Military Education Benefits

Military Friendly

Hiwassee College is approved for Veterans Training by the State Approving Agency.

You served with honor and you’re ready to further your education and skills. If you qualify, apply for VA education and training benefits online, in person, or request an application over the phone.


8 Keys to Veterans’ Success 

By affirming support for the 8 Keys to Veterans’ Success, Hiwassee College is expressing its commitment to implement the promising practices outlined in the 8 Keys, as follows:

1. Create a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success for veterans. 
2. Ensure consistent and sustained support from campus leadership. 
3. Implement an early alert system to ensure all veterans receive academic, career, and financial advice before challenges become overwhelming. 
4. Coordinate and centralize campus efforts for all veterans, together with the creation of a designated space for them (even if limited in size). 
5. Collaborate with local communities and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate various services for veterans. 
6. Utilize a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information on veterans, including demographics, retention, and degree completion. 
7. Provide comprehensive professional development for faculty and staff on issues and challenges unique to veterans. 
8. Develop systems that ensure sustainability of effective practices for veterans. 


The Principles of Excellence 
Implemented through a collaboration between the Departments of Defense, Education, and Veterans Affairs (VA), the Principles of Excellence are guidelines for educational institutions receiving funding from the VA. Hiwassee College is committed to the following Principles of Excellence.


The Principles of Excellence guidelines are as follows:

1. Provide students with a personalized form covering the total cost of an education program.
2. Provide educational plans for all military and Veteran education beneficiaries. 
3. End fraudulent and aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentations. 
4. Accommodate Service members and Reservists absent due to service requirements. 
5. Designate a point of contact to provide academic and financial advice. 
6. Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students. 
7. Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV, 
which governs the administration of federal student financial aid programs

Apply for Benefits

If you’re a Servicemember, Veteran, or family member interested in education and training opportunities, you can apply for your Certificate of Eligibility (COE). You can also manage your current benefits.


VA Benefits for Veterans’ Spouses, Dependents, and Survivors

VA provides education and training opportunities for certain Veterans’ spouses, dependents, and survivors through various programs to help cover the cost of tuition, housing, books, and supplies. Education benefits may be used toward a traditional degree, non-college degree, on-the-job training, apprenticeships, and more. Explore the following programs:


Learn more about other VA benefits for Veterans’ spouses, dependents, and survivors.


Tennessee Helping Heroes Grant


The Tennessee Helping Heroes Grant award amount is $1,000.00 per semester for a student who successfully completes twelve or more semester hours with no failing grade as the final grade for the course. The student shall receive $500 per semester for successfully completing six to eleven semester hours with no failing grade as a final grade for the course. The student shall not receive an award if enrolled in fewer than six semester hours. For more information and to apply online visit Helping Heroes Grant.


Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grant


If your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, you may be eligible for additional Federal Pell Grant funds if, at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death, you were

  • less than 24 years of age or
  • enrolled in college or career school at least part-time.

If you meet these requirements and are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant, your eligibility will be calculated as if your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) were zero. Payments are adjusted if you are enrolled less than full-time.

If you meet those requirements but aren’t eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant due to your EFC being too high, you might be able to get an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.



Helpful Websites


U.S. Department of Education Military Assistance

Today's Military

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 

Student Veterans