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Summary of Michigan Military and Veterans Benefits: Michigan offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Property Tax Exemptions, Michigan National Guard Tuition Program, State National Guard retirement pay, Employment Assistance, Civil Service Preference, Special Vehicle License Plates, as well as hunting and fishing license benefits. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

Michigan Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

 What are my Michigan Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Michigan Retired Military Pay Income Taxes: Not taxed.

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Michigan Military Pay Income Taxes: Active duty military pay is exempt from Michigan tax.

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Michigan State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You were entitled to receive a disability payment before September 25, 1975;

  • You were a member of the military (active or reserves) or were under a binding written commitment to become a member on September 24, 1975;

  • You receive disability payments for a combat-related injury. This is a personal injury or sickness that:

    • Resulted directly from armed conflict,

    • Took place while you were engaged in extra-hazardous service,

    • Took place under conditions simulating, including training exercises such as maneuvers, or

    • Was caused by an instrumentality of war.

  • You would be entitled to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you filed an application for it (the exclusion under this condition equals the amount you would be entitled to from the VA).

Learn more about Michigan State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay

Michigan State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and  Indemnity Compensation: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

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Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Michigan State Tax Benefits: Michigan will not tax military survivor benefits that are exempt from federal income tax and are not included in Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). Survivor benefits that are classified as military compensation or military retirement pay may be deducted to the extent they are included in
AGI for the surviving Spouse only.

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Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit: Michigan property tax credit is a way the State of Michigan helps you pay some of your property taxes if you are a qualified Michigan homeowner or renter. You should complete the Property Tax Credit Claim form MI-1040CR to see if you qualify for the credit. The credit, for most people, is based on a comparison between household income and property taxes. Homeowners pay property taxes directly and renters pay them indirectly with their rent. If you are active military, an eligible Veteran, or the Surviving Spouse of a Veteran, complete the MI-1040CR and the MI-1040CR-2, Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit Claim for Veterans and Blind People. File the form that gives you the larger credit.
Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit Claim Form MI-1040CR
Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit Claim Form for Veterans and Blind People MI-1040CR-2

Who is eligible for the Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit? You qualify for a Homestead Property Tax Credit if all of the following apply beginning 2012:

  • Your homestead is in Michigan

  • You were a resident of Michigan for at least six months during the year

  • You own/rent and occupy a Michigan homestead on which property taxes were levied

  • If you own your home, your taxable value, (the value on which property taxes are calculated) is $135,000 or less

  • Your total household resources are $60,000 or less (Part year residents must annualize total household resources to determine if a credit reduction applies)

If 100% of your total household resources are received from the Department of Human Services, you do not qualify.
Michigan Department of Treasury, Checklist for Determining Household Resources

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What are my Michigan Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Michigan Children of Veteran's Tuition Grant: Children of certain deceased or disabled members of the Armed Forces of the United States may receive scholarship assistance for up to four academic years and a total of up to $11,200. Awards are for an academic year with the amount determined by the student's enrollment status. Full-time students can receive up to a maximum of $2,800 per academic year. Future awards are subject to available and approved funding.
Who is eligible for the Michigan Children of Veteran's Tuition Grant? Certain Children older than 16 and less than 26 years of age who have been Michigan residents for the 12 months prior to application. To be eligible a student must be the natural or adopted Child of a Michigan Veteran, stepchildren or grandchildren of the Veteran are not eligible. The Veteran must have been a legal resident of Michigan immediately before entering military service and did not later reside outside of Michigan for more than two years; or the Veteran must have established legal residency in Michigan after entering military service.

Veteran must: Qualifying Michigan Veteran Requirements:

  • Must have been killed in action or died from another cause while serving in a war or war condition in which the United States of America was or is participating; or,

  • Must have died or become totally and permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected illness or injury as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; or,

  • Must have been totally and permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected illness or injury prior to death and has now died; or,

  • Must be listed as MIA in a foreign country as determined by the U.S. government.

Student must: To be eligible for award, a student must:

  • Have completed the CVTG application.

  • File a current-year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Be between ages 16 and 26.

  • Be the natural or adopted Child of a qualifying Michigan Veteran.

    • Step-Children or grand-Children of the Veteran are not eligible.

  • Not have been convicted of a felony involving an assault, physical injury, or death.

  • Be enrolled in at least six credit hours at a participating institutions

  • Possess a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent.

  • Be a Michigan resident.

    • If a dependent student, parent must also be a Michigan resident

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or approved refugee.

  • Not be incarcerated.

  • Be an undergraduate student.

  • Not be in default on any Federal or State student loan.

  • For renewal, meet institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.

  • For renewal, maintain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.25.

For More Information: Visit https://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid . Contact the Children of Veterans Tuition Grant Program, Student Scholarships and Grants, toll free at 888-447-2687, e-mail mistudentaid@michigan.gov , or Fax 517-241-5835.
Michigan Children of Veterans Tuition Grant Fact Sheet

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  Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program: Public Act 259 of 2014 established the Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (MINGSTAP) to provide tuition assistance to members of the Michigan National Guard who are attending any public or private college, university, vocational school, technical school or trade school located in Michigan. For more information about the program, please call 517-481-7640 or email MINGSTAP@michigan.gov .

  • Up to $600 per credit hour

  • Up to $6,000 per year (tuition and fees combined)

Funding is available for the following educational programs:

  • Certificates

  • Vocational Training

  • Technical Training

  • Associate’s Degree

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Master’s or first Professional Degree

Who is eligible for the Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program? MINGSTAP is available to members of the Michigan National Guard who:

  • Are active in the National Guard (including the traditional service of one weekend/month and two weeks/year;

  • Are not absent without leave or under UCMJ charges; and

  • Meet the additional criteria established by the TAG consistent with the guard's recruiting and retention requirements.

    • Certificates

    • Vocational Training

    • Technical Training

    • Associate’s Degree

    • Bachelor’s Degree

    • Master’s or first Professional Degree

Michigan National Guard, State Tuition Assistance Program, Policy
Michigan National Guard, State Tuition Assistance Program, Frequently Asked Questions

Point of Contact:
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
State Operations – Budget Office
3423 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Lansing, MI 48906
Phone: 517-481-7640
Fax: 517-481-7644
Email: MINGSTAP@michigan.gov

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Michigan National Guard, University & College Tuition Grants: The Michigan National Guard has worked with several Michigan universities and colleges to offer tuition grants. These grants, used in conjunction with other available tuition assistance programs and the Montgomery GI Bill, can enable Guard members to attend selected colleges and universities at no cost. Several other organizations offer scholarships to Michigan National Guard members. State Education Office at 517-481-7646 or email enderlek@michigan.gov
Who is eligible for Michigan National Guard, University & College Tuition Grants?
Michigan National Guard members are eligible.

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Michigan Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.

  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment.

  • Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.

  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.

  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.

  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.

  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.

  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

Primary Point of Contact:
Col (Ret) Russ Gullett, Senior Deputy Director,
Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
3423 North MLK Boulevard, Lansing, MI, 48906
Email: gullettr@michigan.gov
Phone: 517-481-7666

Learn more about the Michigan Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Honorary Michigan High School Diplomas for WWII, Korean and Vietnam Veterans: Honorably discharged WWII, Korean or Vietnam era Veterans who were unable to receive their high school diplomas because they enlisted or were drafted into the Armed Forces can still be awarded their graduation certificate.

Veterans must have attended high school in Michigan and served in the military during the following time periods:

  • WWII: 16 Dec 1940 – 31 Dec 1946

  • Korean conflict: 27 June 1950 – 31 Jan 1955

  • Vietnam: 28 Feb 1961 – 7 May 1975

To apply for a diploma, the Veteran or next of kin must return the Application for High School Diploma for Michigan WWII, Korean and Vietnam Era Veterans to the Veteran’s school district for processing along with a copy of their discharge papers, faxed to 517-284-5297 or emailed to MVAAResourceCenter@michigan.gov .

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 What are my Michigan Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Michigan State Employment Veterans' Hiring Preference: ( Michigan Civil Service Commission Code 3-8 ) Veterans' Preference, states that preference will be given to an eligible Veteran or Spouse of an eligible Veteran if any of the following, specific criteria are met and documented.