I am in the National Guard. How do I use my tuition exemption?

Tuition exemption is NOT a GI Bill program. This is a state program for the Louisiana National Guard. To use this benefit, you must contact your full-time Unit Readiness NCO and the State Education Service Office. They will then send notification to LSUHSC, Student Financial Aid Office. It is YOUR responsibility to visit the Student Financial Aid Office to have this benefit applied to your account. The VA Certifying Official at LSUHSC will not take care of this for you. More information about the program is available here.


I am the dependant of a veteran. What do I need to do to use my tuition and fee waiver?

This is NOT a GI Bill benefit. Instead, this is a Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs program.  Students apply for this exemption through their local parish VA Service Office.  Because you have applied for the Chapter 35 GI Bill does not mean that you will automatically get this benefit. You must apply for it separately at a Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Parish Office. Students approved by the Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs are issued a certificate bearing the department's seal.  The certificate must be presented to the LSUHSC Student Financial Aid Office to receive the exemption. The exemption requires the student to attend full-time and cannot be used after the student reaches the age of 25. The VA Certifying Offical will not take care of this for you. More information about the program and where to find a Parish Office is available here.