For the the Lifetime Learning Credit, you must be a citizen or resident alien.
For the standard deduction, you can take the full standard deduction as a resident alien. As a non-resident alien, you can claim the standard deduction up to the amount of your US based income.
IRS Pub for Non-Resident and Resident Aliens: https://www.irs.gov/publications/p519/ch01.html
Here's how I understand: I have been in US since August 2011, thus according to pub 519, I was considered dual state alien in 2013, and resident alien in 2014 and thereafter. However my school tax assistant told me it takes 5 years before I can file tax returns as a resident alien. I wonder if it is safe to assume that I can be considered a resident alien for full calendar year 2016 and therefore qualified for the credit?