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Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill – Selective Reserve (MGIB-SR)

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Chapter 1606 is an educational program for members who are actively participating in the Selected Reserve, to include the:

  • Army Reserve; Army National Guard
  • Naval Reserve
  • Air Force Reserve; Air National Guard
  • Marine Corps Reserve
  • Coast Guard Reserve

Basic eligibility for Chapter 1606 – Selective Reserve requires:

  • A 6-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve
  • Completion of Initial Active Duty for Training (IADT)
  • Satisfactory participation in required Selected Reserve training
  • Completion of High School or GED

The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security (Coast Guard) determine who’s eligible for Chapter 1606.

Entitlement:  Generally provides up to 36 months of education benefits                                                                               Delimiting Date:  Generally 14 years from beginning date of eligibility, or on the day student leaves the Selected Reserve

 

Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill – Selective Reserve (MGIB-SR) Benefits:

  • Students receiving Chapter 1606 benefits are paid a monthly stipend based on their enrollment status.
  • Students receiving CH 1606 must verify their enrollment monthly by logging in to:  Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) –  or they can call 1-877-823-2378.

CH 1606 – Selective Reserve Rates can be found here.

For additional information about CH 1606, visit the Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)website 

 

CH 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill – Selective Reserve (MGIB-SR) UTHSCSA Requirements:

The following will have to be completed/submitted so the Office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid will be able to submit an Enrollment Certification to the VA for the term(s) requested:

  • Students applying for CH 1606 VA Education Benefits for the 1st time should visit the Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP) VA Form 22-1990 here.
    • **If VA benefits have previously been used and student is transferring schools or changing programs, the student should complete VA-Form 22-1995
  • Student’s benefits will be processed by the office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid after the student has submitted all required documents and are enrolled for the term the benefits will be utilized
  • Certification Request Form must be submitted each Aid Year – UTHSCSA Form: VA Certification Request
  • Copy of Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) – DD2384 (copy may be obtained from Reserve or Guard Unit)
  • Students enrolled in Graduate programs must submit copy of Program Plan from department
  • 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 Registrar.  
    • If you are prior Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy, visit the Joint Services Transcript website (https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do) to request transcripts. If you are prior Air Force, visit the Air Force Community College website (http://www.au.af.mil/au/barnes/ccaf/transcripts.asp). Exception: If your DD214 indicates you held an Officer position while in the military AND you do not have military transcripts, you are required to submit a written statement confirming that you do not have a military transcript to the Office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid – include a copy of your DD214 Member 4.

Chapter 1607 – Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)

Chapter 1607 is an educational program for active members of the Selected Reserve who generally are:

  • Called or ordered to active duty in support of a contingency operation or a national emergency declared by the President or Congress; for at least 90 consecutive daysFreedom!

The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security determine who’s eligible for Chapter 1607.

Entitlement:  Generally provides up to 36 months of education benefits

Delimiting Date:  Generally 10 years from separation date if separated after completing service contract and discharge isn’t dishonorable

Chapter 1607 – Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP) Benefits:

  • Students receiving Chapter 1607 benefits are paid a monthly stipend based on their enrollment status.
  • Students receiving CH 1607 must verify their enrollment monthly by logging in to:  Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or they can call 1-877-823-2378.

CH 1607 – Reserve Education Assistance Rates can be found here.

For additional information about CH 1607, visit the Reserve Educational Assistance (REAP) website

CH 1607 – Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP) UTHSCSA Requirements:

The following will have to be completed/submitted so the Office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid will be able to submit an Enrollment Certification to the VA for teh term(s) requested:

  • Students applying for CH 1607 VA Education Benefits for the 1st time should visit the Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP) VA Form 22-1990 here.
    • **If VA benefits have previously been used and student is transferring schools or changing programs, the student should complete VA-Form 22-1995.
  • Student’s benefits will be processed by the office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid after the student has submitted all required documents and are enrolled for the term the benefits will be utilized
  • Certification Request Form must be submitted each Aid Year – UTHSCSA Form: VA Certification Request
  • DD214 (if Discharged) – must be “Member 4 copy”. Copy can be requested from the National Archives eVetRecs website  OR Copy of Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) – DD2384 (copy may be obtained from Reserve or Guard Unit)
  • Students enrolled in Graduate programs must submit copy of Program Plan from department
  • 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 Registrar.  
    • If you are prior Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy, visit the Joint Services Transcript website (https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do) to request transcripts. If you are prior Air Force, visit the Air Force Community College website (http://www.au.af.mil/au/barnes/ccaf/transcripts.asp). Exception: If your DD214 indicates you held an Officer position while in the military AND you do not have military transcripts, you are required to submit a written statement confirming that you do not have a military transcript to the Office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid – include a copy of your DD214 Member 4.

CHAPTER 30 – Montgomery GI BILL (MGIB)

Chapter 30 has four eligibility categories but generally, the benefits apply to:

  • Veterans who first entered active duty service after June 30, 1985
  • Veterans who had their pay reduced $100 a month for 12 months
  • Veterans who received an honorable discharge (this is the only status eligible)
  • Veterans have a High School Diploma or GED

Officers who obtained their commission after December 31, 1976, through a military academy, or through a ROTC scholarship program are not eligible.

Entitlement:  Generally provides up to 36 months of education benefits

Delimiting Date:  Generally 10 years after release from active duty

Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)Benefits:

  • Veterans using CH30 receive a monthly stipend based on their type of training taken, length of service, eligible category and enrollment status (i.e. full time, half time, etc.)
  • Students receiving CH 30 must verify their enrollment monthly by logging in to:  Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE)  or by calling 1-877-823-2378

 CH 30 – Montgomery GI Bill Rates can be found here.

 For additional information about CH 30, visit the Montgomery GI Bill website .

 CH 30 – Montgomery GI Bill – UTHSCSA Requirements:

The following will have to be completed/submitted so the Office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid will be able to submit an Enrollment Certification to the VA for the term(s) requested:

  • Students applying for CH 30 VA Education Benefits for the 1st time should visit the Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP) and complete VA Form 22-1990 here.
    •  **If VA benefits have previously been used and student is transferring schools or changing programs, the student should complete VA-Form 22-1995.
  • DD214 – must be “Member 4 copy”. Copy can be requested from the National Archives eVetRecs website.
  • Certification Request Form must be submitted each Aid Year – UTHSCSA Form:  VA Certification Request Form
  • Certificate of Eligibility (a.k.a. VA Award Letter) must be submitted each Aid Year which outlines percentage of eligibility and expiration of benefits.  Copy can be obtained from VA (1-888-442-4551)
  • Students enrolled in Graduate programs must submit copy of Program Plan from department
  • Student’s benefits will be processed by the office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid after the student has submitted all required documents and are enrolled for the term the benefits will be utilized
  • 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 Registrar.  
    • If you are prior Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy, visit the Joint Services Transcript website (https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do) to request transcripts. If you are prior Air Force, visit the Air Force Community College website (http://www.au.af.mil/au/barnes/ccaf/transcripts.asp). Exception: If your DD214 indicates you held an Officer position while in the military AND you do not have military transcripts, you are required to submit a written statement confirming that you do not have a military transcript to the Office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid – include a copy of your DD214 Member 4.

 

 

CHAPTER 31 – VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION

MP900305933CH 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) benefits are paid to veterans if he or she generally:

  • Has received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable
  • Has a service-connected disability rating of at least 10%, or a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)
  • Applies for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess services

The basic period of eligibility in which VR&E’s services may be used is 12 years from the latter of:

  • The date of separation from active military service, or
  • The date the veteran was first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating

Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation – VA Application Process:

A veteran who is eligible for an evaluation under Chapter 31 must:

  • Apply for services and receive an appointment with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC)
  • The VRC will work with the veteran to determine if an employment handicap exists as a result of his or her service connected disability
  • If an employment handicap is established and the veteran is found to be entitled to services, the VRC and the veteran will continue counseling to select a track of services and jointly develop a plan to address the veteran’s rehabilitation and employment needs.
  • The VRC and the veteran will work together to implement the plan to assist the veteran to achieve their employment and/or independent living goals
  • 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.

For additional information about VR&E contact the Regional Office in the state of the veteran.
The closest Regional Office to UTHSCSA is:
Frank Tejeda
VA Outpatient Clinic
5788 Eckhert Rd, San Antonio, TX 78240.
Contact Phone # (210) 699-5022.

Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits:

  • Veterans using this benefit have their tuition, mandatory fees, books and supplies paid, for a period of time determined by a VA counselor
  • The veteran also receives a monthly stipend based on their enrollment status
  • Veterans receiving CH 31 are not required to verify their attendance with the VA

CH 31–Vocational Rehab Rates can be found here.

For additional information about CH 31, visit the Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service GI BILL website.

CH 31- Vocational Rehabilitation UTHSCSA Requirements:

The following will have to be completed/submitted so the Office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid will be able to submit an Enrollment Certification to the VA for the term(s) requested

  • Veteran should be enrolled in the term that the VA Education Benefit is being requested
  • VA Form 28-1905 must be submitted to our office – completed and signed by the VA Case Manager
  • DD214 – must be “Member 4 copy”. Copy can be requested from the National Archives eVetRecs website
  • Students enrolled in Graduate programs must submit copy of Program Plan from department
  • 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 Registrar.
    • If you are prior Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy, visit the Joint Services Transcript website (https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do) to request transcripts. If you are prior Air Force, visit the Air Force Community College website (http://www.au.af.mil/au/barnes/ccaf/transcripts.asp). Exception: If your DD214 indicates you held an Officer position while in the military AND you do not have military transcripts, you are required to submit a written statement confirming that you do not have a military transcript to the Office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid – include a copy of your DD214 Member 4.

CHAPTER 33- Post 9/11 GI Bill®

CH 33 – Post 9/11 provides financial support for education and housing to individuals who generally:

  • Served a minimum of 90 days on active duty after September 10, 2001

In order to retain eligibility, after meeting the service requirements, an individual must:MB900422243[1]

  • Be honorably discharged from the Armed Forces; or
  • Be released from Armed Forces with service characterized as honorable and placed on the retired list, temporary disability retired list, or transferred to the Fleet Reserve or the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve; or
  • Be released from Armed Forces with service characterized as honorable for further service in a reserve component

Entitlement:  Generally provides up to 36 months of education benefits

Delimiting Date:  Generally 15 years after release from active duty

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Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill® Benefits:

Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition and fees payment is paid directly to the school on behalf of the student when the school’s enrollment certification is processed (tuition and fees payment is prorated by the student’s eligibility percentage)

Payment Applied

  • 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.

BAH – Housing Allowance

  • A monthly housing allowance is paid directly to the student at the beginning of each month for the previous month (housing allowance is prorated by the student’s eligibility percentage)
  • Generally the same amount of BAH for an E-5 with dependents, based upon the zip code of the institution
  • The housing allowance is only paid if the student’s rate of pursuit is more than 50% (as calculated by the VA)
  • Individuals only enrolled in distance learning courses (online courses) will be eligible for a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the national average of all Basic Allowances for Housing
  • Active Duty personnel and their spouses utilizing transferred entitlement are not eligible for the housing allowance

Book and Supplies Stipend

  • The books and supplies stipend is a lump sum payment paid directly to the student when the school’s enrollment certification is processed for each term. (books and supply stipend is prorated by the student’s eligibility percentage)
    • The books and supplies stipend pays $41.67 per credit certified, up to 24 credits for the academic year (08/01/YY-07/31/YY).
    • The maximum books and supplies stipend is $1,000 per academic year
    • Active duty personnel and their spouses utilizing transferred entitlement are eligible for the books and supplies stipend
    • Computers are not covered by CH 33 – Post 9/11. Only tuition and fee charges in the student’s billing statement can be reported to the VA.
  • Students receiving CH 33 are not currently required to verify their attendance with the VA at the end of each month

CH 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill® rates can be found here.

For additional information about CH 33, visit the Post-9/11 GI BILL website.

CH 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill® UTHSCSA Requirements:

The following will have to be completed/submitted so the Office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid will be able to submit an Enrollment Certification to the VA:

  • Students applying for CH 33 VA Education Benefits for the 1st time should visit the Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP) VA Form 22-1990 here.
    • **If VA benefits have previously been used and student is transferring schools or changing programs, the student should complete VA-Form 22-1995.
    • **If student is receiving transferred benefits from Veteran, the student would need to complete VA-Form 22-1990e
  • Student’s benefits will be processed by the office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid after the student has submitted all required documents and are enrolled for the term the benefits will be utilized
  • DD214 – must be “Member 4 copy”. Copy can be requested from the National Archives eVetRecs website
  • Certification Request Form must be submitted each Aid Year – UTHSCSA Form:  VA Certification Request
  • Certificate of Eligibility (a.k.a. VA Award Letter) must be submitted each Aid Year which outlines percentage of eligibility and expiration of benefits.  Copy can be obtained from VA (1-888-442-4551)
  • Students enrolled in Graduate programs must submit copy of Program Plan from department
  • 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 Registrar.
    • If you are prior Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy, visit the Joint Services Transcript website (https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do) to request transcripts. If you are prior Air Force, visit the Air Force Community College website (http://www.au.af.mil/au/barnes/ccaf/transcripts.asp). Exception: If your DD214 indicates you held an Officer position while in the military AND you do not have military transcripts, you are required to submit a written statement confirming that you do not have a military transcript to the Office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid – include a copy of your DD214 Member 4.

 

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 Service-member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

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***

 

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.”

Chapter 35 – Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

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CH 35 – Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance is generally paid to a spouse or dependent of a veteran who is permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related injury or died as a result of service-related injury.

Those generally eligible are a dependent (child generally between ages 18 and 26, with some exceptions) or spouse of :

  • A veteran who is permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition; or who died in service; or who died of a service-connected disability; or who died while being evaluated as having a total and permanent service-connected disability
  • A service person who is listed as a POW or MIA.
  • A service member who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability

Entitlement:  Generally provides up to 45 months of education benefits                                                                               Delimiting Date:  Generally-Child=8 years/Spouse=10 Years/Surviving Spouse=10 years

 

Chapter 35 – Survivors’ and Dependent’s Educational Assistance (DEA) Benefits:

  • Students using this benefit receive a monthly stipend based on their enrollment status.
  • Students receiving CH 35 are not currently required to verify their attendance with the VA at the end of each month.

CH 35-Survivors’ & Dependents’ Educational Assistance Rates can be found here.

For additional information about CH 35, visit the Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA) website.

 

CH 35 – Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA) UTHSCSA Requirements:

The following will have to be completed/submitted so the Office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid will be able to submit an Enrollment Certification to the VA for the term(s) requested:

  • Students applying for CH 35 VA Education Benefits for the 1st time should visit the Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP) VA Form 22-5490 here.
    • **If VA benefits have previously been used and student is transferring schools or changing programs, the student should complete VA-Form 22-5495
  • Student’s benefits will be processed by the office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid after the student has submitted all required documents and are enrolled for the term the benefits will be utilized
  • Certification Request Form must be submitted each Aid Year–UTHSCSA Form: 
  • Students enrolled in Graduate programs must submit copy of Program Plan from department
  • 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 Registrar.  

 

Children of Veteran (Legacy Program) – Transferability of Benefits Hazlewood Exemption Eligibility

Eligible veterans may assign unused hours of exemption eligibility to a child under certain conditions.

To be eligible, a child using the Legacy Program must:

  • Be a Texas resident (UTHSCSA’s Residency Data for the student as indicated by the Registrar’s Office)1352867397byz8u[1]
  • Be the biological child, stepchild, adopted child, or claimed as a dependent in the current or previous tax year
  • Be 25 years or younger on the first day of the term for which the exemption is claimed
  • Meet the GPA requirement of the institution’s satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution’s financial aid policy. (Effective fall 2014)
  • Legacy recipients will receive an exemption for the number of degree certified hours reported by the institution for that term or 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 term or semester and shall be consistent with the program length as defined within the school catalog
  • Not be requesting the Hazlewood Exemption-Legacy Program while another qualified beneficiary is using the exemption at another school

**Effective Fall 2011, a veteran’s spouse or a child’s guardian, conservator, custodian, or other legally designated caretaker may re-assign unused hours to an eligible child (through the Legacy Program) on behalf of the veteran if the veteran died prior to requesting the transfer of hours (all other eligibility criteria for the Legacy Program must be met)

**Veterans’ spouses are not eligible to receive a transfer of unused hours

Children of Veteran (Legacy Program) – Guidelines:

  • Hazlewood applications and supporting documents will be accepted by the office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid after the veteran has obtained all required documents
    • Applications will be processed after the student has enrolled for the term the benefits will be utilized
    • Incomplete packets will not be accepted
  • Complete Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by UTHSCSA no later than the last day of class in order to be evaluated for the semester or term.  Medical and Dental Students must submit all required documents the last day of Fall classes for the academic year
  • The exemption cannot be applied retroactively for previous terms, no exceptions
  • Hazlewood applications can be used for the full Academic Year (i.e. Fall – Summer), the veterans must be sure to indicate all the terms on the application.
  • Hazlewood eligibility processing may take up to 2 – 3 weeks, student should be prepared to make other arrangements to pay tuition and fees if Hazlewood has not posted to their Student Account

The following will have to be completed/submitted so the Office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid will be able to verify both the veteran’s eligibility to transfer their benefits and the child’s eligibility for the exemption; and coordinate with the Bursar’s Office to apply the exemption to the student’s student account if the eligibility requirements are met:

Legacy– UTHSCSA Hazlewood Application Process:

The following will have to be completed/submitted so the Office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid will be able to verify the veteran’s eligibility for the exemption and coordinate with the Bursar’s Office to apply the exemption to the veteran’s student account if the eligibility requirements are met:

List of Documents Needed:

Complete Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by UTHSCSA no later than the last day of class in order to be evaluated for the semester or term.  Medical and Dental Students must submit all required documents the last day of Fall classes for the academic year

 

  • Students requesting benefits for the first time at UTHSCSA: Complete the Initial Hazlewood Checklist and provide the documents listed.  The application is valid for one academic year; please specify which terms you are applying for.
  • Students requesting to renew benefits for subsequent and continuous enrollment: Complete the Texas Hazlewood Act Exemption Application for Continued Enrollment. The application is valid for one academic year; please specify which terms you are applying for.

 

 Helpful information:

  •  Copies of DD214 can be requested from the National Archives eVetRecs website
  • Copies of  Letter of Exhausted Federal Benefits  can be obtained from the VA at (1-888-442-4551)
  •  **The Office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid is also required to verify that the applicant(s) is not in default on any loans made or guaranteed through the State of Texas (this process may take up to 2 – 4 days)

Concurrent Enrollment – Parent Institution Letter – VA Enrollment Certification

Concurrent Enrollment – Parent Institution Letter – VA Enrollment Certification:

 A student receiving VA Education Benefits 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 “parent/primary” school
  • All other schools are “secondary” schools

Students receiving VA Education Benefits must obtain a Parent Institution Letter from the “primary” school in order to receive VA benefits at the “secondary” school. The Parent Institution Letter gives the receiving school assurance that the class, if completed successfully, will apply to the student’s intended academic program.

Students requesting a Parent Institution Letter must have every intention to enroll at UTHSCSA after completion of credit hours at their current institution.

Requesting a Parent Institution Letter – Requirements at UTHSCSA:

  • Student must apply for the program that they will eventually enroll in at UTHSCSA (application fees apply)
    • Must supply all transcripts to Registrar’s Office
  • Complete “Requesting a Parent Institution Letter” Form: Parent Institution Letter
  • Supply copy of Course Schedule from Current Institution that lists courses that need to be approved by UTHSCSA
    • Student should be enrolled in courses not covered by the degree plan at their current institution
    • Courses appearing on the Course Schedule must be necessary for fulfillment of specific degree plan requirements here at UTHSCSA

Parent Institution Letter UTHSCSA Process:

  • After the student has completed and submitted all requirements, the Office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid must wait for the Registrar’s Office to complete a transcript evaluation for the student (this may take up to 3-4 weeks)
  • When the transcript evaluation has been completed by the Registrar’s Office, our office will confirm with them that the courses listed on the course schedule are needed for the intended degree plan
  • If the courses are confirmed to be needed for the intended degree plan, a Parent Institution Letter will be sent directly to the “secondary school”, requesting that they certify the evaluated courses to the VA and provide a copy of the VA Enrollment Certification to our office

Federal VA Education Benefits

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UTHSCSA 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 Office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid 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 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 willl become responsbile 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.

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 Rehabiliation

Chapter 33- Post 9/11 GI Bill®

Chapter 35 – Survivor’s and Dependet’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 UTHSCSA: 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 benefits 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 UTHSCSA and another school or taking prerequisites at another school (Supplemental Enrollment), may request a Parent Institution Letter.  Please visit the Concurrent Enrollment – Parent Institution Letter – VA Enrollment Certification page.

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 –   UTHSCSA’s 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 antiterrorism 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.”