Office of Veterans and Military Service Members

Office of Veterans and Military Service Members Program at Lake Erie College assists individuals that have served or are currently serving in the armed forces of the United States of America, as well as their dependents, in attaining their educational goals.

A Military Friendly College

The Office of Veterans and Military Service Members supports students with guidance in their curriculum, as well as assistance through the College's administrative processes. The VETS Program team also provides support by serving as a liaison between military life and the college experience.


The mission of the Office of Veterans and Military Service Members at Lake Erie College is to facilitate the successful enrollment, registration, advising, retention, and graduation of our Military Student Veterans by assisting them in transitioning from the military to the college and civilian world successfully. The Program provides academic support, benefit and education counseling, program information, and referrals to appropriate resources through a personalized approach that emphasizes individual attention and care.

Financing your VETS Education

Lake Erie College Office of Financial Aid is happy to offer support to our Veteran Students. In addition to the scholarships and financial information below, students are welcome to contact Ruth Ford at her contact information below or reach out to the Office of Financial Aid.


The Office of Veterans and Military Service Members proudly offers a team approach for the enrollment process at the College. The program assists the veteran in enrolling, registering, obtaining records, and applying for all Veteran Administration benefits, among other things. Our goal is to be there for our veterans from "Enrollment to Graduation" and beyond.


  • We are committed to supporting veterans and their families through specialized programming and services.

  • We foster collaborative opportunities and relationships for veterans within the community.

  • We assist veterans with their application to LEC and GI Bill® benefits. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at gibill

  • We provide "The Bunker," which is a veteran-only center for studying and socializing, and a study room for individual work, small group meetings, and one-on-one tutoring.

  • We have been named a Military Friendly SILVER School.

  • We are a “Yellow Ribbon” School.


Lake Erie College is an active participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, an education enhancement program that allows a degree-producing institution of higher learning to enter into a tuition-funding agreement with the Veterans Administration to share the cost of tuition not covered by the Post-911 GI Bill®.

As a participant, Lake Erie College contributes significant funding for tuition for students who are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

To serve the Veterans who served America!

Thank you for your service to our country! We are proud to welcome you to the Lake Erie College community.

Meet the Team

George Phillips; MBA/MA

Executive Director of Graduate Programs, Career Services & Veterans Support / Adjunct Instructor; School of Business