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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 


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.  You can also do this by using the Vets.gov sign in link on the main page to access your statement of benefits. Once logged in, click to print your statement of benefits. You can print, scan, and email it to us, mail the printout to us, or you can save it as a pdf or any other format that you can then attach to an email to get us the whole page.  

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


6) 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! 

7) 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.)!

8) Make plans to pay for the semester. If you're CH 33 or 31 you will not get a late fee while you wait for your funding to be received.

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 payment plan (fee may be applicable) with their office in case of any unexpected delay in payment
  • 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