Texarkana College is approved by the Texas Veterans Commission under the provisions of Title 38, U.S. Code for VA educational benefits to train veterans and other eligible persons for approved programs and courses required for those programs. Students requesting the Montgomery Gi Bill©, Post 9/11 Gi Bill©, or Vocational Rehabilitation educational benefits must complete an application and provide additional forms to the Texarkana College Veteran Services representative. Applications can be picked up in the Financial Aid Office, or completed online at: http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/apply.asp.
Students seeking veteran’s education benefits should contact our VA Certifying Official at least six weeks prior to their registration period. All benefit recipients (excluding Chapter 31, Chapter 33, and Hazlewood) are normally required to pay their educational costs up front; however, a tuition deferment for up to 60 days is an option for students using these benefits. Please contact the TC Financial Aid Office for more information or to apply. Certification of enrollment is made by a VA Certifying Official once the student notifies the verifying official that they have finalized their schedule for the semester. Funding from the Veteran’s Administration will be paid directly to students by the Veteran’s Administration Office.
The Department of Veteran Affairs requires that students who receive veteran’s benefits make due progress toward the completion of a degree or certificate in order to continue receiving benefits. At Texarkana College, students receiving VA benefits must maintain all requirements listed in the Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress (FA-SAP). These requirements can be found at: https://www.texarkanacollege.edu/financial-aid/satisfactory-academic-progress.
- Students must follow a Texarkana College degree plan. Only courses that apply to their declared degree plan at Texarkana College will be approved for benefits.
- Students must provide an official transcript from all previously attended post-secondary schools by the end of the first semester. This includes non-accredited institutions and the student’s military transcript (if not a spouse/dependent).
- Students must notify the Texarkana College Veteran Services Advisor or representative upon registration each semester in order to request certification. Certification is not automatic.
- Students should allow 4-6 weeks for processing paperwork by the Texarkana College Veteran Services representative and additional processing time for the VA Regional Office.
Note: Please refer to https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill or call 1-888-GIBILL for additional requirements, updates, information, and other resources for your educational benefits.
Eligible veterans receive monthly payments for their entitlement based on the coursework for which they enroll. Students should make certain that each course meets the requirements for graduation in the veteran’s declared degree program or completion of a certificate program. A course for audit credit will not be certified for payment. Please note that the following is also reviewed by the Veteran’s Administration:
- All withdrawals, enforced withdrawals and reductions in class loads will be reported to the Veteran’s Administration Office, and may result in a debt to the VA, Texarkana College, or both.
- Repeats of classes where Ds or above were earned will not be covered for veteran’s benefits.
The Montgomery Gi Bill©
The Montgomery Gi Bill© (Chapter 30)-Active Duty program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and correspondence courses. Remedial deficiency and refresher course may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. The Montgomery Gi Bill© (Chapter 1606)-Selected Reserve Program may be available to you if you are a member of the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, the Army National Guard, and the Air National Guard. Students may use this education assistance program for degree programs, certificate or correspondence courses, cooperative training, independent study programs, or apprenticeship/on-the-job training. Remedial, refresher, and deficiency training are available under certain circumstances.
Eligibility for this program is determined by the selected reserve components. The student is normally responsible for paying tuition and fees at the time of registration; however, a tuition deferment for up to 60 days is an option for students using these benefits. Please contact the TC Financial Aid Office for more information or to apply. The VA makes the payments to the student for this program upon verification of enrollment certification which must be completed each semester. The student may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits. Their benefit enrollment entitlement ends 10 years from the date of eligibility for the program or on the day the individual left the selected reserve component. The following documents are needed to apply for the Montgomery Gi Bill© benefits:
- Copy of DD-214 for Active Duty Program
- Letter of eligibility form Selected Reserve Unit for Selected Reserve Program
- VA Form 22-1990 (Application for Veterans’ Educational Benefits) or VA Form 22-1995 (Request for Change of Place of Training or Program) if students have previously used VA benefits at another institution or have not attended for one semester
- All prior academic transcripts
- Military transcripts (these can be requested online for each military branch)
Post 9/11 Gi Bill© (Chapter 33)
The Post 9/11 Gi Bill© is program developed by the VA that went into effect August 1, 2009. This program is for individuals who serves at least 90 aggregate days (or at least 30 continuous days with a discharge due to a service-connected disability) of active duty from 9/11/2001 to the present. Veterans applying for this program may be eligible for a housing allowance and books/supplies stipend in addition to payments covering tuition and fees up to the highest undergraduate rate for a public institution of higher learning in the state. To check your eligibility and get further information on this program, please visit http://www.gibill.va.gov or contact the VA at 1-888-4551. Required documents for Chapter 33 benefits are the same as those listed above for the Montgomery Gi Bill© (Chapter 30).
Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA-Chapter 35)
Dependent’s Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible depended of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. The following documents are needed to apply for DEA benefits:
- Copy of DD-214 for qualifying veteran
- Copy of marriage certificate for spouse and birth certificate for children
- VA Form 22-5490 (Application for Dependent and Survivor Educational Benefits) or VA Form 22-5495 (Request for Change of Place of Training or Program) if students have previously used VA benefits at another institution or have not attended for one semester
- All prior academic transcripts
Veterans’ Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Chapter 31)
Vocational Rehabilitation counselors employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs determine eligibility for this veterans’ benefit. Information on how to contact a Voc Rehab counselor can be obtained in the Financial Aid Office. Additional information regarding Veterans’ benefits may be obtained by visiting the VA web site at www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab
Hazlewood Exemption for Texas Veterans
Veterans who are citizens of Texas, who were residents of Texas at the time of enlistment, who received an “honorable” or “general – under honorable conditions” discharge, and who are not eligible for VA educational benefits that provide for direct and full payment of tuition and fees, may be eligible for the Hazlewood Exemption. This exemption covers all tuition and most fees related to enrollment, but not books, supplies, or housing deposits. In certain cases, this benefit may also be extended to the veteran’s children or spouse. Students wishing to obtain this exemption status should contact the veteran services representative in the Financial Aid Office for an application, or they can visit www.tvc.texas.gov. The completed application and supporting documentation should be submitted to the TC Financial Aid Office for evaluation. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.
Additional Resources and Information Regarding VA Benefits
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Education Service – the source of information concerning your educational benefits: http://www.gibill.va.gov
- Vets.gov – the governments one-stop-shop for all veteran education benefits: https://vets.gov
- The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs – news and legislation concerning veteran’s benefits: http://www.Veterans.house.gov
- The Thomas Pages – Congressional information, including a search engine for the text of bills: http://thomas.loc.gov/
- VA Forms – the following link provides VA forms that may be required by the school in order for the veteran to be certified for educational benefits. The veteran should contact the school to determine which forms are required. http://www.va.gov/forms/benefits/Htm#EDUCATION
- Form 22-1990 – Application for Education Benefits (all benefits but Ch. 31 & 35)
- Form 22-1995 – Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (all benefits but Ch. 31 & 35)
- Form 22-5490 – Application for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance (Ch. 35)
- Form 22-5495 – Request for Change of Program or Place of Training for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance (Ch. 35)