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Lakeland's Veterans Services department is here to help student veterans take advantage of the educational benefits that are available. From dealing with the VA, to applying to Lakeland, to registering for classes and completing a degree, Lakeland can help you every step of the way.

Student Veteran Checklist

Please contact the Veterans Benefits Certifying Specialist with any questions during this process.

  1. Schedule an appointment with Lakeland's Veterans Benefits Certifying Specialist for assistance with educational benefits and certification. Please provide a DD-214 #4.
  2. Apply to Lakeland.
  3. Apply for VA educational benefits at
  4. Request official transcripts from high school or GED, all previously attended colleges and military service to be sent directly to Lakeland's Admissions Office.
  5. Take the placement test. Log in to myLakeland and find the Schedule It app to schedule testing.
  6. Schedule a New Student Orientation (NSO) session by calling 440.525.7349. All students must attend NSO, where they will meet with a counselor, register for classes and get their student ID. Transcript evaluation happens as part of NSO for transfer students. Students will also receive information about financial aid, scholarships, and how to purchase textbooks.
  7. Register for classes that are required for the declared degree program. Priority registration is available for student veterans.
  8. Submit Veterans Registration Reporting form (VRR) to the Veterans Services office in E-118 for certification.
  9. Apply for financial aid at or contact Lakeland's Financial Aid department for assistance. Lakeland's school code is 006804.

Call the VA (1.888.442.4551) to check the status of educational benefits. Please allow two weeks before calling after claims are submitted.

Click here for more helpful information, including health benefits, local, state and federal resources for veterans.

GI Bill® Benefits

Did you know Lakeland student veterans are eligible for both GI Bill* benefits and financial aid? Follow the steps below and file a FAFSA to take advantage of additional financial aid. Contact Lakeland's Financial Aid department for assistance on FAFSA filing.

*GI Bill ® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

Required Monthly Attendance Verification

*Note: if enrollment changes during the term, notify Lakeland's Veteran's Benefits Certifying Speicalist and report changes to the VA at 1.888.442.4551 or on WAVE.

  • Visit the WAVE website and register.
    1. Chapters 30, 1606 and 1607 are required to self-certify enrollment.
    2. To self-certify, call the automated system at 1.877.823.2378 or speak with a VA representative at 1.888.442.4551.
    3. Students must self-certify the last day of every month or the last day of the term.
    4. Update any address or direct deposit information with the VA at 1.888.442.4551 or in the WAVE account. Please keep Lakeland and the VA informed of any address updates.
How to Maintain GI Bill Benefits and Financial Aid at Lakeland
Payable vs. Non-payable Courses
  • Payable courses are only those courses required for degree program(s) and will be payable through GI Bill benefits. Consult a Lakeland counselor to ensure this standard is met.
  • Non-payable courses include:
    • Repeated courses in which a passing grade or prior credit was received.
    • Online remedial classes (hybrid classes are considered online)
    • Classes required for a program at another college, if the student is not enrolled at that college. Contact Lakeland's Veterans Services for more details.

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