Veterans Education Benefits - How to Apply

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Sarah Twaddle
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James Beel
VA School Certifying Official
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Denise Schoen
Financial Aid Counselor

Cohort Default Rates

11% of DSCC students take out students loans (based on 2018-2019 information).The U.S. Department of Education releases official cohort default rates once per year. A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who default on the Federal Direct Loan Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year. The FY 2016 national cohort default rate is 10.1 percent. The default rate for Dyersburg State Community College during FY 2016 is 16.8 percent. For more information, and to search default rates by state and institution type, please click here.

Navigating the benefit programs for student veterans can be daunting. Dyersburg State Community College cooperates with the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration in providing educational opportunities for veterans and eligible family members. These services will facilitate access to your entitled benefits and address financial needs. A Veterans Academic Success Coach and Financial Aid Certifying Official will provide individualized financial aid and benefits counseling to ensure the student understands their benefits.


  • Military Tuition Assistance
    • All military personnel who plan to use Tuition Assistance (TA) or GoArmy are reminded to contact their command Educational Service Officer (ESO) or their command Military Counselor to receive approval for funding prior to enrolling in any classes at DSCC. Failure to receive approval prior to enrollment may result in the TA student having to pay for the entire amount of tuition and fees themselves.

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  • Veteran’s Education Benefits
    • Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty
      • Provides up to 36 months of educational benefits to eligible veterans. These monthly benefits are paid directory to the veteran.
    • Chapter 31 – Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation
      • Available to veterans who have been determined eligible by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to have a service connected disability. Chapter 31 will make payments to the campus for tuition and fees, books and supplies and a monthly basic allowance for housing.
    • Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill®
      • For approved programs, the Post 9/11 GI Bill® provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit is for individuals who served a minimum of 90 days on active duty after September 10, 2001, and are eligible for educational assistance under the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. Chapter 33 will pay applicable tuition and fee charges.
      • A monthly housing allowance may be available for students who are enrolled in 7 or more semester hours at DSCC. If the student is enrolled full time in all online classes, then the MHA rate is half of the national average. For more information on monthly housing allowances:
        Dependents: Dependents of eligible servicemen/women could be eligible for transferred entitlement of Chapter 33 benefits. The determination of transferability is made by the Department of Defense (DoD) and requires prior approval.
    • Chapter 35 – Survivor’s and Dependent’s Educational Assistance Program
      • Chapter 35 provides 45 months of full-time or equivalent educational benefits for the spouse or child(ren) of a veteran who dies or is permanently and totally disabled as a result of service-connected disability, or a spouse or child of a veteran who has been listed as POW or MIA for a period of 90 days.
    • Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve
      • Service members of the Selected Reserve can apply for this benefit that provides a monthly basic allowance for housing and 36 months of entitlement. Selected Reserve service branches include Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard and Air National Guard.


Helping Heroes Grant Program is established as part of the Tennessee system of lottery-funded scholarships and is administered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC).  Is purpose is to provide post-secondary education financial assistance.  It is awarded on a first come, first-served basis.  A limited number of recipients will receive $1,000 per semester (full-time) or $500 per semester (part-time) for up to eight semesters.  For more information about an application, eligibility, and award details visit the TSAC website.

cOMPLETE THE FAFSA! Veteran services recommends that all student veterans apply for financial aid. Your recent separation/deployment may have earned you the right to receive federal grants to assist you financially, separate from your VA educational benefits, while you are pursuing your career goals through higher education. Dyersburg State’s school code is 006835.

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