Tuition Assistance for Veterans
Military Tuition Assistance
Description: Military Tuition Assistance is a financial benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition of its members. For Military Tuition Assistance Programs, service members must begin the process by contacting their education advisors, Education Service Officer (ESO) or seek approval from installation commanders prior to enrollment at Lone Star College. Students using GI Bill® benefits and Tuition Assistance (TA) must meet with their Education Service Officer (ESO) and Campus Veteran Liaison prior to enrolling in classes to ensure eligibility requirements.
Each service has criteria for eligibility, obligated service, the application process, and restrictions. The money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services.
To apply for Tuition Assistance, please review the below and apply at each separate link based on branch of service.
DoD Tuition Assistance Funded Students
Students should always consult their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within their Military Service education office before engaging in any voluntary education endeavor. It is the students' responsibility to know the Tuition Assistance (TA) process and policy for their branch of service and to ensure tuition balances are paid by the payment deadline. Contact your ESO if you have questions.
Tuition assistance must be requested no earlier than 45 days prior to semester start date and no later than 7 days prior to the semester start date. Active-Duty Air Force members should apply for TA through their Air Force Portal account at the Air Force Virtual Education Center site. Questions should be directed to your Air Force Education Office. To create an Airforce TA account, click here.
Tuition assistance must be requested no earlier than 60 days prior to semester start date and approved no later than 10 days prior to the semester start date. Active-Duty Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserves should apply for TA through their Army Ignited account. Questions should be directed to your Army Education Office. For more information on the Army TA process please click here.
Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Information
Tuition assistance must be requested no earlier than 60 days prior to semester start date and approved no later than 14 days prior to the semester start date. Please direct Tuition Assistance questions to your unit education liaison or your service Education Office. For more information on the Marine Corps TA process please click here.
Paying with Tuition Assistance (TA)
Registration periods have corresponding payment deadlines. TA must be submitted to the college (once approved and signed) for processing by the payment deadline associated with the date of registration. TA funding documents are not processed on the weekends (or holidays) unless the campus Business Office is scheduled to be open for business. Students who fail to turn in their approved TA forms and pay outstanding balances will be dropped for non-payment.
1. Meet with an Academic & Workforce Advisor and Register for courses.
2. Request TA through your branches TA portal.
Note: Students utilizing Army TA will need to follow the process outlined above.
3. Know your payment due dates
4. Submit approved TA forms to the following email: Student.Financials@lonestar.edu for processing before the payment deadline.
5. Pay any balance not covered by TA through your MyLonestar account or at your LSC Cashier, Business & Bursar Offices.
Tuition Deferment Request for Pending TA
If your payment deadline is prior to funding approval, you may request a Tuition Deferment hold. A 60-day deferment may be granted for those eligible for Tuition Assistance (TA). Please refer to our Tuition Deferment Request form. Tuition Deferment forms can be emailed to GIBILL@LoneStar.edu
Other Funding Sources
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) & Scholarship Information
Note: Students using TA funding should always check with their Academic & Workforce Advisor before making any schedule changes. Students are responsible for understanding implications of schedule changes, to include adds, drops and withdrawals and their effect on student accounts. Students are responsible for all charges incurred, including those not covered by TA and/or resulting from the return of unearned TA funds.