You’ve sacrificed and served our country in immeasurable ways, and we want to serve you in return. At Lipscomb, we’re committed to supporting your transition from a life of service to life as a student.
Whether you’re a military member, veteran or dependant, our Veterans Services team will provide you with personalized support to meet your needs as a student here.
Lipscomb, a G.I. Job’s top Military Friendly School and one of Military Times’ Top 25 Best for Vets Business Schools, will provide you with an academically challenging degree program that fits your career goals along with a Christ-centered community to deepen your faith.
While you’re here, take advantage of our experienced, relevant team. With over 38 years of enlisted service, our team is here to meet you where you’re at. We’ll create events just for you — veteran orientation sessions, professional development training and job placement opportunities. And we will be there to coach you through each step.
You’ve created tremendous legacies in this country already. Let us prepare you for the next journey ahead.
Lipscomb Veterans Services has the privilege of serving 270 veterans and dependents this year. With over 38 years of military service in our office, we understand the dynamic challenges that you and your families face and continue to meet these needs through a variety of programs and resources.
Lipscomb Veterans Services has been recognized for its services for veterans, including:
- Yellow Ribbon participant
- Military Times 2017 #3 Private School for Vets in the nation
- Military Times 2017 #12 Best for Vets Campus in the nation
- VETS campus designation, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
- National Association of Veterans Program Administrators, board members
- Council of College and Military Educators, members
- Campus Veteran Organization
- Dedicated resource center
- Veteran lounge
- Chaplaincy program for Veterans and military families
- Online tutoring through Pearson Smarthinking
- Awareness training for staff and faculty
We understand that the veteran standing in front of us today is not the same young adult that graduated high school. Because of this, we take an unique approach to our admissions process. As a veteran, you have much to offer in terms of real-world experience, and we embrace your unique background in the classroom. Whatever educational path you are pursuing, we’re committed to making it a meaningful academic experience.
Lipscomb has partnered with the National College Transfer Center to evaluate how your military service and prior college courses are likely to transfer. Before you begin the application process, get started at this link.
Follow the steps below to apply for our Veterans Services program (must be completed in sequential order):
1. Schedule a one-on-one consultation with a Lipscomb Veteran Services staff member. Meetings can take place in our office or via phone conversation. Consultation meetings can be scheduled Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Times will be flexible to the student’s needs. The consultation helps us to serve you more efficiently and effectively.
2. Apply to the program of choice—Traditional, Online or Graduate.
3. If using VA educational benefits, you will need to turn in the following documentation to the Veteran Services Office in order for your benefits to be processed:
- COE (Certificate of Eligibility) - Visit https://www.vets.gov/education/ to apply for VA educational benefits (such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 35 – Dependents Educational Assistance, etc.). The VA will generate a Certificate of Eligibility based on your remaining entitlement.
- DD-214 (member 4) - Not required for dependents or active duty service members
- Statement of Understanding (will be provided by the Veteran Services Office)
- Signed course schedule (must be turned in each semester you wish to use benefits)
4. Request official military transcripts to be sent directly to the school. Once you have applied, you will be contacted by the Office of Admissions.
Can I receive college credit for my military training?
Any military training you received that may qualify for college credit is evaluated by the registrar’s office once the officialtranscript is received.
How do I get a copy of my DD214?
Request a copy through this website and note that the Member 4 copy, which shows the character of your discharge, is preferred for most educational purposes.
How many months of VA educational benefits (or entitlement) do I have left?
It is your responsibility to keep track of your remaining benefits each semester to ensure that your tuition payments will be met. The Veteran Services Office does not have access to this information. Your remaining entitlement can be viewed by going to the VA eBenefits website and following the prompts to the educational benefits tab.
Do I need to reapply for my VA educational benefits every semester?
After your initial registration for educational benefits has been completed, you will only need to resubmit a signed course schedule each semester. It will be your responsibility to keep track of your remaining benefits each semester to ensure that your tuition payments will be met.
When will I be able to register for classes?
Military Veterans will receive earliest Priority Date based on their official course registration date and class availability.
How can I determine what classes I should take?
The academic catalog outlines the Departments & Programs (majors) along with their respective course requirements. The catalog that corresponds to the academic year of your first Lipscomb enrollment lists the courses you must complete to fulfill the requirements of your major. VA educational benefits will only pay for courses required for your major. For example, If you are an Accounting major, the VA will not pay for you to take private voice lessons, as this is not required for your major.
To resolve any questions or issues, refer to your academic advisor and/or the dean’s office for your academic program.
What happens if I change my schedule after I submit my signed schedule to the Veteran Services Office?
If you make changes to your schedule after having submitted a signed copy for processing, you will need to immediately inform the Veteran Services Office and arrange to sign an updated copy. Dropping a course may require you to repay the VA for a portion or the entire class. If you have questions about repaying for dropped classes, please contact the Veteran Services Office prior to dropping a course.
What is the deadline for submitting my signed schedule to the Veteran Services Office?
You have up to one year after the start of a semester to submit your form. However, if you wish to be eligible for any federal or state educational benefits, or have the VA pay for your tuition (if you meet other criteria for eligibility), the sooner you submit your form the better. Remember that veterans receive priority registration during course-registration periods, so you should be able to arrange and finalize your schedule well in advance. Also, the later you submit your signed schedule, the longer it will take the VA to process your benefits (including housing allowance and book stipend).
When do I start to receive my VA educational benefits?
The VA will process your benefits as quickly as possible, but this can take several weeks if this is your first time using the benefits. The VA typically reports a maximum wait time of six weeks. The VA will not make tuition payments to the school any sooner than two weeks prior to the class start date. Housing allowance is given on the first of each month following the semester start date. If you submit a signed schedule approximately six weeks prior to the course start date, you should receive your benefits in a timely manner.
When can I expect to receive my textbook stipend and housing allowance if I am eligible?
If this is your first time using the GI Bill, it may take up to six weeks for the VA to process your benefits. However, if you have submitted a signed schedule in a timely manner, you will receive your housing allowance on the first of the month following the semester start date. Keep in mind that partial months are paid at a prorated rate. For example, if a fall semester begins on August 26, your BAH payment will only be for the four days between August 26 and August 30. The textbook stipend is paid as soon as your claim is processed so you should not wait for the stipend to arrive before ordering your textbooks. The Veteran Services Office does not have access to view your housing allowance and book stipend deposit information. If you want to contact the VA to inquire about your housing allowance, you may obtain your certification ID for the semester from the Veteran Services Office and then contact 1-888-GI-BILL-1.
How many credit hours do I need to take to be classified as a full time student?
The VA considers a standard semester as 15 to 19 weeks. If you are a traditional undergraduate student, 12 credit hours of full-term classes is considered full time. Please note: you must be in at least one resident course (and full-time) to fulfill the requirement for full BAH.
If you are in the Adult Degree Program, it is likely that you are taking 8 weeks courses instead of full-term (16-week) courses. The VA considers terms less 15 weeks to be “non-standard.” This requires them to calculate full-time based on a formula. See example below:
VA’s formula is as follows: number of credits pursued multiplied by 12 and then divided by the number of weeks of the course. You would then divide that number by 12. Therefore, if you were taking 6 credit hours during an 8-week term, you would be considered at a 75% rate of pursuit. At this rate of pursuit, you would receive 75% of the housing allowance.
How are VA educational benefits calculated during summer semesters at Lipscomb?
See formula listed in question above.
If I fail a class, will I have to pay anything back to the VA?
If you fail a class because of a lack of attendance, you will have to repay the VA for the full amount of the class. If you attempted the class and failed, you do not have to repay the VA. You may repeat a course if it is required for your degree program, and the VA will pay for it a second time. However, if you drop or withdraw from a class after the deadline for doing so, you will have to pay the VA back if you received money for that course.
Will dropping a class affect my VA educational benefits?
A partial or full refund will only be available if the course was dropped within the refund window. These and other official dates are published by the registrar’s office. Dropping a class may have financial aid or VA benefit implications requiring you to repay tuition.
Please contact Veteran Services Office and Financial Aid prior to dropping a class.
We want you to reap the maximum benefit of what Lipscomb University has to offer. Take advantage of the wealth of resources and services available to you as a Lipscomb student veteran. If you need assistance beyond the resources below, please contact our office, and we’d be happy to serve you.
Veterans Administration (VA)
To gain detailed information about the various education benefits offered through the VA (including eligibility criteria), please visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/education_programs.asp or http://www.vets.gov.
To apply for VA Educational Benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Dependents Education Assistance, etc., please visit https://www.vets.gov/education/apply-for-education-benefits/.
To obtain a copy of your most current Certificate of Eligibility, please contact the VA at 1-888-GI-BILL-1.
To view the current rates for each of the VA educational benefits, check out the current Rates Table or use the VA Comparison Tool to compare our university with others!
Davidson County has a designated Veteran Services Officer who is able to act as a liaison between you and the VA regarding any VA benefits (medical, educational, housing, etc). See contact information listed below:
Lisa Kiss, Davidson County VSO
Applying for the FAFSA may help determine your eligibility for federal grants and student loans.
For students who are ineligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, we have limited scholarships for which you can apply. Please contact the Veteran Services Office for more information.
We have a knowledgeable and friendly financial aid office team to answer any specific questions you may have in regards to non-VA related financial aid.
Academic Success Center: The Lipscomb Academic Success Center has a wealth of academic resources all in one place! Perhaps you struggle taking tests or prefer to be sitting in the same seat each day. If so, you can meet with ACCESS Ability Program to see if you qualify for some accommodations in the classroom. If you are in need of help in mathematics or writing, there are tutors available in the Math Lab and Writing Center at no cost to you.
Tutoring: The Veteran Services Office is happy to offer limited free tutoring through Pearson Smart Thinking. This is an online tutoring program where you converse with a real person in real time. For more information, please contact the Veteran Services Office.
The VA offers select tutor reimbursement to students using the GI Bill. To utilize this program, please see the Veteran Services Office to request the form which will need to be signed by the School Certifying Official (Susan Silverman or Charlton Jackson), the professor of the class and the student.
Academic Catalog: The Lipscomb Academic Catalog is a helpful tool to see what courses are required for your degree of choice.
Lipscomb Counseling Center
Lipscomb offers free counseling to all students.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the Veteran National Suicide Prevention Hotline by calling 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1.
Career Resources & Resume Writing
Lipscomb’s Career Development Center has a database of jobs available both on and off campus, as well as staff available to help you polish your resume.
VMock Resume Tool
Student Veterans of America has partnered with VMock, Inc. to help student veterans translate military skills and achievements into a strong civilian resume.