Veteran Services | Thomas Nelson Community College

Veteran Services

Active Duty military personnel, along with members of the National Guard and Reserves, may be eligible for Tuition Assistance benefits to help fund their college education.  Additionally, U.S. Army personnel can now participate in the Credentialing Assistance (CA) Program, allowing them to use part of their education funds to pay for non-credit classes and programs leading to specified credentials and certificates.  Spouses of military members in specific grades (E-1 through E-5; W-1 through W-2 and O-1 through O-2) can also apply for the My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) program, which pays up to $4,000 (over two years) for a wide range of education and training programs, both credit and non-credit.  For more information, contact a member of our Military Team, on-campus, or at our Fort Eustis office, located at 1500 Madison Avenue on post.

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 Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) benefits, must submit a 1905 for each semester using the benefit. Students who receive VA Benefits under Chapter 30, 1606, or 35 must have a valid method of payment for tuition and fees prior to submit the Certification Request for VA Education Benefits. 

Office Location and Contact Information

Griffin Hall, Room 212
Phone: (757) 825-3442
Fax: (757) 825-3537
Email: va@tncc.edu

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 Office of Veterans Affairs.

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