Welcome, and thank you for your service!
SMC is proud to support military veterans by providing specialized admissions advising by staff trained to help veterans make the most of their VA benefits.
Veterans who enroll at Southwestern Michigan College are eligible for a number of benefits, including paying in-district tuition rates, early registration, and access to the Veterans Lounge, a place where vets can study, relax, and connect.
SMC has been named a Silver-level Veteran-Friendly School by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.
After applying for admission, our veterans’ advisor will work with you to navigate all the necessary paperwork for a successful enrollment.
How to Apply for Admission and VA Benefits at SMC
Below is an overview of the steps you should take. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out using the contact information found on this page.
1. Apply for or Update Your VA Benefits
Apply for benefits or request a change of program or place of training at va.gov/education.
Benefits are approved by the VA; SMC makes no determination in the eligibility for benefits.
2. Apply to SMC
You need to apply as a degree- or certificate-seeking student to be eligible for VA benefits. Fill out the free application online here. You should receive a decision letter via email and/or mail in one to two weeks.
3. Request Transcripts from the Military
Request your transcripts at jst.doded.mil.
4. Meet with an SMC Advisor
Meet with an advisor in the Academic Advising and Resource Center (AARC) to create an educational plan that will maximize your VA benefits. Contact email@example.com or 269-782-1303 to set up an appointment.
Please note that you may need to complete placement tests when you come in.
5. Meet with the School Certifying Official
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 269-783-2176 to set up an appointment.
You will need to bring your Certificate of Eligibility. Your certificate will be mailed to you by the VA after you apply for VA benefits. It may take up to 30 days to receive the certificate.
6. Attend New Student Orientation
All new students are expected to attend an orientation session to register for classes and learn about campus resources and how to succeed at SMC. Sign up for orientation here.