​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.

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 campus has a designated lounge for veterans.  The Clermont campus will open a similar lounge by summer 2018.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill
Chapter 31: Vocational Rehab
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill
Chapter 35: Dependents/Survivor
Chapter 1606: Ed. Assistance – Selected Reserve  ​

Let’s Get Started!

  1. Complete the LSSC Application to become a student. Returning students: see Admissions and Records for a paper application,
  2. Submit an official transcript from your high school and from any schools attended after high school ASAP. In addition, all veterans must submit a military service transcript.
  3. Order a free transcript through JOINT Services Transcripts (JST)
    Order an Air Force transcript
  4. View the LSSC Veteran Educational Benefits Policies
  5. Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility Meet with LSSC’s VA Certifying Official to get started with required VA paperwork. Contact information is below. 
  6. Attend the new student orientation, SOAR, if you are a first time in college student.
  7. Make an appointment to meet with the VA Academic Advisor to develop an academic plan and discuss first semester courses. Make an advising appointment

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

Mark Hasty
VA Certifying Official
(352) 323-3686 
– Get your VA benefits started
– Navigate through the enrollment process
– Transfer VA benefits from another school 

Melissa Villafane (Leesburg Campus)
VA Academic Advisor
 (352) 435-5034
– Develop an Academic Plan for your degree
– Help you stay on track with program courses
– Seek out academic and community resources

Anne Kennedy
VA Academic Advisor (South Lake Campus)
(352) 536-2225
– Develop an Academic Plan for your degree
– Help you stay on track with program courses
– Seek out academic and community resources


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
LSSC Financial Aid
LSSC Veterans’ Resources​

We inspire confidence throu​gh every interaction to empower lives and build futures by providing a caring and supportive learning environment.