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The Registrar's Office

Veterans and Active Duty Educational Benefits

Nicole Parker, Assistant Registrar, Department of Veterans Affairs Certifying Official   Email:, Telephone: (906)635-2696.

Information provided by Lake Superior State University & the Department of Veteran's Affairs

National Guard Members

Lake Superior State University is pleased to offer this educational opportunity to all active drilling Michigan National Guard members eligible under National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance. It is available at our main campus in Sault Ste. Marie, as well as at our regional centers in Dearborn, Escanaba, Gaylord and Petoskey. Essentially, the program takes the stipend you receive through the National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance program, which is intended to partially cover the costs of taking college courses, and accepts that stipend as full payment for tuition. Please print the Michigan Army & Air National Guard Verification Form.

Coast Guard Members

Please contact Mr. Brian Streichert, ESO, Sector Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. Telephone: (906)635-3355, email:

Michigan Veterans Trust Fund (MVTF)

The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund (MVTF) is a program used when an unforeseen situation has caused a temporary financial emergency or hardship that a grant, if approved, would resolve and the applicant can show that they will be able to meet future expenses.

Additional Information for All Armed Forces Members

Lake Superior State University is proud to participate in the Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program. For information on all the education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs including the Post 9/11 GI Bill go to: This webpage includes announcements made by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other resources including a benefits calculator.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Chapter 36 - Education and Career Counseling program offers a great opportunity for transitioning Servicemembers, Veterans, and eligible family members to get personalized counseling and support to guide their career paths, ensure most effective use of their VA Education benefits, and achieve their goals. Their Fact Sheet outlines the beneift and the 28-8832 Educational/Vocational Counseling Application will start the process. For additional questions or help, contact the VA by calling the nationwide toll free number, 1-800-827-1000.

If you are a veteran or a dependent of a veteran and receive educational benefits, you are required to submit a "Course Certification Request" to the V.A. Certifying Official in the Registrar's Office. Recertification is required every semester (including summer semester) for veterans who are continuing their benefits. If the "Course Certification Request" is not received, your benefits may be discontinued.

NOTE: If you stop attending a class or classes for any reason you must immediately notify LSSU's, VA Certifying Official, Nicole Parker by telephone at 906-635-2696 or by email at

Education Information and Requirements

Check List and Information Sheet for Veterans and Dependents Check list outlining procedures and paperwork required to receive the Veterans Affairs Educational Benefit.
Chapter 30/33/1606/1607 Department of Veterans Affairs On-Line Application This on-line application is used: to activate new VA Educational Benefits, when transferring to a new school (VA Form #22-1995 - Request for Change of Program or Place of Training), or changing your Chapter from Chapter 30 to Chapter 33. To avoid a delay in payments, please complete all changes early. Application and/or changes to your benefit may take up to 6 weeks processing time with Veterans Affairs.
Chapter 35 Survivors & Dependents Educational Assistance On-Line Application This links to the Survivors and Dependents of Veterans home page with information regarding the benefit.
Course Certification Request for VA Educational Benefits This form must be completed immediately following registering for courses for the next semester. The form must be submitted to the VA Certifying Official located in the Fletcher Building for Student Services. Veterans Affairs processing time is 6 to 8 weeks.
VA Form #22-1995 - Request for Change of Program or Place of Training Form Complete this form if you are changing your major (curriculum) e.g. changing from Computer Science to Criminal Justice. This also must be completed if you change your VA Chapter, e.g. changing from 1606 to 1607 "REAP"
VA Form #22-5495 - Request for Change of Program or Place of Training - Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Form Complete this form if you are changing your major (curriculum) e.g. changing from Computer Science to Criminal Justice.
Transferability of Educational Benefits Summary The information sheet associated with this link briefly outlines eligibility and how to transfer educational benefits to dependents and/or spouses.
W.A.V.E. - Verify Monthly Enrollment Once classes begin, Chapter 30 and/or Selected Reserves (1606) students must confirm enrollment on/or after the last day of each month. This link connects with Veteran's Affairs 'WAVE' (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment).

Military Records Request Information

National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, St. Louis For a Military Veteran or next-of-kin of a deceased, former member of the military to order a copy of military records. These records may include: a DD214-using Standard Form 180 or obtain essential military records of a deceased next-of-kin for potential Chapter 35 students.
Transcripts for Military Personnel Order your Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy: Active Duty, Reserve and Veterans transcripts with this link.

Scholarships and Grants

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) Program Complete this application immediately after scheduling for classes. The application must be completed and submitted prior to classes beginning. For this application login in at National Guard Virtual Armory.
Children of Veterans Tuition Grant Fact Sheet For more information visit
Michigan Department of Military & Veterans Affairs State Education Reimbursement Programs (SERP).
Military Scholarship Finder - Search engine to find scholarships and grants exclusively for the military community.
Veteran, Dependant, and Survivor Scholarship Information Scholarship, grant information, and application links for VA Educational Benefit recipients.

Other Related Links and Toll Free Numbers

Lake Superior State University Counseling Services The mission of LSSU Counseling Services is to promote students' personal growth and development and to assist students in coping with personal difficulties so they can benefit and succeed from their university experience.
Center for Women Veterans Information and links related to Women Veterans.
GI Bill Website - Educational Benefits United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Links for Veterans from all Military Branches Information and links related to all branches of the United States Military.
Michigan Department of Military & Veterans Affairs State of Michigan Military and Veterans Affairs Webpage.
Michigan Educators Veterans Support Consortium MEVSC is a state-wide consortium of the fifteen state universities in Michigan. Our mission is to share information and best-practices to better service our student veterans.
Today's GI Bill Connecting American's Veterans to Higher Education.
Veterans Success The purpose of this web site is to present information about the services that the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program provides to veterans with service-connected disabilities. However this site has many information links that pertain to all Veterans and Dependants of Veterans
Veterans Educational Benefits 1-888-442-4551
Veterans Benefits Administration 1-800-827-1000

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