Welcome to TCAT Veterans Services
TCAT welcomes veterans, service members, and dependents interested in completing a college education! Let us help you meet your goals as you transition from service to student.
Our college is the ideal environment for transitioning veterans to fulfill their higher education goals. TCAT military students enjoy the benefits of quality training with the recognition and honor they deserve.
We understand the unique challenges facing veterans, active-duty service members, guardsmen, reservists, and their family members in the pursuit of a college education. Your military background has been an incredibly important part of your journey so far, and we value the unique perspective you can contribute to our student body.
We are here to help! TCAT Dickson is recognized as a Military-Friendly school. TCAT Dickson is honored to serve those who have already sacrificed so much in service to our nation. We are providing this information to aid in your educational success. Please let us know if you have additional needs.
We are immensely thankful for the service and sacrifices made by the men and women from all branches of our military, as well as their families. We understand that the process of applying to college can sometimes be confusing, and the process gets even more so when you have to navigate through the steps required to use the military benefits to which you are entitled.
Whether you are active duty, national guard, reserve, a veteran student, or a veteran/military family member, we aim to provide you with all the information you need when it comes to making your transition to college life a success!
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson is an approved College for Veterans Training (GI Bill).
Veteran Enrollment Checklist:
- Complete online TCAT application
- Determine/Apply for benefits at: https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/
- Veteran Education and Training Benefits
- TCAT Dickson Veteran Enrollment Information Page Link
- Gather or Request Documentation
- High school diploma or GED (if applicable for the program you are enrolling in)
- Prior College Transcripts (can be unofficial)
- Prior Learning Assessment: During school orientation, you will complete a prior learning assessment form that allows you to earn credit for previous education or training. You will need copies of transcripts to complete this form.
- Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or VA Benefits Certification Form
- Credit for Military Service (link to access a military transcript)
- VA VOC Authorization (if applicable)
- Change of program form 22-1995 (if applicable)
TCAT Student Veterans:
Veteran Events on Campus
Student Veterans Association
Student Veterans of America, is a 501C 3 non-profit organization focused on addressing the needs and concerns of American military veterans in higher education. SVA is best known for being an umbrella organization for student veterans' groups that advocate for improvements in educational benefits for veterans.
Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) Campus
TCAT Dickson is pleased to be a Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) Campus. This designation was passed into law in 2014, the Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) Act establishes a program of recognition for higher education institutions which allocate resources for veterans' successful transition from military service to college enrollment.
An institution receiving VETS Campus certification not only prioritizes outreach to veterans, but successfully delivers the services necessary to create a supportive environment where student veterans can prosper while pursuing their education.
Veteran and Military Family Services and Resources
TCAT Dickson is committed to providing support and resources for our military community, ensuring their success in the classroom and after graduation. Below is a list of veteran support, resources with websites, and contact information.
Veterans Service Transportation
350 Pageant Ln, Clarksville, TN 37040
Employee Assistance Program: provides free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referral, and follow-up services to VA employees and their families
Veterans Health Administration mental health services, including how family members can assist a Veteran in crisis;
Veterans Crisis Line: Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 press 1 or text 838255;
Finding local mental health services and resources: Resources | Videos & Info for Military Veterans | Make the Connection;
Information on how to access immediate care and/or book a mental health appointment: VA Mental Health Services;
Vet Center resources are also available and include counseling; there is also a toll-free number: 877-WAR-VETS.
For information on using Veteran benefits please contact the Financial Aid Department in the Student Services Office.
Dickson Campus Financial Aid Office:
Jordan Parrish: 615-551-8757
Clarksville Campus Business Office:
Monique Banks: 931-444-6527
VA Education 110 9th Ave South Nashville, TN 37203 1-888-442-4551
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.