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Student Prior Credit Evaluation

Prior credit is defined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as "the amount of credit allowed for previous education, training, and experience; including military training and experience".

Both the law and the regulations require schools to grant appropriate credit for prior training and experience. The current procedure provides for termination of VA education benefits if the school does not furnish an evaluation of prior credit within 2 terms (38 U.S.C. 3675(b)(2) and 3676(c)(4), and §21.4253(d)(3) and 4254(c)(4)).

The portion of a student's transfer credit, which, when applied to the student's specific degree program, shortens that program. Prior credit evaluation must be resubmitted to the APSU Office of Veterans Affairs when a student changes his/her program of study (major).


For new and current VA education benefit recipients who change their program of study (major and/or concentration):

Step 1: Call your academic department to set up an appointment to meet with your academic advisor to complete the prior credit evaluation. *NOTE: Some academic departments have designated VA advisors.  You will need to contact the department for this information. 

Step 2: Take a copy of your academic transcript with you when you meet with the advisor. 

Step 3: The academic advisor will transpose the information required to your prior credit evaluation (degree program, educational plan, program of study) including any course substitutions, waivers, etc. approved by the academic department.

Step 4: You and the academic advisor sign the prior credit evaluation.

Step 5: Submit the completed prior credit evaluation to the appropriate APSU Office of Veterans Affairs. This will serve as a guide in certifying your coursework to VA for payment. Courses that are not listed on the prior credit evaluation will not be certified and will require additional documentation from your academic advisor.

Prior Credit Evaluation examples


Second Degree Students

Second degree students will need to submit their prior credit evaluation by the end of the first term of enrollment.  *NOTE: No electives or general education core requirements will be certified for VA education benefits without the prior credit evaluation on file and it is indicated by the academic advisor as required.


Graduate Students

Graduate students will need to submit their approved graduate program of study (POS) prior to the completion of 12 graduate credit hours and/or within the second term of enrollment, whichever occurs first. Courses that are not listed on the approved graduate POS will not be certified and will require a copy of the approved graduate change of program of study from your advisory committee.  *NOTE: If you are required to complete undergraduate prerequisites, documentation from your academic advisor must be submitted outlining these undergraduate courses prior to an enrollment certification being processed for VA education benefits.


Students who fail to submit the prior credit evaluation within the designated timeframe listed above will no longer be certified to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for education payments.