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Pellissippi State Welcomes Veterans


As you transition from military to civilian life, Pellissippi State Community College has the support you need to succeed.

Whether you plan to earn an associate degree and enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year university, the Office of Veterans Services can help you fulfill your educational dreams.


Financial Aid

We can help you navigate the G.I. Bill benefits and all other financial aid. Just contact our VA school certifying official, Sharon Shastid, at seshastid@pstcc.edu or 865.694.6472. While it’s not required for VA benefits, we recommend you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to determine your eligibility for additional state and federal aid. Visit www.fafsa.gov


The Ben Atchley Veterans Success Center on the Hardin Valley Campus offers student veterans a fully-equipped study center and lounge that is the perfect place to relax on campus or connect with fellow student veterans.


Disability Services provides services and academic accommodations for students with a disability. Disability Services can help with registration and advising; provide note-takers, readers, scribes and interpreters; and help you find a tutor or adaptive equipment.


A Student Success Coordinator and Mentor will work with you to improve your experiences while on campus. These mentors offer advice about academics and financial issues, and personal encouragement during your college career.


The Advising Center offers academic and career planning, and our team of advisors are trained and experienced in working with student veterans. They help with major choices, transfer opportunities and with developing an academic plan for the student veteran.


Anxiety, stress and other emotional and mental obstacles can be very real issues for any college student. Counseling Services helps student veterans manage these and other crises, from post-traumatic stress disorder to depression to addiction. Our counselors can also help match your skills and interests with a possible career, or teach you time management and test-taking skills.


Veterans have access to free tutoring services for multiple subjects from highly qualified tutors. Tutors are trained to work with veterans’ unique needs, whether it is one-on-one or in a small group setting. Quiet space is available upon request.


The Testing Center offers comprehensive testing programs that can help student veterans test to gain college credits, obtain certification or licensing and enhance academic programs.