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Veterans and Military Students

 

Welcome Veterans, Military Students, Spouses and Dependents

Lake Region State College welcomes the opportunity to help veterans, military students, their spouses and dependents on the path to higher education. LRSC offers a variety of courses and flexible scheduling online and at the Devils Lake and Grand Forks Air Force Base campuses. Most of the degree programs offered at LRSC are approved for certification by the Veterans Administration for the various VA educational benefit programs. Students may also be eligible for tuition assistance through federal or state programs.

  1. Accurate information about a school’s programs, requirements (see program fact sheets), accreditation, and its potential impact on course transferability and transfer agreements.
  2. Access basic college/university information and fees without disclosure of student personal information.
  3. Educational planning and career guidance without high-pressure registration and enrollment efforts from institutions.
  4. A clear and complete explanation of course/program enrollment procedures and all resulting financial obligations.
  5. Explore, without coercion, all financial aid options before signing up for student loans or other financial assistance. Contact Financial Aid.
  6. Accurate scholarship information, free of misleading 'scholarship' offers based on military tuition assistance. Contact Admissions.
  7. Appropriate academic screening and course placement (Compass Testing) based on student readiness.
  8. Appropriate, accessible academic and student support services.
  9. Clearly defined institutional “drop⁄add” and withdrawal policies and procedures including information about the impact of military duties (e.g., mobilization, activation, temporary duty assignments) on their academic standing and financial responsibilities. See Academic Calendar.
  10. Clearly defined grievance⁄appeals processes.

The VA certifying official and assistants at LRSC will assist students with the application and certifying process for VA benefits but they cannot make VA benefit choices for students. To get a general understanding of the various benefit options, students are encouraged to visit the GI Bill website http://www.gibill.va.gov and review the section called “Post 9/11 GI BILL & Other Programs.”

Active duty military students may be eligible for up to 100% tuition assistance through their branch of the armed forces. The procedure for applying for "TA" is different for each branch of service.  Go to the Resource Tab to apply or get TA information for each branch of service.

GI Bill - Your First Steps

  1. Choose your program of study and the type of degree you are seeking (for example, Liberal Arts - Associate in Arts or Associate in Science OR Wind Energy Technician - Associate in Applied Science.) Program Information.
  2. Verify that your desired program is VA approved by going to http://www.gibill.va.gov > Choosing a school > Search for approved Education and Job Training Programs > click ND on the map > Lake Region State College > Programs > Institution of Higher Learning (for approved AA, AS, or AAS degree programs) > OR Non College Degree (for approved certificate or diploma programs).
  3. Apply for admission to LRSC online or contact the Admissions office (701) 662-1655 or 1-800-443-1313, extension 21655.
  4. If you have previously attended other colleges, request them to send your official transcripts to Lake Region State College.
  5. Apply to VA for GI Bill benefits. Complete VA Form 22-1990 or apply online using VONAPP on the GI Bill website.
  6. Provide copies of your Certificate of Eligibility and Form DD-214 to the VA Certifying officials at LRSC.
  7. If you previously used VA benefits at another institution, you need to file VA form 22-1995 (Change of Programs/Place of Training) with the VA and provide a copy to LRSC.
  8. Each term that you want to be certified for VA benefits, complete the online Request for School Certification of VA Benefits Form.
Veterans who wish to receive education benefits under the GI Bill must be pursuing an academic degree and only courses that apply towards the degree may be certified. Most of the degree programs offered at LRSC are approved for certification for VA benefits.  Veterans who are eligible for benefits under more than one GI Bill program are advised to consult the GI Bill website in order to choose the program most advantageous to their situation. A brief overview of the most common VA benefit programs is provided below, but students are advised to check the GI Bill website for the most current information about rates and benefit levels.

Once a student is enrolled as a degree-seeking student at LRSC, in order to have enrollment certified for VA benefits each semester, a Request for School Certification of VA Benefits form must be submitted online.

Students who are seeking degrees at other institutions, but taking classes collaboratively at LRSC, must request their home institution to send a parent letter to the VA Certifying Official at LRSC to verify that the course(s) are applicable to their degree and request that LRSC certify them for VA benefits.

Post 9/11 GI Bill – (Chapter 33):  Benefit level is determined based on active duty service time. VA pays tuition directly to the school. Student may be eligible to receive a housing allowance and book stipend if at least one course is being taken on campus, (not just online courses.)

MGIB/AD – Montgomery GI Bill/Active Duty (Chapter 30):  Benefit level is a fixed amount; VA sends a monthly check to student after proof of enrollment.

MGIB /SR – Montgomery GI Bill/Selected Reserves  (Chapter 1606):  Benefit level is a fixed amount; VA sends a monthly check to student after proof of enrollment.

REAP – Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607): Benefit level is a fixed amount; VA sends a monthly check to student after proof of enrollment.

DEA - Survivors and Dependents Educational  Assistance Program (Chapter 35): Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

VRAP – Veterans Retraining Assistance Program: Offers up to 12 months of training assistance to veterans who meet certain criteria, including: between the ages of 35 and 60, unemployed on the date of application, not eligible for any other VA education benefit programs, not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability and not enrolled in a federal or state job training program. VRAP has a limited duration and number of participants. Student must be enrolled full-time in a VA approved program for a high demand occupation.

Some military or veterans benefits may be transferred from the veteran or active duty member to a dependent spouse or child. Some examples are:

ND Veteran Dependent Tuition Waiver – Provides 100% tuition and fee waivers for up to 45 months or  10 consecutive semesters to the spouse and dependent children of a veteran with a 100% permanent disability rating from the VA or who died from a service–connected cause or disability, or who was a POW or declared missing in action. The veteran must have entered service while living in ND or be able to provide documentation of ND residency for 10 years.

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) – to be eligible to transfer benefits, the service member must have served in the Armed Forces for at least six years, and agree to serve four additional years, from the date of the election to transfer benefits.

AF Tuition Assistance    www.my.af.mil
Army Tuition Assistance    www.goarmyed.com
eBenefits    www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal
GI Bill    www.gibill.va.gov
National Guard     www.nationalguard.mil
ND State Veterans Benefits    www.military.com/benefits/veteran-state-benefits/north-dakota-state-veterans-benefits.html
Service Member Family Support    www.ndguard.ngb.army.mil/family/Pages/default.aspx
US Air Force     www.af.mil
US Army    www.army.mil
US Coast Guard    www.uscg.mil
US Marine Corp    www.marines.mil
US Navy    www.navy.mil
VA Website    www.va.gov
WAVE System    www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do

 

 

 

 

 

                                                     
           

                                                     

                                            

                                        

 

Contact the certifying official or get assistance with VA benefits at LRSC campuses:

Main Campus – Devils Lake

Dan Johnson, VA Certifying Official
(701) 662-1594
Dan.Johnson @lrsc.edu

Christine Blanchfield, Assistant VA Certifying Official
(701) 662-1515
Christine.Blanchfield@lrsc.edu

 

Grand Forks AFB Campus

John Cowger, Director, GFAFB Campus
(701) 594-8192
John.Cowger@lrsc.edu