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.
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.
Edward Owens (Military Affairs Director, email@example.com), 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:
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.
Students utilizing the below federal VA education benefits must apply on the vets.gov website in order to use them.
Students wishing to utilize Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment must apply on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.
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.
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
Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 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
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 (http://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 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.
Steps for receiving credit for military training at LBC:
Navy/Marine Corps https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do
Coast Guard https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do
Attn. Mary Santiago
Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601
Or electronically through Parchment, clearing house (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any official transcript delivery system
Tuition assistance is a government benefit offered to almost all members of the Armed Forces, there are unique requirements for each branch.
The process for requesting Tuition Assistance is generally the same for all branches of the military and is outlined in the basic steps below.
To determine your eligibility, review the information on the Air Force’s Education site or contact your base/post Education Office.
To determine your eligibility, review the information on the Go Army’s Education site or contact your base/post Education Office.
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:
To determine your eligibility for this benefit, review the information on the Marine Corps’ Tuition Assistance site or contact your base/post Education Office:
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.
To determine your eligibility, please contact your Human Resources Office or Office Supervisor directly.
Other Military Friendly Scholarships