TENNESSEE VETERANS EDUCATION TRANSITION SUPPORT ACT (TN VETS ACT)

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, Chapter 7, Part 13, relative to the Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support Act 

Eligibility Requirements:

A veteran, or any individual entitled to the veteran's educational benefits, enrolled in
any public institution of higher education in this state shall not be required to pay out-of-state
tuition or any out-of-state fee, if the veteran or the eligible individual:

  • Is eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits or Montgomery GI Bill benefits; and

  • Enrolls in a public institution of higher education, after satisfying all
    admission requirements, within three (3) years from the date of discharge as reflected
    on the veteran's certificate of release or discharge from active duty, Form DD-214, or
    an equivalent document.

To continue to qualify for in-state tuition and fees:

To continue to qualify for in-state tuition and fees after three (3) years have passed
from the date of discharge as reflected on the veteran's certificate of release or discharge
from active duty, Form DD-214, or an equivalent document, an eligible student shall:


(1) Maintain continuous enrollment as defined by the public institution of
higher education at which the student is enrolled; and


(2) Demonstrate objective evidence of established residency in this state by
presenting at least two (2) of the following:


(A) Proof of voter registration in this state;
(B) A Tennessee driver license;
(C) A Tennessee motor vehicle registration;
(D) Proof of established employment in this state; or
(E) Other documentation clearly evidencing domicile or residence in
the state, as determined by THEC.

To determine eligibility, I will need the following on file:

  • Current Certificate of Eligibility
  • Most recent DD-214

If these documents are not on file, submit the required documentation to the School Certifying Official at 117 University Center, by fax to 423-425-2172, or by email to squoia-holmes@utc.edu