Veterans Affairs


Advance your military career or transition into a completely different field with our two-year, technical and community college offering certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees to prepare individuals for high-wage, high skill high demand careers.

A CLTCC Financial Aid Office Staff member serves as the Veteran Affairs School Certifying Officer and assists Veteran Students in obtaining funds through the various V.A. educational programs, as well as programs for active duty, National Guard, and military reserve personnel and their families.

The various educational programs and resource information for each type of program that are available at CLTCC are listed below. For additional resource information please visit www.gibill.va.gov .

How to Apply:

VA Benefit Programs

A CLTCC Financial Aid Specialist serves as the Veteran Affairs School Certifying Official and assists Military, Veterans and their families in obtaining funds through the various VA educational benefits programs. Click on each link to learn more.

National Guard Tuition Exemption

The National Guard Tuition Exemption Program is a Legislative Exemption that provides for an award equal to the amount of a student's tuition only for current National

Guard members that are in good standing with the National Guard and are in good academic standing with the college.

CLTCC receives a list of all eligible National Guard members each semester from the Louisiana National Guard. The list is compared with enrolled students who are in good standing with the college and then the exemption is posted to the student’s account. Students that do not have an exemption posted, but believe that they are eligible should contact SPC Leonard Acker leonard.c.acker.mil@mail.mil; (504) 278-8273

VA Chapter 33 - Post-9/11 GI Bill

This program provides financial support for education and housing to:

  • Individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate military service on or after September 11, 2001
  • Individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days of military service

To qualify for this program, the individual must have received an honorable discharge from the military.

Click here to learn more about transferability option under the Post 911 Bill: https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_transfer.asp

Steps to Receiving Benefit

VA Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. The VetSuccess program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they can not immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

Steps to Receive Benefits

  • Contact a VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at (318)676-3425
  • Register for classes
  • Complete CLTCC's VA Certification Data Form each semester.
  • Submit a copy of your approved Authorization VA Form 28-1905 to Financial Aid Office.
  • Create an ebenefit account www.eBenefits.va.gov .

VA Chapter 35 - Dependent of Disabled or Deceased

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance is an education benefit for eligible spouses and children of certain veterans. Eligible persons can receive up to 45 months of full-time or equivalent benefits to assist with the cost for:

  • College, business, technical, or vocational courses; High School Diploma or GED; Independent Study or Distance Learning Courses
  • Correspondence Courses (spouses only); Apprenticeship/On-the-Job Training
  • Remedial, Deficiency, and Refresher Training (in some instances)
  • The cost of tests for licenses or certifications needed to get, keep, or advance in a job

Requirements to Receive

To be eligible for Survivors' & Dependents' Education Assistance (VA Chapter 35) you must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:

  • A veteran who died, or is permanently and totally disabled, as the the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must be the result of active service in the Armed Forces
  • A veteran who died from any cause while such service-connected disability was in existence
  • A service member missing in action or captured in the line of duty by a hostile force
  • A service member forcibly detained or interned in the the line of duty by a foreign government or power
  • A service member hospitalized or receiving outpatient care for a VA determined service-connected permanent and total disability may be eligible for VA Chapter 35 benefits (Effective 12/23/2006)

Steps to Receive Benefits

VA Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill and Reservists

The Montgomery GI Bill is available for those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Montgomery GI Bill encompasses both the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30). Under VA Chapter 30, active duty military members enroll and pay $100 per month for 12 months; and are then entitled to receive a monthly education benefit once they have completed a minimum service obligation. Click here for information on the two main programs: https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/montgomery_bill.asp

Steps to Receive Benefits

Chapter 1606 - Selected Reserve

Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve

This is an education program that provides up to 36 months of education benefits to members of the Selected Reserve. This includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Reserves, as well as the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. It is the first program that doesn't require a person to serve on active duty in the regular Armed Forces to qualify. To learn more, click here: https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/resources/benefits_resources/rates/ch1606/ch1606rates100117.asp 

Note: If the student is an officer in the Selected Reserve or if the student entered active duty from the Selected Reserve after November 29, 1989, the student should call 800-899-6355.

Steps to Receive Benefit

If eligible for the Louisiana STEP (State Tuition Exemption Program), please call to 504-278-8273 that your name is on CLTCC National Guard Exemption List.

MyCAA - My Career Advancement Account

Department of Defense offers up to $4,000 MyCAA Scholarships to military spouses of active duty Service members in pay grades: E1-E5, W1-W2 and O1-O2 of Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines and National Guard/ARG member on Title 10 orders.

For more information about the MyCAA scholarship and available training, please call: 1-800-421-4830. Also, click here for additional information:

http://lp.mycareerworks.org/mycaa-main-b?msclkid=77f8ad5048ef104bd334f792dcb030d6