The LCCC Veteran Services Department is here to guide you through a successful educational experience. If you have any questions about these policies, please call us at (440) 366-7685.
Standards of Progress
All students using VA Educational Benefits are required to meet Veteran’s Standards of Progress, so you must meet the minimum requirements below to keep your benefits. If you fall below, then your benefits will no longer be certified until you bring your GPA within the Standards of Progress – so please reach out when you first find yourself needing extra help.
Credit Hours Attempted Minimum GPA Requirements
45 or greater 2.0
VA regulations prohibit repeating a course in which a passing grade (D grade or higher) was earned. However, if a C grade or better is necessary to progress to the next level (i.e., nursing clinicals), then your repeated course can be certified.
Veterans Called to Active Duty
LCCC recognizes that veteran students may have unique challenges if they are still serving on an active or reserve basis. Veterans who are enrolled in the current semester who get called to active duty can petition for an administrative withdrawal with 100 percent tuition refund by providing the appropriate documentation to the associate provost of enrollment management and student success. Veteran students who get called to active duty near the end of the semester might consider pursuing an incomplete with their faculty member and finish the course through a time line established by both the student and the instructor.
Monthly Monetary Award (MGIB) and Certificate of Eligibility (Post 9/11)
You may wonder how your eligibility and monthly monetary award is determined. It’s actually done by the Department of Veterans Affairs, not Lorain County Community College veterans certifying official.
Your responsibilities, as a student, include:
- Knowing your financial obligation to LCCC if your educational benefits do not completely cover tuition and fees.
- Providing LCCC a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility if you’re using the Post 9/11 GI Bill; this certificate outlines the percentage of benefits you’re entitled to.
- Taking a letter of eligibility from your unit commander to the financial services offices every term if you have tuition assistance through Ohio National Guard.
- Contacting the Department of Veterans Affairs at (888) 442-4551 or (800) 827-1000 with questions about your eligibility and/or veteran education benefits.
Important: VA students are paid on a monthly basis based on current hours enrolled. This means that you need to be aware that taking courses in sub-terms (eight-weeks, five-weeks) may affect full-time status. It is your responsibility to check this with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
You are also responsible for reporting to the Department of Veterans Affairs the number of credits you are enrolled in at the end of each month. Chapter 33 (Post-9/11) and Chapter 35 (dependents/spouse) are excluded from verifying monthly enrollment. Reporting can be completed by phone at (877) 823-2378 or via the website at http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/.
*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.