Getting Started at MCC

You will need to apply online to Middlesex County College and register for your classes before the school can certify your enrollment to VA.

Apply online for education benefits through VONAPP. Benefit programs change frequently, so it’s important to go directly to the VA website for questions about these programs.

Apply for Financial Aid by submitting your FAFSA. Visit the Financial Aid website to learn more.

Incoming students are evaluated in reading, writing and math skills. The results will be used to place you in the courses appropriate to your level of preparation. Learn more about our Placement Testing.

During MCC Orientation, you will meet with an academic advisor, register for classes and learn from other students and professionals about life at MCC. Sign up for Orientation

Once you are registered for classes, stop by the Center for Veterans Services to see one of our Veterans Certifying Officials.

About Us

What Makes Us a Military-Friendly School?

Our awards and recognitions are emblematic of our continued support to our military-affiliated students. We have been recognized for our outstanding commitment to fulfilling the educational needs of our returning servicemembers and their families, and also for our comprehensive services not directly related to education. Please click on each of these logos to learn more about these distinctions.

Our Mission: To provide military veterans, current service members and their dependents with access to an affordable, quality education and comprehensive support services.

Our Staff

rfeldman1Rich served in the Air Force for five years during the Vietnam conflict. During this time he held positions as a Personnel Officer, Recruiting Officer and Casualty Services Officer. Included in his awards is the Air Force Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster). After active duty, Rich served a short time in the New Jersey Air National Guard.

Upon leaving active duty Rich began a career in corporate human resources during which he held increasingly responsible positions at various Fortune-listed corporations including Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Lockheed and AlliedSignal. His last corporate position was as the Global Vice President of Human Resources for York International’s largest business unit.

Pursuing a long-time goal of being involved in the higher education field, Rich left corporate HR to assume the role of Assistant Dean of Career Management for the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. While there, the school achieved the goal of being ranked in the top 25 schools of business in the nation. Rich was a member of various national organizations including the MBA Career Services Council (MBACSC) in which he was elected to the Board of Directors.

Rich moved backed to his home state of New Jersey for personal reasons and for nine years was an Organization Effectiveness Consultant for a number of small to medium sized companies and academic institutions.

Most recently Rich managed the Veterans In Pursuit of Educational Readiness (VIPER) program at Warren County Community College in Washington, NJ. This innovative nationally-acclaimed program assists military veterans in transitioning back into the civilian workforce expeditiously.

Rich earned his masters degree in Human Resources Management from Central Michigan University while serving overseas on active duty. He received his undergraduate degree in Marketing Management from Southern Illinois University. Additionally, he graduated from Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program in “Strategic Human Resources Leadership.”

Rich states that “…with all that I have accomplished in my career, nothing has been as rewarding as helping our veterans successfully assimilate back into the civilian workforce.”

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Paul has been in the New Jersey Army National Guard since 2002 and has served two tours in Iraq (2004-2005, 2009) . He is a Purple Heart recipient and has been awarded the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (2nd award), the Army Achievement Medal (3rd award), the Iraq Campaign Medal (two stars), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with “M” device), the Good Conduct Medal and the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal (one star). Paul is also a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of New Jersey.

Paul graduated from Middlesex County College in 2011, with an Associate of Arts degree in Journalism and an Associate of Arts degree in Communications. He graduated from New Jersey City University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in National Security Studies.

Paul is a certifying official for Veterans Affairs benefits and a strong advocate for students. He sits on the Middlesex County Veterans Advisory council. He enjoys working with our military-affiliated population and hopes to help ease their transition to college life at Middlesex County College.

VetSuccess On Campus Program

Our participation in VA’s VetSuccess on Campus Program began with a partnership between Rutgers, Middlesex County College, and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with the purpose of providing a supportive, on-campus resource to help you make a smooth transition to college life. Valerie Williams, MA, CVE, LRC, is a VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor who works directly with us at MCC. She provides vocational testing and career, academic, and readjustment counseling services along with peer-to-peer counseling and referral services. We are the only 2-year institution in the state with a VSOC counselor.

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Valerie Williams can help you:

  • Manage your education benefits
  • Explore vocations and select a suitable major / career
  • Elect your healthcare benefits with Veterans Healthcare Administration
  • Access, understand and apply for VA benefits (e.g., Disability Compensation, Life Insurance, Education, Home Loan Guaranty, and Vocational Rehabilitation)
  • Get referrals for medical and mental health care
  • Get referrals for readjustment counseling services for eligible Veterans and their families
  • Coordinate with school faculty/staff to provide Veteran-specific services (e.g., VA Certifying Official, Career Center, Student Disabilities Services, Counseling Center)
  • Find job placement assistance and coordinate with Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVER) and Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Programs (DVOP)
  • Locate community and other resources

Student Testimonials

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Darryl served in the U.S. Air Force in 2006 as an Aircraft Engineer. He spent his career travelling to different places, repairing the C-130 Hercules aircraft. Darryl had a memorable experience in Alaska when he was required to perform emergency repairs on an aircraft there.

The biggest challenge I faced when getting to Middlesex was learning to be a student all over again. Help and support from the people in The Center for Veterans Services has helped me tremendously to adjust.

My advice for new students would be to join a group or network. Having proper support will enhance your experience and increase your chances of success!

Apply For Benefits

Middlesex County College accepts many military-sponsored education benefits. This section provides information and resources to help you apply for and manage your education benefits. We also offer scholarships, financial aid, payment plans, and other forms of aid to offset the cost of school. For more information about education benefits not related to military service, Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 732.906.2520.

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GI Bill - Which Program Is Right For Me?

Accessing, understanding, and applying for education benefits can be confusing. We’ve put together a Benefits Toolbox to help you. You can also call VA at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) and speak to a entitlements counselor, or visit the GI Bill website.

Please note: You may be eligible for VA education entitlements under more than one program. If you elect to receive entitlements under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), you may have to revoke your eligibility for any other GI Bill programs. Under certain circumstances, eligibility for other GI Bill programs may be restored by going through VA’s appeal process.

How Do I Apply For Benefits?

  • After being admitted to Middlesex County College, apply for VA Education Benefits by online application through VONAPP. The VA will process your application and send you a Certification of Eligibility.
  • Submit the following documents to the Center For Veterans Services:
    • Certificate of Eligibilty (If you do not have your Certificate of Eligibility yet, you can submit a printed copy of your online application for benefits).
    • DD214 (Discharge from Active Duty). Please make sure it is a copy that lists your character of discharge on the bottom.
    • MCC’s Veteran’s Certification Request Form and MCC’s Veteran’s Statement of Responsibility (must be completed and submitted each semester).
  • Register for classes. MCC cannot certify your enrollment to VA until you are registered.
  • Upon receipt of all required documentation, your Enrollment Certification will be electronically submitted to VA for processing.

NJ National Guard Tuition Waiver Program

Tuition waivers are accepted* for members of the New Jersey National Guard (Army or Air) who are attending  Middlesex County College and are in good standing with their unit.

To use a NJ National Guard Tuition Waiver, you must:

  • Submit a Commander’s Certificate of Eligibility (NJDMAVA Form 621-2-R) to The Center for Veterans Services as proof of eligibility for participation in this program BEFORE each semester.
  • Apply for Federal Financial Aid and submit a Middlesex County College Financial Aid Verification Form signed by an authorized staff member of the Financial Aid Office at the time you present your Commander’s Certificate of Eligibility.

Click here to learn more about the NJNG Tuition Program.
Click here to download the Middlesex County College Financial Aid Verification Form.

*You are required to use available financial aid before the National Guard Tuition Waiver will be applied to your account. Understand that if you are eligible to use the National Guard Tuition Waiver you will not pay for your tuition out of pocket (up to 15 credits). Your tuition will be covered by financial aid, the waiver, or a combination of both. You are still required to cover the cost of any applicable fees due to the College.

Bookstore Voucher Program

Need help purchasing textbooks? The Center for Veterans Services offers funding to military-affiliated students who need help purchasing textbooks. The funding is limited, will be disbursed on a sliding scale, and will only be extended to students who do not receive sufficient funding through a GI Bill® or other military related education benefits.

Eligibility criteria
  • Currently using education benefits at Middlesex County College earned through military service (your own or a family member), unless your eligibility period has expired. Because of the variety of benefits and benefit eligibility rates, some students may need to be given individual consideration during a meeting with the Coordinator of Veterans Services.
  • A resident student at Middlesex County College (not a visiting student).
  • Hold a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher or be a first semester student.
  • Be interviewed by the Coordinator of Veterans Services.
  • Apply for the funds before the semester deadline.
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Frequently
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Click here to view answers to common questions. Contact us at 732.906.7770 with any questions.

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