Veterans or veteran family members eligible for government benefits should contact the college Financial Aid Office in the Student Services building. All students expecting veterans' benefits, degrees, or certificates must file an official transcript of their record from all colleges previously attended.
Steps to Complete VA Certification Requirements
1. Apply for VA Benefits
Once you have applied for benefits or submitted a request to transfer your benefits to Lassen Community College through the VA, you should receive a "Certificate of Eligibility" through the mail from the VA.
2. See the School Certifying Official
Please bring your Certificate of Eligibility to the School Certifying Official who is located in the Financial Aid Office, along with a copy of your most current DD214 and a copy of your benefit application submitted to the VA. This will initially be required to certify you for benefits. The VA can take up to 30 days to process a request to use/transfer benefits.
3. See the VA Counselor
Please see Adam Runyan in the counseling office to complete your schedule in order to be certified.
Effective August 1, 2019: Section 103, PL 115-407
Attendance and Participation While Awaiting VA Tuition and Fee Payments
Effective August 1, 2019, any student using CH31 (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Benefits) or CH33 (Post-9/11 G.I. Bill) is protected from any penalties imposed by the College while waiting for the VA to make tuition and fee payments.
Under this policy, the college:
- Cannot deny a student access to classrooms, libraries, or other institutional facilities
- Cannot make the student borrow money to cover costs while waiting for payment
- Cannot charge a student a late fee or penalty
All of the above is consistent with current College policy practices.
Protection begins when the student provides the school with a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or a Statement of Benefits. The College can require the student to submit:
- The COE or Statement of Benefits no later than the first day of the program
- A written request to use the benefits or other necessary certifications
The coverage period ends when the VA makes payment or 90 days after the date the College certifies tuition and fees.