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Ms. Carolyn Wells
Veteran's Affairs Coordinator
(931) 393-1529
(800) 654-4877 Ext. 1529
(931) 393-1812 Fax
cwells@mscc.edu
Crouch Center



ATTENTION VETERANS: You may be eligible for the "Helping Heroes Grant." Click the link below to learn more:

The Helping Heroes Grant


Motlow invites all military Service Members (active duty, reserves, guard), Veterans and their families to participate in the Service Member to Student Survey. Click to link to learn more and contribute to this important research.

Veteran's Services

Welcome to the office of Veterans Affairs at Motlow State Community College (MSCC). This office helps assist Veterans and eligible disabled veteran's dependents in requesting educational assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Our goal is to provide assistance and supportive services to veterans and dependents of veteran's enrolled at MSCC.

All veterans and eligible disabled veteran's dependents seeking assistance in applying for Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits may visit the Veterans Affairs Office located in Room 1023 of the Crouch Center. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You may also contact the office at:

    Carolyn Wells, Veterans Affairs Coordinator
    P.O. Box 8500 Dept. 520 Lynchburg, TN 37352
    Office: 931-393-1529 // Fax: 931-393-1812 // cwells@mscc.edu

How to Apply for Benefits

  1. Determine your eligibility and complete the corresponding Veterans Online Application
  2. Forward a copy of the online application with a DD Form 214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" to Carolyn Wells at cwells@mscc.edu.
  3. Complete and submit the Motlow Veteran's Affairs Form (which includes the Motlow College Enrollment Certification Form, important information regarding enrollment as a veteran/ dependent receiving VA benefits, and student veteran/certain veteran's dependent tuition & fees payment deferment request.)


Post - 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

Individuals who are eligible for the new Post 9/11 GI Bill may begin using it August 1, 2009. Only active duty service performed after September 10, 2001 may be considered for determining eligibility for this new benefit. To be eligible, a service member or veteran must have served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty. However, individuals honorably discharged for a service-connected disability who served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001 may also establish eligibility.

http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/index.html

The Post - 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010

The Post - 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-377) changes the amount of tuition and fee charges which should be reported to the VA by MSCC. Your MHA (monthly housing allowance) is based on E-5 with dependents(37352 zip code).

Post - 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) Transfer of Eligible Service

Eligible Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Service Members may transfer their unused GI Bill benefits to their spouse and/or children. Here are the websites and the steps involved in transferring those benefits:

http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/transfer_of_benefits.html
http://www.defenselink.mil/home/features/2009/0409_gibill/
  1. The service member will need to go through their command section and request the transfer of benefits to their spouse/children. Once approved, Department of Defense (DOD) will send the service member a Transfer of Educational Benefits (TEB) print-out showing the transfer was approved by DOD. MSCC's VA Office will need a copy of this TEB print out.
  2. Once the TEB is obtained, the service member will need to go to the VA website at www.gibill.va.gov and click on electronic forms. Look for VA FORM 22-1990e. Complete the form and submit it online. Once it's been submitted online, print out a copy of it, because the MSCC VA Office will need a copy of that form also.
  3. Please bring a copy of the TEB print out and the completed VA FORM 22-1990e form to the MSCC Veterans Affairs Office. Once the student brings us these documents, we will certify for their GI Bill.
  4. It normally takes the VA Regional Office 6 - 8 weeks to process this paperwork. Any further questions can be directed to the MSCC Veterans Affairs Office located in the Crouch Center Room 1023 or call 931-393-1529.

The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30)

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. Members are eligible for this benefit for up to 10 years from their date of separation from the military. Monthly WAVE verification is required to insure monthly benefit payments.

http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/montgomery_gibill/active_duty.html

Reservists Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 1606)

The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components. You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of educational benefits. Your benefit entitlement ends 14 years from the date of your eligibility for the program, or on the day you leave the Selected Reserve.

http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/montgomery_gibill/selected_reserve.html

Reserve Educational Assistance Program - REAP (Chapter 1607)

This program was established as a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This program is for reservists who were activated for at least 90 consecutive days after September 11, 2001. Qualified reservists are eligible for increased benefits.

http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/reap.html

The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who:

  • Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
  • Are unemployed
  • Received an honorable discharge
  • Are not eligible for any other VA education benefit program
  • Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
  • Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program
  • Enrolled full time (12 hrs).


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Chapter 31)

This program is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Division at the Nashville Regional Office. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. For more information contact: Diana Russell or go to:

http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/index.htm

Dependents Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)

A spouse or child of a service-connected deceased or 100-percent-permanently disabled service-connected 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.

http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/dea.html

Payment Delays

Though the Veterans Affairs Office tries very hard to expedite the benefit processing time, you should be prepared for payment delays. You should allow the VA Regional Office six to eight weeks to process any change in your claim; however, this processing time may vary according to the particular term you're attending. Also be aware that the amount of VA funding that you receive may not cover all tuition and related fees for the courses in which you enroll.

How to Prevent Overpayments and Penalties

An overpayment is an incorrect benefit payment that is more than the amount to which you are entitled. If you promptly notify the MSCC Veterans Affairs Office 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 the VA about the monthly rate and effective dates of your benefits. If you think a VA check is incorrect, contact the VA Regional Office at 1-888-442-4551 before cashing the check. Return any checks for too much money to VA Regional Office.
If you cash a check for the incorrect amount, you will be liable for repayment of any resulting overpayment.

Eligibility for Deferment of Payment of Tuition and Fees

Veterans and dependents of 100% service-connected disabled 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 calendar 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.

Deferments are not automatic; you must apply for a deferment each term that you will be receiving GI Bill benefits. , click on Benefits Deferment link and complete the online form after registering for all courses.

If you utilize the deferment plan, a hold will be placed against your account which will prevent adding/dropping courses until your account is paid in full. As long as you are making timely payments on your account, then you can contact the Business Office for a temporary release of your hold. You might need to utilize this option during priority registration for the next term if your account isn't fully paid by that time.