Veterans Benefits

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The Office of the Registrar can help you apply for Veteran's Benefits, complete certifications and answer questions related to benefits.  You may review general benefits information and requirements below. For more information regarding benefits please visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs website at: http://www.va.gov/

The Texas Veterans Portal provides resources for veterans, their families, and their survivors in one location so that you can find assistance, services, organizations and benefits that you need.  For more information go to: http://veterans.portal.texas.gov/

 Montgomery GI Bill - Chapter 30 - Active Duty

 Montgomery GI Bill - Chapter 1606 - Selected Reserve

 Post 9/11 GI Bill - Chapter 33

 Hazlewood Act

Hazlewood Legacy Program

 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program - Chapter 31

Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) - Chapter 35

 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) - Chapter 1607

Your VA Certifying Representative:

Sloan White, Assistant Registrar

817-735-2202

Sloan.White@unthsc.edu

Got Questions?  Visit our FAQ page to get important answers to questions about Federal Benefits and Hazlewood.

Important Links and Information

The Department of Defense has announced the launch of the Postsecondary Education Complaint System which provides a centralized online reporting system for service members and their families to report problems and lodge complaints against education institutions for unfair or misleading practices.

The new complaint system is directly in line with the President's Executive Order establishing the Principles of Excellence for educational institutions serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses and their family members.

For more information or to submit a complaint, please visit the Postsecondary Education Complaint System webpage.

FEDERAL BENEFITS
 Applying for Benefits
Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP)
 eBenefits eBenefits
 Benefits Comparison Chart
Compare Education Benefit Programs
Rate Tables
Rates by Benefit Program
 Verify Attendence
Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE)
HAZLEWOOD
 Hazlewood Database
Register for the Hazlewood Database

 Muskogee, OK Regional Processing Office

 Phone: (888) 442-4551

Montgomery GI Bill - Chapter 30 - Active Duty

This program generally provides up to 36 months of education benefits for those who served in active duty.  They typically must be used within 10 years following your release from active duty.

  1. Certificate of Eligibility
  2. Copy of DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
  3. Form 22-1995* - Request for Change of Program or Place of Training
Note: This is only required if you were previously on benefits

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Montgomery GI Bill - Chapter 1606 - Selected Reserve

If you are a member of the Selected Reserve this program may be available to you.  The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.

  1. Certificate of Eligibility
  2. Copy of DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
  3. Form 22-1995* - Request for Change of Program or Place of Training
  4. Copy of your DD-2384 (NOBE - Notice of Basic Eligibility) from your reserve unit
*Note: This is only required if you were previously on benefits

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Post 9/11 GI Bill - Chapter 33

This program may be available for those with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2011, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.

  1. Certificate of Eligibility
  2. Copy of DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
  3. Form 22-1995* - Request for Change of Program or Place of Training
*Note: This is only required if you were previously on benefits

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Hazlewood Act

The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 of tuition and fee exemptions, including most fee charges.  This does not include living expenses, books or supply fees. 

Eligibility Requirements

Veterans:

  • At the time of entry into active duty the U.S. Armed Forces, designated Texas as Home of Record; or entered the service in Texas; or was a Texas resident;
  • Have received an honorable discharge or separation or a general discharge under honorable conditions as indicated on the Veteran's Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214);
  • Served at least 181 days of active duty service (excluding training);
  • Have no federal Veteran’s education benefits, or have no federal Veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 33 or 31; for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits;
  • Not be in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas;
  • Enroll in classes for which the college receives tax support (i.e., a course that does not depend solely on student tuition and fees to cover its cost), unless the college’s governing board has ruled to let Veterans receive the benefit while taking non-funded courses; and
  • Meet the GPA and excessive hour requirement of the institution's satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution's financial aid policy.

Veterans who are granted their first Hazlewood Act exemption beginning fall, 2011 must reside in Texas during the semester or term for which the exemption is claimed. This requirement does not apply to the Veterans who either received the exemption prior to the 2011-2012 academic year, have reenlisted into active duty, or reside with a spouse who is on active duty.

    Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veteran:

    Spouses and dependent children of eligible Active Duty, Reserve, and Texas National Guard who died in the line of duty or as a result of injury or illness directly related to military service, are missing in action, or who became totally disabled for purposes of employability as a result of a service-related injury or illness are entitled to each receive a 150 credit hours exemption.

    Qualifications

    A spouse must:

    • Be a spouse of a Veteran who, at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, be classified by the institution as a Texas resident, designated Texas as Home of Record, or entered the service in Texas;
    • Be a spouse of a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Texas National Guard who died as a result of service-related injuries or illness, is missing in action, or became totally disabled (100%) as a result of service-related injury or illness or is entitled to receive compensation at the 100% rate due to individual employability (IU) due to a service connected injury or illness;
    • Have no federal Veterans education benefits, or have no federal Veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 33 or 31) for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits;
    • Be classified by the institution as a Texas resident; and
    • Meet the GPA and excessive hour requirements of the institution's satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution's financial aid policy. This requirement does not apply to the spouse of a MIA, KIA, or service connected Veteran.

    A child must:

    • Be a child of a Veteran who, at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, be classified by the institution as a Texas resident, designated Texas as Home of Record, or entered the service in Texas;
    • Be a child of a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, Texas National Guard, or Texas Air National Guard who died as a result of service-related injuries or illness, is missing in action, or became totally disabled (100%) as a result of a service-related injury or illness or is entitled to receive compensation at the 100% rate due to individual employability (IU) due to a service connected injury or illness;
    • Have no federal Veterans education benefits, or have no federal Veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 33 or 31; for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits;
    • Be classified by the institution as a Texas resident; and
    • Meet the GPA and excessive hour requirements of the institution's satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution's financial aid policy. This requirement does not apply to the spouse of a MIA, KIA, or service connected Veteran.

    To Apply:

    A Veteran must:

    • Apply and be accepted to a Texas public college or university of his/her choice. Go to www.applytexas.org to apply or use your institution's application for admission;
    • Provide proof (DD214) from the Department of Defense regarding military service and the nature of discharge;
    • Provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for GI Bill benefits (Chapter 31, 33/Post-9/11) by requesting a certificate of eligibility for federal education benefits from www.gibill.va.gov (if Veteran has active duty service after 9/11/2001); 
    • Fill out the Hazlewood Exemption application form; and
    • Turn in the Hazlewood Exemption application form, a copy of your letter of eligibility/ineligibility, and a copy of your DD214 into the registrar's office of the institution you will be attending.

    Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by the institution no later than the last day of class in order to be evaluated for the semester or term.

    A spouse or child of a Veteran whose death was service connected, is MIA, or is/was 100% permanently disabled must:

    • Apply and be accepted to a Texas public college or university. Go to www.applytexas.org or use your institution's application for admission;
    • Provide a DD214 and a disability rating letter or a DD1300 Report of Casualty regarding the Veteran's death;
    • Provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for GI Bill benefits (Chapter 31, 33/Post/9-11) by requesting an education benefits letter from the VA at www.gibill.va.gov; and
    • Fill out the Hazlewood Exemption application form.

    Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by the institution no later than the last day of class of a term in order to be evaluated for that semester or term.

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    Hazlewood Legacy Program

    Transferability of Benefits (Hazlewood Legacy Program):

    Eligible Veterans may assign unused hours of exemption eligibility to a child under certain conditions.

    Eligibility Requirements

    Qualifications
    A child (legacy recipient) must: 

    • Be classified by the institution as a Texas resident;
    • Be the biological child, stepchild, adopted child, or claimed as a dependent in the current or previous tax year;
    • Be 25 years old or younger on the first day of the semester or term for which the exemption is claimed (unless granted an extension due to a qualifying illness or debilitating condition); and
    • Meet the GPA and excessive hour requirements of the institution's satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution's financial aid policy.

    Legacy recipients will receive an exemption for the number of degree certified hours reported by the institution for that term or semester. Maximum degree certified hours awarded to the Legacy recipient will be dependent upon the degree or certificate program in which the student is enrolled for that term or semester and shall be consistent with the program length as defined within the school catalog as approved by the regional accreditation commission.

    If a child to whom hours have been delegated fails to use all of the assigned hours, a Veteran may re-assign the unused hours that are available to another child. Only one child will use Hazlewood Legacy benefits at a time.

    Veterans' spouses are not eligible to receive a transfer of unused hours.

    To Apply:

    Application Process

    A child (legacy recipient) of a Veteran must:

    • Apply and be accepted to a Texas public college or university. Go to www.applytexas.org to apply or use your institution's application for admission;
    • Fill out the Hazlewood Exemption Application;
    • Provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for GI Bill benefits (Chapter 31, 33/Post-9/11) by requesting a certificate of eligibility for federal education benefits from www.gibill.va.gov; and
    • Take both applications, letter of eligibility/ineligibility (if needed), along with a copy of the Veteran’s DD214, to the financial aid office of the institution you will be attending.

    Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by the institution no later than the last day of class of a term in order to be evaluated for that semester or term.

    Please note that additional documentation may be needed.  Please contact the School Certifying Official (SCO) to find out if anything else is needed.

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    Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program - Chapter 31 

    This program may give benefits relating to a service-connected disability, beneficiaries must be found eligible and entitled in order to qualify.  These benefits may be used 12 years from separation of active military service or from the date which the VA notified the beneficiary of a service-connected disability rating.

    This program is handled by a VA case manager.  To determine eligibility contact the nearest Veteran's Administration Office at 800-827-1000.

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    Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) - Chapter 35

    Benefits for this program are given to students with a 100 percent service-related disability or dependent of the disabled veteran.  This program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.  Certain restrictions and Eligibility requirements apply, please visit the US Department of Veteran's Affairs website to learn more.

    1. Certificate of Eligibility
    2. Copy of DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
    3. Form 22-5490 (Application for Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistance)

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    Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) - Chapter 1607

    This benefit program is designed to provide education assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress.  Certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 may be eligible for benefits.

    1. Certificate of Eligibility
    2. Copy of DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
    3. Form 22-1995 - Request for Change of Program or Place of Training
    *Note: This is only required if you were previously on benefits

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    This page last updated 24th Sep 2014