Veterans & Military

Honored to Aid Those Who Have Served

Tusculum University is privileged to help students who have served in the United States Armed Forces and now desire to attend Tusculum University using their military or Veterans Administration education benefits or their VA Vocational Rehabilitation educational benefits.
Veteran student at Tusculum University

Tusculum University is honored to assist current military, veterans, and their family members achieve academic success.

Whether attending Tusculum using Veterans’ Administration (VA) education benefits, other tuition assistance programs or self-paid, Tusculum is committed to ensuring your Pioneer experience is successful.

Veterans who wish to transfer credit may submit a certified Veterans’ Form DD214 showing an honorable discharge with at least 6 months’ service. Those still on active duty in the military may submit basic training documents.

Veteran Services Office

The Tusculum Veteran Services Office goal is to reach, recruit, retain, and reengage veterans from the time they are considering school to employment opportunities after graduation.

Our office helps veterans and their family members not only at our Greeneville campus but our satellite sites in Knoxville and Morristown as well as our online students.

Below are only a few initiatives or programs to help student veterans and/or family members:

  • Transferring military experience into college credit through our Prior Learning Assessment Program
  • A freshman orientation course designed for military-affiliated students
  • An elective leadership studies course designed for military-affiliated students

  • Assist with VA education benefits
  • Establish veteran-specific programs and initiatives
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Internships/Post-graduation employment
  • Individual assistance as needed
  • Outreach
  • Link to military units and veteran organizations

Why Tusculum?

  • Associate, bachelor’s, and master’s level programs are available options at Tusculum.
  • 3 locations in East Tennessee; while Greeneville is home to our main campus, satellite sites are also located in Knoxville and Morristown.
  • 3 methods of completion: online, evening classes for working adults, and traditional.
  • Small class sizes; Tusculum has a 16:1 student to faculty ratio with classes averaging 15 students, allowing students more interaction with faculty and classmates.

  • Assistance with processing Veterans Administration education benefit paperwork
  • A Veteran Services Office to assist with any veteran issues
  • A strong NCAA Division II athletics program
  • Evaluation of military experience and training for prior learning credits
  • Waiver of application deposit if using VA education benefits
  • Provisional acceptance pending transcript receipt and evaluation
  • Priority registration for classes


Join the ranks and become a Tusculum Pioneer! Our staff will work with you to ensure the smoothest possible transition to college enrollment.

Step 1

Determine if you will be attending with education benefits.

If you’re not sure, contact the Veterans’ Services Office at

  • Will you be applying for VA education benefits? If so, follow steps 2 and 3 below.
  • Will you be applying for the Tennessee STRONG Act tuition reimbursement program? If so, follow steps 2 and 3 below.
  • Will you be applying for education benefits through your military service (for those currently serving entitled to federal tuition assistance)? If so, follow steps 2 and 3 below.
  • Will you be self-paying for college? If so, skip to step 3 below.

Step 2

Complete the online application.

In-Person/Daytime Student

Apply Here

Online/Evening Student

Apply Here

For Students Utilizing VA Education Benefits

Contact the Veteran Services Office and let them know you will be using VA education benefits. Request a certificate of eligibility from the VA by visiting this link. The VA will send you a letter (certificate of eligibility) showing your entitlement. This process can take 30 days to receive, but please continue following the guidance of your admissions representative and advisor. Once this letter is received, send a copy of the letter and your DD Form 214 to

For Students Utilizing the TN STRONG Act

If you are serving in the TN National Guard and not eligible for federal tuition assistance, you can apply for the TN STRONG Act tuition reimbursement program. Visit this link.

For Students Currently Serving Utilizing Military Federal Tuition Assistance

You will want to contact your military service’s Educational Services Officer (ESO) for assistance and guidance in completing the required forms. Army (active and Reserve) can also visit this link.

Step 3

Request official transcripts.

You will need to request official military and college transcripts be sent directly to Tusculum (address below). Most colleges and universities have online processing for transcripts and you can simply search online by entering the college and “transcript request”, which should point you to their site.

Army, Navy, Coast Guard, & Marines

Click Here

Air Force & Space Force

Community College of the Air Force

Click Here

Tusculum University
Office of Admission
P.O. Box 5051
Greeneville, TN 37745

Student Veteran Resource Guide

The Tusculum Student Veterans’ Resource Guide lists resources at all levels – campus, local, state and federal.


Credits for Prior Learning

Earn college credits for military experience and training.

Tusculum University recognizes the unique training and experiences our military students have gained. As a result, TU is committed to ensuring allowable credits (as determined by the American Council on Education (ACE)) are awarded to our student veterans whenever possible. Your DD Form 214 and military transcripts will be reviewed for college credit(s) once they are provided during your admission process. This review will occur regardless of your military rank at discharge.

All students can request credits by successfully completing national testing opportunities (CLEP, DSST, etc.). If you are interested in national testing, please contact the Veterans’ Services Office at

To request additional possible credits based on your specific military career field and skill level, contact the Veterans’ Services Office. Once requested, your military career field and skill level will be reviewed for Tusculum University comparable courses identified by ACE. You can then accept or decline award of credit(s) and those that are accepted will be added to your transcript record.


Yellow Ribbon Program

Tusculum University proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. If you are receiving 100% entitlement to the Post 911 GI Bill ® (GI Bill is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)) and if your tuition exceeds the VA cap, there would be no out-of-pocket expenses to the student.

The Green Zone Program

The Tusculum Green Zone Program is designed to help student veterans who may be feeling overwhelmed, stressed or lost and those just looking for information on veteran issues.

Tusculum has a core set of staff and faculty knowledgeable on veteran-issues and resources. Each staff member or faculty in the Green Zone Program is a volunteer and has been trained on veteran-issues, military culture, and medical conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and military sexual trauma.

They have also been provided resource points of contact for various veteran programs.

The bottom line is to help student veterans succeed.

If a student believes they need help, they can look for the above symbol which identifies a Green Zone participant. They can also contact the Veterans’ Services Office.

U.S.S. Greeneville

Tusculum has a long-standing relationship with the United States Navy through its partnership with the U.S.S. Greeneville submarine. Since its christening, Tusculum has partnered with the crew members, offering an annual full tuition scholarship to crewmen and/or members of their family.


Compliance Notice

Tusculum University adheres to all compliance requirements of the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration.

Principles of Excellence


Registrar’s Office, Virginia Hall, Ground Floor, Office G07

VA School Certifying Official – R. Shayne Cowden
(423)636-7300, ext. 5708