Services provided to Veterans, Service members, Dependents & Survivors (VSDS)
1.) Outreach services will be provided to VSDS members to inform them of opportunities at Jackson State University.
2.) Advisement to prospective VSDS students on the admission process.
3.) Advisement to VSDS students on their benefits and options.
4.) We will offer campus tours to VSDS students & their families.
5.) We will assist VSDS students in all initial paperwork for their Veterans Assistance Education Benefits.
6.) We will provide liaison services to VSDS students between departmental units on campus.
Getting Started: Transitioning (Transition Assistance Program): The Veterans Center at Jackson State University is here to help you understand and access the information and resources you need. The main way we can assist in your transition from the military to life on the University campus is by clearly outlining the process to apply and to access your educational benefits.
1.) Admissions: Your first step is to complete the admissions process. Remember, you must determine whether to apply as a freshman or as a transfer student.
2.) Orientation: Once you are admitted or accepted to Jackson State University, attend one of the New Student Orientations. These orientations will provide welcome briefs, “how to” information, class registration, choosing a major, placement testing, obtaining financial aid, scholarships, student I.D and setting up your student e-mail account. You will also be able to meet your academic advisor, and other representatives from campus departments.
3.) VA Benefit Certification: After meeting with an academic advisor and registering for classes in a degree-seeking program, you must become certified for your Department of Veteran Affairs educational benefits. The Veterans Center & the Office of the Registrar can help you complete your forms and certify you with the VA so you can receive benefits. Remember, you must recertify your VA benefits at the beginning of EACH semester.
Eligible veterans and service members on active duty or in the reserves who have never received VA benefits must complete an Application for VA Education Benefits, VA FORM 22-1990, and be prepared to provide a copy of his or her DD214/ Member 4 or Notice of Basic Eligibility form and other required documents.
Transfer students who have received education benefits from other institutions must complete a VA form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training.
Graduate students must also provide a letter from a graduate adviser confirming that their courses satisfy degree requirements.
Certification of enrollment will be submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs after the official fee bill is created. Generally, it takes the Veteran Certification section two weeks to submit certification paperwork to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the VA takes several weeks to process that certification. If you are experiencing difficulties or need help with the certification process, please contact our center.