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Prior Credit Evaluation

Both the law and the regulations require schools to grant appropriate credit for prior training and experience. The current procedure provides for termination of VA education benefits if the school does not furnish an evaluation of prior credit within one (1) term (38 U.S.C. 3675(b)(2) and 3676(c)(4), and §21.4253(d)(3) and 4254(c)(4)). Students who fail to submit the prior credit evaluation within the one (1) term of enrollment will no longer be certified to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for payments.

Prior credit is defined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as "the amount of credit allowed for previous education, training, and experience; including military training and experience". The portion of a student's military experience, AP credit, transfer credit, and so forth; which, when applied to the student's specific degree program, shortens that program.

APSU VA Prior Credit Evaluation Process:

  1. The student makes an appointment with their academic advisor.
  2. The student and their academic advisor complete and sign the APSU VA Prior Credit Evaluation Form.
  3. The student submits the APSU VA Prior Credit Evaluation Form to the APSU Veterans Education Benefits Office.

Second Degree Students

No electives or general education core requirements will be certified for VA benefits without the APSU VA Prior Credit Evaluation Form on file and the course(s) is indicated by the academic advisor as required.

Undeclared Major Students

General education core are the only courses certifiable for VA benefits. If all general education core requirements are met, the student must declare a major and complete VA paperwork. 

Graduate Students

Graduate students will need to submit their approved Graduate Program of Study (POS) prior to the completion of 12 graduate credit hours and/or by the end of the first term of enrollment, whichever occurs first. Courses that are not listed on the POS will not be certified and will require a copy of the approved Graduate Change of Program of Study form from your advisory committee. 

*NOTE: If you are required to complete undergraduate prerequisites, documentation from your academic advisor must be submitted outlining these undergraduate courses prior to an enrollment certification being processed for VA benefits.

Change of Program

If a student changes their program of study, then a new APSU VA Prior Credit Evaluation Form must be completed for the new program of study.