Veterans Affairs

Jackson State Community College is committed to serving our veteran students and their families in a timely, thorough and conscientious manner.

The Veterans Affairs Office, located inside the Student Union Building, is the place for students to receive one-on-one service with individualized guidance. Early Registration for Military Veterans

As a "thank you" to our military veterans, JSCC now allows veterans to register for classes before the general student body. Priority registrations for veterans will begin the spring 2013 semester.

If you are a veteran and a current JSCC student, your status can be verified by providing the Member 4 copy of your DD214 (discharge) form to the Veterans' Affairs Office in the basement of the Nelms Classroom Building, (731) 425-2618. Students that meet the military veteran status, who already are attending Jackson State, and are working with the Veterans' Affairs Office need only watch for notice about your priority registration in November.

If you are a new student to Jackson State, you may supply the DD214 document to the Admissions Office in the Administration Building, (731) 425-8844.

The Veterans' Benefits Coordinator assists students eligible to receive VA benefits through the Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1606), Chapter 1607 (REAP), GI Bill-Active Duty Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 30), children, spouses, widows or widowers of veterans killed or rated 100% disabled while a member of the Armed Forces under Chapter 35, and the GI Bill Chapter 33. Also available is assistance for Vocational Rehabilitation recipients through the VA, Chapter 31.

How to Apply for VA Benefits

Other Financial Assistance for School

In addition to available VA Benefits, you are strongly encouraged to pursue other sources of financial assistance, by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available on the JSCC Financial Aid website at

This site also features a link for you to estimate the total cost of your education at Jackson State, based on financial aid resources. It does NOT include calculation of additional VA benefits you may receive.

Deferred Payment Possibility

Students receiving VA benefits may elect to apply for a deferment of tuition and fees if they have not received their benefit check by the last date to complete payment, and are not continuously enrolled and already receiving benefits.

Eligibility for Deferment of Payment of Tuition and Fees by Certain Eligible Students Receiving U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or Other Governmentally Funded Educational Assistance Benefits.

Service members, veterans, and dependents of 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 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 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 deferment 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.

Residence Required for JSCC Degree Completion

Twenty-five percent of the overall semester hours of credit needed for graduation must be from Jackson State. Fifteen of the last twenty-four semester hours of credit should be from Jackson State.

A student may apply credit earned in a technical certificate to the Associate of Applied Science degree requirements, but 15 of the final 24 semester hours of the A.A.S. degree (exclusive of Learning Support requirements) must be completed after the change to the A.A.S. degree program.

Students completing a second degree must complete the curriculum prescribed for the second degree, provided the work completed includes at least 24 semester hours in residence over and above the total number of hours completed for the first degree. The student will be governed by the provisions of the Catalog in effect at the time he/she re-enters the College for work toward the second degree.

For More Information:

VA Toll Free Number: 1-888-442-4551
VA Website:
Monthly attendance verification for Chapters 1606, 1607 and Chapters 30 and 33: 1-877-823-2378, or on the VA website listed above.

The Veterans Crisis Line: for veterans, their families and friends, 1-800-273-8255, Press 1 and chat online or send a text message to 838255 for confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Veterans National Resource Directory