Veterans Benefits Office

Veterans Benefits Office

Takena Hall 117, 541-917-4858

The Veterans Benefits Specialist is the VA School Certifying Official for LBCC, assisting student Veterans, current military service personnel, and eligible dependents with VA Education Benefits. The Veterans Benefits Specialist reports enrollment information, academic progress and graduation to the VA. Academic advising, counseling, and other resource referrals for Veterans are available. The type and eligibility of educational benefits can vary, please see the Veterans Benefits Specialist for more information or visit the VA website at Contact information and office hours can be found on the LBCC Veterans Financial Aid webpage.

If you would like more information about Veterans & Dependents Education Benefits, you can contact the LBCC Veterans Benefits Office by phone, email, or stop by the office during open counter hours.

Johnny Isakason and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020

The following individuals shall be charged a rate of tuition not to exceed the in-state rate for tuition and fees purposes:

  • A Veteran using educational assistance under either Chapter 30 (Montgomery Bill® - Active Duty Program) or Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®), of title 38, United States Code, who lives in Oregon while attending a school located in Oregon (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).
  • A Veteran using Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Benefits), of title 38, United States Code, who lives in Oregon while attending a school located in Oregon (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).
  • Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311(b)(9)) who lives in Oregon while attending a school located in Oregon (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).
  • Anyone using transferred Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in Oregon while attending a school located in Oregon (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).
  • Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in Oregon while attending a school located in Oregon (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and the transferor is a member of the uniformed service who is serving on active duty.
  • Anyone using educational assistance under Chapter 35 (Survivors & Dependents) of title 38, United States Code, who lives in Oregon while attending school in Oregon (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).
  • The policy shall be read to be amended as necessary to be compliant with the requirements of 38 U.S.C. 3679(c) as amended.
  • In compliance with the Veterans Benefits Transition Act of 2018, 38 U.S.C. 3679(e), any individual covered by VA Benefits using Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®) or Chapter 31 (VR&E) who provides a "certificate of eligibility," "Statement of Benefits" or authorization using VAF 28-1905 is permitted to attend courses during the period beginning on the date when the individual provides this information to the Veterans Office and ending on the earlier of the following dates:
  1. The date on which payment from the VA is made to the institution
  2. 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility

Further, no penalty (including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds) will be imposed because of the individual's inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of funding from VA under Chapter 31 or 33.


LBCC's Commitment to Military Connected Students

LBCC supports Spouses and Dependents of Veterans by certifying Chapter 35 (Survivors' and Dependents') through the VA.

LBCC complies with Oregon's ORS 350.285 waiver of tuition for familty members of deceased or disabled veterans or children of Purple Heart recipients. What this means:

  • A Qualified Student is defined as a child, spouse, or an unremarried surviving spouse of a service member or a child of a Purple Heart recipient.
  • Qualified Students must be considered a resident of Oregon. A child who applies for this waiver must be 23 years of age or younger.
  • Tuition is waived only for courses that may lead to a degree.
  • Waiver covers tuition charges but does not cover fees.
  • The amount of the waiver may be reduced by the amount of federal aid scholarships or grants, awards from the Oregon Opportunity Grant program, or any other aid from LBCC.

Tuition Waiver Applications can be requested from the Veterans Benefits Office.


LBCC's Commitment to Service Members

LBCC complies with the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), demonstrating that we follow DoD guidelines. What that means:

  • LBCC maintains accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and complies with Federal and State regulations
  • LBCC has established the Veterans Benefits Office, which can provide students with information and refer students to services:
    • Information about our programs and access to professionals to help with course planning
    • Information about cost and funding options, including access to Financial Aid professionals who can assist students in learning about federal or private options
    • LBCC discloses its Cohort Default Rate
  • LBCC has a readmission policy that allows Service members to readmit to the college in the same status they left if the reason for leaving was because they were called to active duty in accordance with 34 CFR 668.18.

LBCC ensures that members of the Armed Forces, including the reserve components and the National Guard, who enroll in a course of education are accommodated during short absences by reason of serving in the Armed Forces in accordance with 38 U.S.C. 3679(g) as amended.

  • LBCC does not practice aggressive recruiting of any students, including Service members or Veterans.
  • LBCC does not incentivize any employee based on enrolling students in school or receiving federal aid.
  • LBCC is honored to welcome Service Members and Veterans and provides these services in addition to a Veterans Resource Center located on the Albany Campus in the Forum, Room F-109. If you have questions about what is available at LBCC, please contact our Veterans Benefits Specialist.


To Apply for Veterans Educational Benefits

  • Submit an online application at:
  • The online application process will walk students through a series of questions to help determine eligibility.
  • It may take between 3-4 weeks for the VA to process an application.
  • You will receive either an approval or denial letter from the VA. The VA makes the determination about your percentage of entitlement and length of time.
  • If approved, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). You will need to submit your (COE) and DD 214 as well as complete LBCC's VA and Military Benefits form.

Student Responsibilities

  • Complete the admission process for LBCC.
  • Bring your VA Certificate of Eligibility and DD 214 to the LBCC Veterans Benefits Office to begin receiving benefits.
  • Complete and submit the LBCC VA and Military Benefits form to get your file started. Forms are available online or at the LBCC Veterans Benefits Office.
  • Submit all transcripts from previous schools and military service.
  • Any Veteran receiving GI Bill® benefits while attending LBCC is required to obtain official transcripts from all previously attended schools and submit them to the school for review of prior credit.
  • Submit the Enrollment Verification Form every term. This form lists the classes the student is claiming for Educational Benefits. This form can be submitted via the online form, by email, or in person at the LBCC Veterans Benefits Office as soon as the student is registered for classes.
  • A new form should be submitted if there are any changes to the student’s schedule.
  • Student’s must be in a VA Approved degree program and must match what they have declared with the college.

LBCC Veterans Office Responsibilities

  • Verify that the classes the student is enrolled in apply to the completion of their declared degree program.
  • Submit the student’s enrollment certification to the VA.
  • Notify the student when the classes they are enrolled in are ineligible to be certified.
  • Report dropped classes and failing grades to the VA.
  • Follow the Satisfactory Academic Policy standards established by LBCC Veterans Benefits Office.
  • Notify and report students on Veterans Academic Probation and Suspension who fall below LBCC Academic Standards.

Transfer of Credit

All Veterans and eligible dependents receiving GI Bill® benefits while attending Linn-Benton Community College are required to obtain transcripts from all previously attended schools and submit them to the LBCC Admissions Office for review of prior credit, including military transcripts.

Credit for Military Service and Education

Military Transcripts for Army, Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard can be requested through the JST System. The Joint Services Transcript (JST) site allows Veterans to access their military transcripts and have them electronically sent to the school of their choice. 

JST Transcripts can be requested at:

Air Force transcripts can be requested through the Air University:

Veterans will be awarded three PE 185 Activity credits for submitting their military transcripts or their DD 214 Member-4 form with Character of Service.

Military transcripts or DD 214 copies can be submitted to either the LBCC Veterans Benefits Office or the Transcript Office.



Satisfactory Academic Standards and Progress for Veterans Benefits

The law requires that educational assistance benefits for Veterans and other eligible persons be discontinued when the student ceases to make satisfactory progress toward completion of their training objective.

The Veterans Benefits Office will evaluate the student’s classes each term to verify they apply toward the completion of the student’s declared program. Any classes that do not qualify toward the completion of a degree will not be certified with the VA and will be the student’s responsibility to cover those tuition expenses.

Any courses receiving a punitive grade due to the student not completing the course must be reported to the VA, which may result in charges due to overpayment of benefits.

Veterans Benefits Warning & Probation

At the end of each term, the student Veteran’s grades will be evaluated. Those students who fall below a 2.0 GPA or the 70% completion rate will be placed in Warning status. Students will be notified by email. This warning does not affect benefits for the next term. Students have the following term to clear the Warning and move back into good standing or drop down into Probation Status. To clear Academic Probation, the student veteran must complete 100% of their enrolled classes with a 2.0 GPA or better.

Suspension of Veteran Benefits

A student Veteran on Academic Probation who does not succeed the following term is placed in Suspension of Veteran Benefits Status and will be notified by email. Veterans have the option to complete the appeal process but they will not be certified to receive benefits until it is approved. If the appeal is not approved or the student has already received an appeal before, they will need to complete a term on their own. After a successful term without benefits, they may request an evaluation to be reinstated.