Students receiving educational assistance through the Department of Veteran Affairs must contact the VA Certifying Official in the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. Student must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program or seeking Licensure to teach to receive benefits. Only classes applying to your degree may be certified for VA benefits.
VA Education Benefits can be received by veterans, reservists/guardsmen, spouses and children of 100% service-connected deceased or disabled veterans under the programs listed below. For information on applying for the benefits, contact the Certifying Official or go to the GI Bill website at www.gibill.va.gov
POST 9/11 GI BILL (Chapter 33)
Only active duty service performed after September 10, 2001, may be considered for determining eligibility for this benefit. To be eligible, a service member or veteran must have served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty. Individuals honorably discharged for a service-connect disability who served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001, may also establish eligibility. Students are eligible for tuition and fee payment, housing allowance and book stipend (dependent upon percentage of eligibility determined by VA).
Service member may also elect to transfer their education benefit to their spouse or dependent children. For additional information, go to www.gibill.va.gov
Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30)
Veterans enlisted after July 1, 1985 and participated in the pay reduction program may apply for the Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill. Student receives a monthly payment. The rate will vary with the length and type of service. Members are eligible for this benefit up to 10 years from date of separation from the military. To receive payment, student must certify enrollment monthly using the WAVE program.
Reservists Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 1606)
The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve and the Army National Guard and Air National Guard. Eligibility for the program is determined by the Selected Reserve component. Student may receive up to 36 months of educational benefits. The benefit entitlement ends 15 years from the date of your eligibility for the program or on the day you leave the Selected Reserve.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program -REAP ( Chapter 1607)
Provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This program is for reservist activated for at least 90 consecutive days after September 11, 2001. Qualified reservists are eligible for increased benefits.
Dependents GI Bill (Chapter 35)
Benefit may be paid to spouse or child of a service-connected deceased or 100-percent-permanently disabled service-connected veteran. Marital status of a dependent child is not a factor in determining eligibility. Dependents determined eligible may have up to 45 months of benefits and may use the benefit until they reach age twenty-six.
Veteran Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Chapter 31)
A Veteran who has a service connected disability which entitles him or her to VA disability compensation and who is in need of vocational rehabilitation because his or her disability creates an employment handicap may be eligible for Chapter 31 benefits. The program is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Division. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. For more information contact Cynthia Hepp at the Clarksville office, 931-906-1501.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT APPLYING FOR BENEFITS, GO TO WWW.GIBILL.VA.GOV
Service members, veterans and dependents of veterans eligible for Department of Veteran Affairs education benefits or other governmentally funded educational assistance, subject to the conditions and guidelines set forth in Tennessee Code Annotated 49-7-104 as amended, may elect, upon formal application, to defer payment of required tuition and fees until the final day of the term for which the deferment has been requested. Application for the deferment must be make no later than 14 days after the beginning of the term and the amount of the deferment shall not exceed the total monetary benefits to be received for the term. Students who have been granted deferments are expected to make timely payments on their outstanding tuition and fees balance once education benefits are being delivered and eligibility for such deferment shall terminate if the student fails to abide by any applicable rule or regulation, or to act in good faith in making timely payments.
Guidelines to follow to receive Education Benefits
- Notify Certifying Official of your class schedule each semester you want to receive benefits.
- Notify Certifying Official of Change of Major or Minor.
- Only classes needed for your degree may be certified for veteran benefits
- Classes already passed cannot be certified for benefits unless catalog states must make a grade of ‘C’ or above.
- Excessive electives cannot be certified.
- Notify Certifying Official of any change to schedule to include dropping a class, withdrawal from a class or school, or stop attending classes. Failure to notify official may result in an overpayment from VA.