PTCC is  committed to providing Military Veterans with a successful and fulfilling educational experience. We are proud to provide a comprehensive, veteran-specific array of support services, scholarships, and networking and employment opportunities while collaborating with area communities and agencies.

Steps for Veteran, service member and eligible dependent students

Take the following steps to assist you through the admissions process.

Find out how to apply for the GI Bill® and other VA education benefits as a Veteran, service member, or qualified family member. Visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website for more information.

Students should also connect with PTCC’s Veterans Certifying Official, Amanda Folkestad to discuss using VA education benefits.

Apply for VA Education Benefits

Have your Joint Services Transcripts sent to PTCC for evaluation.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

Complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)
Each student (and one parent, if you are a dependent student) must create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. The FSA ID will allow you to electronically sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), change your address, view the processing status of your FAFSA application, view your loan history or previous loan history, and much more. Click here to create your FSA ID. Carefully read all information on this website. Your FSA ID should be kept in a safe, confidential location. The FSA ID login information that you create will be used each year you apply for financial aid.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). By completing the FAFSA, you are applying for all types of federal and state financial aid, including grants, work-study and loans.

Representatives in the Financial Aid Office are available to assist students with completion of the FAFSA. You will need your federal income tax information for the appropriate year and FSA ID to complete the FAFSA.

Both Federal and State Financial Aid programs (including grants and loans) are available for veterans to utilize in conjunction with federal veterans benefits and tuition reimbursement. Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and Private Education Loans are available to all students to assist with the cost of attending college. Students have the ability to refuse all or portions of the loan amounts available to them

Submit Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to PTCC.

Attend an orientation and registration session to learn about PTCC and to register for classes.

Attend an Orientation & Registration Session to finalize enrollment at PTCC. Admissions staff will guide students through course registration and share information about financial aid, paying tuition, important deadlines and campus-wide policies and procedures.

Students will register for courses online by logging into their eServices account with their StarID and password. Students can register online for each semester in which they choose to enroll. Students are responsible for meeting course prerequisite and/or placement test score requirements, which are identified on courses within eServices. Students are financially responsible for all tuition and fees incurred by registering for courses. Students may view their account balances and pay online within eServices.

Continuing students and those who are graduating, utilizing VA education benefits, or working with the Office Accessibility are given priority registration over new students. Students can access their registration window by logging into eServices, selecting Courses & Registration, then Registration Window.

Reserve your space at orientation today.

Veterans may also be eligible to receive benefits through the Minnesota GI Bill® program. This is a Minnesota program through the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. This program is different than the Federal GI Bill® (Montgomery, Post 9-11, Veterans Education Assistance Program, Dependents Education Assistance Program, or Vocational rehabilitation). This program awards veterans additional aid if they have remaining need after VA benefits, federal/state financial aid, and other grants/scholarships have been considered. The annual limit for receipt of Minnesota GI Bill® funds is $3,000 and the lifetime maximum is $10,000. For more information on the Minnesota GI Bill® program, visit the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website.

For more information on Financial Aid eligibility requirements, visit Paying for College. Remember to contact the Financial Aid Office with questions about your eligibility, timelines, or the application process.

Students receiving Veteran Education benefits can also receive Title IV Federal Financial Aid and Minnesota State Financial Aid programs with no benefit reduction.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

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