Military Credit/Prior Learning Assessment

The University of Tennessee at Martin is fully approved by the State Approving Agency to provide training under the Vocational Rehabilitation and War Orphans’ Assistance programs, the Veterans Readjustment Benefits Act of 1966 and the Veterans Educational Assistance Program.


Counseling service for veterans is available at the Office of Business Affairs in 116 Hall-Moody Administration Building. All students planning to enter under provisions of a veterans’ educational program are urged to apply to the appropriate agency for necessary authorization well in advance of their registration date. Ten semester hours of credit will be given to students with a DD214 or DD295 that shows successful completion of basic training. Military schooling may not duplicate these 10 semester hours of credit. The ACE Guide is used in awarding credits for military schools. Official transcripts must be sent from the service person’s education office (JST or AARTS or SMARTS transcripts are recommended) in order to receive military credit. All other residency requirements must be met. Up to 60 semester hours of military and/or examination credit may be applied toward degree requirements.


Service members, veterans and dependents of veterans who are eligible beneficiaries of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits or other governmentally funded educational assistance, subject to the conditions and guidelines set forth in Tennessee Code Annotated 49-7-104 as amended, 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. Application for the deferment must be made no later than 14 days after the beginning of the term and the amount of the deferment shall not exceed the total monetary benefits to be received for the term. Students who have been granted deferments are expected to make timely payments on their outstanding tuition and fees balance once education benefits are being delivered and eligibility for such deferment shall terminate if the student fails to abide by any applicable rule or regulation, or to act in good faith in making timely payments.


UT Martin will certify only those courses which are included in the major field of study selected by the student; certification of “elective courses” will be limited to the number of elective hours permitted in the designated major. Electives must be selected from the academic areas prescribed in the college catalog for each specified major.


The student receiving benefits must show evidence of making “satisfactory” progress toward his/her educational objective, as defined in the university catalog. Class attendance will be a major factor in determining satisfactory academic progress.


Certification will not be allowed for any course(s) previously passed (D or above), unless the catalog states a C or above is required, or any course(s) designated as “incomplete.”


For information on Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), American Council on Education (ACE), DANTES (DSST), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or proficiency examinations, see the Undergraduate Admission Procedures and Requirements in the catalog.

Prior Learning Assessment

PLA is a way for you to earn college credit for things you already know. It saves you from having to take courses in subjects that you already understand. This means that you can progress more quickly towards getting your degree and you do not have to pay full tuition for these courses.

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