If you are a Veteran and planning to attend college in the Middle Tennessee area, let us help you navigate schools in the area and help establish your benefits. Nashville is known as the Athens of the South because of the number of schools in the area. Picking the right school and figuring out how to pay for it can be challenging.

OSDTN can assist you in the application process. Whether you need to access military transcripts for credit or use our computer lab to apply online, we can help. We have subject matter experts on veteran education in house that can help you.

We will also help you access your education benefits. We can tell you which benefit you can access and how to apply it to your college of choice. We can also suggest application to certain grants and benefits that will help with the cost of college.

Once you are all set, we will follow you through your education and answer any questions you might have. Check out some schools below and if you would like to contact someone about education or benefits, email us here.


Information on VA Education Benefits 

Use the VA education comparison tool to explore education benefits here.

Service after September 11, 2001? Read about the Forever GI Bill here.

Permanent and totally disabled? Dependents Education Assistance Program

Want to transfer to your GI Bill to a dependent or spouse? Transfer GI Bill to Spouse and Dependents


Schools in Middle Tennessee that are Military Friendly

Nashville is known of the Athens of the South. There are a number of universities and higher education establishments that have programs that cater to veteran students. Most of the schools offer the Yellow Ribbon Program, so be sure to look for that on each link.

Belmont Military and Veterans

Vanderbilt Veteran Education Benefits

MTSU Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center

Lipscomb Veteran Services

Trevecca Nazarene University Military

Tennessee State University Veteran Affairs

Austin Peay State University 

Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville Campus

Nossi College of Art

Remington College

Daymar College Military

Meharry Medical College

Watkins College of Art and Design

Volunteer State Community College

Vanderbilt University Medical Center for Programs in Allied Health


Other useful links

Helping Heroes Grant – If you have a GWOT, Iraq Campaign Medal, or a Afghanistan Medal, you could qualify for $1,000 per semester.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Tennessee CollegePays

Colorado Technical University Patriot Scholarship – If you are a veteran with a service connected, you could qualify for this scholarship. This scholarship offers tuition and fees, a laptop and e-book/hard copy books, specially-trained military-education advisors. You can take online classes to complete your degree or attend in Colorado. A spouse/non medical attendant or unmarried dependent of a service connected disabled veteran can also apply for this scholarship.