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Financial Aid - Veterans

If you are now serving, or have ever served, in the U.S. military, or if you are a military-connected family member pursuing Veterans Affairs educational benefits, you are a Veteran student. We are grateful for your military service and the personal sacrifices that have accompanied it. Pellissippi State is a certified veterans friendly campus through the state of Tennessee’s Veterans Education Transition Support Act, and we have Veterans Services to help you with any questions you have about college.

Remember, no matter what type of student you are, you need to be aware of the Loading... each semester. These deadlines don’t delay your acceptance, your ability to register for classes or even your ability to qualify for financial aid — but missing a deadline can mean that your financial aid disbursements are delayed.

Your financial aid checklist is below.


  1. Fill out the FAFSA.

After you’ve applied to Pellissippi State, you may choose to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (also called the FAFSA).

The FAFSA helps determine if you qualify for federal and state financial aid, scholarships and grants. Remember, some funds tied to the FAFSA are first-come, first-served. For that reason, it’s best to fill out the FAFSA as early as possible. The FAFSA opens each year in October in advance of the fall semester you’d likely attend college — for example, if you were entering college in fall 2020, you’d fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible following October 1, 2019.

Our financial aid experts can help you answer questions about the FAFSA, and the U.S. Department of Education answers many common questions online. We also have a FAFSA Checklist (PDF) to help you through the process. Use the provided Data Retrieval Tool to help complete the financial portion of the FAFSA.

What happens if I’m selected for FAFSA verification?

The Department of Education selects some students for verification. This simply means that we at Pellissippi State must verify the information you provided on the FAFSA before we can issue your financial aid award.

If you’re selected for verification, we’ll alert you in myPellissippi under the “Financial Aid” tab. It’s incredibly important that you submit or complete any documents we ask you for as soon as you can. Delays in completing the verification process may mean delays in your financial aid package.

The most common requirements during a verification are to clarify or verify your citizenship, marital status, income status, dependent status, child support status or degree status. Often, a verification requires a tax or wage transcript, which you can request from the IRS.


  1. Determine your VA benefits.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs administers several benefit programs, listed below. We can help you answer any questions you have about VA benefits. Contact our VA Certifying Official Sharon Shastid, or call 865.694.6472.

Montgomery GI Bill® — Active Duty, Chapter 30

Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Chapter 33

Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA), Chapter 35

Montgomery GI Bill® — Selected Reserves (MGIB- SR), Chapter 1606

Educational Assistance Test Program (Section 901)

National Call to Service Program

Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Chapter 33, Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB)

VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Chapter 31


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 at

Remember, VA benefits are tied to attendance and satisfactory academic progress.

Attendance and Academic Progress

Regular attendance and satisfactory academic progress are required to receive veterans benefit pay, so we are required to report your non-attendance and your current academic progress. The VA may adjust, cancel or discontinue payments if your attendance is not regular or if you do not make satisfactory academic progress.

Dropping, Adding or Withdrawing from a Class

It’s also important to remember that you can’t drop or add a course without approval from Pellissippi State’s VA Certifying Official. Additionally, the VA will not pay education benefits if you withdraw from a class.

Additional information and aid for veterans is available from Veterans Services.


  1. Apply for Pellissippi State scholarships.

Pellissippi State has dozens and dozens of private scholarships for students of all types. Fill out our scholarship application, and we will match you to any scholarship for which you qualify. There are no guarantees that a scholarship fits you, but it’s a great idea to apply. If we can help you pay for college, we will.


  1. Check your myPellissippi account for financial aid disbursements and alerts.

Once you’ve completed your applications for financial aid, we’ll contact you through myPellissippi about your financial aid awards, any requirements you must meet and upcoming deadlines. Don’t forget to check frequently for updates.

Remember that there are financial aid consequences for withdrawing from a class (or from simply deciding to no longer attend). Depending upon the financial aid you use, there may also be financial aid consequences for the number of classes you take or for your GPA. If you have questions, ask us.


  1. Confirm your schedule and pay tuition & fees.

Once all of previous steps are completed — including registering for classes — all students must confirm their schedule and pay tuition and fees. After any financial aid awards you receive appear on the confirmation screen in myPellissippi, you must confirm your schedule and pay any remaining tuition and fees. If your financial aid covers the cost of tuition and fees, you still must confirm your schedule. Students who do not confirm their schedules run the risk of having their schedules deleted. 

If you were selected for FAFSA verification and are not able to complete verification by the Schedule Confirmation and Fee Deadline, you will need to set up a payment arrangement with the Cashier or risk being dropped from class.

Start Strong Center
Ben Atchley Veterans Success Center
Educational Resources Center, Room 123
Hardin Valley Campus

Sharon Shastid
VA School Certifying Official


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