Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E)
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services Program assists disabled and non-disabled veterans and their dependents/spouses in achieving successful readjustment into their lives while pursuing their educational goals which enables their successful transition into the civilian workforce by addressing issues that may prevent / hinder them from achieving otherwise.
EMU's On-Campus VR&E counselor serves the needs of our Veteran students and their families. Students can obtain information on educational and other available VA benefits. EMU's VR&E Counselor is available Wednesdays & Fridays from 8:00am – 4:00pm. A Comprehensive Evaluation can be completed on campus at the Military and Veteran Resource Center in 202 Pierce Hall.
Points of Contact:
- Rasheen Clark, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, LMSW firstname.lastname@example.org
- Melissa Spaulding, LMSW, VetSuccess on Campus Counselor, Melissa.email@example.com
For all Veteran Students
This checklist and our staff are here to assist you in acquiring your Veterans Education benefits so you will get the maximum amount of aid for funding your education.
1. Apply for Admission to Eastern Michigan University Before you begin pursuing financial benefits, you'll want to make sure you've applied to the University. Visit the Admissions web site at http://emich.edu/admissions. Eastern Michigan waives the application fee for military veterans. If you have never attended a college or university you should apply as a freshman (although you will get transfer credit for your military training. If you have attended a college or university before you will apply as a transfer student.
2. Obtain Academic Transcripts from previous institutions. To earn transfer credit from coursework completed prior to attending Eastern Michigan University, collect your transcripts from previous colleges and any military institutions that can be considered for EMU credit. Provide copies of your military transcripts and your DD-214 discharge documents to the EMU Office Records and Registration for evaluation.
If you are applying as an undergraduate student your transcripts from other schools should be sent to: PO Box 921, Ypsilanti MI 48197
If you already have a degree and are applying to graduate programs transcripts from other schools should be sent to: PO Box 970, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Your military transcripts can be requested online at the links below:
3. Apply for Financial Aid. Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid. Even, if you qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® at 100% which will cover tuition and fees and a living allowance, you may, at times, be short of funds or have unexpected costs associate with being a student. You may qualify for a PELL Grant or other gift aid (aid that does not need to be re-paid) You can find all the information for applying on the EMU Financial Aid home page. The institution code for EMU is 002259.
4. Make an Advising Appointment. Once admitted you will be notified by letter and possibly phone, to make an appointment for Academic Advising by calling University Advising and Career Development Center at 734-487-0400. Meeting with an academic advisor early in the course scheduling process can save you a lot of time, energy, and mistakes. Advisors can help you plan a manageable course load that meets your specific academic needs. They can also assist you in ensuring that all the courses for which you will request GI Bill® funding apply to your degree plan. This is a Veterans Affairs requirement in order to receive benefits. Your initial meeting with an academic advisor will be part of your orientation program. Following this meeting, you will enroll in classes.
5. Register for Classes. Once you have set up your my.emich account and have attended an advising session you will be able to register for classes using the web.
6. Attend Orientation Freshman and Transfer-in-a-day. These provide a great opportunity for you to get better acclimated with the university and its policies. Also, this is an opportunity to gain a sense of the organizations and activities you'd like to be involved in as a student. You should also attend the Military and Veteran Services In-brief offered at the end of the summer semester prior to the fall and at the beginning of the Winter semester.
7. Apply for Veterans Affairs Benefits. Visit the official GI Bill® Web site to go through a step-by-step process to get an idea of what benefits are best for you, or contact us and we can guide you through the process. You will find it easier to complete the application for benefits if you have a copy of your DD214 to reference your dates of military experience. You will need to complete one of the following forms online through Vets.Gov . It may take 8 weeks to process your initial application for education benefits. So you should start this process as soon as you know when you plan to attend, even if you have not been admitted yet.
8. In order to receive your benefits, you must complete the Online Enrollment Certification Request . We'll need to collect some information based on your service and benefits. This step lets us know to report your information to Veterans Affairs and to complete the process. You must complete the online enrollment certification request each semester after you register for classes.
Keep in mind that your VA benefits can be used only for classes that are required for graduation in your program of study.
Some other reminders:
You must notify us when you add, drop, or withdraw from classes so we can update your enrollment certification. Report changes to our office by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you fail or withdraw from classes you may incur an overpayment and subsequent debt owed to the VA.
If you earn an incomplete "I" in a class, the class must be completed within one year or it will result in an overpayment and subsequent debt.