Military and Veteran’s Education Benefits

Federal Tuition Assistance

All Service Members using Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) must first talk to their Education Service Officer (ESO) within their Military Service prior to enrolling in the institution.  Your ESO will be able to direct you to the relevant website.  After you have contacted your ESO, follow their direction on requesting FTA.

Tuition Assistance Point of Contact

The point of contact for Federal Tuition Assistance is the Compliance Specialist/School Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office.  This person is trained and qualified about military benefits and federal tuition assistance and can connect you to institutional resources for academic counseling, financial aid counseling, job search support, or other student support services at the University as needed.

Diamond Spiller
Interim VA Certifying Official
Kent Wyatt Hall 152
Cleveland, MS 38733
Phone: 662-846-4128
Fax: 662-846-4016

Return of Unearned Military Tuition Assistance

Military tuition assistance (TA) is awarded based on a student completing the entire period for which the assistance was awarded. When a student withdraws, they may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded.

To comply with the policy of the Department of Defense, Delta State University will return any unearned military TA funds on a prorated basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided regardless of the reason for withdrawal (service-related or otherwise). TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based on when a student stops attending. Any unearned TA funds will be returned directly to the military service, not to the service member. The calculation of the return may result in the service member owing a balance to the University.

If the service member withdraws due to a military service obligation and the student provides documentation of the same to the TA Point of Contact, the University will work with the service member to identify a solution that will not result in student debt for the returned TA portion.

Please access the document below for the Schedule for Returning Unearned TA.

Return of Unearned Military Tuition Assistance