Veterans and Eligible Dependents

Utilizing Your GI Bill® Benefits

If you are an active-duty member or Veteran, a member of the National Guard or Reserves, or a qualified survivor or dependent, you may qualify for educational assistance through the VA. You may be able to determine your status through the link provided below:

You may also speak with the VA directly at 1-888-442-4551. They have counselors available to answer questions that are specific to your benefits and service information. Unfortunately, School Certifying Officials (SCO) do not have the ability to determine eligibility, as they are not employed by the VA and do not have access to your records.

  • After you have determined which benefits you will be using, you will need to complete the Application for Education Benefits. (Please allow time for processing—if you have not heard anything or received any documentation from them within 2-3 weeks, you will want to follow-up with their office, as sometimes there is additional documents that must be provided or completed):
  • You will receive your "Certificate of Eligibility" (COE) from the VA directly. Once you have this document, it is your responsibility to get LTC a copy. The VA does not provide the school with any information directly on your behalf. We must have that document on file in order to secure your schedule or get you certified *depending on the benefits. If you have used education benefits in the past, we will also accept a screenshot/copy of your eBenefits Education Information in lieu of the COE.

Make Returning The Coe To Ltc A Priority.

  • Once the SCO has received your COE, you will receive a corresponding packet of information specific to your chapter of benefits.
  • Once you receive the packet, read it fully. Discuss any questions or concerns you have with the SCO. Then, return the last two pages—the "Contact Information Sheet" and the "Statement of Understanding".
  • Once you have submitted those items, your file will be complete. If you make any changes to your information with Admissions after that, please be sure to contact the VA SCO as well.
  • It is your responsibility to touch-base again with the SCO once you register for courses.

What to do while you wait for your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to arrive?

  1. Complete the Admissions Application to LTC. If the Admissions Office determines that you are an "Out-of-State" student, please provide their office with a copy of your DD-214 (member copy 4) for review. You may qualify for "military-out-of-state" status.
  2. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid)—this will determine if the student is eligible for state and/or federal aid, in addition to VA education benefits./
  3. Submit a copy of your "Official Military Transcript" (if applicable), so that the Registrar’s Office may fully review your transcripts for credit evaluation:

Transferring Your Military Transcripts to LTC

Veterans, reservists, service persons, etc. applying for VA Educational Benefits must provide Lanier Technical College with a copy of their DD-214--member copy 4 (if applicable), prior course completion certificates, official college transcripts from all previous colleges, and official military transcripts so that the transcripts can be evaluated.


To request your Official Military Transcript, please log-on to the Joint Services Transcript web-site at:

  • Select the OKAY button at the bottom of the screen.
  • Press "Register" at the top and follow the steps.
  • Create your unique User Name and Password.
  • (Please note the special character requirements for the password).
  • You will then "Request an Official Transcript" for "Lanier Tech".

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the LTC SCO:

Shay Snow; 770-533-7022;

Office hours are typically Monday-Thursday 8:30am-6pm, Friday 8-12pm, and by appointment at all campus locations.

Lanier Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

Lanier Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability. The following person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies : For nondiscrimination information, please contact Nancy Beaver, Title IX Coordinator, Lanier Technical College, 2535 Lanier Tech Drive, Gainesville, GA 30507, 770-533-7001 or and Allison Haynes, Section 504 Coordinator, Lanier Technical College, 2535 Lanier Tech Drive, Gainesville, GA 30507, 770-533-7003, or