Veteran Education Benefits

Federal VA Benefits

Chapter 30-Montgomery GI Bill

Chapter 31-Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

Chapter 33Ė Post 9/11 GI Bill

Chapter 35-Dependents Educational Assistance

Chapter 1607-Reserve Educational Assistance Program

Chapter 1606-Selected Reserve

Texas Veteran Benefits

Hazelwood Exemption

 

 

Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill

Benefit Description

Recipients receive a monthly stipend from the VA and can receive up to 36 months of benefits. Recipients who combine this benefit with one or more other Chapter Benefits can receive up to 48 months of total benefits. The delimiting date for this benefit is 10 years from the last period of qualifying active duty service (at least 90 days in length). A recipientís benefit amount is affected by their training time. VA Benefits will not be processed for courses which are not required for a studentís degree plan and may or may not be processed for repeated courses.

All payments are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Benefits are paid in arrears (after the training period). For example, a student receives payment for August at the beginning of September. Payments are prorated for any partial months of attendance (ex. August & December). Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break). The monthly benefit amount paid is based on the length of service, category, and DoD put ďKickersĒ into the MGIB Fund (if applicable).

Recipients must verify enrollment at the end of each month by Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by Interactive Voice Response (IVR). Visit the WAVE website or call 877-823-2378. Failure to very enrollment will result in non-payment of the benefit.

If you would like to transfer from Chapter 30 to Chapter 33, please contact the Regional VA at 1-888-442-4551 for proper guidance.

Helpful Links

 

Category and Eligibility Requirements
VA Rate Tables for Chapter payment amounts
More information on Chapter 30
WAVE Frequently Answered Questions

Required Documents

Submitting Documents

All required documents must be uploaded to the Request for Certification.

Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation

Benefit Description

Recipients may qualify to receive payment for tuition and fees, a subsistence allowance, and books. The veteranís Vocational Rehabilitation counselor will determine the number of months of the veteranís Chapter 31 Benefit eligibility. 

VA tuition and fee payments are paid directly to Lone Star College and are applied as a 3rd party payment to the studentís billing account. Students must notify the Veterans Services Office if their VA chapter benefits will exhaust during the semester in which benefits have been requested as this may result a reduced tuition and fee payment from the VA. The VA will not pay for the following:

  • Tuition and fees which are already being paid by other forms of financial assistance specifically intended to pay tuition and fees (ex. Tuition Assistance, tuition scholarships, etc.).
  • The portion of Program Fees which consist of charges for books, supplies, travel, food, or accommodations (the student is expected to use their book and housing stipends to pay for such charges). Contact your academic department to inquire about such fees.
  • Non-resident tuition which is charged to non-resident students or for Three-peat fees. 
  • Courses which are not required for a studentís degree plan.
  • Courses which are repeated for which the student has already earned an acceptable grade (as determined by their degree).
  • Courses which are withdrawn or dropped (the VA may pay part, but not all of the cost of such courses).

An e-mail will be sent to the Lone Star College Bookstore after a studentís Request for Certification is processed by the Veterans Affairs Center.

Eligibility Requirements and Applying for Chapter 31

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) is for veterans who have a service-connected disability. Interested applicants need to meet with a VA counselor to apply for Chapter 31 benefits, or apply online. The basic period of eligibility in which VR&E services may be used is 12 years from the date of separation from active military service or 12 years from the date the veteran was first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating. Once the VA has determined a veteran's eligibility, the VA Counselor will send authorization to the Veteran Affairs Center to certify enrollment and set up the benefit with Lone Star College.

Helpful Links

More information on Chapter 31

Required Documents

Submitting Documents

All required documents must be uploaded to the Request for Certification.

Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill

Benefit Description

Recipients may qualify to receive payment of tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance, and a book stipend. Recipients can receive up to 36 months of benefits. Recipients who combine this benefit with one or more other Chapter Benefits can receive up to 48 months of total benefits. 

VA tuition and fee payments are paid directly to Lone Star College and are applied as a 3rd party payment to the studentís billing account. Students must notify the Veterans Affairs Center if their VA chapter benefits will exhaust during the semester in which benefits have been requested as this may result a reduced tuition and fee payment from the VA. The VA will not pay for the following:

  • Tuition and fees which are already being paid by other forms of financial assistance specifically intended to pay tuition and fees (ex. Tuition Assistance, tuition scholarships, etc.).
  • The portion of Program Fees which consist of charges for books, supplies, travel, food, or accommodations (the student is expected to use their book and housing stipends to pay for such charges). 
  • Courses which are not required for a studentís degree plan.
  • Courses which are repeated for which the student has already earned an acceptable grade (as determined by their degree).
  • Courses which are withdrawn or dropped (the VA may pay part, but not all of the cost of such courses).

Monthly Housing Payments are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Benefits are paid in arrears (after the training period). For example, a student receives payment for August at the beginning of September. Payment amounts vary annually and are on the Department of Defense (DoD) Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate for E-5ís with dependents. The amount of this benefit varies from 40% to 100% depending on the length of active duty service. Students enrolled in only distance learning or online courses are only eligible for a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the national average of all Basic Allowances for Housing. Payments are prorated for any partial months of attendance (ex. August & December). Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break).

Book Stipends are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Payment amounts are equal to $41.67 per credit hour up to 24 hours in a single academic year ($1,000 maximum). A lump sum payment is made each semester. These stipends are prorated based upon the percentage of benefit awarded.

For financial aid purposes, the estimated housing expense in the estimated Cost of Attendance must be removed for any Active Duty Service Members with a FAFSA on file. This may result in a reduction of financial aid eligibility.

Eligibility Requirements

Veterans and Active Duty Service Members

Veterans and active duty service members must have served on active duty since September 11, 2001, and served a minimum of 90 aggregate days (excluding entry level and skill training) or served a period of at least 30 days or received a service connected disability rating.

Transfer of Entitlement

The Transfer Fact Sheet includes all of the eligibility requirements associated with transferring this benefit from a Service Member to their dependent(s).

Required Documents

Submitting Documents

All required documents must be uploaded to the Request for Certification.

More information on Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA).

Transfer of Benefits to Dependents

Certain service members may be eligible to transfer of their Ch. 33 Post-9/11 benefits to family members. Please visit the GI Bill website for more information about Transfer of Benefits.

Chapter 35 - Survivors/Dependents Educational

Benefit Description

Recipients receive a monthly stipend from the VA. Dependentsí Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents or certain veterans. A recipientís benefit amount is affected by their training time. VA Benefits will not be processed for courses which are not required for a studentís degree plan and may or may not be processed for repeated courses.

All payments are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Benefits are paid in arrears (after the training period). For example, a student receives payment for August at the beginning of September. Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break). Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break).

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible you must be a spouse, son or daughter (including stepchild or adopted child) of a:

  • Veteran who is permanently and totally disabled as the result of, or dies of, a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of or be aggravated by active duty.
  • Veteran with a permanent and total service-connected disability who dies from any cause.
  • Service member who is missing in action or is captured in line of duty and is currently being held by a hostile force.
  • Service member who is currently being forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
  • A recipient may generally receive benefits under this program from age 18 to 26 (eight years). If you are eligible as a child of a veteran, your marital status does not affect your eligibility for DEA.

For questions about these programs or how to receive your benefits contact the VA at gibill.va.govand (888) 442-4551.

Helpful Links

 

VA Rate Tables for Chapter payment amounts
More information on Chapter 35

Required Documents

Submitting Documents

All required documents must be uploaded to the Request for Certification.

Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill for Selective Reserves

Benefit Description

Recipients receive a monthly stipend from the VA and can receive up to 36 months benefits. Recipients who combine this benefit with one or more other Chapter Benefits can receive up to 48 months of total benefits. A recipientís benefit amount is affected by their training time. VA Benefits will not be processed for courses which are not required for a studentís degree plan and may or may not be processed for repeated courses.

All payments are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Benefits are paid in arrears (after the training period). For example, a student receives payment for August at the beginning of September. Payments are prorated for any partial months of attendance (ex. August & December). Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break).

Recipients must verify enrollment at the end of each month by Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by Interactive Voice Response (IVR). Visit the WAVE website or call 877-823-2378. Failure to verify enrollment will result in non-payment of the benefit.

The Department of Defense has announced it will not authorize Tuition Assistance for classes for which a service member is also receiving VA Chapter 1606 or 1607 benefits.

Eligibility Requirements

Member must have an obligation to serve for a period of not less than 6 years after June 30, 1985, have a high school diploma or equivalent, have completed Initial Active Duty Training (ADT), and be participating satisfactorily in the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Benefit entitlement ends 14 years from the date of eligibility for the program, or on the day personnel leaves the Selected Reserve. If the reservist is mobilized, their eligibility may be extended for the amount of time mobilized plus four months.

Helpful Links

 

WAVE Frequently Answered Questions
VA Rate Tables for Chapter payment amounts
More information on Chapter 1606

Required Documents

Submitting Documents

All required documents must be uploaded to the Request for Certification.

In order to receive your monthly payment, you will need to verify your enrollment. You can do that either online at the GI Bill Website or by calling 1-877-823-2378.

Chapter 1607 - (REAP) for Selected Reserves/Individual Ready Reserves

Benefit Description

Recipients receive a monthly stipend from the VA and can receive up to 36 months of benefits. Recipients who combine this benefit with one or more other Chapter Benefits can receive up to 48 months of total benefits. A recipientís benefit amount is affected by their training time. VA Benefits will not be processed for courses which are not required for a studentís degree plan and may or may not be processed for repeated courses.

All payments are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Benefits are paid in arrears (after the training period). For example, a student receives payment for August at the beginning of September. Payments are prorated for any partial months of attendance (ex. August & December). Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break). 

Recipients must verify enrollment at the end of each month by Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by Interactive Voice Response (IVR). Visit the WAVE website or call 877-823-2378. Failure to verify enrollment will result in non-payment of the benefit.

The Department of Defense has announced it will not authorize Tuition Assistance for classes for which a service member is also receiving VA Chapter 1606 or 1607 benefits.

Eligibility Requirements

A Member of the ready reserve must have served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 in support of a contingency (federal) operation for 90 consecutive days or more, and was ordered to active duty in response to a war or a national emergency declared by the President or Congress. These components include Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Army IRR, Air Force IRR, Navy IRR and Marine Corps IRR. There is not a delimiting date until the veteran leaves the Selected Reserves. When a reservist completes their military obligation and exits the services from the Ready Reserve then they may establish a 10 year delimiting date (exceptions apply). A member ordered to active service while serving in the reserve component remains entitled to benefits under REAP only by continuing to serve in the reserve component.

Helpful Links

 

WAVE Frequently Answered Questions
VA Rate Tables for Chapter payment amounts
More information on Chapter 1607

Required Documents

Submitting Documents

All required documents must be uploaded to the Request for Certification.

In order to receive your monthly payment, you will need to verify your enrollment. You can do that either online at the GI Bill Website or by calling 1-877-823-2378.

Hazlewood Exemption & Legacy

Veteran Hazlewood Exemption 

  • Pays resident tuition and required fees.
  • Recipients can receive up to 150 credit hours of resident tuition and fees exempted.
  • Only correspondence courses listed on a studentís degree plan may be paid. The recipient must reside in Texas each semester Hazlewood is used.
  • Hazlewood hours will not be refunded for courses dropped after the 12th class day.
  • if Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan payments have already been applied to a studentís bill, and the semester in question has already begun or is a prior semester, the Hazlewood Exemption cannot be processed for the semester in question. Click here for more information regarding the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan and the removal of payments from student accounts.
  • The Hazlewood Exemption is considered to be a financial resource for financial aid purposes and, as such, may reduce a studentís need based grant and scholarship eligibility.

For more information see:

  1. Texas Veterans Commission  
  2. College for All Texans Frequently Asked Hazlewood Questions

Eligibility Requirements 

1. Veteranís DD-214 must indicate:

  • Honorable or General Under Honorable Conditions as character of service.
  • More than 180 days of active duty service (net active service excluding training time).

2. Veteran must meet one of the following requirements:

  • DD-214 reflects that Home of Record At Time of Entry into the Military was Texas
  • DD-214 reflects that Place (Point) of Entry into the Military was Texas
  • Veteran must prove they were a Texas resident at the time they entered the military if DD-214 does not reflect Texas as Home of Record or Point of Entry as Texas.

3. Veteran must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Currently reside in Texas however does not have to currently be a resident of Texas.
  • Received the Hazlewood Exemption prior to the fall 2011 semester.
  • Currently Active Duty and can supply military orders showing assignment outside of Texas.

4. Veteran cannot have federal veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees
unless resident tuition and fees exceed those benefits.
5. Veteran cannot be in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the state of Texas.

Hazlewood Legacy Program

  • Pays resident tuition and required fees.
  • Recipients can receive up to 150 credit hours of resident tuition and fees exempted.
  • Only correspondence courses listed on a studentís degree plan may be paid. The recipient must reside in Texas each semester Hazlewood is used.
  • Hazlewood hours will not be refunded for courses dropped after the 12th class day.
  • If Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan payments have already been applied to a studentís bill, and the semester in question has already begun or is a prior semester, the Hazlewood Exemption cannot be processed for the semester in question. Click here for more information regarding the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan and the removal of payments from student accounts.
  • If a child to whom hours have been delegated fails to use all assigned hours, the veteran or conservator of the hours may reassign the unused hours to another dependent.
  • Only one person may use the Hazlewood Exemption during a given semester and all eligible recipients use the same pool of 150 credit hours of resident tuition and fees exempted to include the veteran.
  • The Hazlewood Exemption is considered to be a financial resource for financial aid purposes and, as such, may reduce a studentís need based grant and scholarship eligibility.
For more information see:

Eligibility Requirements
1. Dependents must:

  • Be the biological child, stepchild, adopted child, or claimed as a dependent on the veteranís tax return in the current or previous tax year.
  • Be a Texas resident as deemed by the Office of Admission at University of Houston-Clear Lake.
  • Reside in Texas for each semester Hazlewood is used.
  • Be 25 years or younger on the first day of the semester or term for which the exemption is claimed (unless Hazlewood was first received prior to Fall 2011).
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress as determined for financial aid purposes.

2. Veteran transferring benefits must meet Hazlewood eligibility requirements.
3. Veteran must sign the Hazlewood Exemption Application Packet for Veterans agreeing to transfer benefits to their dependent.
4. Dependent cannot have federal veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees unless resident tuition and fees exceed those federal veterans education benefits.
5. Dependent cannot be in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the state of Texas.

Hazlewood Dependent and Spouse Program

  • Pays resident tuition and required fees.
  • Recipients can receive up to 150 credit hours of resident tuition and fees exempted.
  • Only correspondence courses listed on a studentís degree plan may be paid. The recipient must reside in Texas each semester Hazlewood is used.
  • Hazlewood hours will not be refunded for courses dropped after the 12th class day.
  • If Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan payments have already been applied to a studentís bill, and the semester in question has already begun or is a prior semester, the Hazlewood Exemption cannot be processed for the semester in question. Click here for more information regarding the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan and the removal of payments from student accounts.
  • If a child to whom hours have been delegated fails to use all assigned hours, the veteran or conservator of the hours may reassign the unused hours to another dependent.
  • The Hazlewood Exemption is considered to be a financial resource for financial aid purposes and, as such, may reduce a studentís need based grant and scholarship eligibility.

 For more information see:

Eligibility Requirements
1. Sponsoring veteran must meet one of the following requirements:

  • DD-214 reflects that Home of Record At Time of Entry into the Military was Texas.
  • DD-214 reflects that Place (Point) of Entry into the Military was Texas.
  • Veteran must prove they were a Texas Resident at the time they entered the military if DD-214 does not reflect Texas as Home of Record or Point of Entry as Texas.

 2. Sponsoring veteran must meet one of the following requirements:

  • 100% disabled for the purpose of employability.
  • Missing in Action.
  • Killed in Action.
  • Their death must have been documented as service related.
  • Dependent must meet all of the following requirements:
  • Be the biological, step, or adopted child.
  • Be a Texas resident as deemed by the Office of Admission at University of Houston-Clear Lake.
  • Reside in Texas for each semester Hazlewood is used.
  • Be 25 years or younger on the first day of the semester for which the exemption is claimed.

4. Spouse must be a Texas resident deemed by the Office of Admission at University of Houston-Clear Lake and provide proof they were married to the veteran at the time the qualifying incidence occurred.
5. Dependent/spouse cannot have federal veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees unless resident tuition and fees exceed those benefits.
6. Dependent/spouse cannot be in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the state of Texas.

Required Documents

Submitting Documents

All required documents must be uploaded to the Request for Certification.