If you are a student and a veteran, or a member of the armed forces or the Selected Reserves, you may be granted academic credit for Military Occupational Specialties (MOS), Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC), Marine Corps Enlisted Rating (MCE), Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) or Coast Guard Rating (CGR). Montgomery County Community College will consider possible credits based upon a transcript from the American Council on Education (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service. Depending upon your service branch, official transcripts can be requested through the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) or via the Joint Services Transcript (JST).
If you are a Pennsylvania National Guard member, you will need to notify the Unit Educational Liaison to apply for the Education Assistance Program (EAP). For further guidance, visit the Pennsylvania National Guard website. Please work with your unit’s education office find out if you are eligible for additional state or federal benefits, such as tuition assistance, or GI Bill® 33 or 1606.
Active Duty and Reserve
Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of each military service. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, application process, and restrictions. Please use the links below to find out more information on the specifics for receiving tuition assistance from your military service. In addition, you will have to work through your respective military education advisor or education services officer (ESO) at your military installation to apply for tuition assistance benefits.
When requesting approval for TA, be sure to use OPE-ID # 00445200, which is Montgomery County Community College’s identification number.
Once your tuition assistance form is approved, please send it to the Payment Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Veterans Services is here to assist you with your military education benefits. Please feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com or call 215-619-7307 for assistance in navigating your tuition assistance benefits.
Financial Aid and Assistance
You may be eligible for a number of federal and military-specific opportunities to help you pay for your education, including tuition assistance and federal and state financial aid. Our financial aid team can assist you in exploring your options, applying for aid, and more.
Unearned Tuition Assistance Policy Schedule
Return of Tuition Assistance
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, the College will return any unearned TA funds on a prorate basis through at least the 60 percent 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. These funds are returned to the military service branch.
Instances when a Service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, the educational institution will work with the affected Service member to identify solutions that will not result in student debt for the returned portion.
Unearned Tuition Assistance Return Schedule
15-week course withdraw submitted
- Before or during weeks 1-2 – 100% return
- During weeks 3-4 – 90% return
- During weeks 5-6 – 75% return
- During weeks 7-8 – 50% return
- During weeks 9 – 40% return (60% of course is completed)
- During weeks 10-15 – 0% return
14-week course withdraw submitted
6- and 7-week course withdraw submitted
- Before or during week 1 – 100% return
- During weeks 2 – 75% return
- During weeks 3 – 50% return
- During weeks 4 – 40% return (60% of course is completed)
- During weeks 5-7 – 0% return
4-week course withdraw submitted
754 hours (Municipal Police Academy)
- Before class begins – 100% return
- 1-189 hours – 75% return
- 190-377 hours – 50% return
- 378-452 hours – 25% return (60% of course is completed)
- 453-754 hours – 0% return
600 hours (Massage Therapy)
- Before class begins – 100% return
- 1-150 hours – 75% return
- 151-300 hours – 50% return
- 301-360 hours – 25% return (60% of course is completed)
- 361-600 hours – 0% return
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.