Military and Veteran Applicant FAQs

How do I apply for the GI Bill?

The first step is to complete the application VA Form 22-1990 or VA Form 22-5490. This form is available online. Some supporting forms may be required to complete the application. (e.g. DD-214, N.O.B.E., proof of $600 kicker). Once you have submitted your application, if you qualify for the GI Bill, you will receive a certificate of eligibility (COE) from the VA.

What do I need to do to get my benefits started at LSUS?

Using GI Bill/DEA at LSU Shreveport

If you have already applied for your certificate of eligibility from the VA, your next step is to follow the instructions below for using GI Bill at LSU Shreveport.

If you are not in the military or National Guard and you have not requested tuition assistance (TA) from one of the military’s education portals then you are not using TA.

GI Bill is not TA. LANG Exemption is not TA.

Clicking on the “Finished” button automatically sends the form to us, there is no need for you to email the request form back to us.

You can find the form on your myLSUS account.  Sign into your myLSUS, select the Records tab and click on forms, then click on link to Request for Certification of Veteran Education Benefits.

You must submit your COE to veterans@lsus.edu. For Chapter 33 (Post 9-11) in place of the COE you can print the education status page from your VA benefits account (www.va.gov). It will show number of months remaining and percent covered.

The student must complete the Request for Certification of Veteran Education Benefits Form every semester.

In addition, you are required to submit a curriculum sheet, signed by your academic advisor, by the end of your first semester at LSU Shreveport.  The curriculum sheet lists all classes required to obtain the degree you are seeking.  The advisor should also mark any credit the department accepts from your previous institutions to fulfill your degree requirements.

Email all forms to veterans@lsus.edu. Please remember to include your student ID in the subject line.

If you have used your benefits at another institution you will also need to complete a VA Form 22-1995 (active duty/veteran/guard/reserves) or VA Form 22-5495 (DEA) informing the VA that you are changing schools.  https://www.va.gov/vaforms/

Louisiana residents who are a dependent of a disabled veteran might qualify for the Louisiana Title 29 program.  You would submit your application for Louisiana Title 29 through the state VA Office in the Parish where you live. You can find the appropriate office at https://www.vetaffairs.la.gov/locations/.

Email a copy of your Title 29 Certificate to veterans@lsus.edu.  If you are just using Title 29 complete the Request for Certification of Veteran Education Benefits form and mark Chapter 35.  Then answer “yes” to Are you using Title 29? and answer “no” to Are you using GI Bill/DEA?

If you have questions please do not hesitate to email us at veterans@lsus.edu.

I just transferred from another school. What do I need to do to get my benefits?

You will need to complete a VA-22-1995 or VA-22-5495 depending on your VA chapter type. Follow the instructions above for using GI Bill/DEA at LSU Shreveport.

Is there a form that I need to fill out each semester?

Each semester you will need to complete and sign the Request for Certification of Veteran Education Benefits form.

How does the VA pay monthly benefits?

The VA pays the monthly stipend one month in arrears. For example, you will receive the stipend for January the first week of February.  Students receiving Chapter 30, 33 and 1606 benefits are required to “verify” their enrollment status on or after the last day of the month. Students may verify by calling the toll-free number (1-877-823-2378) or by accessing the VA website (www.gibill.va.gov/wave). Upon verification, the VA will process the payment and send it to the student either by mail or direct deposit. It is highly recommended that students elect the direct deposit option to eliminate lost or stolen checks. In addition, students using direct deposit receive benefits in four or five working days as opposed to seven to ten days by mail.

How much will I receive monthly?

This differs depending on what chapter of VA benefits you are receiving and how many hours you are taking. The GI bill will pay different rates for full time, ¾ time, ½ time or less than ½ time. The updated rates are available online.

What is considered full time, ¾ time, ½ time or ¼ time for VA benefits?

Undergraduate Traditional

  • Full Time = 12+ hours
  • ¾ Time = 9-11 hours
  • ½ Time = 6-8 hours
  • Less than ½ time = 4-5 hours
  • Less than ¼ time = 1-3 hours

Undergraduate Accelerated

            Full Time = 6 hours

            ½ Time = 3 hours

Graduate Traditional

            Full Time = 9 hours

            ½ Time     = 6-8 hours

            Less than ½ time = 3 hours

Graduate Accelerated

            Full Time = 6 hours

            ½ Time    = 3 hours

Does VA pay for repeated courses?

VA will pay for repeated courses as long as they are required and the grades previously earned do not meet degree requirements. Reenrolling in a course from which a student withdrew is not considered repeating a course. If a student declares academic bankruptcy, the VA does not pay for repeated courses unless the student earned an unsatisfactory grade the first time the student attempted the course.

Does the VA pay for remedial courses?

The VA will pay for a remedial course if the student has a deficiency in the subject. The VA will not pay for refresher courses.

What do I do if I change my major?

You must send a copy of your new curriculum sheet signed by your new academic advisor to veterans@lsus.edu.

Can I change my major in the middle of the semester?

Yes. The change will not take effect until the next semester. Once you certify your classes for the semester, this is your major for the semester.

What courses will the VA pay for?

The VA pays for prerequisites courses and courses required by student’s degree program. Students are responsible for ensuring that the courses apply toward their degrees. If they are not sure, they should consult with their academic advisors. If students wish to take courses that are not required, we will certify only the required courses and report a change in status affecting only those courses.

I don’t have enough classes required for my major to make me full time. What do I do?

Under the Round-Out Rule, whether students need three, six, or nine credit hours to graduate, the VA will pay them full-time education benefits when they pursue their last required classes along with other non-required classes to bring their schedule up to a full-time status. The Round-Out Rule requires students to pursue the classes needed to graduate but applies only to the last quarter or semester of a student's program.

What will happen if I drop a class?

Please email veterans@lsus.edu.  We will adjust your certification to the VA to reflect your new credit hours. If the drop/withdraw creates an overpayment of benefits the VA will contact the student directly about the debt.

What happens if I fail a course?

If you fail a class, you receive what a "punitive grade" for that class. A punitive grade is a grade that does not count as earned credit. This means that the grade you receive counts in your overall degree progress, albeit negatively. Since this grade counts towards your graduation progress you are not required to repay any GI Bill money you received for that class.

You may take the class again to receive credit towards graduation and you may receive GI Bill payment for the retaking of the class.

I’m in the National Guard. How do I get my tuition exemption?

The LANG sends the university a list of members authorized the LANG Tuition Exemption at the beginning of each semester. To request the exemption please complete the Request for Certification of Veteran Education Benefits form. If you are not in the military or National Guard and you have not requested tuition assistance (TA) from one of the military’s education portals then you are not using TA.

GI Bill is not TA. LANG Exemption is not TA.

You can find the form on your myLSUS account.  Sign into your myLSUS, select Records tab click on forms, then click on link to Request for Certification of Veteran Education Benefits.

Clicking on the “Finished” button automatically sends the form to us, there is no need for you to email the request form back to us.

If you are only using LA National Guard exemption.  Mark Chapter 1606, answer “yes” to LANG Exemption and “no” to using the GI Bill.

Once we receive the form we will check the list if you are on the list we will apply the exemption.  If you are not on the list then we will email your student email account with the contact information for the LANG office able to authorize the exemption.

I’m the dependent of a veteran. What do I need to do to get Title 29?

Louisiana residents who are a dependent of a disabled veteran might qualify for the Louisiana Title 29 program.  You would submit your application for Louisiana Title 29 through the state VA Office in the Parish where you live. You can find the appropriate office at https://www.vetaffairs.la.gov/locations/.  

Email a copy of your Title 29 Certificate to veterans@lsus.edu.  If you are just using Title 29 complete the Request for Certification of Veteran Education Benefits form and mark Chapter 35.  Then answer “yes” to Are you using Title 29? and answer “no” to Are you using GI Bill/DEA?

 Title 29 is not TA. 

You can find the form on your myLSUS account.  Sign into your myLSUS, select Records tab click on forms, then click on link to Request for Certification of Veteran Education Benefits.

Clicking on the “Finished” button automatically sends the form to us, there is no need for you to email the request form back to us.

What happens when a student withdraws from a course or resigns?

If the withdrawal changes the student’s enrollment status, the VA will reduce the student’s rate of pay. If the withdrawal occurs during the drop/add period, as defined by the VA, an adjustment is made on the rate of pay. If the withdrawal occurs after the drop/add period, the reduction may create an overpayment, unless there are mitigating circumstances. If there are mitigating circumstances, the student must submit a “Statement in Support of Claim” to the VA. The statement needs to include the VA file number. If the VA does not approve the claim, the overpayment is applied retroactively to the beginning of the semester. The only exception is the “one-time up to six-hour exclusion” which does not require mitigating circumstances. Contact the VA at 888-GIBill-1 (888.442.4551)

What happens when a student is deployed?

If possible prior to deployment students should contact the LSUS Office of Veterans Affairs and provide copies of their orders. If resignations or changes of status occur for this reason, the VA will not charge students with overpayments, provided they submit documentation. Students must contact their deans’ offices to initiate resignations. Students who deploy will receive a 100% refund on dropped/withdrawn classes after receipt of military orders. 

What happens if I have an emergency and need to withdraw after the withdrawal period ends?

If a student drops a course or withdraws from school after the drop period and receives a non-punitive grade, VA will reduce benefits effective the first day of the term unless there are mitigating circumstances. Mitigating circumstances are circumstances beyond the student's control that prevent the student from continuing in school or that cause the student to reduce credits.

Examples are:

  • An illness or injury afflicting the student during the enrollment period.
  • An illness or death in the student’s immediate family.
  • An unavoidable change in the student’s conditions of employment.
  • An unavoidable geographical transfer resulting from the student’s employment.
  • Immediate family or financial obligations beyond the control of the claimant that require him or her to suspend pursuit of the program of education to obtain employment.
  • Discontinuance of the course by the school.
  • Unanticipated active military service, including active duty for training.
  • Unanticipated difficulties with childcare arrangements the student has made for the period during which he or she is attending classes.

When a student terminates or reduces after the drop period and a non-punitive grade is assigned, mitigating circumstances are an issue. If  VA does not receive adequate evidence of mitigating circumstances they may seek reimbursement of benefits received by the student for the dropped/withdrawn courses.

If the student has already been paid for the course or courses, VA will create an overpayment (subject to the 6-credit hour exclusion) from the beginning of the term, quarter, or semester.

For example, you might enter: “Student withdrew 5/6/11 following Father’s death on 4/30/11.” Submitting the reason for the reduction or withdrawal at the time the change is reported will help the student avoid or reduce an overpayment if the change is for an acceptable reason.

What is the 6 credit hour exclusion?

The 6-Credit Hour Exclusion is an automatic one-time grant made the first time a student drops or withdraws. Up to 6 credits can be excluded if the student has been awarded benefits for the credit. If the student withdraws from 3 credits, the exclusion will be granted for 3 credits and the student’s one time exclusion is used.  If the student withdraws from 12 credits, the exclusion will be granted for 6 credits, the student’s one time exclusion is used, and the student must provide mitigating circumstances for the other 6 credits.

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