It is the responsibility of the student to request a fee deferment each semester.
In accordance with Section 103 of Public Law 115-407, the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, the University will not impose a late fee, denial of access to facilities, or other penalty against a veteran or eligible dependent using Post 9/11 (Chapter 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) benefits because of the individual’s inability to meet their financial obligations to the University due to the delayed disbursement of a payment to be provided by the VA, effective August 1,2019.
Service members, veterans, and dependents of veterans who are eligible beneficiaries of United States Department of Veterans Affairs Education Benefits may elect, upon formal application, to defer payment of required tuition and fees until the final day of the term for which the deferment has been requested.
To request a fee deferment;
- Students who are using VA education benefits for the first time must submit a certificate of eligibility (COE) or “statement of benefits” no later than the first day of a course of education.
- New and returning students must also submit a written request to use such entitlement. The required enrollment certification form will suffice as a written request. This form must be turned in two weeks before the payment deadline at the beginning of each semester in order to receive the fee deferment.
- Students who have not turned in the COE or enrollment certification form by the first day of a course of education may be subject to late fees assessed by the university for non-payment of tuition and fee charges. Fees that are not payable by VA and are not paid by the deferment deadline will be assessed late fee regardless.
The Bursar Office automatically sends out reminder emails regarding payments. If you log in and you can see that you have the VA deferment on your account you can ignore these emails. However, if payment has not been made prior to payment deadline or you have not made payment arrangements or had your account placed on VA deferment then the Bursar’s Office will drop your schedule.
Log on to MyUTK and click View/Pay Fees to check if the deferment has been placed on your account. If it has not, please call our office at 865-974-5420 or e-mail us at email@example.com.