Available Military Services

At Lancaster Bible College, we are committed to serving those who have served. Military-affiliated students are a very important part of LBC, and we strive to make the transition from military service to student as easy as possible. We understand the unique challenges military students face when returning to the classroom, but also the tremendous benefits these students provide to our campus and to our community.
We are committed to serving all veterans, active duty service members, and military-affiliated or dependent students through the Military Affairs Director.

Edward Owens (SgtMajor USMC Retired, LBC Graduate)
eowens@lbc.edu  | 717.560.8200 ext. 5446

Specifically, our staff serve as advocates for students by providing information about Lancaster Bible College and assisting with Veteran’s Administration (VA) programs and certification. The VA Certifying Officials for LBC serves as a liaison between the College and the Veteran’s Administration to provide information on LBC’s procedures, and assistance with problems regarding eligibility and payment of VA benefits.

Below we highlighted services and opportunities available to our veterans and military community.

Steps to Follow

STEP 1: Determine the Type of Benefit(s) You Intend to Use

Edward Owens (Military Affairs Director, eowens@lbc.edu), operates as the primary and initial resource for most military affiliated services at LBC. Our mission is to assist military connected students – veteran, active duty, reserve, National Guard, and military spouses and children – with processing VA related benefits under a variety of different programs. These include:

  • Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill
  • Chapter 35: Dependents Education Assistance
  • Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
  • Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve
  • Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program
  • Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

For information on these benefits to include eligibility, please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Once you have determined for which benefit(s) you may qualify, proceed to step 2.

STEP 2: Gather and Submit Necessary Documents

Apply for Your Benefits

Students utilizing the below federal VA education benefits must apply on the vets.gov website in order to use them.

  • Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill
  • Chapter 35: Dependents Education Assistance
  • Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve
  • Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program
  • Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

Students wishing to utilize Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment must apply on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

VA Education Benefit Documents to Submit Before Registering for Classes

Note: All documents must be submitted to:
Karen Fox, Director of Financial Aid
phone 717.569.7071 ext.5352 | fax 717.560.8216
email kfox@lbc.edu
mail to Karen at Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601
  • Students utilizing Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill or the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship must submit their Certificate of Eligibility (COE) in order to have their tuition and fees deferred and to be able to register for classes. If the COE is not provided before payment is due, students may be required to pay their tuition and fees early and will then be reimbursed after payments have been disbursed by the VA to LBC. Students submitting their COE, must include their branch of service (sponsor’s if applicable) (i.e. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and/or National Guard), and date of separation (of sponsor if applicable).
  • Students utilizing Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment must ensure their assigned counselor submits the necessary VA Form 22-1905 in order to have tuition and fees deferred and to be able to register for classes.
  • Students utilizing Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill, Chapter 35: Dependents Education Assistance, Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve, or Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program do NOT have to submit any documentation prior to registering for classes and are required to make arrangements to pay tuition and fees.
STEP 3: Register for Classes

Military students will register for classes in the same manner as non-military students. For additional information on how to register for classes, consult with your admissions counselor for details.

Once you have registered for classes, proceed to step 4.

STEP 4: Submit Additional Documentation to the LBC

Students wishing to utilize federal VA education benefits, must provide their counselor the following documentation EACH semester AFTER registering for classes.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill

  • A signed VA Form 22-1995 the first semester attending and/or if changing a major.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

  • If the VR&E counselor has not already done so, provide a copy signed by the counselor of the VA Form 22-1905 authorizing the student to pursue training.
  • The student will receive from LBC staff the necessary documentation to obtain books, parking pass, and/or other approved items after notification that the certification has been completed.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill

  • If not already submitted, provide a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility in order to have tuition and fees deferred for future terms.
  • A signed VA Form 22-1995 the first semester attending and/or if changing a major.
  • A completed and signed Student Responsibility Agreement. Without this document, the VA will NOT be notified that the student wishes to use their benefits.

Chapter 35: Dependents Education Assistance

  • A signed VA Form 22-5495 the first semester attending and/or if changing a major.

Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve

  • A signed VA Form 22-1995 the first semester attending and/or if changing a major

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program

  • A signed VA Form 22-1995 the first semester attending and/or if changing a major

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

  • If not already submitted, provide a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility in order to have tuition and fees deferred for future terms
  • A signed VA Form 22-1995 the first semester attending and/or if changing a major

Details About the Use of Federal VA Education Benefits

The following conditions to the usage of federal VA education benefits apply:

Students wishing to utilize federal VA education benefits (i.e. GI Bill) must notify the Director of Financial Aid (Karen Fox) each semester. Students are further reminded that they may qualify for and use other forms of financial aid in addition to or in place of VA education benefits. The decision to use financial aid is an important one and students are highly encouraged to visit the LBC financial aid website (https://www.lbc.edu/undergraduate/financial-aid/)  for more information.

Federal law requires any changes in enrollment status that may affect VA education benefits be reported. Any changes to your class schedule (i.e. adds/drops) may have an impact on your VA education benefits. If you change your schedule, notify the Director of Financial Aid as soon as possible to avoid possible retroactive loss of benefits. Unauthorized withdrawal from courses may result in retroactive loss of benefits and a potential debt to the VA and/or LBC.

If you change your major, you must provide the Director of Financial Aid with a signed copy of VA Form 22-1995 (VA Form 22-5495 for Ch. 35).

If you are not rated at 100% under Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill), your portion of the tuition and fees must be paid by the Add/Drop Deadline each semester. If you pay tuition and fees that are then covered by the GI Bill, your refund will be processed in accordance with LBC policy and will be refunded after payment is received by LBC from the VA.

To avoid possible over payment by the VA and additional unexpected costs to the student, all federal VA education benefit users (especially Post 9/11 GI Bill [Ch. 33]) are encouraged to keep track of their remaining entitlement. This information is sent each semester to the student by the VA and can be obtained from eBenefits or by calling 888.442.4551. LBC does NOT have visibility on remaining entitlement.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay in-state tuition (up to the percentage at which the student is rated), provide a book stipend of approximately $42 per unit (maximum of $1,000 stipend per academic year), and provide a housing stipend based on the LBC zip code and calculated at the E-5 with Dependents rate established by the Department of Defense.

Federal law requires the VA to be the “last payer” for tuition and fees. Ch. 33 and Fry Scholarship benefit users will have financial aid (i.e. grants, loans, scholarships, etc.) specifically awarded for tuition and fees applied first towards their tuition and fee balance with LBC.

Credit for Military Training

Steps for receiving credit for military training at LBC:

  • Request an official American Council on Education transcript from applicable military branch

Army https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do

Navy/Marine Corps https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do

Air Force http://www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/transcripts.asp

Coast Guard https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do

  • Have transcript sent to:

Attn. Mary Santiago

Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601

Or electronically through Parchment, clearing house (complete@lbc.edu) or any official transcript delivery system

 

Tuition Assistance (TA)

Tuition assistance is a government benefit offered to almost all members of the Armed Forces, there are unique requirements for each branch.

How to Request Tuition Assistance

The process for requesting Tuition Assistance is generally the same for all branches of the military and is outlined in the basic steps below.

  • Speak with your local Education Office to ensure your eligibility for Tuition Assistance.
  • Follow their instructions on how to request Tuition Assistance for your course(s).
  • The military approves your TA request.
  • Ensure the Financial Aid Office has received your approved TA request for processing.
Air Force Tuition Assistance

To determine your eligibility, review the information on the Air Force’s Education site or contact your base/post Education Office.

https://afvec.us.af.mil/afvec/Home.aspx

  • May cover up to $250 per credit hour
  • Fiscal year cap of $4500.
  • Maximum of 18 credit hours may be covered per fiscal year.
  • Airmen are limited to 124 credit hours to complete one undergraduate program and 42 credit hours to complete one graduate program (Some restrictions may apply).
Army Tuition Assistance (GoArmyEd)

To determine your eligibility, review the information on the Go Army’s Education site or contact your base/post Education Office.

Eligibility Requirements

  • May cover up to $250 per credit hour
  • Fiscal year cap of $4,000.
  • Maximum of 16 credit hours may be covered per fiscal year.
  • Soldiers are limited to 130 credit hours to complete one bachelor’s degree and 39 credit hours to complete one master’s degree.
    • Post-Graduate degrees typically do not qualify for GoArmyEd Tuition Assistance
    • One certificate program may be approved for GoArmyEd Tuition Assistance
My Career Advancement Account (MCAA) Tuition Assistance

MyCAA Tuition Assistance, please review the MyCAA Fact Sheet or visit the  MyCAA Portal.

  • Spouses of Active Duty or activated National Guard/Reserve members (pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2) may qualify.
  • Must be seeking an Associate’s degree, certificate, or licensure to qualify
  • May pay $2,000 per year, up to $4,000 total
  • MyCAA does not cover any fees (ex: class fees, books, etc…)
Coast Guard Tuition Assistance

To determine your eligibility for this benefit, review the information on the Coast Guard’s Tuition Assistance site or contact your base/post Education Office:

Coast Guard’s TA Policies

  • Active Duty or Reservists on long-term orders (180 days+) are eligible
  • Covers up to $250.00 per credit hour
  • Fiscal year cap of $2250 in FY18
Marine Corps Tuition Assistance

To determine your eligibility for this benefit, review the information on the Marine Corps’ Tuition Assistance site or contact your base/post Education Office:

U.S. Marine Corps Tuition Assistance

  • Must be on Active Duty or “Activated Reservist” status to be eligible.
  • May cover up to $250 per credit hour.
  • Fiscal year cap of $4500.
  • Maximum of 18 credit hours may be covered per fiscal year.
  • TA cannot be approved for more than two TA-funded classes simultaneously.
Navy Tuition Assistance

To determine your eligibility for this benefit, you may review the information on the U.S. Navy College website, or contact your Education Office directly.

  • Must be on Active Duty or “Activated Reserve” status
  • May cover up to $250 per credit hour
  • Fiscal year cap of $3000, or 12 credit hours (effective Oct. 1, 2019)
  • Must have 2 years minimum service to be eligible (effective Oct. 1, 2019)
Department of Defense Tuition Assistance

To determine your eligibility, please contact your Human Resources Office or Office Supervisor directly.

  • Must be an employee of the U.S. Department of Defense
  • May cover up to $250 per credit hour
  • Fiscal year cap of $4,500
  • May cover up to 18 credit hours per military fiscal year