Do I need to fill out the Request for Certification form each semester?
Yes. You must complete a Request for Certification form for each semester you wish to use your VA education benefits. This form lets our Certifying Officials know you want to use your benefits and for which classes. Remember, you cannot be certified for a class if it is not required for your degree.
Can I turn in my request for certification form after the priority deadline date?
Yes, you can; however, there are some common problems that can occur when you turn in a request form after the deadline. For example:
In the event that a class is not certifiable; depending on when the paperwork is turned in, it may no longer be an option to change or adjust schedules, resulting in unpaid tuition (Chapters 31 and 33) and a reduction in monthly benefit payments.
Being dropped from classes for non-payment because of processing delays.
Bookstore charge notification e-mails are delayed (Chapter 31 students only).
Payment delays in excess of 6-8 weeks for monthly stipends and book stipends.
Parent Institution Letters are delayed due to increased processing times.
What classes can I have certified?
You may request to have any class certified that fits your degree with Lone Star College. Please consult with you campus liaison/advisor, if you have questions regarding if a course can be certified.
Can I take classes that do not fit my degree plan?
Possibly. Generally speaking, the only classes that you can take, that are not specifically listed on your degree plan, are electives. However, there are certain circumstances where even electives may not be able to be certified. If you ever have questions about whether a class will fit your degree plan or if it can be certified please contact your campus VA liaison.
Why won't the VA certify my elective?
If you have unused hours that will fit in the elective space; those must be used first to satisfy the degree requirements before any new elective classes can be certified. If you have already met all of your elective requirements on your degree plan then electives may not be able to be certified.
Am I required to notify Lone Star College Veteran Financial Services of changes in my schedule?
Absolutely! Failure to notify the Veteran Financial Services may result in either an overpayment or underpayment. Timely reporting of changes is key to avoiding debts to the VA. The sooner we are able to notify the VA of your schedule changes, the sooner they are able to adjust your benefit payments. To report changes, please complete the Change of Enrollment request form, which is located under the Forms section of our website.
Can I attend two schools simultaneously and still use my benefits?
Yes! A student may take courses at more than one school that apply to his or her degree. The school that will grant the degree is the student’s “primary” school. All other schools are “secondary” schools.
What is a Parent Institution Letter?
Parent Institution Letters (PIL) are letters that are sent from a primary school to a secondary school authorizing the secondary school to certify classes the student is taking. Classes at the secondary school must fit the degree plan of the primary school or they cannot be certified. The PIL must be sent directly to the Veteran Financial Services.
Who is responsible for payment of tuition and fees?
Students must pay tuition and fees by the payment deadline each term, unless tuition and fees are being paid for by Chapter 33 Post 9/11, Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment, Tuition Assistance and Financial Aid or Hazlewood exemption.
I have already graduated, but I still have VA education benefits left. Can I pursue a second degree?
Absolutely! For more information on the different programs your VA education benefits will cover, go to the GI Bill Website. You may also email us, call us or stop by and chat with your VA Campus Liaison.
Can I use the Hazlewood Exemption and VA benefit at the same time?
Yes, with the exception of Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill ®) at the 100% eligibility level or with Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment). If you are eligible for both the Hazlewood exemption and VA education benefits under Chapters 30, 35, 1606 or 1607 you may use both benefits at the same time. If you have Chapter 33 benefits at less than the 100% level, you may also use the Hazlewood exemption. For more information on the Hazlewood Act, visit the Hazlewood Act Website.
How does the exemption work?
The Hazlewood Act is an exemption from the payment of tuition and most fees. There is no money changing hands with this benefit. The institution the student attends absorbs the cost of tuition and some fees for the student.
Which charges are covered?
The Hazlewood Act exempts qualified students taking classes at public institutions of higher education in Texas from tuition and most fee charges.
How do I know if I qualify?
You may qualify if…
You are a Texas resident
You either designated Texas as your Home of Record or entered the service in Texas
Have at least 181 days of active military duty (sum of 12c and 12d on DD-214)
Received an honorable discharge or separation or a general discharge under honorable conditions
Have no federal veteran’s education benefits that exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits
Are not in default on student loans
How can I check how many Hazlewood Act hours I have previously used?
For your convenience, we have placed a link for the Hazlewood Act Student Hours website on our Forms page. You may also reach the sign-on page via the THEB Website.
In order to receive college credit from military training you must submit a copy of your official military transcript, and request for an official evaluation to your campus Admissions office.
How do I receive credit for my Physical Education requirement?
In order to receive credit for your Physical Education requirement, please see your campus liaison to fill out and submit a Prior Learning Assessment form, along with a copy of your DD-214. Please keep in mind that you must also have an official copy of your military transcript on file with the Admissions office.
What is Round out?
When a student is completing their degree they can round out up to full time. Courses can be taken that are not required for the degree or courses that have been completed may be retaken to improve grade. This is a one time per degree.
Will the VA cover the cost of repeating a course for the 3rd time?
When a student repeats a course for a 3rd time the student will incur a $60 charge 1 credit hour ($180 for 3 credit hour courses) this charge cannot be billed to the VA and student will be responsible for the charges.
Student receiving benefits from Veterans Affairs (VA) must comply with VA rules and regulations. To avoid overpayment, all transcripts must be evaluated and credit(s) applied prior to certification of courses for benefits. Students are highly encouraged to have their military transcript evaluated prior to registering for classes.
If you have suggestions for military experience or learning to be reviewed, submit an email to:
Will the credit transfer?
Other academic institutions are not obligated to accept credit earned through Lone Star College PLA. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the transfer institution before pursuing the assessment process.