Veterans Affairs Checklist
- Apply for admission at the Southwest Online Application
- Apply to Receive your VA benefit at: www.va.gov under Education Benefits
- If National Guard using Federal Tuition Assistance, go to www.goarmyed.com; for TN Strong go to https://www.tn.gov/military/programs-benefits/education-incentives.html
- Apply for Financial Aid Using the FAFSA at: https://fafsa.ed.gov
- Submit all documents required by Admission and Financial Aid in a timely manner
- 30 days after applying for benefits online, you should receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) in the mail. Bring it to the Southwest VA office, along with a copy of your or the veteran’s DD214.
- Complete hyperlink to Request for certification Certification Request form
How To Receive Benefits
In order to receive VA Educational Assistance, eligible persons must be enrolled in a VA approved program leading to a specific degree or certificate. VA does not certify payment for non-degree seeking students unless in a transient status. Transient students must provide an authorization letter from the VA official at their primary institution. In addition, all previously earned credits, as appropriate, must be applied to the enrolled program. Only course(s) included in the requirements for the degree program being pursued will be certified for educational benefits.
Post 9/11 GI Bill® – Chapter 33
- Housing and books payments are made directly to the student.
- VA benefit payments for tuition and fees are made directly to the school.
- Students are responsible for completing the online Certification Request form to the school certifying official before the first day of class.
Note: Chapter 33 recipients who have been rated at less than 100% eligibility or are taking course work that cannot be certified ARE responsible for the remaining percentage of tuition and fees and charges not covered by the VA by the fee payment deadline.
Vocational Rehabilition - Chapter 31
- Payments are made directly to the institution for tuition and fees.
Survivors & Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA) - Chapter 35
- Payments are made directly to the student.
All Other GI Bills
For all other MGIB - Chapter 30, MGIB-SR - Chapter 1606 and MGIB-REAP - Chapter 1607, TA
- Payment is made directly to the student for the number of days the student is certified for the month and NOT to the school.
The student is responsible for payments and the student may be dropped for non-payment.
It is the student's responsibility to self-verify at the end of each month to ensure timely payment. Beginning Aug. 1, 2021, the VA made changes and now requires all Post 9/11 GI Bill® recipients to verify their enrollment monthly. Opt-in for text verification or call 1-888-442-4551 to verify!!
For Chapter 33 (Post 9/11), if you enroll in only online courses for a semester, the VA will only pay you at the reduced online rate. If at least ONE of your classes is face-to-face class, then you will receive the amount of stipend you would normally get.
Changes in credit load that affect your training time
You need to report when you add or drop a class because it will affect your payments.
When do I receive my MHA?
The VA disburses MHA on the first of the month for the month prior. For example, on October 1st, students will receive MHA for September.
For questions about your benefits, call the VA education Benefits line at: 1-888-GIBILL1 or 1-888-442-4551.
- Macon Cove Campus Farris Building, Room 2146
- 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
- Union Avenue Campus M Building, Room 110
- For hours, please call 901-333-5122
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