Veterans

Federal Education Benefits

Veterans Administration Education Programs

Wharton County Junior College (WCJC) is approved by the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits for veterans and children and spouses of veterans (Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, and 1606, 1607 Title 38, U.S. Code).

Information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/index.asp

Follow the link for more information on each chapter.
Chapter 30  Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty Educational Assistance Program
Chapter 31  Vocational Rehabilitation
Chapter 32  Post-Vietnam Era Veteran's Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Chapter 33  Post 9/11 Veteran's Educational Assistance Act of 2008
Chapter 35  Dependent's Educational Assistance Program
Chapter 1606  Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program
Chapter 1607  Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

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Veterans receive monthly payments for their entitlement based on the course work for which they enroll. Caution should be given to the selection of courses, making certain that each course undertaken meets the requirements for payment. The following are requirements for courses to be eligible for payment:

  • Each course must be a requirement for graduation in a degree program at WCJC. No course may be taken for audit. No course may be a repeat of a course for which credit has already been received (A, B, C, & D are passing grades). Each course must be completed and assigned a grade that is used to compute grade point average (GPA) and progress toward degree.
  • Withdrawals without mitigating circumstances that result in no credit being awarded or no punitive grade being assigned results in benefits being terminated from the beginning date of the semester, thus creating an overaward and possible repayment to the Veterans Administration.
  • Academic Requirements: To remain in good standing (not on probation); a student must earn a 2.0 GPA each semester. To insure satisfactory academic progress (SAP), transcripts of Veterans are monitored at the end of each semester. Should a Veteran complete a semester with a GPA below 2.0, he or she is issued a warning notice. The notice states that the Veteran is not maintaining SAP and may find it impossible to earn the required 2.0 GPA for graduation. Students who receive this notice are encouraged to re-examine their educational objectives, course load, etc. to improve their academic record. If a Veteran should fail to earn a 2.0 GPA in the following semester, certification is terminated until the Veteran raises his or her cumulative GPA to 2.0 or the Veterans Administration Regional Office authorizes recertification.

Students who are Veterans may receive assistance in applying for benefits and should contact the Financial Aid office at least 30 days prior to the first class day of each term to complete all necessary paper work for that period of study. You will need to send the following forms to the Certifying Official in the Financial Aid office. Incomplete applications are not reviewed or approved.

New Students 

     Veterans using Chapter 30, 32, 33, 1606, 1607

  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE) Letter dated less than 6 months old listing WCJC. Must submit VA Form 22-1990 at eBenefits to receive COE.
  • Chapter 1606 applicants: signed Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE Form 2384) is required.
  • DD214
  • Proof of registration (fee slip)
  • Academic transcripts from each school previously attended.
  • Official Military transcripts (AARTS, SMARTS, CCAF)
  • VA students co-enrolled at another institution must inform the WCJC VA Certifying Official of their co-enrollment status and provide a Parent Institution Letter.
     Veterans using Chapter 31
  • VA Form 28-1905
  • Proof of registration (fee slip)
     Dependent Child or Spouse using Chapter 35
  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE) Letter dated less than 6 months old listing WCJC. Must submit VA Form 22-5495 at eBenefits to receive COE.
  • DD214 for the Veteran
  • Proof of registration (fee slip)
  • Academic transcripts from each school previously attended. 

Continuing Students

      Veterans using Chapter 30, 32, 33, 1606, 1607

  • VA Form 22-1995. If you are transferring to WCJC from another institution or have changed your degree plan with the VA you must submit a confirmation page for Form 22-1995 submitted via eBenefits as well as academic transcripts from each school previously attended.
  • Proof of registration (fee slip)
  • VA students co-enrolled at another institution must provide a Parent Institution Letter each semester.
     Veterans using Chapter 31
  • Proof of registration (fee slip)
     Dependent Child or Spouse using Chapter 35
  • VA Form 22-5495. If you are transferring to WCJC from another institution or have changed your degree plan with the VA you must submit a confirmation page for Form 22-5495 submitted via eBenefits as well as academic transcripts from each school previously attended.
  • Proof of registration (fee slip) 

State Education Benefits

Texas Hazlewood Act Exemption

The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. This does not include living expenses, books, or supply fees. A Veteran must, at the time of entry into active duty of the U.S. Armed Forces, have designated Texas as Home of Record; or entered the service in Texas; or was a Texas resident.

Students who have never used the Hazlewood Act should read the Texas Hazlewood Act Initial Eligibility RequirementsTexas Hazlewood Act Application, and Hazlewood Act FAQ's.

Students eligible for this benefit should contact Financial Aid prior to enrolling for classes. You will need to send the following forms to the Certifying Official in the Financial Aid office. Students should allow 14 business days for processing. Incomplete applications are not reviewed or approved.

New Students

     Veteran

  • Texas Hazlewood Act Application
  • DD214
  • Provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for GI Bill benefits (Chapter 30, 33) by requesting an education benefits letter from the VA at eBenefits
  • Hazlewood Online Database Registration. Veterans must register and provide a printout of Hazlewood hours used.
  • Proof of registration (fee slip)
  • Academic transcripts from each school previously attended.
     Dependent Child (Legacy) 
  • Texas Hazlewood Act Application
  • DD214 for the Veteran
  • Provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for GI Bill benefits (Chapter 30, 33) by requesting an education benefits letter from the VA at eBenefits.
  • Relationship Documentation: child's birth certificate listing Veteran as parent or most recent tax return of Veteran listing dependent child. A death certificate for the Veteran is required if death was not related to service.
  • Hazlewood Online Database Registration. Both the Veteran and the student must register and provide a printout of Hazlewood hours used.
  • Proof of registration (fee slip)
  • Academic transcripts from each school previously attended.
     Dependent Child or Spouse of a Veteran who is rated 100% disabled for the purpose of             employability, KIA or MIA. There is no age limit for the dependent.  
  • Texas Hazlewood Act Application
  • DD214 for the Veteran
  • Provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for GI Bill benefits (Chapter 30, 33) by requesting an education benefits letter from the VA at eBenefits.
  • Relationship Documentation: child's birth certificate listing Veteran as parent or most recent tax return of Veteran listing dependent child. A marriage license is required for a spouse. A death certificate for the Veteran is required if death was not related to service.
  • Hazlewood Online Database Registration. The dependent child or spouse must register and provide a printout of Hazlewood hours used.
  • 100% Disabled: VA disability letter stating Veteran is 100% disabled.
  • KIA or MIA: VA Form DD1300
  • Proof of registration (fee slip)
  • Academic transcripts from each school previously attended.

Continuing Students

     Veteran
     Dependent Child (Legacy)
     Dependent Child or Spouse of a Veteran who is rated 100% disabled for the purpose of                 employability, KIA or MIA. There is no age limit for the dependent. 
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