Veteran Student Services

Education Benefits

The Veterans Office at LBCC is here to help Veterans, In-Service Military Students, and Military Connected Students to navigate the many different types of Education Benefits available. Below is a brief breakdown of the different types of benefits available. For more information please see our Outside Resources page or contact our Veterans Office.

Overall, there are three categories of benefits, VA Federal GI Bill® benefits, Military Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits, and State of Oregon benefits. On this page, benefits are outlined by student type. If you have questions about what category a student benefit is, please see the chart at the bottom of the page.

Veteran Benefits

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®
  • Funds Paid to Student – YES
  • Tuition / Fees paid to school – NO
  • Book allowance – NO

This benefit is paid directly to the student, it should arrive approximately at the beginning of the month following the month the student earned it. In other words, if a student starts school in September, their first benefit is expected to arrive around the beginning of October.

With this benefit, the Veteran is responsible for paying the balance due on their student account.

Please note: the VA is phasing out this benefit type in favor of Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits.

Chapter 31: VR&E
  • Funds paid to student – YES
  • Tuition / Fees paid to school – YES
  • Book allowance - YES

Veterans Readiness & Employment (formerly called Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment) provides services to eligible Veterans with service-connected disabilities to help them prepare for, obtain, and maintain suitable employment or achieve independence in daily living.

Please note: VR&E is an Employment Program, not just a VA Educational Benefit. As an Employment Program, VR&E uses education benefits as a way to assist the Veteran become job ready.

Eligibility:

  • Veteran is or will be discharged under other than dishonorable conditions
  • Veteran incurred or aggravated a service-connected disability which entitles them to VA disability compensation of 20% or greater
  • Veteran needs vocational rehabilitation due to their service-connected disability creating an employment handicap

Evaluation by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) is required. If a counselor determines that an employment barrier exists as a result of a service-connected disability, the Veteran will be entitled to services. The Veteran will work with the counselor to develop a plan to address rehabilitation and employment needs.

After Veteran is awarded VR&E Benefits:

  • Counselor sends authorization to LBCC’s Veterans Office
  • LBCC’s Veterans Office will process the authorization and notify the Business Office
  • The Veteran will then be able to charge books and supplies in the LBCC bookstore
  • Counselors can authorize the purchase of laptop computers through the LBCC Bookstore as part of supplies covered by this benefit. The counselor must provide written authorization to the Veterans Office if this charge is approved.
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®
  • Funds paid to student – YES
  • Tuition / Fees paid to school – YES
  • Book Allowance – Yes

With this benefit, the Veteran receives a Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) based on the cost of living where LBCC is located (Linn County). You can see current MHA amounts on the GI Bill ® Comparison Tool by searching for Linn Benton Community College.

Please note: In order to receive the full MHA, you must be enrolled full-time.

Charges Covered

Tuition, Fees, Course Fees, and Additional Tuition charges are covered by this benefit. After the Add/Drop Deadline each term the LBCC Veterans Office will notify the VA of the amount for each eligible Veteran student.

Book and Access Charges linked to courses are not considered part of Tuition / Fees. The Veteran student is responsible for these charges as they are covered by the Book Allowance the Veteran receives.

An annual stipend for books and supplies is paid directly to the Veteran student. This stipend of $1,000 per year is divided proportionately based on enrollment.

Be Aware of Your Award

While many Veteran students are awarded their Chapter 33 benefits at the 100% coverage rate, any Veteran student awarded below that coverage rate is responsible for the balance due after the VA pays.

 

In-Service Military Students

Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) 
  • Funds paid to student – YES
  • Tuition / Fees paid to school – NO
  • Book allowance – NO

The Chapter 1606: MGIB-SR program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, or Air National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and VA makes the payments.

As of May 5, 2021, In-Service students enrolled in classes half-time or greater can receive both Military TA and Chapter 1606 benefits.

ArmyIgnitED
  • Funds paid to student – NO
  • Tuition / Fees paid to school – YES
  • Book allowance – NO

ArmyIgnitED is the Army’s Tuition Assistance (TA) platform. Through this platform students can submit their education plan (developed with an Academic Advisor at LBCC) and request funding for specific courses.

In general, eligible active duty Service members can receive TA at a rate of $166.67 per quarter hour credit with an annual ceiling of $4,500. This amount does not cover mandatory fees or course fees but does cover additional tuition fees. In-Service students are responsible for any balance not covered by TA funds.

As of May 5, 2021, In-Service students enrolled in classes half-time or greater can receive both Military TA and Chapter 1606 benefits.

Tuition Assistance Requests (TARs) can be submitted through the ArmyIgnitED system starting 60 days before the start of term date. All TARs must be submitted no later than 8 days before the start of term date.

Department of Defense Tuition Assistance
  • Funds paid to student – NO
  • Tuition / Fees paid to school – YES
  • Book allowance – NO

In-Service students must receive approval from their unit for Tuition Assistance from their Education Services Officer (ESO) or representative.

Each military branch has its own TA application form and procedures. Visit your local installation education center or go online to a virtual education center for current information and procedures.

The DoD also offers a dynamic information and comparison tool: TA DECIDE. This tool is designed to aid participants in DoD’s TA programs about making informed choices regarding schools and educational programs.

State Tuition Assistance – Oregon National Guard Tuition Assistance
  • Funds paid to student – NO
  • Tuition / Fees paid to school – YES
  • Book allowance – NO

For a full list of eligibility requirements, to apply for ONG-STA and for more information please visit the HECC Office of Student Access and Completion Website.

This grant can be used for up to 90 credits at an Oregon community college. Award amounts vary depending on the type of institution the student attends and their eligibility for other military tuition assistance.

  • Eligible service members must, at a minimum:
  • Complete any military basic training
  • Have a current passing Annual Physical Fitness Test score (APFT)
  • Be in good standing with their unit
  • Not have achieved an associate’s degree or higher
  • Not be in default of any federal loans

 

Military-Connected Students (Spouses & Dependents of Veterans)

Chapter 35: Survivors & Dependents (DEA)
  • Funds paid to student – YES
  • Tuition / Fees paid to school – NO
  • Book allowance – NO

The Survivors’ and Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

This benefit is paid directly to the student, it should arrive approximately the beginning of the month following the month the student earned it. In other words, if a student starts school in September, their first benefit is expected to arrive at the beginning of October.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill® Transfer of Benefits (ToE) 
  • Funds paid to student – YES
  • Tuition / Fees paid to school – YES
  • Book allowance – YES

The Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill® is the only VA education benefit that is transferable. This option allows Servicemembers to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouse or dependents. The request to transfer unused GI Bill® benefits to eligible dependents must be completed while serving as an active member of the Armed Forces. The Department of Defense (DoD) determines whether or not you can transfer benefits to your family. Once the DoD approves benefits for transfer, the new beneficiaries apply for them at VA.

State of Oregon Tuition Waiver 
  • Funds paid to student – NO
  • Tuition / Fees paid to school – YES
  • Book allowance – NO

LBCC provides a last-dollar tuition waiver to qualifying dependents of a service member who either died in active duty, became 100% disabled in connection with military service, or died as a result of a disability sustained in active duty.

Qualifying Criteria:

  • An Oregon resident at the time of application
  • Dependent 23 years old or younger at the time of initial application or Spouse of Veteran rated at 100% Disability through the VA
  • VA Certified death certificate of service member or
  • VA letter stating Veteran’s disability rating or
  • Veteran’s DD 214 that states receipt of Purple Heart in 2001 or thereafter
  • Fully admitted student and enrolled in a Certificate program or Associate's Degree
  • Student must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress standards
  • NOT receiving the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

Dependents must be in good academic and financial aid standing.  Waiver is available to students admitted to a certificate or degree program only; maximum 67 credits for a one-year certificate or 135 credits for a two-year associate degree. An eligible child must be 23 years of age or under at the time of the waiver application. This benefit may not be applied to previously attended terms.

The waiver only covers tuition and mandatory fees. Any course fees not covered is the responsibility of the student. As a last-dollar paid waiver, the State of Oregon Tuition Waiver does not apply if the balance on the account is covered by other federal or state grants. 

Eligibility for Chapter 35: Survivors & Dependents (DEA) benefits will not be used as a verification or disqualification for the tuition waiver.

The enrollment verification form must be completed each term the student wishes to apply the tuition waiver. Dual enrolled students are only eligible to receive the waiver for classes attended at LBCC as long as LBCC is their declared home school.

The application and all supporting documents must be received by the LBCC Veterans Office at least 2 weeks before the start of the applying term.

Apply for State of Oregon Tuition Waiver

 

Charts 

Category of Benefit Chart

 

Category →

Benefit ↓

VA Federal GI Bill®

DoD Military Tuition Assistance

State of Oregon Benefit

Benefits for Veteran Students

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®

X

 

 

Chapter 31: VR&E Benefits

X

 

 

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®

X

 

 

Benefits for In-Service Military Students

Chapter 1606: MGIB-SR

X

 

 

ArmyIgnited

 

 

X

 

DoD Tuition Assistance Request

 

X

 

State Tuition Assistance

 

 

X

Benefits for Military Connected Students

Chapter 35: Survivors & Dependents

X

 

 

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill® TOE

X

 

 

State of Oregon Tuition Waiver

 

 

X

 

Benefit Comparison Charts 

Veteran Student Benefits

 

Funds Paid to Student

Tuition / Fees Paid to School

Book Allowance

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®

X

 

 

Chapter 31: VR&E Benefits

X – Housing Allowance

X

X

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®

X – Housing Allowance

X

X

In-Service Military Student Benefits

 

Funds Paid to Student

Tuition / Fees Paid to School

Book Allowance

Chapter 1606: MGIB-SR

X

 

 

ArmyIgnited

 

 

X – Tuition Only

 

DoD Tuition Assistance Request

 

X – Tuition Only

 

State Tuition Assistance

 

X

 

Military-Connected Student Benefits  

 

Funds Paid to Student

Tuition / Fees Paid to School

Book Allowance

Chapter 35: Survivors & Dependents

X

 

 

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill® TOE

X – Housing Allowance

X

X

State of Oregon Tuition Waiver

 

X