Veterans Affairs

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

The Veterans Affairs Office, located in the Administration Building, Room 124, is the place for students to receive one-on-one service with individualized guidance. To make an appointment, call (731) 425-2618.

The Veterans' Affairs Coordinator assists students eligible to receive benefits through the

  • Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Chapter 33)
  • Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)
  • Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1606)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation  (Chapter 31)
  • GI Bill®-Active Duty Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 30)
  • Tuition Assistance and TN Strong Act - see your Educational Service Officer (ESO), or counselor within your military service prior to enrolling.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.

Eligible recipients must apply to VA to receive approval for some benefits.  

  How to Apply for Military Benefits 

VA will mail a Certificate of Eligibility to the student as proof of benefits; a copy must be turned in to the VA Coordinator along  with a copy of a DD214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.

Veterans Services Information Sheet

Verification of Enrollment to VA

Students who are receiving benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill® Chapter 30, Chapter 1606, and 1607 must verify their enrollment to the VA each month

Students using Post-9/11 Bill® Chapter 33 must also verify enrollment.  Learn how to verify enrollment for Chapter 33

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.

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.

Apply early for the Helping Heroes Grant

Deferred Payment Possibility (See the VA Coordinator for details)

Students receiving VA benefits may elect to apply for a deferment of tuition and fees prior to the start of the semester.

Eligibility for Deferment of Payment of Tuition and Fees:  Eligible Students Receiving U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or Other Governmentally Funded Educational Assistance Benefits may apply for deferment. The amount of the deferment shall not exceed the total monetary educational 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. 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.

Prior Learning Assessment

The VA Coordinator will obtain an official copy of each service member's Joint Service Transcript or Community College of the Air Force Transcript to review for any prior learning credit.  Credit may be granted as general elective credit or specific course credit as approved by department deans.

Servicemember Opportunity Portal

Military service members and veterans can identify schools that best meet their needs through the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s TN-Servicemember Opportunity Portal (TN_SOP). This site allows you to review all public colleges and universities in the state to identify what academic credit you may be able to earn for your military experience.

Veterans Affairs Document Uploads

Submit completed forms by uploading them directly via the link below.  

For more information

For more information about Veterans Education Benefits or specific questions, please contact the VA at:

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

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.