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Veteran education benefits offer a way for veterans and service members to afford their graduate education at The University of Texas at Austin: one of the best colleges for veterans in the U.S. There are a variety of education benefits available for Texas Engineers, and we encourage prospective students to take full advantage of any benefits they earned while in service.

VA Education Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers several education benefit programs, the most popular being the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. VA education benefits may cover some or all of the cost of your education, and depending on eligibility, you may qualify for more than one benefit program. Choose the category that applies best to you below for more information on your benefit options:

Post-9/11 G.I. Bill: Veterans who served on active duty after September 10, 2001, may be eligible for up to 36 months of benefits, including funding for tuition, housing, books and supplies. If a veteran qualifies for 100% of the maximum benefit, the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill will cover the full cost of tuition while paying a housing allowance based on 50% of the national average.

Montgomery G.I. Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD): Veterans and active-duty service members who served at least two years on active duty may be eligible for up to 36 months of education benefits, which are paid directly to students on a monthly basis. Additionally, veterans who took place in the $600 Montgomery G.I. Bill Buy-Up program will receive larger monthly G.I. Bill payments; however, Buy-Up only applies to the MGIB-AD program.

Montgomery G.I. Bill Selective Reserve (MGIB-SR) program: Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard or Air National Guard may be eligible for up to 36 months of tuition assistance. Eligibility ends the day an individual leaves the Selected Reserve, although there are exceptions.

VA education benefits can help cover the cost of tuition, housing, books and supplies for survivors and dependents of a veteran or service member who is missing in action, has sustained a service-connected disability, or who died or was captured while in the line of duty. A dependent or surviving spouse or child may be eligible for:

Students who qualify for both the Fry Scholarship and DEA program can only choose one and will be unable to switch once they’ve applied.

Choosing VA Education Benefits

Students who are eligible for more than one VA education benefit can only receive benefits under one program at a time for a maximum of 48 months of combined benefits. Benefit amounts depend on a student’s chosen program, credit hours and amount of time served, among other factors—all of which can make it a challenge to pick the right program.

We encourage you to use the G.I. Bill Comparison Tool to estimate your benefits and pick the G.I. Bill program that’s right for you. Additional support can be found by contacting Texas One Stop via email at gibill@austin.utexas.edu, via phone at 512-475-7540, or via Zoom meeting by request.

Applying for VA Education Benefits

Students can apply for G.I. Bill benefits once they have been admitted to UT Austin and have registered for courses. To apply:

Tuition Assistance

Available to active duty, National Guard and Reserve Component service members in all four service branches and the U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of Defense (DOD) Tuition Assistance program is another resource that may help cover the cost of your education. Tuition assistance covers up to $250 per credit hour ($4,500 per fiscal year) and is paid directly to the University.

To apply:

Tuition Assistance Top-Up

If your tuition costs exceed what’s covered by the DoD Tuition Assistance program, additional funding can be obtained through the Tuition Assistance Top-Up program. Top-Up is available to veterans and service members who qualify for Post-9/11 G.I. Bill or MGIB-AD benefits. Consequently, Top-Up will affect the amount of funding available to service members, so we recommend that students use the G.I. Bill Comparison Tool to ensure their G.I. Bill benefits will cover their financial needs once they leave the military. Students can apply for Top-Up through the VA website.

The Hazlewood Exemption

The Hazlewood Act exempts qualified veterans, spouses and dependent children from paying tuition (up to 150 semester hours) and most fees while attending a Texas college or university. Although G.I. Bill benefits are applied to a student’s tuition balance first, students can “stack” benefits from both Hazlewood and the G.I. Bill.

Hazlewood is only available to Texas residents. Additional eligibility requirements can be found on the Hazlewood and Education Services page on the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) website. Before applying, students must also register for courses and meet our Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.

UT Austin will not accept the paper application found on TVC’s website. To apply, submit your Hazlewood application along with the following supporting documents:

  • Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214)
  • Proof of the benefit-eligible veteran’s Texas residency:
    • A copy of your driver’s license, state ID, voter registration card or utility bill
  • Certificate of eligibility for federal education benefits from VA.gov (if the benefit-eligible veteran has active-duty service after September 11, 2001)
  • Screenshot from the Hazlewood Student Hours website showing remaining benefit hours.

For assistance with your Hazlewood application, please contact Texas One Stop by email at hazlewood@austin.utexas.edu or by phone at 512-475-7540.

Additional Guidance

Veteran education benefits can empower you to pursue the education you deserve. The number and complexity of available options can, however, make it challenging to apply for and receive all of the benefits you’re entitled to. For guidance, please contact Texas One Stop. Our Veteran Certification Team is available to discuss the education benefits available to you and walk you through any application processes.

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