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Veteran Services

The veterans and military members receiving their education at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center are a valued and vital component of our campus community.

We recognize and honor their sacrifices and value their life experiences as they broaden the diversity of our staff, faculty and student body.

Located within the Office of the Registrar, Veteran Services helps students make the transition from "Soldier to Student." Whether you are a new student who has completed your service, a student who interrupted your education to serve and are now returning, or a student who began your studies elsewhere and are transferring here, we will help guide you to the resources you need to make the most of your UTHSC experience. On August 21, 2015, UTHSC received recognition as the first UT campus to receive the "VETS Campus" distinction from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).

The Office of the Registrar offers a Welcome Packet for incoming veterans, dependents, and military personnel.  The staff in the Registrar’s Office are all School Certifying Officials and can assist with your certification and questions.  Please contact us at 901.448.2495.

Veteran Student Policy

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is in compliance with Section 103 of Public
Law (PL) 115-407 ‘Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018’ that states: “a student who is
entitled to educational assistance under Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment,
or Chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits shall be permitted to attend or participate in the
course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides
to the educational institution a Certificate of Eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance
under Chapter 31 or 33 (a “Certificate of Eligibility” can also include a “Statement of Benefits”
obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ website – eBenefits, or a VAF 28-1905 form
for Chapter 31) and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

  • The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution.
  • 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt
    of the Certificate of Eligibility.

The University shall not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of
access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or require the student to borrow
additional funds, in order to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the
delayed disbursement funding from VA under Chapter 31 or 33.

The Veteran Student Policy can be found here: Attendance in Courses Pending VA Payment Policy

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

May 31, 2024