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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 Service members, 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 benefit 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

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.