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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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:
- Complete the G.I. Bill Questionnaire.
- Submit supporting documents using G.I. Bill Document Uploads.
- Verify attendance with the V.A. (Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits applicants only).
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.
- Contact Veteran and Military Affiliated Services to ensure your program and courses are sent to your respective service branch.
- Request and obtain approval from your service’s education center. Click on the link to your respective branch for eligibility requirements:
- Email a copy of your approved tuition assistance authorization form to Veteran and Military Affiliated Services.
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.
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.