Staff Policy D-604.00
Institutional Effectiveness Criterion: Champion

Veterans Affairs Delayed Payment Policy

In compliance with the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, Northwestern Michigan College will not impose any penalty upon eligible students if they are unable to meet their financial obligations due to delayed payment of benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prohibited penalties would include but are not limited to, the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, institutional facilities and resources, or requirement of eligible students to borrow additional funds to cover outstanding balances that will be covered by payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

For purposes of this policy, an eligible individual is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under chapters 30,31,33 or 35 of Section 3679 of title 38, United States Code, commonly known as the GI Bill® but is inclusive of the Montgomery GI Bill®, The Post 9/11 GI Bill® and The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program.

Students who are unable to make payments to NMC due to delayed payments should contact NMC's Point of Contact (POC) for Military and Veteran Services for assistance.

The Vice President for Student Services and Technologies, in conjunction with the appropriate faculty and staff, is responsible for the development and publication of any procedures or guidelines that may be necessary to administer this policy effectively.

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 Web site at

If any provision(s) of this policy or set of bylaws conflicts with laws applicable to Northwestern Michigan College, including the Community College Act of 1966, the Freedom of Information Act, or the Open Meetings Act, as each may be amended from time to time, such laws shall control and supersede such provision(s).

Adopted April 12, 2019