Branch Benefits


Air Force & Space Force

GEM is a CCAF and Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) collaboration to provide an online coursework for Airmen & Guardians to complete their CCAF Degree's General Education requirements.

General Education Mobile (GEM) enables students to sign up for their general education requirements in a single block of courses from the same college, providing greater educational continuity and faster completion of an airman's associate degree.

With the GEM program, students near the beginning of their education will enroll for general education classes as a single five-course sequence taken online. Credits will transfer and apply toward the CCAF degree.

The Air Force's Portal serves as the central online location for the program. From there, airmen will be able to browse our course offerings and register for the five-course sequence. Part one of the Steps to Enroll will walk you through this process.

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Steps to Enroll

Part One: Select Dakota College at Bottineau's GEM program in the Air Force's Virtual Education Center

  1. Log in to the Air Force's Virtual Education Center, accessed through the Air Force's Portal (
  2. Complete a CCAF Education Goal on the Air Force's Portal.
  3. Select Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) on the TA application. The TA application will be sent to DCB.
  4. Dakota College will contact you with the steps to complete course registration. You are now registered in the GEM Program. Completion of Part Two is required to finalize the DCB campus course registration. This includes your online course account and book ordering.

Part Two: Apply for Admission to Dakota College at Bottineau

  1. Fill out the online admission form and pay the $35.00 one-time admission fee. Click here to apply online
  2. Identify yourself as a non-degree seeking student.
  3. Submit official transcript from an accredited or state-approved high school or GED report to: Dakota College at Bottineau Admissions Office-105 Simrall Blvd-Bottineau, ND 58318-Transfer students submit official transcripts of all previous academic work from each institution attended.
  4. Results from the American College Test (ACT) are used for placement into math and English coursework. Fax ACT scores to (701)228-5499. Dakota College at Bottineau's ACT school code is 3204. If ACT scores are unavailable, students will take the online ACCUPLACER placement exam prior to enrolling for these courses.
  5. Apply for Financial Aid by clicking here. (Federal School Code is 002995)
  6. Contact the Business Office to make payment arrangements for any tuition costs not covered by TA.


Army students using tuition assistance must file TA requests through



DCB was selected by G.I. Jobs magazine as a "Military Friendly School" because of the college's dedication to providing military veterans with a quality education. By earning this designation, DCB is among the top 15 percent of schools in the nation recommended by the magazine as a quality school for veterans to attend.

We are here to support veterans by offering a range of online courses, student services, T.A. eligible certificates/programs and a large welcome mat for the men and women in our Armed Forces. Although we are small in size, we are large in determination to do what it takes to provide Veteran’s the service they need. We want to help you reach your educational goals and stretch your hard-earned dollars. We are a Service members Opportunity College (SOC) and award college credit for prior learning and military training as applicable.

Helpful links for Veterans:
GI Bill®
Dependent’s Educational Assistance

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


North Dakota Military (NDMIL)

Students who are from a state outside of North Dakota and who meet the following qualifications should be coded as NDMIL:

1. They are a full-time active duty member of the armed forces, a member of a ND National Guard unit, a member of the armed forces reserve component stationed in this state, or a veteran as defined in N.D.C.C. § 37-01-40.

2. They are the spouse or dependent of a full-time active duty member of the armed forces, a member of a North Dakota National Guard unit, a member of the armed forces reserve component stationed in this state, or a veteran as defined in N.D.C.C. § 37-01-40, provided the veteran is eligible to transfer entitlement under the Post 9-11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 [38 U.S.C. 3301].

a. Only spouses and dependents of Post 9-11 veterans are eligible under the “veteran” definition; Spouse and dependents of veterans prior to 9-11 do not qualify under this option.

b. The veteran does not need to transfer benefits for the spouse or dependent to be eligible for NDMIL residency

3. They are a spouse, child, stepchild, widow, or widower of a veteran as defined in N.D.C.C. § 37-01-40 who was killed in action or died from wounds or other service-connected causes, was totally disabled as a result of service-connected cause, died from service-connected disabilities, was a prisoner of war, or was declared missing in action.

4. See Appendix A – Table of Residency for Tuition Purposes Assigned to Military Members, Spouse, and Dependents – for breakdown of residency. Examples of forms of verification could include (but are not limited to):

a. Parent’s or Student’s:

i. Veterans Administration form
ii. DD214
iii. Active duty orders

b. Visually Inspect a Military ID (This cannot be copied and retained)

c. Student’s birth certificate

d. Student noted as a dependent on parent’s tax return, health insurance, or flex-comp plan

Please Note: Military students who qualify for ND residency under a separate category (graduated from a ND high school, etc.) should be coded as ND instead of NDMIL. NDMIL should be used for those students who would not otherwise qualify for resident tuition and who meet at least one of the qualifications for NDMIL.

Getting Started Using MyCAA Funds

  1. To apply for the $4,000 MyCAA funds, register for an account in the MyCAA program at:
  2. Work with a MyCAA representative and receive approval to use MyCAA. MyCAA representatives can be contacted at 1-800-342-9647.
  3. Apply for admission to Dakota College at Bottineau (please complete all steps).
  4. Select a degree plan
  5. Contact the MyCAA representative (contact information below) via email at DCB. Please provide the following information:
  • Identify yourself as a MyCAA student.
  • Identify the degree plan selected.
  • Identify the semester coursework begins.


Federal Tuition Assistance


3357:13-14-92 Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 Compliance Policy

Dakota College at Bottineau(DCB) seeks to assist Chapter 31 and Chapter 33 G.I. Bill educational benefits recipients as they pursue Associate and/or certificate degrees. In an effort to better serve this population, DCB has adopted this policy as required by Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (Section 3679 of title 38, United States Code).

Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 requires Dakota College at Bottineau to:

  1. Not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees.
  2. Not deny access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities.
  3. Not require a covered individual to borrow additional funds to cover the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of a payment by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

This policy and associated procedures and practices shall continue to reinforce Dakota College at Bottineau’s gratitude to the men and women of the armed forces and their families for their service to our great nation and demonstrate our enduring commitment to our veterans and service members.

Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) and the administration shall adopt further policies and procedures that align DCB practices with Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 and the institutional commitment to excellence in service to our veterans and service members.


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