Veteran Benefits

Veteran Benefits

Use your education benefits wisely.

Nashville State is proud to serve our veterans.

Veterans and eligible dependents of veterans can apply for educational benefits from the Veterans Administration (VA). Contact the Coordinator of Veteran Services to complete the necessary forms. Learn about the requirements:

Contact

Tracy H. Collins, Veterans Affairs Coordinator
vetcom@nscc.edu ~ 615-353-3211
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM

Office Location
Student Services Building, S-207H
in the Records Office, Main Campus
120 White Bridge Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

Getting Started

New VA Student

  • Complete an Application for Educational Benefits (Form: 22-1990). Apply online and receive a Certificate of Eligibility from the VA in 4–6 weeks.
  • Register for classes before you turn in any paperwork.
  • Submit a copy of DD-214 (Member Four Copy), or if drilling with the Reserve or Guard, submit a copy of Notice of Basic Eligibility (Form: DD-2384) from Reserve or Guard Unit Officer.
  • Fill out the Request for Certification (submit to the VA Coordinator each semester): Download Request for Certification Form PDF
  • Request for Deferment (optional to have your tuition/fees deferred; submit form to the VA Coordinator each semester; tuition/fees are due in full by the last day of class of each term): Download Request for Deferment Form PDF
  • Turn in Certificate of Eligibility once it is received from VA.

Continuing VA Student

VA Transfer Student

Register for your courses first, then turn in required paperwork:

  • Complete an application for Request for Change of Program or Place of Training at www.vets.gov/education/apply-for-education-benefits.
  • Submit a copy of DD-214 (Member Four Copy), or if drilling with the Reserve or Guard, submit a copy of Notice of Basic Eligibility (Form: DD-2384) from Reserve or Guard Unit Officer.
  •  Fill out the Request for Certification (submit to the VA Coordinator each semester): Download Request for Certification Form PDF
  • Request for Deferment (optional to have your tuition/fees deferred; submit form to the VA Coordinator each semester; tuition/fees are due in full by the last day of class of each term): Download Request for Deferment Form PDF

First-Time Dependent of Veterans

  • Complete an Application for Educational Benefits (Form: 22-5490): Survivors and Dependents Assistance and receive a Certificate of Eligibility from the VA in 2–4 weeks.
  • Register for classes then fill out the Request for Certification (submit to the VA Coordinator each semester): Download Request for Certification Form PDF
  • Request for Deferment (optional to have your tuition/fees deferred; submit form to the VA Coordinator each semester; tuition/fees are due in full by the last day of class of each term): Download Request for Deferment Form PDF
  • Turn in Certificate of Eligibility once it is received from VA.

Prior Dependent of Veterans

Program Pursuit

  • In order to receive VA educational benefits, all courses taken must count towards the graduation requirements in your VA-approved program (Degree or Certificate Major).
  • Repeated (previously passed) courses from either transfer credit or courses taken at NSCC do not qualify for VA benefits. Additionally, any courses taken that do not count towards graduation credit in your program are excessive courses, and do not qualify for VA benefits. In most cases Remedial or Developmental courses are VA approved.

Prior Credit Evaluation

The Records Office will evaluate all applicable matriculation documents for transfer credit. That portion of transfer credit, which applies directly to your specific program, will be awarded towards your graduation requirements. Awarded credit will shorten the length of your program accordingly.

Previously earned credit, whether earned from another institution or military training, must be reported to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Once reported, prior credit is not required again unless new transfer credit is earned, or your degree program changes.

Veteran Grant and Scholarship Info

Helping Heroes Grant

Tennessee Helping Heroes Grant: A $1,000 grant per semester for eligible veterans. View Helping Heroes Grant info.

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Educational Benefits Types

Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill

Provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Detailed Information: www.vets.gov/education/apply

Chapter 30 - Active Duty/Former Active Duty

Provides educational benefits for individuals entering the military service after June 30, 1985. (Reservists and National Guard members should refer to Chapter 1606 and Chapter 1607 (REAP). Any previous recipient of “old” G.I. Bill benefits should report them as Chapter 30 on this form. Detailed Information: www.vets.gov/education/apply

Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation & Counseling

For individuals who have a compensable service-connected disability, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs determines that training and rehabilitation services are needed to overcome an employment handicap. For more information: www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/index.htm

Chapter 35 - Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program

For dependents (spouse or children) of individuals who die or are permanently and totally disabled from service-connected causes. Detailed Information: www.vets.gov/education/apply

Related Benefits: Reinstated Entitlement Programs for Survivors - REPS
Free Tuition for certain SC War Veterans (see Veteran Benefits Answers below)

Chapter 1606 - Reserve/Guard

Montgomery G.I. Bill-Selected Reserve available to members of the Selected Reserve, including the National Guard. Apply for CH 1606: www.vets.gov/education/apply.

Chapter 1606 requires monthly verification of attendance while you are in school. You can do this either by calling the VA at 877-823-2378 or by logging in at www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do.

Veteran Benefits Answers

Contact the Dept. of Veteran Affairs at 888-442-4551.
Inquire about the status of a pending claim through the St. Louis Regional Office Claim Inquiry.

Consult the Dept. of Veterans Affairs website for benefit pay charts. Contact the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (888-442-4551) for more specific information.

Submit an Enrollment Certification Request every semester.

Report any changes in class schedule (drop/add) within two business days to avoid over/under payment of benefits.

Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill)

Apply for the Post-9/11 GI Bill online at www.vets.gov/education/apply. Look at the benefit comparison chart to be sure you are making the right choice before electing the new GI Bill. The form requires that individuals currently eligible for another education benefit make an irrevocable election from their existing program to change to the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Remember if you are currently using Chapter 30 benefits and switch to Chapter 33 you will only have a total of 36 months of benefits between the 2 programs. However, if you use up all of your Chapter 30 benefits and then apply for Chapter 33, you may be eligible for an additional 12 months of benefits.

Monthly Verification for Chapter 30, Chapter 1606 and Chapter 1607

You must verify attendance to the VA every month to receive your monthly education benefit by phone if no changes by calling 877-823-2378 (877-VA-E-CERT) or online at www.vets.gov/education/apply on or after the 1st day of the month.

Degree Plan

Enroll only in courses required on your degree plan in order to receive VA benefits. Have an updated degree plan with you always, especially when seeking academic advising and course selection for upcoming school terms.

Fee Deferment

Veterans and Dependents who applied for advance pay at least 45 days prior to official registration or who have not received a regular VA education benefits payment due to VA error may apply for fee deferment.

Complete the Fee Payment Deferment Request Form. This deferment allows you to wait for VA monies to make the first and all payments to the school. If VA has not paid by the end of the term, you are responsible to make all payments to the school.

Eligibility for deferment of payment of tuition and fees by certain eligible students receiving U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or other government funded educational assistance benefit: Download VA Eligibility for Deferment of Payment PDF

NSCC Catalog: See the Financial Aid section and the Payment Information and Business Services section.