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Veteran Education Benefits

Mesalands Community College, located in Tucumcari, New Mexico, is approved to train veterans and other eligible persons under the provisions of Title 38, U.S. Code for courses required to complete the programs found in the Course Catalog.

VA Forms

For more detail on the programs below, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) or visit them online at:


Post 9/11 GI Bill – Chapter 33

To qualify for Chapter 33 benefits you must have at least served 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. The amount of assistance depends on the member’s actual length of service and the educational costs. For approved programs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. However, effective 2017, the Forever GI Bill allows Veterans who left active duty on or after January 1, 2013 to have no limitation of when they may use their benefits.

The following payments may also be available:

  • Monthly housing allowance
  • Annual books and supplies stipend
  • One-time rural benefit payment

Benefit eligibility varies so be sure to log on to to view what you are entitled to receive.


Post – 9/11 – Transfer to Spouse and/or Dependents – Chapter 35

The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill allows Service members to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children. The Department of Defense (DoD) determines whether or not you can transfer benefits to your family. Once the DoD approves benefits for transfer, the new beneficiaries apply for them through the VA.

For additional information, click here.


Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty – Chapter 30

To qualify for Chapter 30 benefits, you must have entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985, and paid $1,200 into the program, or have entitlements remaining under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Educational Assistance program (Chapter 34 of title 38, U. S. Code.) You are eligible if, as of December 31, 1989, you had served on active duty for any number of days during the period October 19, 1984 to June 30, 1985, and you continued on active duty without a break from July 1, 1985 through June 30, 1988, or if you were eligible for the Post Vietnam Era Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP, or Chapter 32 of title 38, U. S. Code) and were allowed to contribute the required $1,200 to the Chapter 30 program.

You must have obtained a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate during the qualifying period.  You must have received an “Honorable” discharge.  Basic entitlement provides assistance for 36 months. Eligibility expires 10 years after last discharge from active duty.

For additional information, click here.


Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserves – Chapter 1606

To qualify, you must have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985: satisfactorily completed initial active duty for training (IADT): completed a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT: and remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit.

You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits. Your benefit entitlement ends 10 years from the date of your eligibility for the program, or on the day you leave the Selected Reserve.  The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.

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For additional information at Mesalands Community College, please contact:
Amber Trujillo-McClure
VA Certifying Official
911 South Tenth
Tucumcari, NM 88401
(575) 461-4413 ext. 123
(575) 461-1901 fax