Veterans Educational Assistance

Welcome to the Cleveland State Community College Office of Veterans Affairs! We appreciate your military service and look forward to assisting you as you join us here at Cleveland State. We are a certified Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) campus; we prioritize outreach to veterans while successfully delivering the services necessary to create a supportive environment where student veterans can prosper while pursuing their education.

The Cleveland State Veterans Affairs Office assists prospective and enrolled service members, veterans, their dependents/survivors, and other persons eligible to receive education benefits under various Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs. This office is a resource center that provides individualized assistance in accessing benefits, advising, registering for classes, and answering any questions you may have about college.

All degree and certificate programs at Cleveland State are approved for the enrollment of veterans and other persons eligible to receive VA education benefits.

 1. Apply to attend Cleveland State.   All new and returning students will need to complete this step.

2. Complete the Veteran Student Intake Form.   All veterans, current military, and dependents/survivors utilizing VA education benefits should fill out this form.

3. Determine which VA education benefit you will use, if any, and apply on the VA website. If you have already used G.I. Bill benefits at another institution, you will need to complete a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training form.

G.I. Bill Comparison Tool

Apply for G.I. Bill Benefits

VA Form 22-1995: Request for Change of Program or Place of Training

VA Form 22-5495: Dependents' Request for Change of Program or Place of Training

4. Members of the Tennessee Army and Air National Guard may be eligible to receive tuition reimbursement through the STRONG Act. More information and an application can be found here:  Tennessee STRONG Act

Reservists and active duty members should contact their unit for information about utilizing tuition assistance, if available. The Army maintains a website that may be helpful to soldiers in learning more: GoArmyEd

5. Request a copy of your Joint Service Transcript (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard) or Community College of the Air Force transcript to be sent to Cleveland State for evaluation of prior credit.

Joint Service Transcripts

Community College of the Air Force Transcript Requests

6. Our Financial Aid office can help you complete a Free Application for Student Aid to see if you are eligible for additional aid, such as Pell Grants. Tennessee also offers additional grant money to state resident veterans who meet certain criteria and served overseas tours in the Middle East. Visit the Helping Heroes grant page here: Tennessee Helping Heroes Grant

7. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is the evaluation of college-level knowledge and skills that an individual has gained outside of the classroom for college credit. Cleveland State evaluates all military transcripts to ensure the highest amount of possible transfer credit is awarded. CSCC offers additional opportunities to earn PLA, such as external testing (CLEP) and portfolio assessment. For more information contact Tishauna Hoffman, Prior Learning Assessment Specialist at thoffman@clevelandstatecc.edu

8. Service members, veterans, and dependents/survivors of veterans who are eligible recipients of Veterans Affairs educational benefits, tuition assistance, or state educational benefits may defer the cost of tuition and fees until the last day of classes by completing a deferment form. The form must be submitted each semester.  The deferment is not a payment but an extension that allows the student additional time to receive funds from the governing agency. Instructions to complete this online form will be given when you meet with the School Certifying Official after you register.

If you have any questions about the process of attending Cleveland State we would be happy to assist you! We can be reached at veteransaffairs@clevelandstatecc.edu or by phone at (423) 478-6217.

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