Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I want to use my GI Bill benefits, where do I start?
  2. Where is the Office of Veterans Services located?
  3. Will my military credits be counted towards a degree?
  4. How do I apply for my Veterans benefits?
  5. What other documents do I need to provide to your office?
  6. How will my GI Bill affect other financial aid?
  7. Does the GI Bill pay Lipscomb directly for my tuition and fees?
  8. Where do I go to determine the amount of benefits I have remaining?
  9. Do I have to certify my classes every semester?
  10. Will I have to pay back the money if I drop a class or get a failing grade?
  11. Will the VA pay for a repeated course?
  12. Do I need to tell the Office of Veterans Services if I’m changing majors?
  13. What about adding a major or minor?
  14. How do I contact the Nashville Regional VA Office?
  15. Is there any way I can incur a bill not covered by the VA?

YRP Pic 1I want to use my GI Bill benefits, where do I start?

Start by visiting the Admissions website http://admissions.lipscomb.edu/ for either Undergraduate or Graduate admission and application requirements or visit our veteran services website at http://www.lipscomb.edu/campuslife/veterans.

Where is the Office of Veterans Services located?

In the lower level of the Bennett Campus Center, Suite 140.  Campus Map: http://www.lipscomb.edu/www/Campus-Map

Will my military credits be counted towards a degree?

You need to provide the Admissions Office with a copy of your military transcript. They will post the amount of credit recommended by the American Council on Education. It is ultimately up to your department advisor to grant any credit towards your major.

How do I apply for my Veterans benefits?

Once you are admitted to Lipscomb, you can contact the Veteran Services Office.  First time users of the Guard, Reserves, active duty, veteran or Chapter 1607 should go to the GI Bill Web site, complete Form 22-1990 (Application for VA Benefits), submit it to the VA and bring a copy to our office. If you have used your veterans benefits before but are new to Lipscomb, then print and complete Form 22-1995 (Request for Change of Program or Place of Training) and submit it to our office to transfer your benefits.

What other documents do I need to provide to your office?

We need copy 4 of your DD214 (multiple activations require all copies). Additionally, first-time reservists should provide a copy of their Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE). If you paid additional contributions (kicker), submit one of the following: DD Form 2366; LES, if deductions are payroll deducted; or DD Form 1131, Cash Voucher.

How will my GI Bill affect other financial aid?

Because the Post-9/11 GI Bill lowers your financial need, it may make you ineligible for other types of financial aid.  However, do not let this discourage you from applying for all possible aid via FAFSA www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

Does the GI Bill pay Lipscomb directly for my tuition and fees?

If you qualify for benefits under Chapter 30, Chapter 35, Chapter 1606 or Chapter 1607, a monthly benefits check is deposited directly into your personal bank account. If you qualify for Chapter 33 benefits, payment for tuition/fees is made directly to the university.  Please note that BAH and book stipend is paid direct to your account and the schools veteran services office is not allowed under privacy rules to interact with VA on your behalf beyond certification. It is your responsibility to ensure payment is received by the Lipscomb Cashier’s Office by the tuition payment or deferment deadline. Check here for the current monthly pay charts: www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/rates.htm.

Where do I go to determine the amount of benefits I have remaining?

Go to www.ebenefits.va.gov and log in.

Do I have to certify my classes every semester?

Yes. You are required to sign a copy of your course schedule at the beginning of each semester.  Once signed, the school's certifying official will submit your certification to the VA.

Will I have to pay back the money if I drop a class or get a failing grade?

If you drop a class and your status changes between full-time and part-time, yes you will be required to pay the VA. If you provide the VA with reasons for the withdrawal, you may be able to keep the money paid to you until the drop date. Failing grades that are “earned,” in other words received while attending classes and completing required work, will be paid and may be reattempted.  A failing grade received due to lack of attendance or failure to complete requirement will not be paid.

Will the VA pay for a repeated course?

Benefits will not be paid for a course in which you already earned a passing grade.

Do I need to tell the Office of Veterans Services if I’m changing majors?

The VA no longer requires that you complete any forms. Remember to change your major with your college.

What about adding a major or minor?

The VA allows a dual objective. Make sure you notify the academic advisor within the college of both majors/minor.

How do I contact the Nashville Regional VA Office?

Phone:   1-800-827-1000      

Internet: https://iris.va.gov      

Mail: Nashville VA Regional Office
110 9th Ave South
Nashville, TN 37203

Is there any way I can incur a bill not covered by the VA?

Yes! To avoid that happening, remember to notify a Veterans Services advisor of the changes listed here:

  • Failure of attendance in class
  • Dropping classes and not notifying certifying official
  • Increase in credit hours but not notifying certifying official
  • Non-payment of fees
  • Taking classes not pertaining to your degree
  • Deployment and not notifying the certifying official or university