Military Benefits & Financial Aid

As a Veteran, or eligible dependent, you may be able to receive entitlement funding based upon a service obligation. A LCCC School Certifying Official will act as the liaison between you and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and will certify your attendance for benefits to which you may be entitled. The following is an overview of the options a Veteran or eligible dependent may be able to receive to assist them in funding their education. VA Benefits will not be processed for courses which are not required for a student’s degree plan and may or may not be processed for repeated courses.

All Veteran and military students are eligible for preferential course scheduling each semester. You will be able to begin registration one day earlier than our regular students. 

All Veterans and military students will only be charged sponsored rates.

To maintain your eligibility for Veterans benefits and financial aid, an undergraduate must maintain a GPA of 1.7 as a freshman and a 2.0 as a sophomore.  Every semester, a Certificate of Eligibility form must be submitted to the School Certifying Official, Diane Stanus, to maintain your eligibility to receive military benefits.  

Questions regarding your VA educational benefits should be directed to one of our School Certifying Officials. 


Education Assistance Programs

  • Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI BillĀ®
    The MGIB-AD program provides up to 36 months of education benefits for veterans and service members who have at least two years of active duty. 

    Recipients receive a monthly stipend from the VA and can receive up to 36 months of benefits. Recipients who combine this benefit with one or more other Chapter Benefits can receive up to 48 months of total benefits. The delimiting date for this benefit is 10 years from the last period of qualifying active duty service (at least 90 days in length). A recipient’s benefit amount is affected by their training time. 

    All payments are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Benefits are paid in arrears (after the training period). For example, a student receives payment for August at the beginning of September. Payments are prorated for any partial months of attendance (ex. August & December). Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break).

    Recipients must verify enrollment at the end of each month by Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by Interactive Voice Response (IVR). Visit the WAVE website or call 877-823-2378. Failure to verify enrollment will result in non-payment of the benefit.
  • Chapter 31 - Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)
    Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) is available for veterans who have a service-connected disability. Interested applicants need to meet with a VA counselor to apply for Chapter 31 benefits, or apply online. The basic period of eligibility in which VR&E services may be used is 12 years from the date of separation from active military service or 12 years from the date the veteran was first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating. Once the VA has determined a veteran's eligibility, the VA Counselor will send authorization to the School Certifying Official to certify enrollment and set up the benefit with LCCC.
                    
    Recipients may qualify to receive payment for tuition and fees, a subsistence allowance, and books. The veteran’s Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) counselor will determine the number of months of the veteran’s Chapter 31 Benefit eligibility. A recipient’s benefit amount is affected by their rate of pursuit (number of credit hours being taken divided by the number of credit hours considered to be full-time).

    VA tuition and fee payments are paid directly to LCCC and are applied as a 3rd party payment to the student’s billing account. 
  • Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI BillĀ®
    The Post-9/11 GI Bill® is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.
                   
    Recipients may qualify to receive payment of tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance, and a book stipend. Recipients can receive up to 36 months of benefits. Recipients who combine this benefit with one or more other Chapter Benefits can receive up to 48 months of total benefits. A recipient’s benefit amount is affected by their rate of pursuit (number of credit hours being taken divided by the number of credit hours considered to be full-time).

    VA tuition and fee payments are paid directly to LCCC and are applied as a 3rd party payment to the student’s billing account.
                    
    Monthly Housing Payments are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Benefits are paid in arrears (after the training period). For example, a student receives payment for August at the beginning of September. Payment amounts vary annually and are on the Department of Defense (DoD) Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate for E-5’s with dependents. The amount of this benefit varies from 50% to 100% depending on the length of active duty service. Recipients must have a rate of pursuit of more than 50% to receive the monthly housing allowance. Students enrolled in only distance learning or online courses are only eligible for a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the national average of all Basic Allowances for Housing. Payments are prorated for any partial months of attendance (ex. August & December). Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break).

    Book Stipends are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. A lump sum payment is made each semester. These stipends are prorated based upon the percentage of benefit awarded.
  • Chapter 35 - Dependents' Educational Assistance
    This program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.
                    
    Recipients receive a monthly stipend from the VA. A recipient’s benefit amount is affected by the veterans training time. 

    All payments are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Benefits are paid in arrears (after the training period). For example, a student receives payment for August at the beginning of September. Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break). 
  • Chapter 1606 - Selected Reserve
    The Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserves (MGIB-SR) program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. Member must have an obligation to serve for a period of not less than 6 years after June 30, 1985, have a high school diploma or equivalent, have completed Initial Active Duty Training (ADT), and be participating satisfactorily in the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Benefit entitlement ends 14 years from the date of eligibility for the program, or on the day personnel leaves the Selected Reserve.
                    
    Recipients receive a monthly stipend from the VA and can receive up to 36 months benefits. Recipients who combine this benefit with one or more other Chapter Benefits can receive up to 48 months of total benefits. A recipient’s benefit amount is affected by their training time. 
                    
    All payments are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Benefits are paid in arrears (after the training period). For example, a student receives payment for August at the beginning of September. Payments are prorated for any partial months of attendance (ex. August & December). Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break).

    Recipients must verify enrollment at the end of each month by Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by Interactive Voice Response (IVR). Visit the WAVE website or call 877-823-2378. Failure to verify enrollment will result in non-payment of the benefit.
  • Military and Veteran Scholarships
    Scholarships are available of up to $1,488 each in the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) noncredit program. Funding covers full tuition and books. Completers will be certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and eligible to sit for the National Registry EMT credential.

    Applications currently being accepted for
    Aug. 24-Jan. 13 class:
    6:30-10 p.m., Tues. and Thurs.; 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat.

    Requirements:
    • Minimum of 18 years old and resident of Lehigh County
    • Military persons must show proof of military service
    • Physician release form and proof of health insurance
    • Must have a goal to secure a job as an EMT or continue in post-secondary education after completing the program
    • Applicants must meet with a Job Training-Healthcare Specialist and complete a noncredit course registration form and any additional enrollment requirements.

    EMT Training Scholarship

    If you are receiving veterans’ education benefits you are also eligible to apply for scholarships awarded by LCCC, including those awarded by Scholarships & Financial Aid, the LCCC Foundation, and other scholarship awarding units.

    In addition, you are also eligible to apply for military scholarships awarded by the University, as well as external entities. 

    You must apply for scholarships in order to be considered. You are not considered for scholarships based on attendance at LCCC or your use of veterans’ education benefits. Students are required to complete a FAFSA before qualifying for financial aid.
            
            Veterans/Reservist’s Special Emergency Reserve Fund (V-SERF)
            Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council Scholarship
            
    To apply for general scholarships awarded by LCCC, please submit the appropriate application. For more information regarding scholarships, please visit https://www.lccc.edu/tuition-financial-aid/scholarships.
  • Tuition Assistance
    Tuition Assistance (TA) is a government benefit offered to current service members of all branches of the Armed Forces to assist with the cost of tuition. Some Department of Defense employees and military spouses may also be eligible to receive a form of Tuition Assistance. Federal Tuition Assistance pays up to a certain amount of tuition and authorized fees per semester hour. That amount is determined by the service branches. Please contact your Education Officer to find out about tuition assistance programs through your unit.

    Click your branch of the military below for more specific information relevant to the type of Tuition Assistance you will be using.

                Air Force
                Army (GoArmyEd)
                Coast Guard
                Marine Corps
                Navy

    The Educational Assistance Program (EAP) for members of the Pennsylvania National Guard is jointly administered by PHEAA and the PA Department of Military and Veterans Attairs. This program provides tuition assistance for students who enter into a service commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard, typically for a period of six years. This is a program ONLY offered to Pennsylvania National Guard members and is a 
    non-taxable grant. 

    It pays full-time tuition (up to 12 credits) + technology fees directly to the college. Payments are made from the PA Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) to the school. It can be be used for up to five years. 

    This information is intended to offer general guidance in requesting your military benefits. Specific questions related to your situation should be directed to your readiness NCO. Be advised these procedures may be modified without notice. Guard members should contact their readiness NCO for specific application requirements regarding Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) and the Education Assistance Program (EAP). 

    Additional questions can be answered and assistance can be obtained by calling 717-861-9238 for FTA and 717-861-8894 for EAP.
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 website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.