Processing Your Veteran's Educational Benefits

Processing Your Veteran’s Educational Benefits

Avoid Delays

To avoid delays schedule and turn your cert request in early for each term you are enrolled in.  Our processing time during non-peak time is within two weeks of receiving your request.  Avoid peak-time which begins the last full month of each term through the end of the next term’s first full month.  Peak time takes our office up to three weeks to process due to the increase in traffic volume and time sensitive reports due between terms.  Please note that LCCC and VA process in the order of date received.  VA’s standard time frame of processing is four to eight weeks.  

Checking Your Status

VA will forward a confirmation email to you at the completion of LCCC transmitting your hours. To inquiry about your status you will need to speak to an educational case manager (ECM).  Please call 1-888-442-4551 (1-888-GIBILL1).  Key in the number one when you hear welcome.  As soon as the next set of options come up key in the number zero.  This short cut will take you directly to the ECM.  Everyone is given an estimated time you will be placed on hold.  You also will be given the option for a call back.  You will be asked for your date of birth and file number.  Your file number is your social security number.  In order to access your information on line you may register for your own E-Benefits Account at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/.    You will have the option of choosing a basic or premium account.   If you have any further questions you may email our office at veterans@lorainccc.edu .

Book Allowance

The purchase of college books are the responsibility of the student by either paying out of pocket or using your financial aid.  Exceptions vary depending on which benefit chapter you are eligible for.  Below are the processes for Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), Post 9/11 and Vocational Rehabilitation for you to review.

Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)
Please be prepared to pay up front or use your financial aid for the purchase of your books. Your MGIB benefits are to be applied to your tuition, fees and reimbursement of your books.  This applies to Active Duty (Chapter 30) MGIB Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606), Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP, Chapter 1607), Survivors and Dependents Assistance (Chapter 35).

Chapter 33, Post 9/11
Chapter 33 students receive $1,000 per academic year for book allowance.  Please be prepared to pay up front or use your financial aid for the purchase of your books.  VA will forward the book allowance once they have processed your hours for the term. 

Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation
Chapter 31 students are entitled to an allowance for books and school supplies.  Your “Cert Request” must be submitted and approved prior to picking up your book slip from a Veteran’s Certifying Official.  Your book allowance is to be used for required books and school supplies. Electronics, clothing, and lunch vouchers are not to be purchased with your Chapter 31 book allowance.  Voc Rehab receives a detailed account of your purchase and will only pay for authorized purchases.  Any unauthorized purchases will be the sole responsibility of the student.  


 

Announcements

Exterior Campus Lighting Project

Work will begin Monday morning on replacing the light fixtures on the west loop road (main road in front of the College. Workers will be installing  new fixtures from the north and south ends concurrently. The road will be partially blocked in order to do the work.
 
Please be very careful and slow down.

15 to Finish: Add a Late-Start Class Today

Take at least 15 credit hours per semester and you'll be closer to graduation and closer to your career. There’s still time to add a class to your schedule. Late-start courses begin Feb. 23 and March 23.
   
Click here to see the short-term class schedule and to register.

MyTuition Guarantee

LCCC students now have the opportunity to participate in the MyTuition Guarantee. This new program holds tuition and fee rates for students registering in fall 2014 and spring 2015 for up to three years or until the completion of a degree, whichever comes first.
  
Click here to learn more and to complete the Completion Pledge. 

MyUniversity

Students can save up to 80 percent on the cost of a traditional college degree. Learn more at www.lorainccc.edu/myuniversity.

Dean's List

Congratulations to the hardworking students who were named to the Dean’s List for fall 2014.  If you think you made the Dean’s List for fall semester, check your LCCC email account for an official confirmation from LCCC. See the full list of students named to the Dean’s List at www.lorainccc.edu/deanslist.

Earn College Credit For Work and Life Experience

Attend an information session for Prior Learning Assessment and find out about the methods used to help you earn college credit for what you have learned through work and life experiences.
 
Click here to learn more and register.

Financial Aid Filing Fairs

LCCC will offer free help for anyone filing a FAFSA form - regardless of the college they plan to attend - at a series of Financial Aid Filing Fairs held in February and March. Click here for details and to register online.

Sign Up for Text Alerts

Sign up to receive text message alerts in the event of campus emergencies, campus closings, campus power outages and severe weather announcements at www.lorainccc.edu/alerts.

Softball Team Tryouts

The LCCC Softball Team will host tryouts from noon to 1 p.m., February 21 and 22 in the Ewing Center Field House. Learn More.

MBA Program Begins in Fall 2015

Beginning in fall 2015, Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration will offer a master’s of business administration degree through the University Partnership. Learn more.