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Veteran Services

In a move to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 amid a surging new variant, Thomas Nelson (becoming Virginia Peninsula Community College) is switching most of its classes from in-person to virtual for the first two weeks of spring semester. Read more.

Veteran Services has moved!  We are now located in Room 253, Wythe Hall on the Hampton Campus. 
Please stop by to see our new area!

Veteran Services Policy and Procedure for using VA Education Benefits

Students who wish to utilize VA Education Benefits must submit a Certification Request for VA Education Benefits form to Veteran Services each semester.  New students or students using VA Benefits for the first time, must also submit confirmation of application for VA Education Benefits.  The VA will issue a Certificate of Eligibility after processing the VA Application for benefits.  This Certificate of Eligibility must be submitted to Thomas Nelson’s Veteran Services Office.  Student using Veteran Readiness and Employment (Chapter 31) benefits must have the VR&E Counselor submit authorization to Thomas Nelson for each semester the student wishes to use the benefit. Students who receive VA Benefits under Chapter 30, 1606, or 35 are required to have a valid method of payment for tuition and fees prior to submitting the Certification Request for VA Education Benefits. 

Forms for Veteran Services

Contact Information


  • Hampton Campus: Wythe Hall, Room 253
  • Historic Triangle Campus:  Suite 117

Phone: (757) 825-3442

Overview of VA Education Benefits

There are various VA education programs available, all of which have their own unique qualifying criteria and rates of payment. These programs do not pay a student’s tuition (except for Chapter 31 and Chapter 33), instead; students pay their own tuition and then receive monthly benefit payments from the VA. Eligible students may apply for advance payment of benefits and also take advantage of the college’s tuition payment plan. The VA benefit amount is determined by the student’s training time. The VA established levels of training time are: “full”, “3/4”, “half”, and “less than half”. Refer to the Training Time Equivalency Table for specific information. Benefits for students training while on active duty and those training less than half-time are limited to the amount of tuition and fees paid. As the number of credits determine the payment amount, it is absolutely essential that students immediately report all changes in enrollment (drops/adds) to the college’s Veteran Services Office.

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