You may be eligible for educational benefits through numerous federal and/or state programs. Once you’ve decided to use your federal and/or state benefits it’s important to choose the proper school and type of training. VA’s decision-making tools will help you get the most from your benefits.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
How do I apply for my GI Bill ® benefits?
Go to va.gov, under Education, click on “Apply for education benefits”. You can apply online right now. Just answer a few questions, and we’ll help you get started with the education benefits form that’s right for you. To find your education benefits form, click on Find your education benefits form.
Apply for a new benefit: Choose this if you are applying for the GI Bill ® for the first time; Or if you are applying for another GI Bill ®.
Updating my program of study or place of training: Choose this if you are transferring to a different
Applying to extend my Post 9/11 or Fry Scholarship benefits using the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship: Choose this to apply for this Fry Scholarship: Choose this to apply for the scholarship
How do I apply for the Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) education benefit?
If you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, Veteran Readiness and Employment (formerly called Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) can help. This program—also known as Chapter 31 or VR&E—helps you explore employment options and address training needs. In some cases, your family members may also qualify for certain benefits.
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What documents and information do I need to apply?
• Social Security number
• Bank account direct deposit information
• Education and military history
• Basic information about the school or training facility you want to attend or are attending now
What do I need to do at/for the school to certify my enrollment to the Department of Veterans Affairs or my Veterans Readiness & Employment counselor?
• You will need to submit aMilitary Enrollment Certification Request with supporting documentation. You may find on our website. You may also contact the Galveston College’s Financial Aid Office for the School Certifying Official.
Contact Information: Nikki Montoya, phone: 409.944.1225, Email Nikki
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 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees.
While veterans and dependents using Veterans Affairs federal education benefits CAN use Hazlewood concurrently, with Chapter 33 and Chapter 31, the value of the two combined cannot exceed the students’ tuition and fees. The 83rd Texas Legislative Session authorized new provisions that are effective with the Fall 2014 semester.
If the value of federal benefits that may be used only for the payment of tuition and fees and are received in a semester or other term does not equal or exceed the value of the exemption for the same semester or other terms, the person is entitled to receive both those federal benefits and the exemption in the same semester or other term. The combined amount of the federal benefit that may be used only for the payment of tuition and fees plus the amount of the exemption received in a semester or other term may not exceed the cost of tuition and fees for that semester or another term.
Hazelwood Act Application Process
A Veteran must:
Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by Galveston College no later than the last day of class in order to be evaluated for the semester.
Legacy Act (Child)
Eligible Veterans may assign unused hours of exemption eligibility to a child under certain qualifications:
A child (legacy recipient) must:
Legacy recipients will receive an exemption for the number of degree certified hours reported by Galveston College for that 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 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.
Legacy Act Application Process
A child (legacy recipient) of a Veteran must:
Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by Galveston College no later than the last day of class of a term in order to be evaluated for that semester.
Hazelwood Act for Spouse/Child
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.
A spouse must:
A child must:
Application Process for Spouse/Child
A spouse or child of a Veteran whose death was service-connected is MIA, or is/was 100% permanently disabled must:
Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by Galveston College no later than the last day of class of a term in order to be evaluated for that semester.
How Much can be Awarded?
Eligible veterans, their children, and spouses may receive an exemption from the payment of all tuition, dues, fees, and other required charges, including fees for correspondence courses, but excluding deposit fees, student service fees, and any fees or charges for books, lodging, board, or clothing for up to 150 semester credit hours.
Important Contacts and Websites
Texas Veterans Commission
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Online Database for Hazlewood Hours
Military Community Resources
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255
Grace After Fire 888-737-3112
“Helping Veteran Women help themselves”
Gulf Coast Galveston 409-944-4437
Next Op 832-735-0051
2929 McKinney Street
Houston, Texas 77003
Resource & Crisis Center Hotline 409-765-7233 or 1-888-919-7233
1802 Broadway Suite 122, Galveston, TX 77550
Free and Confidential
Salvation Army 409-763-1691
601 51st St., Galveston, TX 77551
American GI Forum of Texas- Houston 713-666-4796
GI Bill ® Program
GI Bill ®
As a Veteran, you may be eligible for educational benefits through numerous GI Bill® programs. Once you’ve decided to use your GI Bill® benefits it’s important to choose the proper school and type of training. The Department of Veterans Affairs have decision-making tools will help you get the most from your benefits.
Steps to Using Your GI Bill® at Galveston College
Explore Your Options
Comparison Tool and Payment Rates:
You may be eligible for several types of VA education and training benefits, but there are many things to consider before you apply for a GI Bill® program. To choose a school, click here: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs provides the interest and aptitude assessment tool known as CareerScope® at no cost to all eligible benefit recipients. CareerScope® has been used frequently by Veterans to determine the best career path for transition to civilian life.
Search for and compare colleges on all sorts of criteria including costs, majors offered, size of school, campus safety, and graduation rates.
Who is here to help me:
College Financing Plan Information:
What is a college financing plan information sheet? The Financial Aid Financing Plan Information is a consumer tool that participating institutions will use to notify students about their financial aid package. For more information, go to College Financing Plan Information.
How do I access my College Financing Plan?
Step 1: Login to the Whitecaps Portal, found on the Galveston College Webpage – www.gc.edu, with your GC user name and password.
Step 2: Once logged into the Whitecaps Portal, Click the tab named “Self-Service Menu”.
Step 3: Click on Student Financial Aid.
Step 4: Click on Financial Aid Shopping Sheet.
Step 5: Click on “View FA Shopping Sheet PDF”
No student may repeat a course for VA benefits in which a passing grade or temporary grade of “I” has been earned. Students are responsible for knowing which courses have been completed, unless a higher grade is required for degree plan.
A student pursuing a degree at a school may take a course at another school. The school that will grant the degree is the student’s primary school. All other schools are secondary schools. If the primary school will accept the secondary school’s course as a transfer credit that applies towards completion of the student’s degree, then both the primary school and the secondary school certify the students to VA. The student must request a parent institution letter to submit to the secondary school.
Unanticipated and unavoidable events beyond a student’s control which are responsible for the student’s inability to complete a course(s) which result in the student’s receipt of a non-punitive grade for a course the student did complete. Generally, a student will be required to submit corroborative evidence to demonstrate the reason(s) for being unable to complete a course with a passing grade.
Change of Program:
A change of program is a change in a student’s program and curriculum. The student must submit the correct degree plan in pursuit along with the Enrollment Request Form to the Financial Aid Office.
Chapter 35: Students must verify their attendance if they are certified as Non College Degree, i.e. Certificate Program.
Important Contacts and Websites
Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs Assistant
4015 Avenue Q
Galveston, Texas 77550
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Processing Office:
VA Regional Processing Office
P. O. Box 8888
Muskogee, Oklahoma 74402
GI BILL® Home:
Official benefit website
Frequently Asked Questions:
You may create an account and ask a question about your educational benefit. You will receive an email once the VA has responded to your question.
Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE):
This site allows students to submit their monthly verification of enrollment over the Internet
VA Forms available on the internet
Web Automated Reference Management System (WARMS):
On-line access to VBA Manuals, Directives, Circulars, Letters, Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations, and other materials necessary to support our nation’s Veterans
VA Debt Management Center (DMC):
DMC has collection jurisdiction for all education benefit debts.
DMC e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
eBenefits is a one-stop shop for online benefits-related info.
American Council on Education Military Guide:
Guide to evaluation of educational experiences in the Armed Services
Joint Services Transcript (JST):
Get a transcript translating army formal military education and job experience into civilian language; also includes college equivalent credit recommendations
DOD transferability documents, policies, and procedures
VOW to Hire Heroes Act information, including the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program
A tool for students to aid in the selection of schools and training programs.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill ®
The Post-9/11 GI Bill® provides up to 36 months of education benefits to those who have served on active duty after September 10, 2001. It can be used only at Institutions of Higher Learning. It can pay up to the maximum tuition and fees charged in an undergraduate program at state Institutions of Higher Learning in each state. If you are attending at least one class in a classroom you may be entitled to receive a housing allowance equal to the military BAH for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school you are attending. You may also receive a books and supplies stipend up to $1,000 each year. You have 15 years from your last discharge from active duty to use your benefits.
Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty (Chapter 30)
The MGIB-Active Duty program provides up to 36 months of education benefits to those who have served on active duty. This benefit may generally be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses.
Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
The MGIB-Selected Reserve program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes 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. This benefit may generally be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607)
The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational 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. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.
Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)
DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may generally be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training.
Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship)
The Fry Scholarship provides payments in an amount equal to the Post-9/11 GI Bill® to eligible children of Service members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Effective January 1, 2015 this benefit is extended to surviving spouses of Service members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.
Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 32)
The Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. This benefit may generally be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses.
National Call to Service
This National Call to Service Incentive program requires a participant to perform a period of national service to be eligible for benefits. It is a Department of Defense program that is administered by VA. For more information about these programs, please click here.
Scholarships for Military Connected Persons
Tuition Assistance Overview/ Eligibility
The Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of a Soldier’s professional and personal self-development goals. TA is available for courses that are offered in the classroom or by distance learning and is part of an approved academic degree or certificate program. The courses must be offered by schools that are registered in GoArmyEd, are accredited by accrediting agencies that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and are signatories to the current Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (DOD MOU).
For Academic Programs, Certificate’s, Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree, TA may not be used for a lower or lateral degree program from the one the Soldier currently possesses. In addition to degree programs, TA is available to Soldiers to complete a high school diploma and certificate programs. TA is not authorized for programs of study beyond a master’s degree.
All eligible Soldiers will request TA through GoArmyEd.
By law, officers who use TA incurs a service obligation. Active Duty officers incur an Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) of two years, and Reserve Component officers incur a Reserve Duty Service Obligation (RDSO) of four years. The ADSO/RDSO is calculated from the date of completion of the last course for which TA was used.
Further details on the provisions of TA are found in AR 621-5 and policy documents signed by the Director, Army Continuing Education System.
Tuition Assistance Rates/Fees
The Department of Defense (DoD) has directed a uniform per semester hour cap of $250 for tuition assistance (TA) and an annual ceiling of $4,500. The Services are authorized to establish Service specific eligibility criteria to manage TA funds. The Army will pay 100 percent of tuition costs up to the DoD semester hour cap of $250 per semester hour cap for up to 16 semester hours of TA funded courses not to exceed $4,000 per fiscal year.
Current Army policy limits TA to 130 semester hours of undergraduate credit or baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first and 39 semester hours of graduate credit or master’s degree whichever comes first. The 39 semester hour limit applies to all credits taken after completion of a baccalaureate degree.
New Students Create GoArmyEd Account
All TA for Active Duty, USAR, and ARNG Soldiers must be requested through GoArmyEd. Click here to start.
Tuition Assistance Procedures
Soldiers’ TA enrollment requests must be submitted and approved through www.GoArmyEd.com prior to the course start date; any enrollments requested on or after the class start date will be approved as Soldier funded.
TA is requested on a course-by-course basis, and each course must be part of an approved degree program.
GoArmyEd will notify the Soldier, whether the TA is approved or not. If the TA request is not approved, GoArmyEd will advise the Soldier of the reason and next steps.
All drops/withdrawals must take place through GoArmyEd. Soldiers who do not successfully complete a class will be required to repay the TA. Soldiers who are unable to successfully complete a class due to military reasons must request a Withdrawal for Military Reasons through GoArmyEd and complete all required steps to ensure that they will not be charged.
If the Soldier wishes to take a class with a school that does not participate in the electronic GoArmyEd class schedule, a TA Request Authorization form must be completed in GoArmyEd. The TA Request Authorization will be routed to an Army Education Counselor to be reviewed and approved. Soldiers should allow extra time for this. If the TA Request Authorization is approved, the Soldier will be notified by email. Soldiers must print the approved TA Request Authorization form in GoArmyEd, provide it to the school and enroll directly with the school.
Soldiers must acknowledge and electronically sign the TA Statement of Understanding (TA SOU) each quarter they wish to use TA.
Educational institutions will comply with these requirements for the return of Tuition Assistance funds:
(a) Return any Tuition Assistance Program funds directly to the Military Service, not the Service member.
(b) Up to the start date, return all (100%) Tuition Assistance funds to the appropriate Military Service when the Service member does not:
(i) Begin attendance at the institution; or
(ii) Start a course, regardless of whether the student starts other courses.
(c) Return any Tuition Assistance funds for a course that is cancelled by the educational institution
(d) Have an institutional policy that returns any unearned Tuition Assistance funds on a proportional basis through at least the 60 percent portion of the period for which the funds were provided. Tuition Assistance funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, which unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending. In instances when a Service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, the educational institutional will work with the affected Service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion.
Army Credentialing Assistance Program
Much like Tuition Assistance (TA), Soldiers can request Credentialing Assistance (CA) for training that leads to a credential, license, or certification through GoArmyEd. CA will pay for training courses that lead to a credential, and also provides funding for books, materials, fees, exams, and recertification. Soldiers have a combined fiscal year limit not to exceed $4000 for use towards TA and CA.
More than 1600 credentials, licenses, and certifications are listed in Army COOL (www.cool.army.mil). COOL aligns credentials to Soldiers’ military occupational specialties (MOS), but for CA, Soldiers can select and earn credentials during their off-duty time that do not relate to their MOS.
The Army CA program will become effective Army-wide in FY 20. For more information on the Army CA program, Soldiers can contact their local Education Center or Education Office. To see a listing of all credentials offered go to www.cool.army.mil.