Welcome Veterans, Reservists, Active Duty and Eligible Dependents

NLTCC proudly serves our active duty and veteran military students as they pursue a college education. As an active or veteran military member, you may be eligible for education benefits. If you have any questions or concerns regarding how to utilize any of these benefits at NLTCC, please call or email your campus’ financial aid officer or your LaVetCorps Navigator. 

Important Benefit Information

  • Transferring veterans, Chapter 30, Chapter 1606, and/or Post 9/11  must complete a transfer request, VA form 22-1195 must be completed. 

  • For Survivors and Dependents Assistance and dependents using Post-9/11 benefits, form 22-5495 must be completed or submitted online at www.va.gov.

  • Cross-enrolled veterans must have a Parent Letter sent to the VA Certifying Official from their parent institution in order to receive benefits from NLTCC

  • Apply for your GI Bill® Benefits by completing the Application for VA Education Benefits
    • For questions about your application or benefits, contact the following:
    • GI Bill® Information: 1-888-442-4551 Muskogee Regional Office
  • Fill out an admissions application online. Then check with Student Services at the campus that you are planning to attend to see if your application for admissions is complete.
  • Apply for financial aid at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa . Title IV Funds and the GI Bill® can be used simultaneously. Contact your campus’ financial aid officer with questions about the application process.
  • All GI Bill® students are required to have a military transcript and college transcripts sent to the campus’ financial aid officer who also serves as school certifying official at the campus that you are planning to attend.
If applicable military requests should be made to:
Once you have your eligibility letter and required transcripts (if applicable), please visit the Campus Financial Aid Office who also serves as school certifying official for a Enrollment Certification Form prior to meeting with Student Services or Instructor for registration.
Select classes with the student services representative or instructor and the instructor will fill in your selected classes on the Enrollment Certification Form. Please return the enrollment certification form along with your Banner concise student schedule your campus financial aid officer who also serves as school certifying official for certifying. All Post 9/11 students require a Letter of Eligibility.
  • Chapter 30- Montgomery GI Bill® - Active Duty

    • For active duty, prior active duty, and regular reserves (two years active duty, three years active duty, or two years active duty plus four years reserves). You must have contributed to the Montgomery GI Bill upon entry into the specified branch of service or its reserve component (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard)
    • The MGIB provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Benefits are usually payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. Recipients receive a monthly payment based on the number of hours of enrollment each semester. Basic monthly rates increase every October.
  • Chapter 31- Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment.

    • Veterans with a service-connected disability must be found both eligible and entitled by the VR&E to receive this service. The VR&E VetSuccess program assists Veterans prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs by offering counseling and benefits used towards post-secondary training at a college, vocational, or technical school. You will be notified by the Department of Veteran Affairs if you meet their qualifications
  • Chapter 33- Post 9/11 GI Bill®

    • This education bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or those discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You have generally 15 years following your release from active duty and must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible.
    • The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of educational benefits to be paid monthly while enrolled in school. Some service members may be able to transfer their benefits to their dependents. The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay all or a portion of your tuition and fees up front. Based on your percentage of eligibility, your in-state tuition and fees will be paid by the Department of VA, directly to the school.
  • Chapter 35- Survivor and Dependent Assistance

  • There are two main GI Bill® programs offering education assistance to survivors and dependents of Veterans:
    • The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) is available for children and spouses of Service-members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.
      • Eligible beneficiaries attending school may receive up to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level. 
      • Children are eligible as of their 18th birthday (unless they have already graduated high school). A child may be married or over 23 and still be eligible. If they became eligible before January 1, 2013 their eligibility ends on their 33rd birthday. The age limitation is removed if the child became eligible on or after January 1, 2013.
      • Although surviving spouses do not have a time limit with which to use their benefits, they will lose eligibility to this benefit upon remarriage. 
    • The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) Program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.
      • You may receive up to 45 months of education benefits. Effective Oct. 1, 2013, some DEA beneficiaries may be eligible for up to 81 months of GI Bill benefits if they use the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance program in conjunction with an entitlement from other VA education programs. 
  • 1606- Reserve Education Assistance Program

  • 1607- Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)

  • Military Tuition Assistance (Active Duty TA)

  • Louisiana National Guard Tuition Waiver

  • LA Dept. Veterans Affairs Title 29 Tuition and Fee Exemption

    • Dependents of Louisiana residents may be eligible for Louisiana’s Title 29 Dependents’ Educational Assistance. This state benefit provides tuition assistance at any state-supported college or university for surviving spouses of certain deceased or disabled war veterans and children of veterans with at least 90% service-connected disability.

 

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

 

VERIFY YOUR ENROLLMENT WITH THE VA:  Those who are receiving the GI Bill® benefit under Chapters 30 and 1606 must continuously verify their enrollment status with the VA. On the last day of each month, students must call 1-877-823-2378 and report their attendance and the number of hours enrolled, or do so online. This must be done before the VA will issue or deposit any checks.
ENROLLMENT VERIFICATION FORM: Each veteran should meet with the VA Certifying Official, which is your campus Financial Aid Officer, at the time of application to the College to submit the necessary documentation for certification and to review any additional information that may be pertinent to the students’ continued receipt of benefits.
ARE YOU WAITING FOR YOUR VA EDUCATION BENEFITS? The Department of Veterans Affairs has made funds available for Veteran students using Chapters 30, 35, and 1606 who are still awaiting their education benefit claim to be processed. Eligible veterans can receive up to a $3000 advance, which will be recouped from future benefit payments. If you are a student who applied for one of VA’s education programs and have not yet received your monthly benefit payment for the Fall term, you can request a  one-time advance payment at your local VA Regional Office or online.
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