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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Veterans Programs 

 

I am a veteran.  How do I use my Federal Veteran's Educational Benefits at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College?

For specific instructions for the Montgomery GI Bill, National Guard or Reserve Program, Chapter 35, Dependent of Disabled Veteran Program, or the Chapter 31, Disabled Veteran Educational Program, contact the LBWCC Financial Aid Office at the campus you plan to attend. Andalusia and Greenville Campuses at (334)881-2272 or email dbass@lbwcc.edu – MacArthur Campus and Luverne Center at (334) 493-5338 or email wsbass@lbwcc.edu.  Log on to http://www.gibill.va.gov.

 

When can I apply for VA Benefits at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College?

As soon as you are admitted to LBWCC and have a copy of your semester class schedule and degree program outline or curriculum major approved by your Academic Advisor, report to the Financial Aid Office at the campus you are attending. Also, be sure to bring with your member four (4) copy of your DD 214 for active duty veterans, a NOBE for Reserve and National Guard applicants, a Letter of  Authorization for Chapter 35 dependents or spouses of 100% disabled veterans,  and a copy of your advisor's approved (advisor's signature required) semester schedule and degree major curriculum or course outline.  If you have additional questions contact the Andalusia and Greenville Campuses at (334)881-2272 or email dbass@lbwcc.edu – MacArthur Campus and Luverne Center at (334) 493-5338 or email wsbass@lbwcc.edu


I am a dependent son or daughter of a Disabled Veteran.  Am I eligible for any Federal Veteran's Affairs Educational Programs?

You may be eligible for the Dependent's Educational Assistance Program, Chapter 35, for educational and training opportunities to eligible dependents and survivors of certain veterans.  To be eligible for this VA Financial Aid Program, a veteran must meet one of the following:
¦Veteran who dies of, or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of, a service-connected disability.
¦Veteran with a permanent and total service-connected disability who dies from any cause.
¦Serviceperson who is missing in action or is captured in the line-of-duty and is currently being held by a hostile force.
¦Serviceperson who is currently being forcibly detained or interned in line-of-duty by a foreign government or power. 

 

I have heard there is an Alabama G.I. Bill for dependents of an Alabama Veteran.  I've also heard of an Alabama Disabled Veteran Dependent Scholarship Program.  Are these the same or different programs?

These programs are the same program. The State of Alabama has an Alabama Disabled Veterans Dependents' Scholarship Program is the new name for the old Alabama G.I. Bill.  This program consists of educational benefits for dependent children and/or a spouse of a disabled veteran who meet the State of Alabama criteria for the program.


The disabled veteran must contact his/her Alabama County Veteran's Affairs Official to see if they quality for the program. For additional information, contact the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs at P.O. Box 1509, Montgomery, AL 36102-1509.  Phone: 334-242-5077.  www.va.state.al.us, then select Scholarship Program or contact the Covington County VA Office at (334) 428-2687. If eligible the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs will issue a Certificate of Eligibility to you for the number of terms awarded. A copy of this certificate will be mailed to LBWCC.



I am a veteran who wants to take classes at LBWCC via Distance Learning or Independent Study and use my VA Educational Benefits to pay for my course work.  Can I use my Montgomery GI Bill for this?

Yes, you can.  However, you must meet all the regular requirements for admission to LBWCC and the degree program you wish to complete. Plus, you must complete all the VA required paperwork to be certified as a VA student at LBWCC.  Contact the LBWCC Financial Aid Office at the campus you plan to attend. Andalusia and Greenville Campuses at (334)881-2272 or email dbass@lbwcc.edu – MacArthur Campus and Luverne Center at (334) 493-5338 or email wsbass@lbwcc.edu  for more specific instructions.


I am a Chapter 30 or Chapter 1606 student and have filled out all my paperwork for enrollment into the Montgomery G.I. Bill through the LBWCC Veterans Affairs Office/Office of Financial Aid.  I have a full schedule of classes, but have not been paid yet.  What's wrong?

Has the 12 to 14 weeks time frame passed before funds are processed for a first time enrollee or returning student or transfer student?  Wait your time out.  If you think there is a problem or time is excessive call Atlanta Regional Office to speak to a counselor at 1-888-442-4551.  Note, VARO Atlanta is on Eastern Time, so call early.


Have your changed major, dropped or added classes or changed your address and failed to inform the LBWCC Veterans Affairs Office of these changes?  If so, contact the LBWCC Veterans Affairs Office at the campus you plan to attend. Andalusia and Greenville Campuses at (334)881-2272 or email dbass@lbwcc.edu – MacArthur Campus and Luverne Center at (334) 493-5338 or email wsbass@lbwcc.edu or visit the office. 


Have you completed your monthly enrollment certification with the VA Regional Office?  All Chapter 30 and Chapter 1606 & 1607 recipients MUST SUBMIT MONTHLY verification of enrollment to the Atlanta VA Regional Office.  Call on or after the last day of the month, 1-877-823-2378.  Use the web to register, Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE), go to www.gibill.va.gov/ and click on WAVE.



I want to apply for the DOD Tuition Assistance (TA) Program.  Who at LBWCC processes the TA program?  How do I get the appropriate services TA application?

Service members must get their TA forms from their respective units.  The form must be filled out by the service member, the service members unit and the Business Office personnel at (334) 881-2308.


A completed TA form is processed at the Business Office.  Phone: (334) 881-2308.


I am a member of the Army National Guard or Air Guard and have an ANGEAP form.  Where do I send it?

 Send all ANGEAP forms to the LBWCC Veterans Affairs Office at the campus you plan to attend. Andalusia and Greenville Campuses, PO Box 1418, Andalusia, AL 36420 or MacArthur Campus and Luverne Center at PO Box 910, Opp, AL 36467 or visit the office. 


I am a member of the Army National Guard. Where do I file for my Federal Tuition Assistance?

Follow this link to view or print detailed instructions. SOP FTA 




What is Chapter 1607 Education Benefits for National Guard and Reservists?

President Bush signed Chapter 1607 Legislation into law.  Students are eligible if they are a National Guard or Reservist who has been deployed on Department of Defense (DOD) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) orders for 90 days or longer.




How do I apply for Chapter 1607 (REAP) Education Benefits?

Visit www.gibill.va.gov for information or contact the LBWCC VA Office at or contact the LBWCC Financial Aid Office at the campus you plan to attend. Andalusia and Greenville Campuses at (334)881-2272 or email dbass@lbwcc.edu – MacArthur Campus and Luverne Center at (334) 493-5338 or email wsbass.@lbwcc.edu.

 

What is the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

To learn more go to www.gibill.va.gov for the most current information about the program. Post 9/11 GI Bill is also called Chapter 33.
 


I want to transfer my Post 9/11 GI Bill Educational benefits to my spouse or children. How do I do this?

To learn more about this Department of Defense (DOD) program go to www.gibill.va.gov.


How do I know which benefit is best for me?

To learn more go to www.gibill.va.gov for the most current information about the program all available programs.


I want to transfer from the Montgomery GI Bill or Montgomery GI Bill-Selective Reserves or REAP program to the new Post 9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 33?

To learn more go to www.gibill.va.gov 

Lurleen B. Wallace Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges or SACSCOC to award the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science degrees and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College.