Veterans Admissions Process

American flagDark Horse Institute is proud to offer our Recording Arts and Music Business program to our Veterans. You will find that the disciplines you have learned while serving are traits that will help you take your career to the next level. Set up a time to visit with us, tour the studios, and sit in on a class. Find out how we can assist you in attaining your educational needs in our 20-week Audio Engineering focused program or 12-week Music Business focused program. In addition, Career Services will provide portfolio review, internships, and employment assistance.

  • Veterans
  • Veteran’s dependent(s)
  • Surviving spouse
  • Child of deceased Veteran
  • Parent of deceased Veteran
  • Reserves and National Guard

Veterans and Active Duty Military may be able to use a combination of benefits to cover tuition costs and living expenses.

  • Veterans Affairs
  • Department of Defense
  • Chapter 30 MGIB-AD
  • 1606 MGIB-SR
  • Chapter 31 (VocRehab)
  • Chapter 32 (VEAP)
  • Chapter 33 Post 9/11
  • Chapter 33 TEB – For Dependents
  • Gunny Sergeant Fry
  • 1607 (REAP) –Must be active for more than 90 days
  • Chapter 35 (DEA) – For Dependents
  • Army College Fund
  • Navy College Fund

Start the application process by visiting Click on “Apply for Benefits,” go to Apply Online (VONAPP). Be sure to complete the application in one sitting. If you exit, you must start over again which may delay processing your approval. Please retain your confirmation number.

Please attach a digital version of your Member-4 OR Service-2 DD214 to the VONAPP OR submit the VONAPP online and mail a copy of your Member-4 or Service-2 DD214 to St. Louis Regional Processing Office, P.O. Box 66830, St. Louis MO, 63166-6830. Always retain your original Member-4 or Service-2 DD214. Active Duty: Contact your Command Educational Officer.

Please note it takes approximately 60-120 days for the VA Regional Processing Office to approve claims for benefits. The earlier you prepare and submit your paperwork, the more likely you are to receive your benefits in a timely manner.

Once the VA determines your eligibility, a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility(COE) will be mailed to you. This is your final confirmation that you can use your benefits. To verify certifications, payments, and eligibility, call the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551. If you have misplaced any required documentation for initiating the process of using VA benefits, your records can be requested at:

You can mail a copy of your Member-4 or Service-2 DD214, VONAPP, and current COE to Dark Horse Institute, Cathy Baird, 2465 Old Charlotte Pike, Franklin, Tennessee 37064; email a copy to or fax a copy to 615-791-5800.

Dark Horse Institute is approved by the Tennessee State Approval Agency for the training of Veterans and their eligible dependents.