Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions concerning Veterans Affairs are listed below.

  1. Where should I go to apply for Veterans benefits?
  2. Is our office affiliated with or a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs?
  3. What purpose does the Veterans Affairs Office at Southwest serve?
  4. How soon should I submit my VA paperwork for an upcoming term?
  5. Can I receive VA educational benefit from two institutions simultaneously?
  6. Which courses are certifiable for VA pay?
  7. Why is it necessary to complete a "Veterans Request for Certification" form each semester?
  8. What should I do to receive credit for prior military training and/or education?
  9. When can I utilize my VA educational benefits?
  10. Will I have to enroll full-time to receive my VA educational benefits?
  11. Does the college waive fees for students receiving VA educational benefits?
  12. What happens if I should fail courses?
  13. How do I contact the Department of Veterans Affairs?
  14. Will VA pay for any degree and major?

Additional questions and answers can be found at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs website.


Q: Where should I go to apply for Veterans benefits?

A: Students may visit either the Macon Cove or Union Avenue campuses.

Note: Business, Career Studies and Technologies majors and degrees are processed at the Macon Cove Campus. Liberal Studies and Education, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Health Sciences majors and degrees are processed at the Union Avenue Campus.

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Q: Is our office affiliated with or a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs?

A: No, our office acts simply as a liaison between the veteran and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Q: What purpose does the Veterans Affairs Office at Southwest serve?

A: Our office certifies with VA the enrollment of those receiving VA Educational Benefits.

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Q: How soon should I submit my VA paperwork for an upcoming term?

A: As soon you are registered for classes and complete a Veterans Request for Certification form.

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Q: Can I receive VA educational benefit from two institutions simultaneously?

A: Yes, as a transient student. However, you must provide an authorization letter from your primary institution as well.

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Q: Which courses are certifiable for VA pay?

A: The VA will only pay for those courses required of your specific degree and major.

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Q: Why is it necessary to complete a "Veterans Request for Certification" form each semester?

A: The VA gives universities the option of certifying either by term or the entire year. Our office has opted to certify by term.

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Q: What should I do to receive credit for prior military training and/or education?

A: Submit a copy of your DD-214 (Certificate of Discharge) or other necessary documentation to the Office of Admissions.

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Q: When can I utilize my VA educational benefits?

A: VA educational benefits may be used during any academic term, including summer, with remaining entitlement. Simply notify our office.

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Q: Will I have to enroll full-time to receive my VA educational benefits?

A: No, VA has reduced rates for training less than full-time.

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Q: Does the college waive fees for students receiving VA educational benefits?

A: Requests for fee waivers are administered through the Cashier's Office; however, the "VA Hold Agreement" form must be completed with our office.

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Q: What happens if I should fail courses?

A: VA will repay for failed courses as long as the major requires a grade of "C" or better for degree completion. However, VA will not pay for failed courses due to nonattendance.

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Q: How do I contact the Department of Veterans Affairs?

A: By calling 1-888-442-4551 or visiting www.gibill.va.gov.

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Q: Will VA pay for any degree and major?

A: VA will only pay for degrees and majors previously approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Contact the Veterans Coordinator for approved degrees and majors.

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