The Programs at Lewis-Clark State College are approved by the Idaho State Approving Agency (SAA) for eligible students to receive veterans' education benefits. Students who enroll to receive these benefits are not only required to abide by the policies and rules of this school, but also by the rules and regulations of the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and the SAA. Students are also required to maintain all standards of conduct and satisfactory academic progress as stated in the official school listing.
Each semester you are certified for the courses in which you are enrolled. This process requires that you inform the Veterans Services Coordinator of your class schedule as soon as you register for classes each semester. A delay in the Veterans Services Coordinator receiving this information will result in a delay in your check. It typically takes 6-8 weeks for certifications to be entered into the DVA computer, so inform the Veterans Services Coordinator as soon as you register.
Programs of education must be approved under DVA regulations. Your Veterans Services Coordinator will be able to tell you which programs are approved for payment. Within these programs, the DVA will pay educational benefits only for courses needed to complete a specific degree or diploma. Likewise, benefits cannot be paid for courses leading to other degrees or courses taken for personal interest. Summer School and Cooperative Training may be measured differently and you should check with your Veterans Services Coordinator to determine how taking these alternative courses may affect your benefits.
In order to receive full-time benefits through the DVA, you must maintain a class schedule of at least 12 credits each semester (summer is an exception and must be handled on an individual basis with the Veterans Services Coordinator). If your enrollment changes at any time during the semester, it is your responsibility to inform your Veterans Services Coordinator of this change. If you do not wish to take 12 credits, you may be paid three-quarter time (9-11 credits) or half-time (6-8 credits) amounts. If you take less than six credits, the DVA will reimburse you for fee expenses only.
Technical students taking irregular class dates must keep in mind that these dates may affect your payment status for benefits. For example: Let's say that you attend a semester from 01/14/03 through 05/14/03. If you have one of your classes for 3 credits beginning 01/14/03 and ending on 03/07/03 there may be a change in your status when your class ends on that date. The DVA will adjust your payment because the class ended on 03/07/03 and not on 05/14/03, which is the end of the semester.
Lewis-Clark State College does not participate in the Advance Payment program.
Chapter 30, 1606 and 1607 veterans must verify their enrollment each month. You can verify your monthly enrollment by calling 1-877-823-2378 and following the instructions given. Students can also verify using the WAVE system. Access the WAVE under the Information for Benefit Recipients link at www.gibill.va.gov
If your check is late or if you have concerns related to your payment, call the DVA Toll-Free 1-888-442-4551, press 1 then 0 to get to a case manager. This number will reach the DVA Office for Education Benefits.
Benefits are not payable for retaking courses already taken and passed (unless a higher grade is required for graduation). If a failing (F) grade is received in a course, the DVA will only be notified if the cause of the failing grade is lack of class attendance or lack of completing assignments (reported by the instructor). If an incomplete (I) is received, the student will have one semester to turn the incomplete into a passing grade. If the incomplete is turned into an F, the DVA could be notified and an overpayment may exist. If a student withdraws from courses, benefits will be reduced the effective date of withdrawal. The DVA will create an overpayment in this situation unless it can be proven that there are mitigating circumstances involved. Keep in mind that these rules only apply if certified status is affected (e.g. if you are certified for 12 credits and withdraw from a three-credit course without mitigating circumstances, an overpayment will be charged). On the other hand, if you are certified for 15 credits and withdraw from a three-credit course, status is still full-time and the DVA is not notified.
Recipients receive education benefits during the periods of school attendance. Some students need to verify their college enrollment each month in order to receive their benefits.
|LCSC Veteran Services||(208) 792-2473, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|LCSC Veteran Services Toll Free Number||(800) 933-5272 (Financial Aid)|
|VA Education Benefits, Muskogee, Oklahoma||(888) 442-4551|
|To Verify Monthly Enrollment (CHPS 30, 1606 & 1607)||(877) 823-2378|
|Rocky Davis & Bob Cooper (State Veteran Service Officers)||(208) 799-3422|
|Idaho County Veteran Service Officer||(208) 983-0239|
|Latah County Veteran Service Officer||(208) 882-8580|
|Nez Perce County Veteran Service Officer||(208) 799-3083|
|VA Non-Education Benefits||(800) 827-1000|
|Lewiston||Jim Ziegenfussemail@example.com||(208) 799-5000 ext. 3529|
|Coeur d'Alene||Robert Shoemanfirstname.lastname@example.org||(208) 769-1558 ext. 310|
|Brandia Young||(208) 769-1558|
|LCSC Veteran Services||www.lcsc.edu/financialaid/veterans-benefits|
|VA Education Homepage||http://www.gibill.va.gov|
|Disabled American Veterans Homepage||http://www.dav.org|
|Veterans Affairs Homepage||http://www.va.gov|
|Idaho Veteran Affairs||http://veterans.idaho.gov|
|Washington Veteran Affairs||http://www.dva.wa.gov|