Veterans Services

New Students Planning to Use VA Education Benefits

 Steps for New Students:

First off, take the 3:40 to watch the video above.  Educate yourself and plan ahead to avoid the frustration that too many student veterans have dealt with!

1) Explore programs and decide what you'd like to study.
*Only classes taken in pursuit of an approved program can be certified for benefits!  
*Feel free to contact our office if you'd like to discuss options!

2) Apply to LCSC through the Office of Admissions 

APPLY HERE

3) Initiate your GI Bill® benefits through VA
*After a month or so, VA will send you an official Certificate of Eligibility which needs to be filed with the Vets Office at LCSC.  While you're waiting, screenshot the statement of eligibility you can access after completing your application and print or e-mail that to our office.  

GI Bill Application Initiate or Update Education Benefits

4) Submit your Joint Services Transcript (if applicable) to LCSC
*Contact the Office of the Registrar to indicate that you are planning to attend classes for the upcoming semester and would like to apply your Joint Services Transcript for transfer equivalency. 

Joint Services Transcript Request Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines ONLY (Air Force see link below) Air Force Service Transcript Request Complete and submit to the address indicated

5) Drop off a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4) with the Vets Office on campus
*Unless you are a dependent and don't have one

6) Complete the FAFSA online (seriously, don't skip over this!)

FAFSA

7) Inform the Coodinator of Veterans' Services when you've met with an advisor and created a class schedule (e-mail or in person is fine).  At this point you'll file an Enrollment Certification Form:

LCSC Enrollment Certification Submit Every Semester You Intend to Use Benefits

*Keep in mind that you'll need to let us know in advance for every semester (semester, not school year) that you intend to use benefits for.
*Yes, there is A LOT to do as a student and this is just one more hassle.  However, if you decide to save a portion of entitlement for anything in the future (grad school, medical school, law school, heavy equipment school, etc...), we don't want to rob you of those months of entitlement when they may be more valuable down the road! 

8) At this point we'll verify that your coursework aligns with your degree plan and submit your enrollment to VA for more processing.  Expect another month or so from this point to disbursement of funds (tuition, housing, stipends, etc.)!

9) Make plans to pay for the semester.  Payment is due up front, and non-payment will ultimately get your scheduled dropped.

Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill®) Recipients

  • Visit the Office of Student Accounts and indicate that you have been certified for benefits
  • Establish a FREE payment plan with their office in case of any unexpected delay in payment (it's easy)
  • Ignore "non-payment" notifications the first week of classes
    • *Tuition money can't be "released" to the College until attendace is verified (which usually happens the 5th day of classes)
  • Notify the Vets Office of any schedule changes you make

Chapters 30 and 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill®) Recipients

  • Ensure your semster tuition and fees are covered prior to the start of the semester
  • Attend class and verify attendance through WAVE on the last day of every month
  • Notify the Vets Office of any schedule changes you make

Chapter 35 (Dependents' Educational Assistance) Recipients

  • Ensure your semster tuition and fees are covered prior to the start of the semester
  • Notify the Vets Office of any schedule changes you make
  • No need to verify attendance through WAVE

Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation Program) Participants

  • Communicate regularly with your program counselor