​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 Application to become a LSSC student. www.LSSC.edu/apply
    Returning students: please complete the free “Re-Entry” application using the link listed above.
  2. Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) at https://www.vets.gov/education/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.
  3. 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
      • Air Force: go to: https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/Barnes/CCAF/Display/Article/803247/
  • Apply for Financial Aid (optional) Apply for free PELL Grant funding by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid – www.FAFSA.gov 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
  • New Student Orientation (if applicable)All first time in college students must complete the SOAR new student orientation 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 (LOIS 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 LOIS. Both submissions in Workflow will then be sent to VA Certifying Official to certify your credits with the VA.
  • 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.


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.

Contact Us

Leesburg Campus

Melissa Villafane
Phone: (352) 435-5034

South Lake Campus

Christine Robertson
Email: robertsc@lssc.edu
Phone: (352) 536-2225

Sumter Center

Kelly Hickmon
Email: hickmonk@lssc.edu
Phone: (352) 568-0001 ext. 1012