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Veterans Affairs (VA)

Announcements:
• Veterans Week is coming. Please check the special events calendar or the Veterans Week flyer for more details.
• Remember to complete the application for a Helping Heroes Grant (opens new window) for each academic year.
• Meet our Veteran Student Support Team

Veterans Affairs (VA) provides counseling and outreach services to assist veterans in becoming acclimated to college life while obtaining veterans education benefits and/or other available resources. This office, the link between the college and the Department of Veterans Affairs, assists eligible veterans, dependents, reservists/guardsmen and disabled veterans (military service-connected disabilities) with applying for educational funding and offers guidance on VA regulations.

In order to receive VA Educational Assistance, eligible persons must be enrolled in a VA approved program leading to a specific degree or certificate. VA does not certify payment for non-degree seeking students unless in a transient status. Transient students must provide an authorization letter from the VA official at their primary institution. In addition, all previously earned credits, as appropriate, must be applied to the enrolled program. Only course(s) included in the requirements for the degree program being pursued will be certified for educational benefits.

Service members, veterans and dependents of veterans who are eligible for VA benefits or other governmentally funded educational assistance may submit an application to defer payment of tuition and fees until the final day of the requested semester.

Keep abreast of all of the upcoming events — check out the Student Events Calendar, digital monitors located around the college and like us on the College Facebook page. To follow sources outside of the College visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Facebook or Twitter.

Veteran Student Support Team

Nikita Ashford-Ashworth
Ms. Nikita Ashford-Ashworth
nlashford@southwest.tn.edu
901-333-4287
Director of Advising & Certifying Official
Tonya Birdsong
Ms. Tonya Birdsong
tbirdsong@southwest.tn.edu
901-333-4174
Professional Academic Advisor/Coordinator & Certifying Official
Mia Atkins-Beason
Ms. Mia Atkins-Beason
mlatkins@southwest.tn.edu
901-333-5949/4185
Professional Academic Advisor & Certifying Official
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Ms. Kristina King
kking1@southwest.tn.edu
901-333-4029
Professional Academic Advisor & Certifying Official
Brian-Porter
Mr. Bryan Porter
bkporter@southwest.tn.edu
901-333-5115
Professional Academic Advisor & Certifying Official