MBA Veterans Services

In keeping with our full-service model for working professionals pursuing their education at the Haslam College of Business, we offer a full range of support that provides veterans with a direct path toward applying their benefits.

Our program coordinators and the university’s Veterans Resource Center are here to help you access the benefits you’ve earned serving our country.

What is the first step?

To apply for education benefits through the department of US Veterans Affairs please visit their website at or call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551). Once you have applied for benefits, the VA will review your application and you will receive your letter listing your eligibility.

What fees does the Post-9/11 GI Bill typically cover?

  • In-state maintenance tuition and facilities fee
  • Professional programs & services
  • Library
  • Technology, transportation and graduation fee

This is based on your percentage of entitlement. Contact Veterans Services to verify your benefits and receive further information.

What is typically not covered?

  • Meals, parking, books, lodging, airfare and out-of-state tuition.

Yellow Ribbon Program

If you live outside of Tennessee, the Yellow Ribbon program may be an option to cover a portion of your costs. Under this scenario, the VA would pay half of your out-of-state tuition charges and the MBA program would match the other half.

You can qualify for the Yellow Ribbon program if you are enrolled in a graduate-level MBA program. You must have 100% entitlement with the Post-9/11 GI Bill and not be on active duty. Active-duty service members cannot qualify for the Yellow Ribbon program.

This program is allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. The MBA program allows for 10 recipients each academic year. It can be used for all three semesters with a maximum $15,000 each academic year.

Academic Common Market

If you don’t qualify for the Yellow Ribbon program, another option may be the Academic Common Market. This is a tuition-savings program for college students in 15 states of the Southern Regional  Education Board who want to pursue degrees that are not offered by their in-state institutions.