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Lebanon Valley College Ranked #1 for “Best Colleges for Veterans” in the North by U.S. News & World Report
09.30.14 |
Lebanon Valley College ranked #1 in the North for “Best Colleges for Veterans” by U.S. News & World Report in the 2015 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” It is just the second year that U.S. News has ranked schools in this category.

Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa., located within 10 miles of the Lebanon VA Medical Center and the Ft. Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center, is perfectly situated for veterans and families of veterans looking to pursue higher education.

U.S. News lists schools in the 2015 “Best Colleges for Veterans” rankings that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members apply for, pay for, and complete their degrees. Schools were ranked on three primary criteria:

  • The institution is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium.
  • The institution is certified for the GI Bill.
  • The institution participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program (a program that covers tuition and fees for veterans and eligible dependents who qualify for the program under the Post 9/11 GI Bill) or is a public institution that charges in-state tuition, which can be fully covered by the GI Bill, to all veterans applying from out of state.

TSgt. Nate Stroik M’15, a 10-year Air Force veteran, is one of 30 current veterans or family members enrolled at LVC. “LVC makes applying for VA benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill incredibly easy. Breanne Zipko does a phenomenal job aiding veterans in processing tuition assistance every semester,” said Stroik who will complete his MBA in spring 2015. “The Financial Aid Office truly acts as liaison between the veteran and VA, which is instrumental in navigating the often challenging path to capture educational benefits. I recommend all veterans contemplating furthering their education contact the LVC Financial Aid Office to learn how much they are entitled to once enrolled in a program—the amount may surprise you!”

Lebanon Valley College has long partnered with area veterans and military organizations. One of the College’s longest continuing military partnerships dates back to at least 1972 with the Ft. Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center. The College also offers its enrolled veterans the same services as all other LVC students, including in the Center for Career Development and the Counseling Center. In addition, the College places a special emphasis on working with veterans and their families through the Financial Aid Office.

“We are honored by this recognition from U.S. News & World Report,” said Breanne Zipko, financial aid administrator at LVC. “We continuously strive to support our Veteran students so that they have a successful and meaningful experience at the College. Our participation in programs such as the Yellow Ribbon Program is merely one way for us to express our gratitude for their service.”

Lebanon Valley College administers three primary types of military education benefits: VA Benefits (i.e. Post 9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill), Educational Assistance Program (EAP), and Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA). In the past five years, 168 students have received VA benefits, including 28 this academic year*; 34 have received EAP benefits, including three this year*; and 41 have received FTA benefits, including three this year*. (*One student may receive multiple types of benefit, so these numbers may include the same student multiple times within one academic year.) There are 30 students receiving at least one type of military education benefit for the current semester.

LVC has participated in the Yellow Ribbon Program since it began during the 2009–2010 academic year. Eligible students for the Yellow Ribbon Program receive their usual VA benefit from the Post 9/11 GI Bill. However, if there are any tuition and fee costs that are not met by that payment, Lebanon Valley College pays half of the remaining balance (the VA matches the other half). Therefore, the VA and LVC cover 100% of the cost of tuition and fees. The College awarded $47,968 to eligible Yellow Ribbon students this academic year. LVC has awarded more than $129,000 through the Yellow Ribbon Program in the past four years.

Depending on the benefits, some can be used by the actual servicemember or by a dependent whose parent/spouse has earned the benefit and transferred it to the student. Visit www.lvc.edu/financial-aid/military-benefits.aspx to learn more about the military education benefits offered to veterans and their families at Lebanon Valley College. You can also contact Breanne Zipko, financial aid administrator, at 717-867-6435 or zipko@lvc.edu. 


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