GETTING STARTED AT TUSCULUM


Let us help you get your degree.

Getting started in pursuing your education may seem overwhelming.  Having to wade through the red tape of the Veterans’ Administration and school enrollment may have you second guessing your decision to get your degree.  Our staff will work with you to ensure the smoothest possible transition to college enrollment.

If you will be using VA education benefits, a step-by-step guide is shown below.  If you will not be using VA education benefits, your first stop should be with the Office of Admission. (http://home.tusculum.edu/apply/)

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If you are currently in the Army (active or reserve) and are interested in using your military tuition assistance, click here (https://www.goarmyed.com/login.aspx).


Step One – Determine the Correct VA Education Program.

The VA offers several education programs for honorably discharged veterans (and some survivors and dependents of veterans).  Most programs allow for 36 months of schooling.  Below is a quick summary of each program with links for more information.

Post 9/11 GI Bill.  Eligible if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001 (or honorably discharged due to a service-connected disability after 30 consecutive days).  Entitlement depends on length of active duty service.  Entitlement includes tuition, a book stipend per year, and a monthly housing payment equal to E-5 with dependents BAH.  Some individuals can transfer their entitlement to their dependent with restrictions (see Survivors and Dependents Education Assistance below).  Dependents of a member of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001 may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship program (see Survivors and Dependents Education Assistance below).  Click here for more information (http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/pamphlets/ch33_pamphlet.pdf)

Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB).  There are two main programs:

  1. Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD).  For active duty members.  Click here for more information. (http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_ad.asp)
  2. Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR).  For actively-drilling Reservists with a six-year Selected Reserve obligation.  Click here for more information (http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_sr.asp)

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E).  VR&E is more involved than just an education benefit.  It requires the veteran be receiving at least a 20% service-connected disability rating from the VA (10% if that disability directly impacts employment).  Click here for more information (http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/eligibility_and_entitlement.asp)

Survivors and Dependents Education Assistance.  In addition to veteran education benefits, the VA offers programs for survivors or dependents of veterans:

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship.  Available to children and spouses of service members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.  Click here for more information (http://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/docs/factsheets/Fry_Scholarship.pdf)

Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA) Program. This program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are rated by the VA as 100% permanent and totally disabled due to a service-connected disability or who died on active duty or as a result of a service-connected disability as rated by the VA.  Click here for more information (http://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/DEA.asp)

Post 9/11 GI Transfer to a Dependent.   Some active-duty military personnel can transfer their Post 9/11 GI Bill to their dependent children or spouse.  Click here for more information (http://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/post911_transfer.asp)


Step Two – Apply.

Completing a VA application for benefits is your next step.  This can be easily done online through vets.gov (https://www.vets.gov/education/apply/).  Recommend having a copy of your DD Form 214 available while completing this application.  Once you have completed the application, VA will send you a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE).

While you are waiting on receipt of the CoE, you will want to start requesting official college transcripts from previous courses be sent directly to Tusculum.  Most colleges have online processing for transcripts and you can simply search online by entering the college and “transcript request” which should point you to their site. For military transcripts, go to https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signin.do (Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines) or http://www.au.af.mil/au/barnes/ccaf/faq.sep (Air Force Community College of the Air Force).

All transcripts should be sent directly to:

Tusculum
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 5051
Greeneville, TN 37743


Step Three – Tusculum Application.

Once you have received your CoE, you should begin the application and enrollment process at Tusculum.  The application can be completed online (https://web.tusculum.edu/mytusculum/application.php).

If you will be using VA education benefits, you should also contact Pat Simons, Coordinator of Student Information and Veterans Affairs Representative at (423) 636-7330, extension 5257.  She will need your CoE and DD Form 214.