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MILITARY & VETERANS CHECKLIST

Siena Heights University was honored to receive Silver Level Certification from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. Siena Heights
also tied for 23rd in the nation for having the Best Online Bachelor's Program for Veterans, according to the U.S. News and World Report.

Military Students Checklist:

  1. Schedule your personalized campus visit.
  2. Apply online. It is simple and free of charge!
  3. Submit official civilian education transcripts and military educational records to your admissions counselor.
  4. Apply for educational assistance through the Veterans Administration.
  5. Apply for other financial aid or scholarships by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. You can also go to websites such as finaid.org and fastweb.com to search for more scholarship opportunities.
  6. Provide Siena Heights University’s V.A. School Certifying Official
    with military documents of eligibility and your Veteran Registration Intention Form. Mail to:
    V.A. School Certifying Official
    Office of the Registrar
    Siena Heights University
    1247 E. Siena Heights Dr.
    Adrian, MI 49221

Dependents of Benefit Eligible Military Personnel Checklist:

  1. Apply online. It is simple and free of charge!
  2. Learn more about Survivor and Dependent Educational Assistance.
  3. Apply for Dependent Educational Benefits.
  4. Provide Siena Heights University’s V.A. School Certifying Official with appropriate documents. Mail to:
    V.A. School Certifying Official
    Office of the Registrar
    Siena Heights University
    1247 E. Siena Heights Dr.
    Adrian, MI 49221

Return of Unearned Military Tuition Assistance Policy:

Policy Statement:
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 Department of Defense (DOD) policy, Siena Heights University will return any unearned TA funds on a prorated 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.

In instances when a Service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, Siena Heights University will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion in compliance with the DOD policy.

Rational and Scope:
This policy serves to fully inform students receiving military tuition assistance (TA) of the required actions the University must take to comply with the DOD Memorandum of Understanding Return Policy for Military Tuition Assistance (TA) funds rules and align with the return of unearned student aid rules applicable to the Federal Student Aid as required under section 484B of the Department of Education Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

This policy applies to all students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) in Armed Forces recognized by the DOD.

Definitions:
Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of Armed Forces recognized by the DOD.  Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its member. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application processes and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services. This policy only applies to this type of educational benefit. The TA program is a benefit that is available only while the student is in the service. This policy does not apply to Veterans or Veterans benefits.

Procedures:
To remain in compliance with the Department of Defense’s policy, Siena Heights University will return any unearned TA funds through at least 60% of the semester on a prorated basis. The amount of unearned TA that is returned is based on the date of withdrawal from the course.

As an institution, the DOD will be billed after 60% of the semester has passed to reduce the amount of incorrect TA funds being disbursed by the DOD to Siena Heights University.  We will only bill for the amount the student earned given their enrollment.

The return of unearned funds is based on the premise that students earn TA assistance for each calendar day that they attend classes.  For example, if a student attends 32 days of a semester that is 80 calendar days in length, the student will have “earned” 40 percent of their assistance. 

After 60% of the semester has passed, TA will not be evaluated for a return to the DOD.

Helpful Links for More Information:

GI Bill Chapters
Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (MINGSTAP)
Army, Army Reserve, Army National Guard
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of Accessibility
SHU Career Services