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GI Bill and Veteran Benefits

  • We are approved to accept Veteran Benefits, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill so that you can earn a college degree while attaining FAA licenses and ratings.
  • Veterans from all services make up a portion of our staff and student body.
  • We have VA Benefits advisors on campus to help guide you through the process of using your VA benefits.

Application Process »

Get Started

Department of Veterans Affairs logoNMC welcomes veteran students and can assist you in using the VA benefits you have earned. Eligibility for veteran benefits is determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs ( You will start with your VA Certificate of Eligibility. Present or send that to the NMC VA Benefits Office to begin the process for obtaining your VA benefits at NMC. They can be contacted at or (231) 995-1057.

Housing Allowance

In 2011, full-time students at NMC were receiving $1,026 per month.

VA Benefits cover flight fees

Depending upon your specific benefit and how long you served, flight fees may be covered up to 100% up to the FAA minimums for all ratings as long as you are enrolled in an approved training program and have an honorable discharge. For Michigan, students can receive up to $19,600 per semester in potential education/training benefits. According to the VA’s GI Bill website:

"Veterans who have served at least 90 days of active duty service after September 10, 2001 and received an honorable discharge will qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. To qualify for the full benefit a veteran must have served at least 3 years of active duty after September 10, 2001."

For those who served on active duty after 9/10/2001, the following chart applies:

Member Serves

Percentage of Maximum Benefit Payable

At least 36 months


At least 30 continuous days on active duty and must be discharged due to service-connected disability


At least 30 months, but less than 36 months


At least 24 months, but less than 30 months


At least 18 months, but less than 24 months


At least 12 months, but less than 18 months


At least 6 months, but less than 12 months


At least 90 days, but less than 6 months


VA Benefit Programs Accepted

We accept VA benefits other than the Post-9/11 GI Bill, too. For more information, click here »

Application Process - VA Students

To help ensure student success, all students must apply to and be admitted into the NMC Aviation Program, separate and in addition to be admitted into NMC as a general student. The application and instructions for completing it are below. Acceptance into the NMC Aviation Program is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note: all applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the aviation admissions specialist, Al Laursen, at (231) 995-2911 or

NMC Aviation program application for VA students »

Program application process and instructions for VA students »

NMC Helicopter Aviation Program Application for VA students »

Helicopter Program application process and instructions for VA students »

How to obtain your FAA medical and student pilot certificate »

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