The Veteran Services Office (VSO) in Enrollment Services is designed to serve the needs of veterans who qualify for education benefits. The staff helps veterans or veteran-related students file applications for educational benefits, counseling, loans, tutorial assistance, and/or any other entitlements allowed through the Veterans Administration. Lansing Community College is approved as a school for veterans of military service under provisions of Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill), 35, 1606 and 1607 of the U.S. Code.
Students must complete, sign and submit an Enrollment Intent Form to the VSO each semester that they plan to attend. The Enrollment Intent Form is available at the VSO in Enrollment Services. The average processing time from the point of applying for educational benefits to the receipt of monetary funds is 30 to 90 days.
Lansing Community College cautions students applying for educational benefits to be prepared to pay their tuition and fees by the payment due date of each semester. The payment due dates are published each semester on www.lcc.edu and in the Semester Course Schedule. Once the student's application is approved and the award processed by the Office of Veteran Affairs, monthly checks will be issued if the student does monthly enrollment verification with the Office of Veteran Affairs in St. Louis, Missouri. Enrollment verification can be done by phone by calling (877) 823-2378 and online at www.va.gov.
Students who are eligible for veterans' educational benefits may be eligible for advance payment. Advance payment is a pro-rated amount for the first month of attendance of the semester and a full payment for the second month. Advance payment checks are normally issued prior to the beginning of the semester for which they are being requested. The check is delivered to the VSO in Enrollment Services. Veterans are notified by mail upon receipt of the check. Advance payment should be requested at least five (5) weeks prior to the beginning of a semester.
Advance payment cannot be requested if the student is continuously enrolled or enrolled less than half time.
Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) may not be eligible for advance payment.
Educational benefit payments provided for by the G.I. Bill vary according to
the chapter and the enrollment status at which the veteran is pursuing an
academic program as indicated by the following schedule:
ENROLLMENT STATUS REQUIRED CREDIT HOURS
Full time Minimum of 12
Three-quarter time 9, 10, or 11
Half time 6, 7, or 8
One-quarter time Less than 6 - Tuition and fees reimbursement only
After enrollment, veterans should direct their inquiries concerning eligibility to the Office of Veterans Affairs in St. Louis, Missouri at (888) 442-4551.
Lansing Community College, in recognition of the special needs of active-duty service persons in having access to and completing programs, has been designated as a Service members Opportunity College.
In addition, the College participates in the Army College Fund, Michigan National Guard Co-op, Air Force ROTC Program, Army ROTC Program, and USMC Open Admissions Program.
Satisfactory Academic Progress for Veterans Educational Benefits Recipients
A student receiving educational benefits is required by the Veterans Administration to maintain regular class attendance and satisfactory academic progress. In compliance with Veterans Administration statutory requirements of sub-paragraph 56, section 1775/1776 of chapter 36, Title 38 U.S. Code, Lansing Community College veteran educational benefits recipients will not be certified as eligible for benefits when their cumulative grade point average places them in the academic warning range (probation) beyond two semesters of enrollment. Re-certification of eligibility for benefits will not be considered unless the veteran submits a Success Contract or regains academic good standing (see Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy). Success Contracts are mailed to those students who fall into this situation. Veterans must schedule an appointment to meet with an academic advisor to discuss the requirements of the Success Contract.
Certification Policy for Veterans Educational Benefit Recipients
Students must be following a chosen curriculum. Lansing Community College will notify the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs if a student receiving veteran educational benefits is awarded a grade of "I" or "W" for course work pursued each semester. The student must provide a written statement indicating the last date of attendance for any course that they earn a grade of "W". VSO is also required to report all "I" (incomplete) grades to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. VSO uses the last day of the semester in which the "I" grade is earned as the last date of attendance. Once the course that the "I" grade was earned in has been completed, the grade change is reported by the VSO.
It is the student's responsibility to notify the VSO in Enrollment Services of all enrollment changes (drops) including the non-attendance of any or all courses. In the event that a student fails to report these changes and in the absence of documentation, the College will report the first day of the certified semester as the last date of attendance.
Students who wish to appeal this determination must provide documentation of attendance. Documentation may include a statement signed by the instructor verifying course attendance, deployment orders, and a signed statement by the student, indicating the last date of attendance, medical statements or any other corresponding documentation.
Credit for Prior Training and Experience
Students who receive veteran educational benefits must have prior educational training and experience evaluated by the end of the second semester of attendance. The evaluation will include training and experience received while the student was on active duty and for course(s) taken at an approved educational institution even if the training/course(s) were not paid by the Office of Veteran Affairs.
Students who fail to submit official academic transcripts for credits earned at colleges other than Lansing Community College and for active duty military service will not have their enrollment certified beyond their second semester of attendance.
For more information, please visit the Lansing Community College Veterans Services website at http://www.lcc.edu/veteran/.
Student Affairs Division
Gannon Building - StarZone
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