Louisiana College is approved by the Veterans Administration (VA) as a training facility for eligible veterans, service personnel, reservists, children and widow/widowers of veterans. LC’s Va School Certifying Officer (SCO) collects and processes all required VA documentation.
Certification of Eligibility
Once the Department of Veteran’s Affairs has received your application and all the necessary documentation, the claim will be processed. Veterans and eligible dependents will receive notification of this action in the form of a Certificate of Eligibility. This certificate will indicate the type of benefit you are entitled to, the number of months you have to use your benefit and the date your benefit will expire.
The VA SCO acts as a point of contact and liaison for the student, the college and the Veterans Administration and collects and processes all required VA documentation. Note that the VA SCO is not part of the Veterans Administration, but is an employee of Louisiana College.
Louisiana College’s VA School Certifying Official reports pre-registered hours (only) as soon as VA Data Form is received. All information regarding your enrollment including amount of tuition/fees will be reported to the Department of Veterans Affairs after the Drop/Add period. Any changes in enrollment are electronically submitted. Students receiving benefits under Chapter 30, 1606, & 1607 are required to confirm their enrollment status to the VA at the end of each month by calling 1-888-442-4551.
Upon receipt of all required documentation and after the Drop/Add period, the certifying official will forward an Enrollment Certificate to the Veterans Administration Regional Office. No paperwork will automatically be prepared and forwarded to the Veterans Administration for processing and payment without the student’s request. Students must complete the VA Data Form for each term that they wish to receive benefits. Completed forms should be forwarded to the office of the Certifying Official.
Apply for VA Benefits
- Apply to LC
- After being admitted to LC, apply for Veterans Educational Benefits. Information regarding eligibility, applications and certification may be obtained from the Veterans Administration (1-888-GI-BILL-1) or from LC’s VA SCO.
- Post 9/11 and Dependent Assistance; send a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility* and complete the VA Data Form. VA Data Form must be submitted each term the student wishes to use benefit.
- Chapter 1606 send monthly amount letter and if eligible for the Kicker send Kicker verification.
- Upon receipt of all required documents and after Drop/Add period we will submit enrollment certification to the VA Regional Office.
Types of Education Assistance Programs
- Chapter 33
- Chapter 30 MGI Bill
- Chapter 35 Dependent Assistance
- Chapter 1606 Select Reserve
- Chapter 31 VA VOC Rehabilitation (contact VA Voc Rehab Counselor)
About VA Benefits
- Benefits are paid on a monthly basis and the amount varies depending on the veteran’s.
- The first disbursement usually is received approximately 4 to 6 weeks after you have been certified by the VA SCO. The VA SCO will send the information on registration and the start of classes to each student receiving VA or Military aid once the certificate of eligibility and VA data forms are received.
- Post 9/11 recipient’s book stipend and housing funds will be direct deposited into the bank account that was set up when you applied on Vonapp (tuition and fees will be sent directly to LC).
- VA programs and policies and LC services and procedures are subject to change. You should maintain contact with the VA School Certifying Official and the Veterans Administration.
- Your enrollment will be certified after Drop/Add on a semester-by-semester basis only, not on an annual basis.
- If you withdraw from LC drop or add a course that may change that may change your training time, or change your major, you are required to immediately contact the VA SCO concerning the necessary forms to complete.
- Dropping your credit load may result in a retroactive reduction in benefits, thus creating an overpayment. As a result of an overpayment, you may then owe a debt to the Veterans Administration or the school.
- Benefits will not be paid for audited courses or courses that do not count toward degree completion.
- Benefits will be discontinued if you do not maintain SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress).