Military and Veteran Services
Welcome Active Duty Military, Veterans, and Military Family Members
Valdosta State University is proud to welcome members of the military and veterans. The university provides educational services to active duty military at Moody Air Force Base, Kings Base Naval Submarine Base, and Albany Marine Logistics Base. Our department was created to assist adult and military learners with earning college degrees. We are committed to offering you our best in academic advising, transitional guidance, and military/veteran student connection opportunities.
Veteran Resource Center
VSU is committed to being a "military friendly" institution and has established several military outreach programs to ensure military students have the information and support they need. Our staff is determined to provide each student with the personal and professional resources they need to be successful during their academic journey.
Contact our military outreach staff by email at AMP@valdosta.edu, by phone at 229-253-2855, or by visiting our office between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday. We are located in suite 1200 in Pound Hall located on the North Campus.
News for Military/Veteran Students
Fee Waiver for Active Duty Military Personnel
The Georgia Board of Regents approved a resolution at its April 2012 meeting which includes an exemption from the Special Institutional Fee for all active duty military students beginning Fall 2012. This expands the waiver which was already available to any active duty military member with approved Tuition Assistance from Moody AFB, Kings Bay NB, and Albany MCLB. Eligible military personnel should contact VSU Veterans Affairs or VSU Registrar for appropriate forms.
New Student Application Fee Waiver (ACTIVE DUTY AND VETERANS ONLY)
As a signatory member DoD Voluntary Education MOU, Valdosta State University is committed to maintaining policies and procedures that recognize the special circumstances that face those in uniform. Those referenced specifically include:
- The intent of the US Department of Education Readmission policy as it applies to Servicemembers is to ensure that they are not penalized academically or financially for active duty. VSU fully supports this policy. The specific details are available at the US Government Publishing Office's Electronic Code of Federal Regulations under Title 34 -- Subtitle B -- Chapter VI -- Part 668 -- Subpart B -- §668.18 (linked here)
- Credit for Prior Learning. Servicemembers are afforded the same opportunity to earn college credits through the Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) program as are all other students. Additional information may be found in the Credit for Prior Learning section of the VSU catalog in the PLA website.
Joint Service Transcript (JST) and Prior College Credit Evaluation
Joint Service Transcripts (JST) are evaluated upon application to Valdosta State University by the Admissions Department. Initial credit is granted based upon completion of basic training and service related leadership. The student’s JST will be evaluated a second time for any additional credits by their advisor when they have selected their major and begin their upper level coursework.
Students will be permitted to transfer academic credits earned with grades of “D” or better at other accredited institutions and apply them towards degree requirements in the Core Curriculum or lower division if allowed by the department. Credits with the grade of “D” or better in upper division work will be transferred, and the department of the student’s major will determine if those credits are acceptable toward a degree.
Please note that VSU accepts a maximum of 90 total semester hours in transfer. Additionally, of the 40 semester hours immediately preceding graduation, at least 30 must be taken in residence at VSU.
A NOTE TO MILITARY STUDENTS
Complimentary Military Service Honor Cords for VSU GraduatesIf you are participating in VSU's commencement exercises and are active duty military or a military veteran, service honor cords are available to you compliments of the VSU Vets and the Adult and Military Programs Department. The cords may be worn during commencement for either the graduate school or undergraduate exercises.
To receive service honor cords, see Denisha Allen at Pound Hall, Room 1202. The office is open Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Active duty military members and their families are admitted free of charge to regular season home contests. All that is required is a valid military ID at the gate upon entry.
Military members must purchase tickets for GSC and NCAA playoff events hosted by VSU. A military ID does not provide admittance to these events.
Veteran parking gives us the opportunity to express our gratitude to all veterans for their service to our country. The new dedicated Veteran parking spot is located near Veteran Affairs on the Main Campus.