The Office of the Registrar at Tennessee Technological University will assist veterans and their dependents in reaching their educational goals. The Records staff is your liaison to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and will make every effort to provide speedy educational benefit payment with a minimal amount of difficulty.
Service members, Veterans, and dependents of veterans who are eligible beneficiaries of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits or other governmentally funded educational assistance, subject to the conditions and guidelines set forth in Tennessee Code Annotated
49-7-104 as amended, may elect, upon formal application, to defer payment of required tuition and fees until the final day of the term for which the deferment has been requested. Application for the deferment must be made no later than 14 days after the beginning of the term, and the amount of the deferment shall not exceed the total monetary benefits to be received for the term. Students who have been granted deferments are expected to make timely payments on their outstanding tuition and fees balance once education benefits are being delivered, and eligibility for such deferment shall terminate if the student fails to abide by any applicable rule or regulation, or to act in good faith in making timely payments. This notice is published pursuant to Public Chapter 279, Acts of 2003, effective July 1, 2003.
Eligibility for VA educational benefits can be extended to veterans, reservists, spouses and children of service-connected deceased or disabled veterans under the following programs:
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a new educational benefit for individuals with active duty service after September 10, 2001. The new GI Bill
Visit www.gibill.va.gov to learn more
Enlistment after July 1, 1985 is required. The service person must have participated in the pay reduction program. The monthly payment rate will vary with the length and type of service. Monthly self-certification is required to insure benefit payments.
Enlistment or extension for six years of reserve duty after July 1, 1985 is required, and does not require a contribution by the service member. You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of educational benefits, which end 10 years from the date you become eligible for the program.
This program is available to certain veterans who have a service-connected disability of 20 percent or greater. Although the date of entry to active service is not considered, students should use this benefit within twelve years of the date of discharge. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Enlistment between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 is required.
If your enlistment or delayed enlistment was prior to December 31, 1976, and you remained on active duty until at least July 1, 1987, and received an honorable discharge, you may be eligible to rollover into the Montgomery GI Bill. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis.
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Individuals who are eligible for these programs are keenly aware of their eligibility. The Office of the Registrar will provide assistance and certification for these programs.
A child or spouse of a service-connected deceased or 100-percent-permanently disabled veteran may be eligible for VA educational assistance. The marital status of a dependent child is not a factor in determining eligibility. Benefits may be used until the dependent has reached the age of twenty-six or for eight years from the date that eligibility is determined, whichever is later.
Consult the Office of the Registrar by telephone, letter, or, better yet, in person. We will give you all the forms you need to apply for your benefits.
For more information regarding VA benefits contact the clerk listed below, according to your last name.
You must apply for advance payment at least thirty days prior to the beginning of the term and allow six to eight weeks for the VA to deliver your check to the University. The advance payment will include payment for the first two calendar months of the term, which usually means payment for a few days of one month and all of the following month. You will be notified when your advance payment check arrives.
Though the Office of the Registrar tries very hard to speed up the benefit process, you should be prepared for payment delays. Always allow the VA six to eight weeks to process any change in your claim. Allow an additional four to six weeks if your main claim folder must be transferred from one VA regional office to another.
An overpayment is an incorrect benefit payment that is more than the amount to which you are entitled. If you promptly notify the Office of the Registrar of changes affecting your benefits, you can prevent or reduce overpayments.
In addition, you should use reasonable judgment when you accept and cash a check. Carefully read all letters from VA about the monthly rate and effective dates of your benefits. If you think a VA check is wrong, contact VA before cashing the check. Return any checks for too much money to VA.
If you cash a check for the wrong amount, you will be liable for repayment of any resulting overpayment.