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 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.
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 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 Overpayment and Penalties
- General Guidelines to Follow Once You Have Enrolled
- Military Tuition Assistance
- 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 Daniels Center to start the process for your GI Bill benefits.
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. For more information and questions concerning the GI Bill go to www.vets.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.
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.vets.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 Daniels 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.
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 Daniels Center 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 being advised and registering for courses (you will need to do this every semester).
- If only using FTA, please initiate the benefits process every semester by contacting your unit's Administrator/Service Officer.
Though the Daniels 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.
- You must submit the member 4 copy of your DD FORM 214 and your JST (or CCAF Transcript) to Mr. Sean Martin, MTSU Transition Manager, by the end of the first semester of attending MTSU for evaluation. You will receive up to 8 credit hours of electives (PE and Military Science) for your DD FORM 214 plus any other credits that you may receive from your JST or CCAF Transcript. Mr. Martin can be reached at email@example.com; 316 KUC, 615.904.8489.
- Every semester, you must work with your academic advisor to ensure you are registered only for classes needed for your major and or minor. Your advisor will upload eligible classes into the system for the Daniels Center to review. You will have a registration hold on your account until you have done this.
- VA benefits are based on the number of certified credit hours a student is registered for and attending.
- VA will only pay for courses required in the student's major or minor. Any changes to your major, minor, or class schedule must be reported to the MTSU Daniels Center and your advisor.
- You must notify the MTSU Daniels Center immediately of any changes in registration or class attendance which may affect your status as a full or part-time student.
- VA will not pay for any courses that you have previously been given credit that you earned by military service.
- If you are classified as a non-resident, you will be charged out-of-state tuition charges. The VA will not pay out-of-state tuition charges.
- If you decide to withdraw from MTSU, please speak to your advisor first. Then you MUST GO ON PIPELINEMT/RAIDERNET AND DROP ALL CLASSES. You must also notify the Daniels Center of this withdrawal.
- 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.
- Dropping classes can result in a debt to the VA. Additionally, certain courses (ECE 4100, ENGL 1008, 1009, 1010, 1020, READ 1000, and MATH 990) award a grade of an "N" if a student hasn't earned the minimum grade required for the course. Since MTSU Academic Regulations consider a grade of "N" to be a non-punitive grade, and the Dept. of Veteran Affairs Rules & Regulations state that a student cannot be paid for a non-punitive grade including "W" & "WD", if you receive a non-punitive grade in a course, you could incur an overpayment in which you will have to repay the VA. A non-punitive grade is any grade assigned which excludes the course from consideration in determining fulfillment of requirements toward graduation.
- You cannot be certified to re-enroll in courses for which you have already 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.
- BE AWARE - Not all internships/practicums/independent study courses are approved for veterans' benefits. Please check with the Daniels Center prior to enrolling in these courses.
- While DD214 and JST/CCAF are required of all veterans using educational benefits, Veterans may also provide a copy of their DD214 to the MTSU Health Services Office to satisfy the MMR immunizations requirement to be eligible for full-time enrollment.
CHANGES to ENROLLMENT/MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES: When the MTSU Daniels Center is informed of a change in the enrollment status, the change will be forwarded to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs and may result in reduced or terminated benefits as well as receipt of an overpayment notice. Repayment of benefits will be required, normally to the beginning of the term. However, if a mitigating circumstance prevented you from completing the course(s), it is possible that you may be paid through the last date of attendance in the course(s). Mitigating circumstances require the veteran’s personal statement/ documentation be submitted to the Dept. of Veteran Affairs. The Dept. of Veterans Affairs, not MTSU, makes the determination about acceptance of mitigating circumstances on an individual basis.
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 FTA will pay up to $250 per semester and up to 16 semester hour per fiscal year (the fiscal year ceiling is $4,500). Students may receive FTA payments for no more than a lifetime total of 130 undergraduate semester hours and 39 graduate semester hours.
FTA will be authorized IF:
- The college is regionally or nationally accredited AND is a participant in GoArmyEd (GAE).
- The funded course(s) meets a requirement listed in the service member's personalized degree plan provided by the school (this can include prerequisite courses).
- An undergraduate GPA of 2.0 for FTA-funded courses is maintained
- An graduate GPA of 3.0 for FTA-funded courses is maintained
- NOTE! FTA is NOT authorized simultaneously with Chapter 1606/MGIB-SR or Chapter 1607/REAP for the SAME course (Ref. DODI 1322.25).
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
- 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.
- Register for classes
- Follow the steps to upload documents in the GoArmyEd portal
- 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---incentives.html
- Army: http://www.goarmyed.com/
- To access the Academic Worksheet 104-R, click here
- All other branches please contact your education representative in your unit
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.