enrollment and Success Coaching
  • Program Advising
  • Registration Support
  • Military Benefits Assistance
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • Peer Tutoring and Mentoring
  • Job Placement

The Veterans Center on Campus Rm 333

A great place for you to:

  • get information and assistance for veterans benefits and services.
  • hang out with other veterans and service members.
  • find a quiet place to study.

Credentials and Accreditation

Accreditation
For information about Anoka Technical College's accreditation, please visit the accreditation page.

Program Accreditation 
Information about program accreditation, specific credentials earned, and program requirements, visit the program accreditation page.

Program Guides & Gainful Employment Disclosures

At Anoka Technical College, you can choose from 35+ Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees, diplomas and certificates to help fast track your way into a solid career. Faculty members have years of industry experience and countless connections to ensure that you have the knowledge and skills you need to enter the workforce, achieve your career goals and prepare for a successful future.

Program guides are available for each program to assist students with certificate or degree planning. Gainful employment disclosures for each program are available to help students understand average indebtedness and career placement after the certificate or degree is completed. For more information on program guides and each program's gainful employment disclosure visit our programs page.

Federal GI Bill®

Montgomery GI Bill – Chapter 30:
Service members who have served on active duty with any branch of the armed forces may be eligible to receive Chapter 30, if they have signed up for and paid into the program. Chapter 30 recipients have 10 years after their date of discharge to use 36 months of payment.

Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve – Chapter 1606:
Most Reserve and National Guard members are eligible for Chapter 1606 upon completion of initial training. Recipients of Chapter 1606 retain eligibility for the duration of their active drilling status up to 14 years. Benefit extension available for those with mobilized service.

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) - Chapter 1607:
Reserve and National Guard members who have served on qualifying active federal service for at least 90 days may have eligibility for Chapter 1607. This benefit is based on a percentage of the active duty GI bill rate. Benefit extension available for those who complete an 8 year service contract in the Reserve or National Guard.

GI Bill "Buy-Up":
Program allows maximum contribution of $600, in $20 increments, which pays up to an additional $150 per month for 36 months. Option may be available on Chapter 1607 and Chapter 30.

Post-9/11 GI Bill – Chapter 33:
Eligibility for Chapter 33 is based on qualifying periods of active duty performed after Sept. 10, 2001. Percentage of the benefit you are entitled to is determined by number of qualifying months of service. This benefit consists of three components: tuition and fees paid directly to the institution, a housing stipend and a book and supply stipend paid to the student. This benefit expires 15 years from the last day of active duty separation. With additional qualifying service requirements, Chapter 33 includes an option to transfer the benefit to dependents. Your decision to elect Chapter 33 is irrevocable. We strongly recommend contacting the MDVA Regional Coordinator prior to completing an application for Chapter 33.

Federal Tuition Assistance

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) is available to active duty service-members and drilling members of the National Guard and Reserve components. This program will pay up to $4,500 per fiscal year toward tuition expenses including some student fees. In some cases, this benefit can be used in conjunction with other veterans education benefits.

This program has a limited budget and is paid on a first come first serve basis, so it is important to apply early. This benefit is paid directly to the college. You are required to earn a “C” and maintain a 2.0 GPA or better in your classes. Failure to complete classes satisfactorily will require repayment of FTA funds by the soldier.

Army National Guard enlisted soldiers must apply for FTA in order to be eligible to apply for state tuition reimbursement.

Application website for Army Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve: www.goarmyed.com

Deadline to apply: First day of class.

Return of Tuition Assistance (TA)

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for 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, Anoka Technical 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.

Return of unearned Tuition Assistance

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 - 10: 40% return (60% of course is completed)
  • During weeks 11 - 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: 40% return (60% of course is completed)
  • During weeks 6 - 8: 0% return

5-Week Course Withdraw submitted

  • Day 1-7100% return
  • Day 877% return
  • Day 974% return
  • Day 10: 71% return
  • Day 11:  69% return
  • Day 12: 66% return
  • Day 13: 63% return
  • Day 14:  60% return
  • Day 15:  57% return
  • Day 16:  54% return
  • Day 17:  51% return
  • Day 18: 49% return
  • Day 19: 46% return
  • Day 20:  43% return
  • Day 2140% return (60% of course is completed)
  • Day 22: 0% return

8-Week Online Classes

  • 100% of Tuition Assistance (TA) received will be returned if the student withdraws within the first week of class, but before submission of the first assignment.The student’s request will be processed as a drop for the purpose of returning TA funds only, not for financial aid attendance or recalculating of aid.
  • 75% of TA received of TA received will be returned if the student withdraws after submitting the first assignment and through the end of the second week of classes.

  • 50% of TA received will be returned if the student withdraws after the second week of classes, but before the end of the fourth week of classes.

  • 25% of TA received will be returned if the student withdraws after the fourth week of classes, but before the end of the sixth week of classes. (60% of course is completed)

  • No TA received will be returned if the student withdraws after the sixth week of classes.

Financial Aid for Veterans

1. Apply for your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID
Each student (and one parent, if you are a dependent student) must create an Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. The FSA ID will allow you to electronically sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), change your address, view the processing status of your FAFSA application, view your loan history or previous loan history and much more. Click here to create your FSA ID. Carefully read all of the information on this web site. Your FSA ID should be kept in a safe, confidential location. The FSA ID login information that you create will be used each year you apply for financial aid.

2. Complete the FAFSA
If you already have an FSA ID, or after you create your FSA ID, the next step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). By completing the FAFSA, you are applying for all types of federal and state financial aid, including grants, work-study and loans.

We recommend that you file the FAFSA electronically at fafsa.gov/, if possible. The FAFSA application is first available on Oct. 1 of the prior calendar year for the fall semester (for example, the FAFSA application will be available on Oct.1, 2019 for the Fall 2020 academic year). The college's priority FAFSA Deadline for fall 2020 - summer 2021 is July 15. Representatives on campus in the Financial Aid Office are available to assist students with completion of the FAFSA anytime during office hours. You will need your federal income tax information for the appropriate year and FSA ID to complete the FAFSA online. A list of all of the necessary documents and financials needed before you apply is available here.

If you are unable to file your FAFSA electronically, you must complete and mail the paper version of the form. You may obtain a paper FAFSA by calling Federal Student Aid at 1-800-433-3243. Whichever application you use, be sure to carefully follow all instructions and apply only once.

NOTE: You must be an admitted student at Anoka Technical College to receive a financial aid Award notification listing the grants, loans, and other aid you are eligible to receive. The only exception to this is if you are only receiving federal veteran's benefits.

3. Types of Financial Aid
Both Federal and State Financial Aid programs (including grants and loans) are available for veterans to utilize in conjunction with federal veterans benefits and tuition reimbursements. A detailed shopping sheet available on eServices, will list common aid programs available to students as well as cost of attendance information (once logged into eServices, click on "Financial Aid" and "Shopping Sheet"). Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and Private Education Loans are available to all students to assist with the cost of attending college. Students have the ability to refuse all or accept only a portion of the loan amounts available to them.

4. Other Aid Programs for Veterans
Veterans may also be eligible to receive benefits through the Minnesota GI Bill program. This program awards veterans additional aid if they have remaining need after VA benefits, federal/state financial aid, and other grants/scholarships are included. The annual limit for receipt of Minnesota GI Bill funds is $3,000 and the lifetime maximum is $10,000. For more information on the Minnesota GI Bill program, visit the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website.

For more information on Financial Aid eligibility requirements, visit the Financial Aid homepage. Remember to contact the Financial Aid Office with questions about your eligibility, timelines, or the application process. Our standard office hours are listed below:

Fall and Spring Semesters
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Fridays: 7:30 am to 4 pm

Mid-May through Mid-August
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am to 5 pm
Fridays: 7:30 to 11:30 am

Minnesota GI Bill

The Minnesota GI Bill program was established in 2007 to provide postsecondary financial assistance to eligible Minnesota veterans who served on or after Sept.11, 2001. Full-time undergraduate or graduate students may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 per semester or term and part-time students may be eligible to receive up to $500 per semester or term.

Eligibility Requirements

You must be a Minnesota resident enrolled at Minnesota institutions who is a:

  • Veteran who is serving or has served honorably in any branch of the United States armed forces at any time on or after Sept. 11, 2001, or;
  • Non-veteran who has served honorably for a total of five years or more cumulatively as a member of the Minnesota National Guard or any other active or reserve component of the U.S. armed forces, and any part of that service occurred on or after Sept. 11, 2001, or;
  • Spouse or child of a person who has served in the military at any time on or after Sept. 11, 2001, and who has died or has a total and permanent disability as a direct result of that military service.

Veterans benefits and federal and state aid may impact the actual amount received. Students wishing to use the Minnesota GI Bill must first complete a FAFSA. Applications can be found at www.getreadyforcollege.org/military

MN State Statute 197.791

Minnesota State Tuition Reimbursement

This benefit is only available to current members of the Minnesota Army and Air National Guard and may be used in conjunction with the GI Bill® and Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA). The lifetime maximum State Tuition Reimbursement (STR)  benefit is 208 quarter or 144 semester credits. The reimbursement rate is 100% of the undergraduate rate of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a maximum yearly benefit of $12,000.00 per fiscal year (01 JUL through 30 JUN).

To apply for STR you MUST contact your unit full-time representative to obligate funds as soon as you know you will be going to school. Like FTA, STR requires a “C” or better to qualify for reimbursement. Army National Guard enlisted soldiers must apply for FTA in order to be eligible to apply for state tuition reimbursement. You can pick up the STR paperwork in the Veterans Resource Center.

To apply, please contact your unit administrator.

Scholarships for Veterans & Family Members

Scholarships for Veterans, family members, and other students are available for application on Anoka Technical College's Foundation website under "Foundation Scholarship Program".

Additional scholarship resources are available here.

Veterans Resources and Referrals

Off-Campus Resources

All Minnesota Army and Air National Guard soldiers not activated on U.S. Code Title 10 or Title 32 orders should contact the Minnesota National Guard Education Center.

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Service Building
W 12th St, St Paul, MN 55155
Office Phone: 651-296-2562
LinkVet Services Phone: 1-888-LinkVet (546-5838)
International: 1 651-556-0896
TTY: 1-800-627-3529

Visit the Minnesota Dept of Veterans Affairs Benefits and Resources page here.

Minnesota National Guard Education Services
Joint Force Headquarters
20 W 12th St
St. Paul, MN 55155-2098
Phone: 651-282-4589
Fax: 651-282-4125
Email: ngmneducation@ngb.army.mil

All Army Reserve soldiers not activated on U.S. Code Title 10 or Title 32 orders should contact the 88th Army Reserve Education Center.

88th RSC MN Army Reserve Education Center
88th RSC - East (MN) Education Office
506 Roeder Circle
Ft. Snelling, MN 55111-2009

Phone: 612-713-3081
Testing Services: 612-713-3432
Fax: 612-713-3365 or 612-713-3225

All regular active and reserve soldiers, members of the Active Guard Reserve and Reserve Component soldiers who are activated under U.S. Code Title 10 or Title 32 (officers, warrant officers, enlisted) should contact the Rock Island Arsenal Education Center.

USAG Rock Island Arsenal
Army Education Center
Building 56, 1st Floor
ATTN: IMNE-RIA-HRE
Rock Island, IL 61299-5000

Phone: 309-782-2065
Fax: 309-782-2808

Hours: 730-1500
Monday-Thursday

While you are the only person who can choose which program meets your needs, meeting with the Higher Education Veterans Program Regional Coordinator and contacts on the Anoka Technical College campus can help you to better understand your options. See Student Services Contacts in the right-hand sidebar.

Anoka Technical College complies with Minnesota Statute 197.775 which exceeds all criteria of Title 38 United States Code Section 3679(e).

Veterans Center

Monday - Friday
8 am to 4 pm
(Summer hours vary)
Rm 333

Contact

Veterans Resource Center
Room 333

Veterans Certifying Official
Angela Homan, Room 105

Veterans Benefits Assistance
Charles Egerstrom, Room 333
Telephone: 651-336-2371

Veterans Affairs Regional Office
PO Box 66830 St. Louis, MO 63166-6930
1-800-GIBILL1 (1-888-442-4551)

Student Services Contacts:

Academic Advisor & Success Coach
Enrollment Services, Room 117
Office Telephone: 763-576-7710

Career Counselor, Workforce Center
Troy Scheffel, Room 190F
Telephone: 763-576-7780 

College Information Desk
Telephone: 763-433-1100 

Counselor
Erica Stene, Room 190H
Telephone: 763-576-4036

Disability Services Advisor
Julie Packer, Room 190G
Telephone: 763-576-4069

Financial Aid Advisor, Room 106
Telephone: 763-433-1500
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