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Office of Veterans Affairs

East Tennessee State University

Scholarships

Please contact our office with specific questions about benefits or special scholarships. 

In-State Tuition At East Tennessee State University

No matter the state of residency, all students currently using a GI Bill benefit (including dependents) are eligible for the in-state tuition rate.

Tennessee STRONG Act

The STRONG Act is a "last-dollar" tutition reimbursement program for first-time degree seeking TN National Guard members. Contact your National Guard unit for more information. 

Yellow Ribbon Scholarship

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) provides matching funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs as a supplement to the Post - 9/11 GI Bill.

Application Process

  1. If eligible, students should apply for benefits under the Post - 9/11 GI Bill with the  Department of Veteran Affairs. 
  2. Apply for admission to East Tennessee State University. 
  3. Upon acceptance to ETSU, forward your Certificate of Eligibility to the Veterans Affairs Office to be considered for the Yellow Ribbon Program.
  4. Complete the application for Yellow Ribbon Program and return it to the ETSU Office of Veterans Affairs.  The Certifying Official will review the application and contact the applicant.

Buc Hero Scholarship

The Buc Hero Scholarship covers up to 100% out-of-state costs and is intended to assist out-of-state veterans who do not qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship.

To be eligible the applicant must have served (or be currently serving) as a member of the Guard, Reserves, or Active Duty, and released from the military under "Honorable" conditions. Applicants must provide a copy of form DD-214 (Discharge from Active Duty). Applicants who have more than one DD214 must provide the most recent copy.

Freshmen:
Minimum high school GPA of 3.0 and
Minimum ACT composite of 22 or SAT score of 1020 (Math and Critical Reading scores only)

Applicants who do not meet these academic criteria may be considered based on length of service, MOS classification, or military credit earned.

Transfers:
Minimum transfer GPA of 3.2 and
Minimum of 24 transferable hours

Applicants who do not meet these academic criteria may be considered based on length of service, MOS classification, or military credit earned.

Graduate Students:
Graduate students will automatically be considered for the scholarship upon admission to a graduate degree program or graduate certificate program.

Note:  Renewal Criteria

The scholarship is renewable for three (3) additional years for undergraduates by maintaining an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and passing a minimum of 12 credits per semester.

The scholarship is renewable for up to two years for master's degree students by maintaining an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and passing a minimum of 9 credits per semester.

The scholarship is renewable for up to five years for educational specialists and doctoral students by maintaining an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and passing a minimum of 9 credits per semester.

Additional Grants, Scholarships, and Tuition Assistance

 

 

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