Federal VA Education Benefits

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UT Health San Antonio VA Certification Process

To receive VA Education Benefits, the school electronically submits an Enrollment Certification to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on the student’s behalf.

  1. The student must first apply for VA Education Benefits from the VA
  2. The student would then need to submit required documents to the school
    • Documents are accepted after the student requesting the benefit has obtained all required documents, incomplete packets will not be accepted
    • Benefits will be processed after the student has enrolled for the term the benefits will be utilized
  3. The Veteran Services and Financial Aid office will verify required documents for eligibility and ensure courses being requested for certification are applicable towards intended degree/certificate program
  4. Prior to certifying enrollment, the VA requires our office to ensure that ALL transcripts are received and evaluated.  It is the student’s responsibility to request and submit transcripts (including military transcripts) to the Office of the University Registrar.
  5. Pending approved verification of VA Education Benefits, the school will electronically submit an Enrollment Certification to the VA
  6. For student using Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation (Ch.31), upon VA Enrollment Certification, the Bursar’s Office will apply a Third Party Payment to the student’s account in anticipation of VA’s Tuition and Fees Payment. This will eliminate the need of a Tuition Emergency Loan. If the VA does not send the anticipated payment and we are unable to resolve the situation for the student, the student will become responsible for the balance.
  7. If you have financial aid that paid for your tuition and fees prior to the VA 3rd party payment, the Office of the Bursar will issue you a refund for financial aid.

VA processing time varies throughout the year, the student should be sure to review the requirements needed for the VA Education Benefit they plan on using (see Benefit Programs below).

Please keep in mind that the VA determines eligibility for receiving VA Education Benefits, not the Office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid.  Students may contact the VA at 1-888-442-4551 if they have questions concerning which VA Education Benefit they qualify for.

Academic Programs Eligible for Certification

For a list of VA approved programs, please review the documents listed below. Students enrolled in new programs, should contact VSFA to ensure the program has received approval prior to enrollment.

Program Approval – IHL

Program Approval List – NCD

Benefit Programs:

The following is a list of federal VA Education benefits with a linked brief description of program eligibility.  A comprehensive comparison can be found on the GI Bill® website.

Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)

Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation

Chapter 33- Post 9/11 GI Bill®

Chapter 35 – Survivor’s and Dependent’s Educational Assistance (DEA)

Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill -Selective Reserve

Chapter 1607 – Reserve Education Assistance Program

Certain Texas veterans may also be eligible for State Education Benefits.  Please visit the Hazlewood Exemption page.

List of Documents Needed:

  • Students using benefits for the first time at UT Health San Antonio: Complete the Initial VA Item Checklist  and provide the documents listed. The certification request is valid for one academic year; please specify which terms you are requesting.
  • Students requesting to certify enrollment for subsequent and continuous enrollment: Complete the Renewal VA Item Checklist.   The request is valid for one academic year; please specify which terms you are applying for.

 Email, Fax and Mailing Address:

Complete requests and all required documents can be e-mailed to lopezc8@uthscsa.edu, faxed to (210)567-6643, delivered to our office, RM 318.L, located in the Medical School, or mailed to:

UT Health Science Center San Antonio
Office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid
MC 7708
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900

Veterans concurrently enrolled at UT Health San Antonio and another school or taking prerequisites at another school (Supplemental Enrollment), may Request a Parent Institution Letter.

In-State Tuition Rate

As required by  Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”), effective July 1st, 2015 eligible students using benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty will be charged the In-State Tuition Rates.  Eligible students under this provision include:

  • A Veteran who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located(regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school
  • within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • A spouse or child using transferred benefits who lives in the state in which the institution of higher earning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within 3 years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the Servicemember’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

VA Education Benefits and Financial Aid:

Students receiving VA Education benefits are still eligible to receive Financial Aid.  The student should apply for Financial Aid by visiting the Federal Student Aid website –   UT Health San Antonio school code is 003659.

 Additional VA Education Benefit Information:

  • Individuals are limited to a maximum of 48 months of entitlement when using benefits under two or more programs
  • Individuals eligible for benefits under the national call to service program and Chapter 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, or 36 of title 38; or Chapter 107, 1606, 1607, or section 903 of title 10; or the hostage relief act of 1980; or the omnibus diplomatic security and anti terrorism act of 1986 may not receive assistance under two or more such programs concurrently
  • Only applicable coursework that counts towards your degree plan can be certified for VA Benefits
  • Additional Military related Non-Resident Tuition waivers provided by the State of Texas can be found here.
  • ***Non-Texas Resident students living outside of Texas enrolled in online programs interested in using Post 9/11 GI Bill®, please contact our office for more details***

Questions ?

If you have questions that this website does not address please contact our office at (210) 567-2635.  Our staff is available to assist you with any questions/concerns you may have concerning your VA Education 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 http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.”