Veterans Affairs

Our Commitment to Veterans

The Office of Veterans Affairs is honored to be able to serve students who are serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces and their dependents.

You and your family have protected our freedom; now we are here to help you with your education.

Our Office Provides Assistance With 

  • Certifying Veterans Affairs (VA) & Department of Defense (DoD) education benefits
  • Transitioning to college 
  • Prior Learning Assessment credit from military or civilian work experience
  • Academic advising and mentoring
  • Finding resources to help through college
  • Establishing career goals
  • Discussing life/career choices

Vol State Veterans CenterVeterans Center

Our Veterans Center, located on our Gallatin campus, Ramer Building, room 150, is an exclusive place to study, work on assignments with the available computers, or hangout and build camaraderie with other veterans or adults.  

VolState Student Veterans of America (VSVA)

The mission of the VolState Student Veterans of America student club is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.  The VSVA has been active at Vol State since 2012, and is now at the Gallatin and Cookeville campuses. Students from any campus may participate.  If interested in joining, contact the Veterans Affairs and Adult Learners office at veterans.affairs@volstate.edu 

Educational Requirements

Approval for Vol State to offer VA and DoD education or training benefits comes with some conditions. To be eligible for payment of these education benefits, students must follow a degree or certificate plan, such as can be found in the student's DegreeWorks. The VA and DoD will only pay for classes fulfilling the student's degree or certificate plan for Vol State, or through approval from the student's degree granting institution.

Any English, Reading, or Math Skills courses must be taken by conventional classroom method ONLY to be eligible for VA educational benefits (online versions of skills courses are not authorized for VA certification).  The specific classes are ENGL 0810; READ 0810; MATH 0101, 0105, 0153. If you are not sure if the class you will be taking can be certified for attendance to the VA, contact the office of Veteran’s Affairs and Adult Learners to verify BEFORE registering for classes.

Credit for Service

Vol State accepts some of your military training credits. In order to have these credits applied to your Associate's degree at Vol State, you must have your DD 214 reviewed for college credit. If you have completed other credits that you think may apply to your degree here (i.e. technical credits for a CCAF degree), you will need to contact the advisor of your selected college or program. Credits are awarded on a case by case basis depending on your major or program.

Available Programs

  • Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill for Active Duty
  • Chapter 31: Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Chapter 32: Post-Vietnam Era Veterans Education Assistance (VEAP)
  • Chapter 33: Post-9/11 Bill
  • Chapter 35: Survivors and Dependent Educational Assistance Program
  • Chapter 1606: Montgomery G.I. Bill (Selected Reserve)
  • Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
  • MYCAA- Eligible active duty military spouse scholarship program https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa/
  • Federal Military Tuition Assistance- reference your service education office
  • GI Bill benefits: http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/index.html