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Lake Michigan College is recognized as a gold-level institution by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.  Gold-level colleges provide the highest number of veteran-friendly services

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All potential recipients of Department of Veterans’ Affairs educational benefits, whether full-time or part-time, must apply formally for admission to Lake Michigan College. Interested individuals must meet with the Certifying Official, with their discharge documents, to apply for VA education benefits. For more information, contact the certifying official for VA educational benefits in room A-216 on the Benton Harbor Campus or call (269) 927-6181.

Veterans' Educational Benefits

If you are a full- or part-time, potential recipient of Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits, you must apply for admission to Lake Michigan College and indicate your chosen associate degree program of study. All post-secondary school transcripts should be forwarded to the Certifying Official.

The Department of Veterans Affairs requires that, if you are receiving educational benefits, you immediately report any change in credit hour load, dependency status, address, or program of study to the Veterans Affairs advisor.

The Michigan State Approving Agency and the Department of Veterans Affairs require Lake Michigan College to establish academic progress standards for veterans and other eligible persons in order to receive Veterans Affairs educational benefits. Satisfactory academic progress is of primary concern. As an educational benefit recipient, you are considered to be making satisfactory progress if your cumulative grade point average (GPA) is 2.00 or above.

If, as a Veterans Affairs educational benefit recipient, your Lake Michigan College GPA drops below 2.00, you will be placed on academic probation. During the probationary period, you may continue to receive educational benefits; however, probationary status may not exceed two terms. At the end of the probationary period, if your cumulative GPA still does not meet the minimum graduation requirement of 2.00 or better, a report of unsatisfactory progress will be sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs and you will stop receiving benefits. Certification for further educational benefits will not be submitted until your cumulative GPA reaches 2.00.

If you want your certification for educational benefits reinstated, you are required to submit a written statement to the Veterans Affairs advisor, which will be forwarded to the Department of Veterans Affairs. This statement must include an explanation of how the cause of your unsatisfactory progress has been corrected.

Veterans' Assistance Fund

The Veterans Education Assistance Fund (VEAF) is designed to provide critical financial support for men and women who served as members of the U.S. Armed Forces and who have enrolled at Lake Michigan College. Priority in selection for recipients is reserved for those who, because of special circumstances, need extra financial support beyond that provided by the G.I. Bill.

The fund is intended to recognize that those who have so bravely served our country, often have limited resources, minimal support and are in financial stress particularly during the transition from active duty to civilian life. The Veterans Education Assistance Fund is intended to provide a safety net to veterans continuing their education at Lake Michigan College, meeting their unique needs and assisting them to complete their chosen academic programs.

To be considered for Veterans Education Assistance Funds, the student must first meet the following criteria:

  • Student must be an honorably discharged veteran, currently serving in the armed forces or reserves, or a dependent of a veteran or someone currently serving
  • Priority will be given to veterans who, because of special circumstances, need extra financial support.
  • Must be a student in good standing as defined by Financial Aid at the beginning of the semester
  • Must have no other overdue debt to the College
  • Must be an in-district resident
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Student can receive funding once per academic year with a lifetime cap of 2 disbursements.

Financial assistance may be provided from the fund for the following:

  • Tuition not covered by other forms of assistance
  • Temporary coverage for late benefits
  • Books and other essential academic necessities not covered by other forms of assistance
  • Costs associated with tutoring or other counseling and assistance.
  • Items that may assist in accommodating a disability
  • Unanticipated transportation and living expenses that may be barriers to educational success.

The number of students who can be served by the Veterans Education Assistance Fund is subject to the availability of funds.  The fund is sustained by continual contributions from students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the College. Those who benefit from the fund are encouraged to contribute to the fund, once their education is complete, assisting those who may face similar struggles.  
 

    Students who are in need of financial assistance may submit an application and supporting documentation to the Office of the Vice President of Student Services. The application requires an employee at the college, who is familiar with the student’s situation, to recommend the student and review documentation prior to submitting the application. Funds are distributed with an average range of $50 to $1500. Applicants may be required to meet with the Vice President of Student Services to discuss their application.

    • Employees recommending students for the VEAF should contact The Office of the Vice President of Student Services to obtain an application.
    • The application must be completed and signed by the student and the employee, with all required documentation attached.
    • Applications should be submitted to the Office of the Vice President of Student Services.
    • Processing can take up to eight (8) business days.
    • The Office of the Vice President of Student Services will notify applicants via e-mail or phone once a decision has been made.

    Other Benefits for Veterans at LMC

    • Priority Class Registration - Veterans are able to register the Friday before the published first day of registration each semester.
    • Liberty Hall - Liberty Hall is a resource room and study space located in room D-120 on the Napier Avenue Campus dedicated to students currently serving in the armed forces and student veterans of the armed forces. The room has computers, a printer, TV, couch, microwave, and refrigerator. Contact Veterans’ Affairs at (269) 927-6181 for information about access to Liberty Hall.
    • LMC celebrates our Veterans! We provide special recognition at graduation and observe Veteran's Day.
    • The Mendel Center offers veterans and those in active military a $6 per-ticket discount to Mainstage performances and provides sponsor support to the annual Lest We Forget Veterans' Day concert.
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