Step #2 - Choosing the Right G.I. Bill
Our goal in the benefits area is to provide exemplary assistance and supportive services to veterans and military family members enrolled at MTSU. This area specifically, assists veterans and eligible dependents in requesting educational assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Any further questions can be directed to Ray Howell or Shannon Brown at the MTSU Veterans and Military Family Center (KUC 124).
Your first step is to determine the G.I. Benefit(s) that you qualify for and that are best suited for your needs. Start by completing the What Benefit is Best for Me? tutorial, then apply online for your G.I. Bill benefits. If you don't have the capability to apply online, you can call 1-888-GI BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to have a form mailed to you. Other import student-veteran information includes:
- Certification Process
- Eligibility for Deferment of Tuition and Fees
- Eligibility and GI Bill Information
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Chapter 31)
- Dependents Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)
- To Apply for Benefits
- Payment Delays
- How to Prevent Overpayments and Penalties
- General Guidelines to Follow Once You Have Enrolled
- Military Tuition Assistance
- Helping Heroes Grant
- Vet Success
- Active Military Called to Service
- Returning MTSU student-veterans: Go online to MTSU's PipelineMT, click on RaiderNet, then look for the "VETERAN" tab. Complete the Veterans Enrollment Certification, Benefits Deferment Form, and confirm your enrollment for the upcoming term on the Veteran tab after registering for courses (you will have to do this every semester).
- New freshmen and new transfer student-veterans: contact the Veterans and Military Family Center located in the Keathley University Center (KUC) Building, Room 124 to start the process for your GI Bill benefits.
Veterans and dependents of 100% service-connected disabled veterans who are eligible beneficiaries of U.S. Department of Veterans 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 made no later than 14 calendar 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. This notice is published pursuant to Public Chapter 279, Acts of 2003, effective July 1, 2003.
Deferments are not automatic.You must apply for a deferment each term that you will be receiving GI Bill benefits. To apply, log into PipelineMT, select RaiderNet tab, select Veteran tab, click on Benefits Deferment link and complete the online form after registering for all courses.
If you utilize the deferment plan, a hold will be placed against your account which will prevent adding/dropping courses until your account is paid in full. As long as you are making timely payments on your account, then you can contact the Business Office for a temporary release of your hold. You might need to utilize this option during priority registration for the next term if your account isn't fully paid by that time.
Eligibility for VA educational benefits may be extended to qualified veterans (eligible dependents), reservists/guardsmen, and spouses and children of 100% service-connected deceased or disabled veterans under certain programs listed below. In addition, for more information and questions concerning the GI Bill go to www.gibill.va.gov or call 1-888-442-4551.
Use of this Chapter began August 1, 2009. Only active duty service performed after September 10, 2001 may be considered for determining eligibility for this new benefit. To be eligible, a service member or veteran must have served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty. However, individuals honorably discharged for a service-connected disability who served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001 may also establish eligibility. Click here for more information.
The Post - 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-377) changes the amount of tuition and fee charges which should be reported to the VA by MTSU. Click here for details.
Eligible Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Service Members may transfer their unused GI Bill benefits
to their spouse and/or children.
Here is the website and the steps involved in transferring those benefits:
The service member will need to go through their command section and request the transfer of benefits to their spouse/children. Once approved, DOD will send the service member a Transfer of Educational Benefits (TEB) print-out showing the transfer was approved by DOD. MTSU's VA Office will need a copy of this TEB print out.
Once the TEB is obtained, the service member will need to go to the VA website at www.gibill.va.gov and click on electronic forms. Look for VA FORM 22-1990e. Complete the form and submit it online. Once it's been submitted online, print out a copy of it.
The eligible dependent will need to bring a copy of the TEB print out and the completed VA FORM 22-1990e form to the MTSU Veterans and Military Family Center. We will then request that the dependent complete the local MTSU forms in order to be certified for the GI Bill.
It normally takes the VA Regional Office 6 - 8 weeks to process this paperwork.
Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30)
Enlistment after July 1, 1985 is required for this chapter. The service person must have participated in the pay reduction program. The monthly payment rate will vary with the length and type of service. Members are eligible for this benefit for up to 10 years from their date of separation from the military. Monthly WAVE verification is required to insure monthly benefit payments. Visit here for more information.
The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components. You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of educational benefits. Your benefit entitlement ends 14 years from the date of your eligibility for the program, or on the day you leave the Selected Reserve. Visit here for more information.
This program was established as a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide 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 reservists who were activated for at least 90 consecutive days after September 11, 2001. Qualified reservists are eligible for increased benefits. Visit here for more information.
This program is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Division at the Nashville Regional Office. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis.
A spouse or child of a service-connected deceased or 100-percent-permanently disabled service-connected veteran may be eligible for VA educational assistance. The marital status of a dependent child is not a factor in determining eligibility. Benefits may be used until the dependent has reached the age of twenty-six or for eight years from the date that eligibility is determined, whichever is later. Visit here for more information.
To apply for GI Bill benefits for the first time at MTSU, contact the MTSU Veterans and Military Family Center in the Keathley University Center, Rm. 124, Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
- If you are currently receiving benefits or received them previously as an MTSU student, log into PipelineMT, select RaiderNet tab, select Veteran tab, click on Enrollment Certification link, and complete online form after registering for courses (you will need to do this every semester).
Though the Veterans and Military Family Center tries very hard to expedite the benefit processing time, you should be prepared for payment delays. You should allow the VA Regional Office six to eight weeks to process any change in your claim; however, this processing time may vary according to the particular term you're attending. Also be aware that the amount of VA funding that you receive may not cover all tuition and related fees for the courses in which you enroll.
An overpayment is an incorrect benefit payment that is more than the amount to which
you are entitled. If you promptly notify the MTSU Veterans Affairs Office of changes
affecting your benefits (such as dropping a class or withdrawing from school), you
can prevent or reduce overpayments.
In addition, you should use reasonable judgment. Carefully read all letters from the VA about the monthly rate and effective dates of your benefits. If you think a VA payment is incorrect, contact the VA Regional Office at 1-888-442-4551.
VA will only pay for courses required for major or minor. You should report any changes in your major/minor to the MTSU Veterans and Military Family Center immediately.
You must notify the MTSU Veterans and Military Family Center immediately of any changes in registration or class attendance which may affect your status as a full or part-time student.
VA benefits are based on the number of credit hours a student is registered for and attending. Dropping or not attending classes could result in overpayment. Additionally, certain courses (ENGL 1009, 1010, 1020, READ 1000, MATH 0990, and remedial/developmental courses) award a grade of "N" if the student does not earn the minimum grade required for the course. Since MTSU Academic Regulations consider a grade of "N" to be a non-punitive grade, Veterans Administration rules & regulations state that a student cannot be paid for a non-punitive grade. Therefore, if you receive an "N" grade in a course, you could incur an overpayment which you will have to repay to the Veterans Administration. Please contact the Veterans and Military Family Center at (615) 898-2601 or (615) 898-5040 if you have any questions regarding this matter.
VA will only pay benefits for one program at a time. If you are working toward two different degrees and/or programs at the same time, you must choose which one will be your primary program to be reported to the VA.
You cannot be certified to re-enroll in courses for which you have earned a passing grade. VA will only pay for repeating courses with grades of "F", "N", or "W" unless the MTSU catalog specifically states that a certain minimum grade is required.
VA will not pay for online remedial/developmental courses.
You should not enroll in any courses that you have previously been given credit earned by military service.
Most internships/practical training/independent study courses are not approved for VA educational benefits. Please check with the veteran's coordinator, Ray Howell in the MTSU Veterans and Military Family Center, prior to enrolling in these courses.
Incoming veterans should consult their academic advisors and Scott Hurt (Admissions) for evaluation of prior military credit. Military credits apply to cumulative hours earned, but may not apply to your degree program. Excessive hours may disqualify you for financial aid. Thus you will want to work with your academic advisor and Admission in deciding what training to submit.
Veterans may provide a copy of their DD FORM 214 to the MTSU Health Services Office to satisfy the MMR immunizations requirement to be eligible for full-time enrollment.
Overall Description of the Federal Tuition Assistance Program:
The Department of Defense (DoD) has mandated a uniform Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) fiscal policy across the services programs which include Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy. The FTA program pays for tuition only. The per semester hour cap is $250 and the fiscal year ceiling is $4,500. Students may receive FTA payments for no more than a total of 130 credit hours. To ensure all service members participating in off-duty, postsecondary education programs are provided quality education programs, the Department of Defense established the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between DOD and the colleges.
Guidelines for Army National Guard Students:
- Be Admitted to MTSU
- Establish a GoArmyEd Account
- See your academic advisor
- Register for classes
- Follow the steps to upload documents in the GoArmyEd portal
- Ask your advisor to sign your degree plan. This can be any of the following: upper division form signed by advisor, advising worksheet signed by the advisor (on MTSU letterhead), Army form 104R, Planned Academic Program Worksheet (signed by advisor).* If a course is not specifically listed on the degree plan (elective), a memo on MTSU letterhead is needed stating the course will count toward the degree.
- Check the GoArmyEd portal to ensure all courses are approved (with a green check mark). You will receive an email fro m GoArmyEd for each approved/denied course.
- Print authorization from GoArmyEd and take to the Business Office in the Student Services
and Admission Center (SSAC)
Need Additional Information:
- TN Army National Guard Education Office: http://www.tnmilitary.org/education-benefits.html
- Army: http://www.goarmyed.com/
- All other branches please contact your education representative in your unit
- To access the Academic Worksheet 104-R, click here
The Helping Heroes Grant is a $1,000 per semester grant, awarded to students who successfully completes twelve (12) or more semester hours with no failing grade as the final grade for the course. The student shall receive $500 per semester for successfully completing six (6) to eleven (11) semester hours with no failing grade as a final grade for the course. The student shall not receive an award if enrolled in fewer than six (6) semester hours.
VetSuccess on Campus is a Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) program – and Middle Tennessee State University is a location spot! VSOC counselors are trained to provide academic and vocational guidance to Veterans, and help connect them to other VA benefits, including health care and mental health services. The VSOC counselors maintain close relationships with local VA Vet Centers and VA medical facilities, referring service members, Veterans and dependents as needed and providing assistance applying for VA medical and nonmedical benefits. Their main goal is to ensure your academic and future accomplishments by making sure you have all the necessary tools and knowledge to do so. Our success is your success!!!!
Middle Tennessee State University VSOC counselor can be found on campus at KUC 124. Click here for information concerning the VetSuccess program.
Pursuant to T.C.A. § 49‐7‐2301 and 49‐7‐2302, students called to active military or National Guard service during the semester are entitled to a 100% adjustment or credit of mandatory fees. Housing and meal ticket charges may be prorated based on usage.
Here are the cited statutes:
- 49‐7‐2301. Military reserve and national guard personnel. Military reserve and national guard personnel who are students attending a state college or university located in this state and whose active military service occurring after August 1, 1990, mandates that they be away from the college or university during a school term shall be entitled to a credit for tuition or a refund for each credit hour paid by or on behalf of the student for that school term. Credit shall be given only if the reserve or National Guard student did not receive a final grade in the class or course for which tuition credit is sought.
- 49‐7‐2302. Students at state college or university ‐‐ Absence for period in excess of thirty days because of active military service. Students who are absent from a state college or university during any school term or portion of a school term in excess of thirty (30) days due to active military service shall be entitled to receive a tuition credit in the form of credit hours for each credit hour paid by or on behalf of the student from the college or university previously attended or a refund for any payments made. Credit shall be given only if the reserve or National Guard student did not receive a final grade in the class or course for which tuition credit is sought.