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Military, Veterans, & Families

On-Base Classes Return to Fort Eustis

Your experience counts. At Thomas Nelson, we believe that military experience, education and training should translate, whenever possible, into academic credit that can help you achieve your educational goals.


You Commute to Work.  You Shouldn’t Have to Commute to Class

Enroll in our convenient, flexible courses at Fort Eustis.  Knock out requirements in English, Psychology, IT, Biology and other fields—many available in accelerated, eight-week terms.  Check out our on-base schedule for Fall Terms.

Please see note above regarding fall class changes.

Fall Term 2019 @ Fort Eustis
16 Week Term, 21 August-14 December
BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I TU 7:30-10:30 pm*
8 Week 1 Session, 21 August – 15 October
ENG 112 College Composition II MO-WE 5:00-7:30 pm
ITN 109  Internet and Network Foundation TH 5:00-7:30 pm+
ITE 120 Principles of Information Systems TU 5:00-7:30 pm+
8 Week 2 Session, 16 October-14 December
ENG 111 College Composition I MO-WE 5:00-7:30 pm
ITN 260 Network Security Basics TU 5:00-7:30 pm+

*Students must take corresponding lab at either the Hampton or Historic Triangle Campus
+ Classes taught in hybrid format; meets in classroom one night a week, all other instruction on-line; ITN 109 and ITE 120 are part of the three-course Career Studies Certificate in Cyber-Security for Local Area Networks, offered at Fort Eustis

Hybrid Courses Could Boost Your GI Bill Housing Allowance

It’s no secret that on-line education is a popular option for military members and veterans.  According to the Defense Department, 85 percent of the annual Tuition Assistance budget (which totals more than $500 million), goes to on-line classes.  And, many veterans enroll at colleges and universities with extensive on-line offerings, taking advantage of their flexibility and convenience. 

But there has been a long-standing financial disadvantage for GI Bill recipients, in terms of their housing allowance.  Students enrolled in a completely on-line program receive a flat rate housing allowance, instead of the rate based on the school’s location (used for in-resident students).  In some cases, that means the loss of hundreds of dollars a month in housing money. 

But as of 15 August, the VA is boosting the housing allowance for students enrolled in hybrid courses, which combine classroom sessions and on-line learning.  With the change, hybrid classes will now be considered the same as in-residence programs, allowing students to receive the full housing allowance for their locality.

Thomas Nelson Community College offers hybrid classes in a number of subjects, combining the interaction and support of the classroom environment with the convenience of an on-line offering.  A listing of our hybrid courses for the fall term can be found on our website.  Enrollment for the fall semester is continuing; classes start on 21 August.  

However, some rules remain unchanged for GI Bill recipients enrolled in hybrid classes. Students taking less than seven credits during a semester do not receive any housing allowance, no matter what the situation or location.  The same holds true for personnel using their GI Bill while on active duty, along with spouses who have had the benefit transferred to them.

For more information about using your GI Bill benefits at Thomas Nelson, contact our military financial aid staff at (757) 825-2912.  To start the enrollment process for the fall term, call our enrollment services team at (757) 825-2800, or the military team at (757) 825-2938. 




Keep Your Education on Track—Despite Major Changes for Navy TA Program

As you’ve probably heard, the Navy has made some dramatic changes in its Tuition Assistance program for active-duty sailors and members of the Naval Reserve. 

Earlier this year, the Navy TA program ran out of money, due to greater-than-expected demand, leaving thousands of sailors temporarily unable to continue their off-duty education.  At the time, the service announced the program will resume with the start of the new fiscal year in October, but with new rules governing eligibility and use.

Beginning 1 October 2019, the following changes will become effective for enlisted sailors using TA, or taking courses at sea under the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE):

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Revamped Veterans Center Plans Fall Events

The newly refurbished Veteran Services Center is preparing for the upcoming fall term with a pair of grand re-openings and a slate of programs and other activities.
Located in Wythe Hall, Room 230 (across from the library), the Services Center offers a study and meeting space for military-affiliated students, along with information on services available at Thomas Nelson and referrals to veteran services in the local community.

And, with recent upgrades, the Veteran Services Center is an even more accommodating place.  In recent weeks, crews have installed new furniture and computer work stations, giving military students a more comfortable place to relax, meet with friends, or work on class assignments.

Mr. DeMario Daniels, an Air Force Veteran and the college representative for Project VERITAS (Veteran Education Resource Initiative for Transition, Advising and Success), supervised the project.  Daniels has been affiliated with the Veteran Services Center for several years, dating back to its previous home in a portable building in the campus “quad.”  The old facility was out-of-the-way for many students, and as a result, few vets utilized the center.  

With the move to Wythe Hall, the Vets center is much more accessible, and officials hope the revamped facility will become a valuable resource for military-affiliated students at Thomas Nelson, including active duty personnel, members of the National Guard and Reserve, armed forces retirees, and spouses.  

According to Gary Pounder, Thomas Nelson’s Assistant Director for Veterans Recruitment, Retention and Advising, the center will host a variety of speakers and programs during the fall term, to better connect military students with programs and services at the college and in the local area.  A complete schedule of planned events at the center will be posted on the college’s Military and Veterans webpage in the coming weeks.  

The Veteran Services Center is also planning a pair of grand re-openings to celebrate the new facility.  Pounder said the first event will be held the week of 21 August, as the college starts its new fall term.  The second re-opening will be part of Thomas Nelson’s annual Veteran’s Day commemoration in November.  Details on those events will also be listed on the Military and Veterans website.  
The Thomas Nelson Veteran Services Center is open from 8 am – 5 pm, Monday-Friday.  For more information, contact Mr. Daniels at or Mr. Pounder at

Army Spouses: Get Reimbursed for Professional Re-Licensing Expenses Caused by PCS

Army spouses can now apply for reimbursement of up to $2,500 in professional relicensing expenses through Army Emergency Relief when they move to another state.

Last month, top Army officials announced a $500 limit on relicensing costs for military spouses for permanent change-of-station moves. However, if additional funds are needed for relicensing, AER will help offset those costs for eligible spouses.

The new category of AER assistance went into effect June 5.

"We at AER are constantly looking to expand our categories of assistance to even better support the Army team," said retired Lt. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, AER director. "One key is the challenge of PCS moves and the demands that it places on Army Families; this is especially true for working spouses whose jobs require certification/licensing for every new state they live in.

"This is the right thing to do for our Families who give so much to their Soldier and our nation," he added Wednesday during the Association of the U.S. Army "Hot Topic" symposium on installation management.

The first step for spouses is knowing the certification requirements in their new state. If assistance is necessary, spouses who are eligible for the reimbursement will need their Soldier --- whether active-duty, National Guard or Reserve -- to apply for the reimbursement at their command.

They will need a completed SF 1034 form, known as a Public Voucher for Purchases and Services Other Than Personal form; a copy of their PCS orders; and copies of the old state license or certification, the new license or certification, marriage certificate, and proof of fees paid.

Soldiers and their spouses will be able to apply for this assistance within 180 days of arrival to their new location by presenting the license or certification from the previous state along with their application, which they can find on

Applicants can also learn more by contacting Army Emergency Relief at Fort Eustis at (757) 878-2137.



Transitioning Soldiers Prepare for What’s Next

Leaving the military this year?  Need to add a new skill before your separation or retirement date?  Then our CSP welding program may be your answer.  Complete an entry-level welding class in only three weeks, with the opportunity to earn a nationally-recognized credential and screen for employment at Newport News Shipbuilding. Read More


Earn a Cyber-Security Credential in Less Than a Year

Impossible, right?  Think again.

Thomas Nelson is the only area college or university to offer a cyber-security certificate on base, and you can finish it in less than a year.  Our Career Studies in Cyber-Security for Local Area Networks will be offered at Fort Eustis again this fall.  Gain the knowledge you need for your Network + and Security + certifications, foundational credentials for anyone interested in a cyber career.  You will also earn nine semester hours of credit, which can be applied to our IT degrees at Thomas Nelson.  Learn more by contacting our Fort Eustis office at (757) 878-5344 or


Need to add to your skills, or train for a new career?   

Thomas Nelson Workforce Development has a wide range of classes that can enhance your existing skill set, or prepare you for a new job.  Check out their offerings in healthcare, IT, manufacturing & trades, business and entrepreneurship and transportation.  These courses are affordable and our on-line registration system is fast and easy.  Many of these classes lead to nationally-recognized credentials and may complement training your gained in the military.  Classes for the summer and fall are now forming; see the complete list of offerings here.


Upcoming Events


PTSD Seminar--Hampton Campus

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm


We're excited to announce Credits2Careers, Virginia's Community Colleges' academic and career portal for evaluating and awarding credit for military experience.

Locations: On Campus

On Campus

Locations in Hampton, Newport News, and Williamsburg are located in close proximity to the many bases on the peninsula.

Locations: On Base

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We provide quality academic instruction and resources to our military at Fort Eustis and the Coast Guard Training Center at Yorktown.

Locations: Online


Learn on your own time. With quality classes available online, we provide what you need, when you need it.

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