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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.

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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: Military retirement benefits paid to retirees of the Armed Forces of the United States for services performed while a member are exempt from Michigan individual income tax. Military retirement benefits may be deducted to the extent they are included in adjusted gross income.

Learn more about Michigan Retired Military Pay Income Taxes

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

Learn more about Michigan Military Pay Income Taxes

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:

  • Michigan Capital Building 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.

Learn more about Michigan State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

young child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemeteryMilitary Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Michigan State Tax Benefits: Military retirement benefits paid to the Surviving Spouse of retirees of the Armed Forces of the United States for services performed while a member are exempt from Michigan individual income tax

Learn more about Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Michigan State Tax Benefits

Michigan Disabled Veteran 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.

Real property used and owned as a homestead by a disabled Veteran who was discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States under honorable conditions or by an individual described below is exempt from the collection of taxes.
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 Disabled Veteran Homestead Property Tax Credit? In order to be eligible for the exemption, the disabled Veteran must have been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States. They must be a Michigan resident. Additionally, they must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Has been determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to be permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service and entitled to Veterans’ benefits at the 100% rate

  • Has a certificate from the United States Veterans Administration, or its successors, certifying that they are receiving or have received pecuniary assistance due to disability for specially adapted housing

  • Has been rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as individually unemployable.

The unremarried Surviving Spouse of the disable Veteran is eligible for the exemption based

upon the eligibility of their Spouse; therefore, the Spouse must also be a Michigan resident.

The exemption will continue only as long as the Surviving Spouse remains unremarried.
Michigan Disabled Veteran Property Tax Bulletin P.A. 161

Learn more about Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit

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What are my Michigan Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Michigan Children of Veteran's Tuition Grant: The Children of Veterans Tuition Grant (CVTG) provides undergraduate tuition assistance to the Children of qualified Michigan Veterans who are deceased, totally and permanently disabled, or missing in action (MIA), due to a service-connected injury or illness.

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

  • Three-quarter time students can receive up to a maximum of $2,100

  • Half-time students can receive up to a maximum of $1,400

Students may receive scholarship assistance for up to four academic years and a total of up to $11,200. Current and future awards are subject to available and approved funding.


Who is eligible for the Michigan Children of Veteran's Tuition Grant? Eligibility requirements for the CVTG:

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 institution (All participating institutions can be found on the last page of the Michigan Children of Veterans Tuition Grant Fact Sheet linked below)

  • 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
Application to Determine Eligibility for Educational Benefits, Children of Veterans Tuition Grant

Learn more about the Michigan Children of Veteran's Tuition Grant

Soldier sitting at a deskMichigan 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.

MINNGSTAP provides:

  • 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 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 Degree

    • Bachelor’s Degree

    • Master’s or first Professional Degree

Michigan National Guard, State Tuition Assistance Program Online Application
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. Boulevard
Lansing, MI 48906
Phone: 517-481-7640
Fax: 517-481-7644
Email: MINGSTAP@michigan.gov

Learn more about the Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program

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.

Learn more about Michigan National Guard, University & College Tuition Grants

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: