Veterans Resource Center

Alexandria Technical & Community College welcomes you home and thanks you for your service to our country. We want to encourage veterans to consider ATCC as an education option. We highly value the qualities of maturity, dedication, persistence, responsibility, and leadership you bring to our college. We have made a commitment to being a "global college", because this creates better working relationships and increases opportunities for us to learn more about other countries and cultures. Your experiences can add to our understanding of the world and our place in it. We also understand that you may be facing significant transitions, and ATCC wants to facilitate developing a strong social support system here.

Veteran Services and Education Benefits

The Higher Education Veterans Programs Regional Coordinator or the Veterans Certifying Official are available to guide you as you apply for your military education benefits. Education benefits will vary depending on your branch of service, length, and type of service and current military status.  Education benefits may only be used to pay for courses that are required to complete your program.

Our Veterans Resource Center provides a place to study and socialize with fellow veterans.

ATCC complies with Minnesota Statute 197.775 which exceeds all criteria of Title 38 United States Code Section 3679(e).

MS 197.775 §4: Deferral Policy for tuition, fees, and books Consistent with Minnesota State Statute 197.775, students who are eligible and have applied for but not yet received veteran benefits are exempt from being charged a late fee. The law states’ “A state college or university may not assess late fees or other late charges for veterans who are eligible to receive federal or state educational assistance and who have applied for the assistance but not yet received it, nor may they prevent these students from registering for a subsequent term because of outstanding tuition charges that arise from delayed federal or state payments.” The state college or university may request without delay the amount of tuition above expected federal and state educational assistance and my require payment of the full amount of tuition owed by the veteran within 30 days of receipt of the expected federal or state educational assistance.

Next Steps:

  1. Complete the online Application for Admission
  2. Request official high school or GED transcript be sent to the college
  3. Request all official college/military transcripts be sent to the college (to be evaluated for transfer credit and military experience)
  4. Schedule an assessment test with our Testing Center prior to registering for classes (unless waived by the college)
  5. Apply for financial aid through FAFSA
  6. Apply for Military Education Benefits
  7. Complete Military and VA Benefits Request

Veterans Education Benefits

Kari Johnson
Veterans Assistance Coordinator
MN Dept. of Veterans Affairs
(320) 762-4467 |

Veterans Certifying Official

Kathy Kloehn
Associate Financial Aid Director
(320) 762-4417 |

Career Counseling Services

Julie Trosvig
Career, Personal, & Academic Counseling
(320) 762-4958|

Eligibility & Funding

Post 9/11 GI Bill®. Provides benefits for Active Duty Veterans. (implemented Aug. 1, 2009)

Montgomery GI Bill® for Active Duty Veterans.

Vocational rehabilitation benefits for disabled veterans.

This is the predecessor to the Chapter 30 benefit. To be eligible for this program the veteran must have entered service for the first time between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985.

Education assistance benefits for dependents and survivors of certain veterans who have serious disabilities as the result of their service, or who have died of a service connected cause.

Provides benefits to students participating in the National Guard and/or Reserves. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and Air Nation Guard. Generally, this is the education benefit for soldiers that have not been deployed.

Minnesota State Tuition Reimbursement (STR) will pay for 100% of your tuition (not including student fees) and will pay up to the undergraduate rate at the University of Minnesota and up to 144 semester or 208 quarter credits.

This benefit may be used in conjunction with GI Bill and Federal Tuition Assistance. This benefit is available to members of the Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota Air National Guard.

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) will pay up to a set amount per Army fiscal year (Oct - Sept) in tuition expenses including student fees. This benefit is may be used in conjunction with the GI Bill and State Tuition Reimbursement (see attached letter for conditions). Please note this is not a guaranteed benefit. This program has a finite budget and is paid on a first come, first serve basis. Please apply early. You may apply for these benefits within 30 days of your semesters/quarters start date.

This program is available to drilling members of the Army National Guard or Army Reserve. In order to receive payment for a course, the course must be completed prior to your separation from any of the above-mentioned military components. You may start receiving FTA benefits the day you enlist. FTA can be reimbursed for out of state institution tuition. Remember you must be an active member of the Guard or Reserve.

This benefit is paid up-front. You are required to earn a "C" or better in your classes, or in the event of a class taken pass/fail you must "pass". Failure to earn a "C" or better or "pass" may result in repayment of FTA.

The Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) program pays the cost of tuition and some additional fees. Nearly all Active Duty, Reserve or Guard members are eligible for FTA. However, each service branch determines eligibility criteria that often reduce access. FTA covers up to 100 percent tuition and fees, not to exceed $250 per semester credit hour or $4,000 per fiscal year, with a maximum of 16 credits. Please visit ArmyIgnitED for additional information.

All active duty service members (including Guard and Reserve) must receive prior approval from their education service officer or education counselor within your branch of service prior to enrolling in any college or university.

Qualified war orphans may receive up to $750 a year from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs to be used for tuition, books, supplies, board and room.

To be eligible for this program, you must have lost your veteran parent through death because of a service caused condition and have been a resident of Minnesota for two years prior to your application for educational benefits.

Children of deceased veterans also may qualify for free tuition at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, until they earn a bachelor's degree. This does not apply to private institutions.

For more information, students should contact the Alexandria College Veterans Certifying Official or the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.


The Minnesota GI Bill program provides assistance to eligible Minnesota Veterans, currently serving military, National Guard and Reserve members who served after September 11, 2001 and eligible spouse and children. The Program provides a maximum benefit of $10,000, up to age 62. Eligible participants can use the benefit in Higher Education, On-the-job training (OJT)/Apprenticeship or License and Certification.

For eligibility requirements and further information, please visit Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits & Resources.

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Paying for College

2024-2025 Tuition and Fees

Current tuition & fees per credit.
Type Tuition per Credit Fee per Credit
On Campus Tuition: $182.61/credit Fees: $25.28/credit
Online Course Tuition: $211.55/credit Fees: $14.59/credit

(online courses cost the same no matter where you live)

Even though ATCC does not have an out-of-state/non-resident tuition rate, individual courses may have different tuition rates.

Please Note: Tuition and fees are determined each year by the Minnesota State Board of Trustees.

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Need help?

Veterans Education Benefits

Kari Johnson
Veterans Assistance Coordinator
MN Dept. of Veterans Affairs
(320) 762-4467

Veterans Certifying Official

Kathy Kloehn
Associate Financial Aid Director/Veteran Certifying Official
(320) 762-4417

Veterans Certifying Official

Jana Koehler
Associate Director of Student Financial Services
(320) 762-4554

Career Counseling Services

Julie Trosvig
Career, Personal, & Academic Counseling
(320) 762-4958

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