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Adding and Dropping Classes

If you are a GI Bill® recipient and you change your schedule at any time during the semester, you must notify our office. If you drop a course during the semester and there is a reduction in benefits, VA can go back to the beginning of the semester to calculate the reduction in benefits and you will not be paid for the dropped course. If you must drop a course or withdraw and submit mitigating circumstances, VA may approve payment up to the last day of attendance. If you do not let us know the circumstances, we cannot accurately report them to VA and you may be placed in overpayment status.

Find more information regarding the University's policy on adding, dropping, and withdrawing from courses here, http://www.provost.txstate.edu/pps/policy-and-procedure-statements/4-teaching/pps4-09.html and here, http://www.provost.txstate.edu/pps/policy-and-procedure-statements/4-teaching/pps4-14.html.

Attendance

GI Bill® users must attend class and submit assigned work in order to receive benefits. It is important to understand that the VA pays you for being in class, not just registering for the course(s). If you register for a class but never attend or stop attending at any point during the semester, you may receive an "N" or a "U" grade, which is considered an unofficial withdraw and a debt will be created against you by the VA. Even if you are failing the course, it is best to either withdraw or continue attending the class and fail if you do not want to pay money back to VA. The VA will allow you to fail a course without having to pay money back, as long as you attended the entire semester. Hazlewood recipients simply lose Hazlewood hours for whichever courses they are enrolled. If you are facing challenges in your classes, please refer to Your Resources to learn about academic and tutoring resources.

Certficate of Eligibility (COE)

A Certificate of Eligibility is an award letter from the VA stating your percentage of eligibility for GI Bill® benefits and the number of months and days of entitlement. It is REQUIRED in order for us to process your benefits. We do NOT know that you are eligible for GI Bill® benefits unless you show us this eligibility letter.

If you have lost or otherwise need a replacement Certificate of Eligibility (COE) you should contact the VA either by phone (1-800-827-1000) or via their "Submit A Question" function on their website.

  1.  You will need to create an account when prompted to receive a new COE via email.
  2.  After you create an account, click on "Ask a Question"
  3. You can then submit a secure email asking for a replacement Certificate of Eligibility.
    1. In the subject line, type "GI Eligibility"
    2. Your question should state, "Will you please email me a copy of my latest Certificate of Eligibility?"
    3. Product will be "GI Bill & VRAP"
    4. For Category, select "Post 9/11 GI Bill Eligibility"
    5. Click "Continue"
    6. Click "Finish Submitting Question"
  4. You will receive PDF attachment within 24-48 hours.
  5. You will need to log back into your account to download the attached PDF.

The only acceptable alternative to a COE that our office will accept (via the online certification request system) is the "Post 9/11 GI Bill® Enrollment Status" or "Montgomery GI Bill® (WAVE) Enrollment Verification" on eBenefits. The student may take a photo of their computer screen; they may take a screen-shot, print-screen, or snip-it; or they may "print to pdf"--whichever is easiest for the recipient, but you will need to show your percentage of eligibility and your remaining entitlement (months and days).

 

Certification Requests

Do I have to put in a Certification Request EVERY SEMESTER?

GI Bill® recipients must request certification every time they enroll in a course they want certified (EVERY semester).

Hazlewood recipients only need to complete a request EVERY FALL semester and whenever there is a break from using the exemption at Texas State University.

Chapter 30, 1607, and 1606 recipients must ALSO verify their enrollment via WAVE at the end of each month

Submit requests by the priority deadlines for a quick turnaround.

Why am I certified for fewer credits than what I am enrolled in?

VA will not pay for open electives that are not part of your degree plan. If you wish to get the course certified, please have your advisor send an email to veteransaffairs@txstate.edu stating that the course is part of your degree plan.

Can I appeal a certification request that has been denied?

Eligibility can be reestablished with a successful appeal based on mitigating circumstances. There is currently no appeal process for excess hours.

Change of Major or Place of Training

If you are using the GI Bill® and have changed your major, or if you have used your benefits at another school and are transferring to Texas State University, you are required to complete a Change of Program form 22-1995 (veterans) or 22-5495 (dependents).

Change of Address

GI Bill® recipients award letters and benefit checks will be mailed to the address stated on the VA Certification Request. If you change your address or bank account, you should immediately notify our office and VA. For immediate change of address or account call 1-877-838-2778 to give them your new information. Don’t forget to complete an address change with the Office of the University Registrar.

Concurrent and Transient Enrollment

When you enroll at Texas State University to pursue a degree or certification program, Texas State is considered your "parent institution". Hazlewood recipients may use their Hazlewood benefits at both schools, however, the other school will process your benefits for courses taken at that school. GI Bill® recipients that wish to take courses at another institution but complete your degree at TX State, must:

  1. Complete a Parent Institution Form and bring it to your academic advisor here at Texas State University. Your advisor will determine whether or not your courses at the other school will count toward your degree here at Texas State University. If they do, your advisor will sign off on the transfer credits.
  2. After your Texas State University academic advisor signs the form, bring it here, to the Office of Veterans Affairs, so that we may sign it.
  3. AFTER your Parent Institution Form has been signed by both your Texas State academic advisor and the Texas State VA Office, bring it to your transient school’s Veterans Affairs Office. The VA Office at your other school will certify and process your benefits for those courses.
  4. If you are concurrently enrolled in classes at Texas State University AND another school, remember that you also need to submit a certification request with our office so that we can certify the courses you are taking here at Texas State.
  5. Immediately transfer all coursework to Texas State University upon completion. If you plan to attend Texas State University while attending another school, you will be considered as being concurrently enrolled and the VA will receive certifications from both institutions.

Course Loads (Rate of Pursuit) Table

Refer to the tables below to determine your rate of pursuit. Be advised that your rate of pursuit must be more than ½ time in order to receive a monthly housing allowance. In addition, pay special attention to classes that only go through part of the term because it will affect your rate of pursuit. For example, if you sign up for 12 credits for the 1st half of the semester, you will only receive benefits for the 1st half of the semester even though you are considered full time for the semester by the University. Once your classes end, the VA considers the semester over. This can be especially tricky if you are taking classes in the Summer semester when there are more 1st/2nd half classes available. The VA will calculate full-time status based on where dates overlap. So if you are registered for 1st/2nd half classes and want to know if you’ll be considered full time, you can contact our office and ask us to look at your schedule to determine whether you will be full-time.

Undergraduate Rate of Pursuit
SEMESTER FULL TIME 1/2 TIME

Fall & Spring

12 hours

6 hours

5-week course

4 hours

2 hours

8-week course

6 hours

3 hours

10-week course

8 hours

4 hours

 

Graduate Rate of Pursuit
SEMESTER FULL TIME 1/2 TIME

Fall & Spring

9 hours

4 hours

5-week course

3 hours

1 hour

8-week course

6 hours

3 hours

10-week course

6 hours

3 hours

Courses Required for Admission to the Next Level of Training (Pre-Reqs)

Courses required for admission to the next level of training may be approved for GI Bill® recipients in two situations. The first is when the University requires a student to pursue courses at an educational level for which he or she already holds a diploma. The second is when a University requires a student to pursue courses at an educational level for which he or she appears qualified by reason of previous training. For example, a college may require a student with a B.A. degree to take some undergraduate subjects for admission to a graduate degree program, or to gain teacher certification for specific subjects. If a graduate school requires a student with a bachelor’s degree to pursue undergraduate courses to satisfy admission requirements for a graduate degree program, then the courses required for admission may be certified as part of that graduate degree program. In order to certify the courses, however, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The student must be accepted into the Graduate Program
  2. If undergraduate courses are required to matriculate, the graduate school must prepare a statement on the school's letterhead that outlines the required undergraduate courses (course number and name).

Debt Letters

If you receive a debt letter from the VA,  bring it in to our office for evaluation.

Direct Deposit

Direct deposit is the safest and fastest way for GI Bill® recipients to receive VA education payment. Veterans can call 1-877-838-2778 to set up or change direct deposit; or you can complete VA form 24-0296 and submit it to the Muskogee Regional VA office.

Dual Majors

Dual Major is defined as pursuing two different majors under the SAME degree. For example, a BA in Communication Studies and a BA in Psychology would be a dual major; but a BA in Communication Studies and a BS in Psychology would be considered a dual objective.

The GI Bill® will pay for dual majors. However, it remains that the VA does not pay for courses that are not required for your degree. If you are declaring two majors, minors will not be required or covered. There are no such stipulations for Hazlewood recipients.

Dual Objectives

There are no stipulations for Hazlewood recipients; however, GI Bill® recipients who want to pursue a dual objective, or concurrently pursue two different degrees or a degree and a certificate, may do so, providing they follow a very specific protocol. The VA will pay for a program of education that leads to more than one educational, professional, or vocational objective if all objectives pursued are generally recognized as being reasonably related to a single career field. The objectives do not necessarily have to be on the same professional or technical level. The ONLY way our office can certify two separate degrees is if those degrees are recognized by BOTH of the departments to be related to a SINGLE CAREER FIELD. You must provide a deficiency plan/degree audit report, and complete a Dual Objective Approval Form.

  1. When applicable, elective courses in the initial objective should be used to satisfy the courses required to attain the dual objective
  2. When applicable, the student may need to complete a VA form 22-1995 /22-5495

Educational-Vocational Counseling

VA offers free Educational-Vocational Counseling services (also called Chapter 36 counseling) that are available to:

  • Service Members within six months prior to discharge from active duty.
  • Veterans within one year following discharge from active duty.
  • Current beneficiaries under Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606, 1607.
  • Veterans and qualified dependents who are eligible for and have entitlement to education assistance under Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606, 1607.

Emergency Tuition Loan

If your VA benefits have not processed, or will likely not process before tuition payment is due, you have the option to set up an Emergency Tuition Loan. If you meet the requirements, this loan will hold the first payment of your tuition and fees for 90 days after the semester begins.  If you will not have received all of your education benefits by that time, you will be responsible for the balance by the due date. You will also be responsible for the second and third installments by each due date. Be aware that the VA will not pay for any fees associated with the setup of ETLP.

Enrollment Verification

Students receiving Chapter 30, 1606, or 1607 benefits must verify your enrollment with the VA at the end of each month so that you will receive your payment. Be sure that you have verified exact start and end dates for any classes in which you are enrolled that are shorter or extend beyond the regular semester. You can verify enrollment via Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or 1-877-823-2378. If you notice either class dates or credit amounts are incorrect while verifying, please contact our office.

Texas State University Office of Veterans Affairs does not certify a student's enrollment status for purposes other than processing GI Bill® benefits. CHAMPVA students and the like may verify their enrollment from the Office of the University Registrar’s Enrollment Verification webpage. This form is considered official as it bares the University Registrar’s signature and the University seal. If you have further questions or concerns regarding your full-time/part-time enrollment status, contact the University Registrar.

Excessive Hours

Hazlewood recipients (except dependents of deceased veterans) cannot use their benefits if they are in excessive hours. A student is in excess hours if on the first day of term, the student has attempted more than 30 hours (45 if initially enrolled before Fall 2006) over what is required for their degree program. GI Bill® recipients can use their benefits; however, VA will NOT pay penalty (excessive hours) fees.

Visit the Student Business Services website for more information regarding the University's policy on tuition and excessive hours.

Exploratory and Undeclared Majors

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree may not have to declare a major; however, only “General Education” courses can be certified prior to the declaration of a major. In addition, the student cannot be certified beyond his/her first sophomore semester unless a major has been declared. After 45 semester hours of being undeclared, the university will put a hold on your account until you have visited with an academic advisor.

After you have declared a major, or if you are currently classified as exploratory but would like to update us on your degree plans, you must send an email to veteransaffairs@txstate with your updated status so that we may certify any courses that were deemed uncertifiable given your current nondegree-seeking status.

Extension of Benefits

If you are a Veteran using a GI Bill®, you are entitled to no more than 48 months of combined GI Bill® benefits (Chapters 33, 30, 31, 1606, 1607). What this means for you is that although your Certificate of Eligibility might state that you only have a couple of days or months of benefits remaining, the VA may still cover you for the entire semester at the basic rate. For example, if you have never used any benefit other than Post 9/11 and then you find that you only have a few days of benefits remaining, the Post 9/11 GI Bill® will cover you for the full semester. If, for example, you switched from the MGIB to Post 9/11 and find that you only have a few days of eligibility left, the VA will cover that semester in its entirety or up until you’ve reached an accumulated 48 months of GI Bill® benefits, whichever comes first. If you have any further questions regarding your remaining benefits and payment, call the VA at 1-888-442-4551 or check out your eBenefits account.

If you are eligible for the ARMY College Fund, other ―kickers, or benefits with payment for dependents, the additional amount will stop on the delimiting date, but the basic rate will continue through to the end of the current enrollment period.

If you are the dependent using the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, the VA will cover your tuition up until you’ve exhausted your months and days, or until your delimitating date, whichever comes first. You can ask the Veteran to remove the delimitating date. They would need to contact the VA to do this.

Hazlewood will NOT exempt tuition for more than 150 hours per student. There are NO EXCEPTIONS.

Failing a Class

You can fail a class and the VA will not create a debt against you and will pay for you to retake the class as long as you attended the course through the end of the semester and received and "F" grade ("N" and "U" grades will result in you paying for your course out of pocket). The VA considers a failing grade to be any grade in which you did not meet the minimum grade to “complete” the course. For example, some courses require a C+ or better to receive credit, if you receive a C, you did not pass and therefore the VA will pay for you to retake the course. We do not report “I” grades to the VA.

If you are using the Hazlewood Act, the hours for that class will count toward your eligible Hazlewood hours, regardless of your failing grade. You may take the courses again if you so wish.

In the case that you are charged a course repeat fee, be advised that neither Hazlewood nor the GI Bill® will cover penalty fees.

Financial Aid

To apply for federal, state and institutional financial aid (i.e., grants, work-study and student loans), apply via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information, visit How to Apply. To visit with a financial aid advisor about your financial aid, please contact Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Grades

GI Bill® Recipients cannot go more than two semesters on academic probation.

Hazlewood and Legacy users (does not apply to dependents of deceased veterans) must maintain the following Texas State GPA every semester to remain eligible for Hazlewood benefits.

Undergraduate – 2.0; Second Undergraduate Baccalaureate – 2.5; Master’s/Doctorate – 3.0

Find more information under Your Benefits: Academic Criteria

Graduate School

Hazlewood covers Graduate School. Your academic criteria will reset upon starting your new program.

All GI Bill® graduate and post-graduate students must provide a copy of a deficiency plan or degree audit report before coursework will be certified. If both undergraduate and graduate course work is certified, we will report training time according to undergraduate or graduate measurement, whichever is greater.

Graduating Semester

VA regulations allow a GI Bill® student to be certified for additional, non-required courses during their GRADUATING semester in order to receive full-time benefits.  It must be your absolute last semester before obtaining your degree. This procedure can be done only once per program. In rounding out a full-time schedule, VA students may use any credit hour unit subject, including a subject that has previously received a passing grade.

Internship/Externship/Student Teaching Courses

GI Bill® recipients may be certified for full-time benefits by completing a Request for Full Time Status. You will not receive BAH if you are enrolled ½ time or less.

Minors

As of right now, the GI Bill® will NOT cover minors unless the minor is a requirement of your major or it falls under Military Science, Naval Science, etc. If you can complete the minor within the 120 credits required to graduate, the VA will pay for the minor but you'll need your advisor to send us an email stating that the minor is being used to meet the required credits for graduation.

GI Bill® recipients who want to pursue more than one minor can get their classes certified under very specific conditions. It remains that the major must require a minor, and the courses required to complete the degree, including the minor, must be part of your degree plan. In addition, we cannot certify two minors in the same semester.

If you are declaring a minor that does not fall into one of the above categories you can still get the VA to pay for it, but you’ll just need to declare a dual major with the VA. This does NOT mean that you have to complete the dual major, you're just declaring a second major so that you can complete those courses required for the minor. You can switch back to one your intended major/minor after you complete the courses needed for the minor. You’ll need to figure out which major the minor corresponds with and be sure they have the same class requirements (meet with an academic advisor if necessary).

There are no such stipulations for Hazlewood benefits.

Online Courses

If you enroll in only online courses for a semester, the VA will only pay you $754.50, even if you are full-time. If at least ONE of your classes is face-to-face class (meaning a class you go to), then you will receive the amount of BAH you’d normally get.

There are no such stipulations for Hazlewood benefits.

Parking Services

Parking

Any time a vehicle is parked on campus, it must display a valid Texas State permit. All students are required to register with Parking Services any vehicle they drive and park on campus and purchase the appropriate color parking permit. Disabled Veterans with a service-related disability are exempt from paying parking permit fees, but must always register their vehicle with Parking Services and obtain and properly display a Texas State permit. Parking rules are enforced every day of the year. Vehicles with outstanding tickets or those identified as having a parking suspension are still subject to booting or towing. Order your parking permit or pay your citation online now. If you have questions, visit Parking Services, call Parking Services at 512.245.2887, or e-mail parking@txstate.edu.

Shuttle Service

Bobcat Shuttle is a free public transit service for students, faculty, staff, and visitors at Texas State University. The system is in operation during all class days. Monday - Thursday service runs approximately between 7 a.m. and 10:20 p.m.  Friday service runs between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Shuttles only run while classes are in session.

 

Texas State's GPS transit system allows real-time location data for Bobcat Shuttles. Students, faculty, and visitors can use a computer or mobile device to track Bobcat Shuttles at any of the bus stops on and around campus. Service is provided by DoubleMap.

Click here to view the buses in real time at txstate.doublemap.com 

Payment Plan

If your education benefits have not processed, or will likely not process before tuition payment is due, you have the option to set up a Payment Plan with Student Business Services. The Payment Plan will require that 30% of total charges be paid at sign-up. This is your first payment. Many people use the Payment Plan in combination with the Emergency Tuition Loan, which will cover that first payment.  If you will not have received all of your VA benefits by the time your second payment is due, you will be responsible for 50% of the remaining balance (or 35% of initial charges) by the due date. You will also be responsible for the third installment (remaining balance). Be aware that YOU will be responsible for payment of any and all fees associated with the setup of the Emergency Tuition Loan or the Payment Plan.

Payment of Tuition and Fees

Any student enrolling under any of the provisions for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits should bring sufficient funds to defray the initial cost of tuition, fees, books, and living expenses for approximately three months. Initial benefit payments will not begin until approximately 45 days after registration; therefore, you are responsible for payment of all tuition and fees. You will receive a monthly check as long as you are enrolled at Texas State University, complete the necessary certification process before the priority deadlines each enrollment period, and remain eligible for VA educational benefits. Note: You will receive benefits after the first full month of school, and will always be paid after each full month of school completed. Please refer to our BAH FAQ webpage for more information.

 

Hazlewood recipients should expect to bring sufficient funds to defray the cost of fees, books, and living expenses. Your tuition exemption will be applied before tuition payment is due as long as you are enrolled at Texas State University, complete the necessary certification process before the priority deadline each enrollment period, and remain eligible for Hazlewood benefits.

PE Credit

Veterans who have had one year of active duty service will receive 4 hours of PFW credit. To receive this credit, you must take your DD-214 to the Admissions Office.

Pre-Req Courses

Courses required for admission to the next level of training may be approved for GI Bill® recipients in two situations.

The first is when the University requires a student to pursue courses at an educational level for which he or she already holds a diploma.

The second is when a University requires a student to pursue courses at an educational level for which he or she appears qualified by reason of previous training.

For example, a college may require a student with a B.A. degree to take some undergraduate subjects for admission to a graduate degree program, or to gain teacher certification for specific subjects. If a graduate school requires a student with a bachelor’s degree to pursue undergraduate courses to satisfy admission requirements for a graduate degree program, then the courses required for admission may be certified as part of that graduate degree program. In order to certify the courses, however, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The student must be accepted into the Graduate Program
  2. If undergraduate courses are required to matriculate, the graduate school must prepare a statement on the school's letterhead that outlines the required undergraduate courses (course number and name).

Remedial Classes

Remedial courses are those courses that maybe taken by students whose placement exam qualifies them. These courses can be certified only if test scores meet the published school requirements if they will not be certified.

Hazlewood, Chapters 30, 33, 1606, 1607, and VRAP: Entitlement is charged for remedial and deficiency training.

Chapter 35: Entitlement is not charged up to 5 months of full-time remedial and deficiency training. 6 standard credits and 6 remedial credits means that the student is paid at the full-time rate, but entitlement is charged at the ½-time rate.

Independent study (online) remedial and deficiency courses cannot be certified.

Repeating Courses

The Texas Legislature eliminated funding to higher education for courses that are attempted three or more times. An attempted course is defined as any course in which a grade is earned on the transcript, including repeated courses and courses dropped with a grade of “W”.  In order to compensate for this loss of state funding, students attempting a course for the third or more time will be charged a fee in addition to the tuition charged for the course.

Both Hazlewood and the GI Bill® will take care of the tuition for repeat courses; however, they will not pay the penalty (course repeat) fee. Also, GI Bill® recipients should keep in mind that the VA only covers courses required for their graduation. If repeating the course is not necessary for your degree, VA will not pay for it.

Residency

The Post 911 GI Bill® will only pay for resident tuition; however, students eligible for GI Bill® benefits qualify to have the out-of-state portion of their tuition waived or exempted. If you are a non-resident using the GI Bill®, request a residency evaluation.

In addition, if Texas State University considers you an out-of-state student, you CANNOT use Hazlewood. There is no waiver available to change this.

R.O.T.C.

Students in a ROTC program can be certified for courses required for their degree (including electives) and for courses required for the ROTC program. If you are enrolled in ROTC, indicate your intention to become a commissioned officer on your initial application for your VA benefits, and submit a request for change of program to add it to your original degree goal. Note:  Military Science and Aerospace Science can be used as a minor at Texas State University.  In addition, current law states that up to three semester hours of credit in an upper-level ROTC course may be applied to the history requirement and up to three hours to the government requirement (check with the department of your major).

Schedule Changes

If you are using GI Bill® benefits, any of the following changes to your classes or credits must be reported to our office immediately or your benefit payments could be delayed up to 45 days and/or result in an overpayment:

Changes in credit load that affect your training time:

You need to report when you add or drop a class because it will affect your payments! Example – going from 12.0 credits (full-time) to 9.0 credits (3/4 time) or your classes end or start differently than before.  

Wait listed classes:

Wait listed classes do not reflect in your credit load until you are officially enrolled in the class. You are responsible for notifying us once you have officially registered for the course.

Called to Active Duty:

If during the semester you are called to active duty, notify the Office of the University Registrar to discuss the withdrawing of your courses and the possibility of filing an appeal for reimbursement of tuition and fees.

Mitigating Circumstances:

If you are required to drop/withdraw from a course during the semester for reasons beyond your control (i.e. financial, health, employer, childcare, etc.), you may not be required to pay the VA back the money you were paid for the course(s). Please notify our office immediately if mitigating circumstances apply to you.

Student Teaching/Internship Courses

GI Bill® recipients may be certified for full-time benefits by completing a Request for Full Time Status. You will not receive BAH if you are enrolled ½ time or less.

Suspension

Any students in a suspended status are not eligible for GI Bill® or Hazlewood benefits. Find more information on the University's suspension policy.

Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance (TA) is a Department of Defense (DoD) program. VA does not administer TA. Some students may be prohibited from simultaneously receiving education benefits from VA and TA benefits from the military.

Chapter 33: Students receiving TA will be certified as any other Chapter 33 student, with TA benefits deducted from the net tuition and fee charges submitted to VA.

Chapter 30: We cannot certify classes for which an active duty service member will receive TA under Chapter 30 (with the exception of Top-up). If a student takes several courses, the student cannot receive Chapter 30 benefits for the courses for which TA is paid, but the student can receive Chapter 30 benefits for the courses for which TA isn’t paid.

Chapter 1606 and 1607: We cannot certify any class for VA benefits under chapter 1606 or 1607 if the member is receiving TA for the class. National Guard and Reserve M-day (Guardsman or Reservist Federally mobilized and placed in a Title 10 Active duty status) service members can receive Federal TA for some classes, and receive Chapter 1606 or 1607 benefits for other classes (for which Federal TA isn't paid) during the same term. Also, students may receive Chapter 1606 or 1607 benefits and State TA simultaneously.

When can I use my GI Bill® for the same classes for which Federal TA is being paid?

Benefit

Active Duty/AGR

Drilling Status

Chapter 33

Yes¹

Yes¹

Chapter 30

No²

Yes

Chapter 1606/1607

No

No

Chapter 1606/1607 less than ½-time

No

No

All other Chapters

No

No

¹ The amount paid by Federal (as well as state) TA should be deducted in the net charges determination

² The service member may apply for Top-Up

Tutorial Assistance

Tutorial assistance may be paid to students under Chapters 30, 33, 35 and 1606. Tutorial assistance is not authorized for Chapter 1607. Tutorial assistance helps the student pay for necessary tutoring and is a supplement to the student's regular VA benefit.

 

The monthly rate may not exceed the cost of tutoring or $100. The maximum amount payable is $1200 per student per benefit program. There is no entitlement charge for the first $600 under Chapter 30 and 1606. There is no entitlement charge under Chapter 33 or 35. The student, tutor, and certifying official must complete an Enrollment Certification for Individualized Tutorial Assistance (VA Form 22-1990t).

 

All of the following criterion must be met for a student to be eligible for tutorial assistance.

  • Must be in a post-secondary program ½-time or more.
  • Must have a deficiency in a course that is part of their approved program.
  • Must be enrolled in the course during the term in which the tutoring is received for the course.
  • Tutoring may not occur between quarters or semesters.

Undeclared Majors

See Exploratory section above

Unsatisfactory Progress

Refer to our Academic Criteria section under Your Benefits for more information.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs rules and regulations, students with a semester GPA of less than 2.00 for two consecutive long semesters, or who are placed on academic suspension are considered as making less than satisfactory progress.

In addition meeting GPA requirements, Hazlewood recipients cannot exceed 30 hours over what is required by their degree. The GI Bill® will cover tuition for students in excess hours, it will not cover penalty (excess hours) fees.

Eligibility can be regained for Hazlewood recipients (GPA ineligibility ONLY) upon successful appeal based on mitigating circumstances, or upon completion of a term that raises GPA without the exemption.

GI Bill® benefits can be resumed if the student re-enrolls in the same educational institution and in the same program, but it will result in a break in pay, possible overpayment, and a 6 to 8 week delay for benefits resume.  In other cases, benefits cannot be resumed unless VA finds that the cause of the unsatisfactory attendance, conduct or progress has been removed and the program of education or training to be pursued by the student is suitable to his or her aptitudes, interests, and abilities.

The VA may request an explanation from GI Bill® recipients concerning your unsatisfactory progress.