Prior Credit Evaluation
Prior credit is defined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as "the amount of credit allowed for previous education, training, and experience; including military training and experience".
Both the law and the regulations require schools to grant appropriate credit for prior training and experience (see the Prior Learning Assessment website by clicking here). The current procedure provides for termination of VA education benefits if the school does not furnish an evaluation of prior credit within 2 terms (38 U.S.C. 3675(b)(2) and 3676(c)(4), and §21.4253(d)(3) and 4254(c)(4)).
The portion of a student's transfer credit, which, when applied to the student's specific degree program, shortens that program.
- For current VA education benefit recipients who change their program of study (major and/or concentration), please call the Student Assistance Center (865-694-6556) to set up an appointment to meet with the VA academic advisor.
- After meeting with the VA academic advisor, please notify the Veterans Affairs Office at email@example.com of your intention to change your major.
Students who fail to notify the Veterans Affairs office of their change of major and/or concentration within the designated timeframe listed above will no longer be certified to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for education payments.