Veterans’ Information | Knox Theological Seminary

Veterans' Information

Knox trains our nation’s veterans for Christian service. 

Knox Requirements

Knox Theological Seminary is an accredited school recognized by the Veterans Administration (VA). Eligible students may be entitled to receive financial assistance from the VA.

In order for Knox to certify students for Veterans Benefits, the Registrar’s Office will require the following document:

  1. VA form DD-214

Please submit all necessary information at least one month prior to the tuition billing cycle in order to receive benefits prior to course start dates.

For specific questions regarding benefits and eligibility, please contact the VA directly at 1.888.442.4551, or visit the GI Bill Web Site.

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Ch. 31) benefits may begin classes even if payments from the VA are pending, without any financial penalty or requirement to provide for alternative funding, and with full access to all institutional resources provided to a student of the seminary in good financial standing.

In order to qualify for this provision, students must submit their VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class with a written request to be certified, and respond to any requests for information from the seminary needed to properly certify enrollment as described in other institutional policies.

Post 9/11 GI Bill®

For Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Ch 33) students and VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch 31) students, our tuition policy complies with 38 USC 3679(e) which means Post 9/11 and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment students will not be charged or otherwise penalized due to a delay in VA tuition and fee payments.  For eligibility consideration, a Post 9/11 GI Bill student must submit a VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and a Vocational Rehabilitation Student must provide a VAF 28-1905 form. [Please list all additional requirements your school will ask a student to satisfy which are permitted under 38 USC 3679(e)] Please see 38 USC 3679(e) for complete details

Where to Start

Students are encouraged to use the VA’s online application in order to receive the fastest response.  Below are the paper forms that may also be submitted to begin the process:

Admission to Advanced Standing for Previous Work
Students who receive educational benefits from the VA with prior post-secondary educational training must request that official transcripts be sent to Knox from their previous schools. This work will be evaluated for possible advanced standing during the student’s first semester in residence, with a final determination made at the beginning of the second semester. If advanced standing is granted, training time will be shortened and tuition reduced appropriately, and the VA and the veteran will be so notified.
Attendance Policy

Students receiving VA benefits are required to attend all classes. Excused absences will be granted only for extenuating circumstances substantiated by entries in the student’s files (personal illness, jury duty, active military service, death in the immediate family). Early departures, class cuts, tardiness, etc., for any portion of an hour will be counted as a full hour of absence.

Educational benefits of VA students who accumulate three days of unexcused absences in any calendar month will be terminated for unsatisfactory attendance.

The VA student may petition the school to be recertified for educational benefits after one grading period has elapsed. The school may recertify the student only if it determines the student’s attendance-related problems have been resolved.

Academic Probation
A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 is required for graduation. For the purposes of veteran’s training, it is required that veteran students reach that level at least halfway through their program and maintain it through completion. Probation and dismissal (or the termination of VA educational benefits) will ensue if a veteran student fails to meet such a standard.
Permanent Records
VA students will be provided a written grade report at the end of each grading period. A copy of the report will be placed in the student’s permanent file maintained by the school.
Master's- and Doctoral- Level
Both master’s- and doctoral-level programs have been approved for the training of veterans by Florida’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Veterans eligible for VA educational benefits should confer with the Registrar.
Refund Policy
The refund of the unused portion of tuition, fees, and other charges for veterans or eligible persons who fail to enter a course, or withdraw, or discontinue a course prior to completion, will be made for all amounts paid which exceed the approximate pro-rata portion of the total charges that the length of the completed portion bears to the total length of the course. The proration will be determined by the ratio of the number of days or hours of instruction completed by the student to the number of instructional days or hours in the course.