Veteran Services | Thomas Nelson Community College

Veteran Services

Processing Update

Summer Certification Requests: Please allow 5-7 business days from the date your Certification Request was received for review and certification.  An email will be sent to your student email once your request has been reviewed.  

Fall Certification Requests:  We will begin reviewing Fall Certification Requests and submitting Fall Enrollment Certifications to the VA on June 1, 2021.  At that time, we will review in the order received and an email will be sent to your student email once your request has been reviewed.  

Veteran Services Virtual Walk-In Office Hours

Veteran Services Virtual Walk-In Office Hours will be held on the last Thursday of each month.  The next scheduled time is Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 10am - 3pm. Please click the following link to join the ZOOM session to discuss any questions pertaining to VA Education Benefits at Thomas Nelson:  Veteran Services Virtual Walk-In Office Hours

Veteran Services Appointment Availability

Veteran Services staff is available for individual ZOOM appointments via NAVIGATE on Tuesdays from 1-4PM. Please login to your NAVIGATE portal to schedule an appointment. Please email us at or call us at 757-825-3442, so that we can assist you. 

We look forward to "seeing" you! 

Veteran Services Policy and Procedure for using VA Education Benefits

Students who wish to utilize VA Education Benefits must submit a Certification Request for VA Education Benefits form to Veteran Services each semester.  New students or students using VA Benefits for the first time, must also submit confirmation of application for VA Education Benefits.  The VA will issue a Certificate of Eligibility after processing the VA Application for benefits.  This Certificate of Eligibility must be submitted to Thomas Nelson’s Veteran Services Office.  Student using Veteran Readiness and Employment (Chapter 31) benefits must have the VR&E Counselor submit authorization to Thomas Nelson for each semester the student wishes to use the benefit. Students who receive VA Benefits under Chapter 30, 1606, or 35 are required to have a valid method of payment for tuition and fees prior to submitting the Certification Request for VA Education Benefits. 

Forms for Veteran Services

Contact Information

Phone: (757) 825-3442

Overview of VA Education Benefits

There are various VA education programs available, all of which have their own unique qualifying criteria and rates of payment. These programs do not pay a student’s tuition (except for Chapter 31 and Chapter 33), instead; students pay their own tuition and then receive monthly benefit payments from the VA. Eligible students may apply for advance payment of benefits and also take advantage of the college’s tuition payment plan. The VA benefit amount is determined by the student’s training time. The VA established levels of training time are: “full”, “3/4”, “half”, and “less than half”. Refer to the Training Time Equivalency Table for specific information. Benefits for students training while on active duty and those training less than half-time are limited to the amount of tuition and fees paid. As the number of credits determine the payment amount, it is absolutely essential that students immediately report all changes in enrollment (drops/adds) to the college’s Veteran Services Office.

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