​We are proud to serve those who have served! As you pursue your goals, the VA Certifying Official and the VA Academic Advisor are here to assist you in receiving and using your educational benefits. Service members are encouraged to speak with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within their military service prior to enrolling.

Educational Benefits

Our goal is to provide educational benefit services to eligible veterans, dependents, national guardsmen, and reservists enrolled at LSSC. As a way to honor veterans, priority registration is given to anyone using educational benefits once the first semester is completed. The Leesburg and Clermont campus both have a designated lounge for veterans.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®
Chapter 31: Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®
Chapter 35: Dependents/Survivor
Chapter 1606: Ed. Assistance – Selected Reserve  ​

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 Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Let’s Get Started!

Complete the Application to become a LSSC student. www.LSSC.edu/apply
Returning students: please complete the free “Re-Entry” application using the link listed above.

Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) at https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/
Save and email the last page of the online COE application to VeteransOffice@LSSC.edu to be used as a “placeholder” while waiting for the official COE to be mailed out. The official COE can take up to 30days to be mailed.

Submit Transcripts (required)
All official transcripts, including military, must be submitted from all previously attended schools directly to the Admissions & Records Office prior to the first term of enrollment. Failure to do so will affect enrollment registration.

  • Send all transcripts to Lake-Sumter State College, Attn: Admissions Office, 9501 US Highway 441, Leesburg, FL 34788
  • High School Transcript
    Submit an official transcript indicating completion of a standard high school diploma or GED
  • College/University/Technical School Transcripts – Submit official transcripts from all prior postsecondary institutions. AP and CLEP scores must be sent directly from College Board – www.CollegeBoard.org.
  • Military Service Transcripts
    Requests usually take only 24 hours for processing. Information about military Joint Services Transcripts and how transcripts may be requested by current and former members of the Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy can be found at: https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do

Apply for Financial Aid (optional) Apply for free PELL Grant funding by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid – FAFSA using LSSC’s school code: 001502 (for all LSSC campuses), which can be used in addition to VA educational benefits.

Submit Official Test Scores (if applicable) Submit PERT, ACT or SAT test scores, or take the PERT test: www.LSSC.edu/testing

FL residency for in-state tuition – All students whether Florida residents or Non-Florida residents, are considered Out-of-State students until they submit a completed residency affidavit and copies of qualifying FL proofs. Please complete the online FL residency affidavit and proofs here: www.lssc.edu/residency. If you have not lived in FL for at least a year, please complete the Out of State Veterans Fee Waiver for Florida Residency. Once signed, please submit the waiver and a scan/picture of your DD214 or Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and FL driver’s license/FL ID card and email it to VeteransOffice@LSSC.edu.

New Student Orientation (if applicable) All first time in college students must complete the New Student Advising & Registration program prior to registration. www.LSSC.edu/nso

Transfer students
Meet with a veteran academic advisor once official transcripts have been submitted and evaluated (see top of page to determine the VA academic advisor closest to you/your campus).

Register for classes.
Review your final schedule using the Detail Schedule link (myLSSC registration > Add/Drop Classes > link at bottom right).

Meet with LSSC VA Academic Advisor for approval of classes for VA certification.
Your advisor will instruct you on how to submit your class schedule (and a 60day tuition deferment form – if applicable) through your Workflow portal in myLSSC. Both submissions in Workflow will then be sent to VA Certifying Official to certify your credits with the VA.

Leesburg/South Lake Campus
VA Advisor

Mark LaHood
Email: LaHoodM@LSSC.edu
Phone: (352) 536-2225

Sumter Center
VA Advisor

Kelly Hickmon
Email: HickmonK@LSSC.edu
Phone: (352) 568-3747

Students with a 504 or IEP
If you have a 504 or IEP, please contact Student Accessibility Services. At Lake-Sumter State College, we are committed to working with students with disabilities to provide academic accommodations in making Lake-Sumter State College equal access, equal opportunity institution.

Contact Us

School Certifying Official

Andrew Brinkley
Phone: (352) 323-3686