Transition Process

ADMISSION G.I. BILL CHOOSING A MAJOR GETTING INVOLVED

Transition Manager, Jessica Pierson, supports the mission of the Daniels Center primarily by providing assistance with Enrollment and Encouragement. As you work your way through the admissions process, choosing the right G.I. Bill and major, enrolling in classes, and getting involved on campus, she is here to serve you.   

 

What are some ways that our Transition Manager can help you?

Prior Learning Assessment

Our Transition Manager is able to provide guidance regarding academic credit for military experience.  She is the official staff member who inputs your documents into MTSU's system.  Please note, a DD214 is required of all veterans using benefits.  If you are an Air Force veteran, you must submit your CCAF transcript.  Also, it is highly recommended that all other branches submit their JST as well.

Residency/In-State Tuition based on Military-Connected Criteria

For all students within our community (active duty, veterans and dependents), the Transition Manager will also handle your residency requests. Below are a list of ways military-connected students are eligible to pay the In-State Tuition Rate.

** Please note, the VA does not cover out-of-state tuition rates in most situations ** 

Student In-State Rate Eligibility (click on the + next to each topic for more information):

Having a recently issued DD214 with a Tennessee address for Box19A

Using VA Benefits, attending MTSU, and living in Tennessee (veterans and dependents)

1. Complete the In-State Classification Application

2.  Complete and attach all required documents for VA Education Certification (to include Statement of Understanding and Enrollment Certification on Veterans Tab)

3.  Attach a Copy of proof of living in the state of Tennessee. There are four general ways to prove this (Please submit only 1):

  • Signed lease agreement within the state
  • Mortgage of property within the state
  • A letter from homeowner stating student is residing with them AND a mortgage/lease/property tax document proving ownership/residence of the address
  • If in campus housing, please indicate that on the application

Joining the Tennessee National Guard

 1. Complete the In-State Classification Application

2. Attach letter from Command stating student is an active member in the TN National Guard

Having Military Orders out of Tennessee

Active-duty military service member who has Military Orders out of Tennessee but still maintains aTennessee domicile

1. Complete the In-State Classification Application

2. Attach a copy of the following:

  • Current military orders
  • Most resent LES indicating TN as State Tax designation
  • Tennessee Driver’s License

A dependent of an active-duty military member who has Military Orders out of Tennessee but still maintains Tennessee domicile 

1. Complete the In-State Classification Application

2. Attach a copy of the following:

  • Current military orders
  • Most resent LES indicating TN as State Tax designation
  • Student’s and Active Duty service member’s TN Driver’s License
  • Most recent Tax information to indicate parents claims child OR marriage certificate for spouse

Active-duty and dependents who are working on a college degree at MTSU while stationed in Tennessee or Fort Campbell, Kentucky, then transferring or deploying prior to completing the degree

1. Complete the In-State Classification Application

2. Attach a copy of the following:

  • Current military orders
  • Most recent LES indicating student is Active Duty Status

Discuss qualification requirements with Transition Manager 

Having Military Orders to Tennessee

Active-duty military service member who has Military Orders to Tennessee or Fort Campbell, KY

1. Complete the In-State Classification Application

2. Attach a copy of the following:

  • Current military orders to Tennessee or Fort Campbell, KY
  • Most recent LES indicating student is Active Duty Status
  • Driver’s License

A dependent of an active-duty military member who has Military Orders to Tennessee or Fort Campbell, KY but not a Tennessee Resident

1. Complete the In-state Classification Application

2. Attach a copy of the following:

  • Current military orders to Tennessee or Fort Campbell, KY
  • Most recent LES indicating sponsor Active Duty Status
  • Student and Active Duty service members Driver’s License
  • Most recent Tax information to indicate parents claims child OR marriage certificate for spouse

 

 

Military Residency questions can be referred to 615-904-8146 (Daniels Center)

 

FAQ

What if I own a home in Tennessee?

Please contact MT One Stop or the College of Graduate Studies

What if I am married to a Tennessee resident?

Please contact MT One Stop or the College of Graduate Studies

What happens if I run out of VA educational benefits before graduating?

If VA benefits run out/expire prior to graduation, a student can continue to qualify for in-state tuition and fees for the remainder of that degree, if he/she:

1. Maintains continuous enrollment (fall and spring terms); and

 2. Demonstrates objective evidence of established residency in this state by presenting three of the following:

a) A Tennessee driver license (issued for at least 1 year);

b) Proof of a voters registration in the state;

c) A Tennessee motor vehicle registration;

d) Proof of established employment in the state;

e) Lease or mortgage

 

 

General Welfare

Our Transition Manager is here to serve you in your academic journey and to ensure that if there are any concerns, you have someone to call on for help.  She can aid in developing a unique plan that will encourage and guide you, no matter the obstacles.  She is able to draw on the resources of the University and the VA. Additionally, she and Mr. Shane Smith will be leading a group of your student peers to help you while attending MTSU.  Whether it be study habits, academic issues with faculty or staff, assisting with off-campus issues with home or family, Emily and Shane are always glad to discuss options during your academic journey.

Campus Experience

From advice, networking and connections with fellow student veterans, housing, child care, or discussing potential changes in programming/policies, she strives to improve the quality of service we provide you and every member of our military community.