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Military Veterans

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Welcome Veterans and Dependents 

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Dr. DeBerry –rdeberry@ascent.edu 757-826-1883, ext 236


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Veteran Educational Benefits – Ascent College is approved by the State Approving Agency for Veterans’ Education and Training, Virginia Department of Veteran Services for eligible students to receive VA educational entitlements while enrolled at Ascent College.

Ascent College Sponsored Scholarships – You may be eligible for an Ascent College sponsored scholarship.

Department of Education Student Financial Aid – You may be eligible for Student Financial Aid through the U.S. Department of Education.

Other Scholarships – You may be eligible for other scholarships because of your military service.


Credit for Time Served – As a military veteran you had a lot of training and educational courses. This training may be equivalent to courses required for your degree at Ascent College and could be transferred to reduce the number of credits you would need to take here at Ascent College. Military members from the Army, Coast Guard, Marines or Navy can obtain transcripts that list the classes and training they have completed along with the ACE credit recommendation. We can help you navigate this issue. Contact us!


Veterans may also want assistance in improving their academic and study skills. Many veterans need help brushing up on basic math and writing skills, or just in understanding the expectations of a college-level program. Ascent College has courses and other assistance that can help you transition into college life. Just contact our Veterans Assistance Office at 757-826-1883, ext 236 or rdeberry@ascent.edu. We are here to help you!

Ascent College has faculty and staff that understand the special needs of the military student. Some of our faculty have past military experience:

  • Dr. Daryl Jones – retired Air Force
  • Dr. Willie Vines – retired Air Force
  • Ms. Martha Stevenson-Jones – retired Air Force
  • Mr. Kevin Willis – retired Army

Ascent College offers the following programs online or on-campus:

Bachelor's Degree

Our 4-year Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry Leadership offers students five concentrations in Ministerial Leadership, Biblical Studies, Intercultural Studies Concentration, Worship and Worshipping Arts, and Christian Counseling.

Associate's Degree

Our 2-year Associate’s Degree in Ministry Leadership provides students with limited time or funds an opportunity to get started in a new career.


Our 1-year Diploma in Ministry Leadership gives students a starting point for formal education in the church to later build on with additional studies.

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PO Box 690, Gainesville, VA 20156-0690

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Ascent College's financial aid school code is 041538. It may display as Bethel College, the former name of Ascent College.


Ascent College admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other school-administered programs.