Veterans Affairs Office

Director
Javelina Enrollment Services Center Room 133
361-593-4421

Courses at Texas A&M University-Kingsville are approved for Veterans training and benefits. The Veteran Affairs Office, located in the Javelina Enrollment Service Center, MSUB Room 133, assists Veterans with matters relating to their educational programs.

Opportunities to Connect with Other Veterans

Student Veterans of America Association is a student run organization where Veterans can connect with other Veterans on campus while participating in social and community service activities. For more information contact the Veterans Affairs Office.

Withdrawal/Re-enrollment

If a Veteran student is called to service during the semester, the Veterans Affairs Office will work with the student to contact other offices on campus to assist with their departure/re-enrollment. For specific procedures regarding withdrawals/re-enrollment, contact the Veterans Affairs Office.

Federal VA Benefits at Texas A&M University-Kingsville

In order to apply for Federal Veterans Benefits listed below, complete the VA Form 22-1990 online at www.gibill.va.gov/apply-for-benefits/application. Contact the Veterans Affairs Office with questions about these benefits or assistance in applying for benefits.

A first-time student must obtain a signed copy of his/her degree plan from an advisor and take it to the Veterans Affairs Office to complete the certification process.

Post 9/11 GI Bill (CH 33)

This benefit will pay tuition directly to the University. Additionally, students will receive a payment of approximately $1,000 annually (divided by academic term) for books and supplies. They will also receive a monthly living based on the DoD Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate for E-5s with dependents. (For full-time or three-quarter time enrolled students, the 2017 rate for TAMU-K is approximately $1,530.1 The amount of this benefit various from 40% to 100% depending on length of service.

Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (CH 30)

Base rates range from $536.50 a month for a half-time student with less than three years service to $1,321 a month for a full-time student with at least three years of service. These rates do not include a Kicker that you may be eligible to receive. If you are on active duty while enrolled as a student you are paid a calculated rate that reimburses tuition and fees or the Veteran rate, which is lower.

Dependents’ Educational Assistance (CH 35)

Base rates range from $227.75 a month for a quarter-time student to $1,015 a month for a full-time student.

Reserve Educational Assistance Program-REAP (CH 1607)

Base rates range from $784.20 a month for a half-time student with over 90 days of active duty service to $1,164.00 a month for a full-time student with over two years of active duty service. This benefit will vary based on number deployment hours. These rates do not include a Kicker that you may be eligible to receive.

Vocational Rehabilitation (CH 31)

This benefit will pay books, tuition and fees directly to the University. Students will also receive a monthly living allowance that varies from $572.02 for a half-time student to $7,490.87 for a full-time student with two dependents. (There is an additional amount for each dependent in the household.)

Montgomery GI Bill Reserve (CH 1606)

Base rates range from $82.25 a month for a less than half-time student to $329 a month for a full-time student. These rates do not include a Kicker that you may be eligible to receive. You may also use state or federal tuition assistance.

Texas Veterans Benefits

The Hazlewood Act provides qualified Veterans, spouses and children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition and fee exemptions at state supported colleges or universities.

To receive a Hazlewood Act Exemption, a Veteran must:

  • have been a Texas resident upon entry into the military, entered into active federal duty in the State of Texas, or declared Texas as his or her home of record at the time of entry into the armed forces as documented on his or her DD Form 214 (member 4);
  • have a military discharge of honorable conditions;
  • have served at least 181 days of active duty service (excluding training);
  • not be in default on an education loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas and not be in default on a federal loan if that default is the reason the student cannot use his or her federal veterans’ benefits.

The Hazlewood Act benefit is also extended to the dependent children and spouses of eligible veterans who died in the line of duty or as a result of injury or illness directly related to military service, are missing in action, or who became totally disabled for purposes of employability as a result of a service-related injury or illness. This benefit also applies to the dependent children and spouses of members of Texas National Guard or Air National Guard until who were killed while on active duty while servicing either the State of Texas or the United States or are totally disabled for purposes of employability. An eligible child or spouse must provide official military documentation indicating that he or she meets the requirements.

Transferability of Benefits (Legacy Program)

Eligible Veterans may assign unused hours of exemption eligibility to a child under certain conditions. To be eligible, the child must:

  • be a Texas resident,
  • 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 semester or term for which the exemption is claimed (unless granted an extension due to a qualifying illness or debilitating condition, and
  • make satisfactory academic progress in a degree, certificate or continuing education program as determined by the institution. 2.0 GPA for Undergraduates and 3.0 for Graduate.

If a child to whom hours have been delegated fails to use all of the assigned hours, a Veteran may re-assign the unused hours that are available to another dependent child.

To use Hazlewood benefits or to transfer unused benefits to an eligible child, applicants must complete an application/release form below:

  • HE-V App Packet for veterans who have never used the exemption.
  • HE-D App Packet for eligible children and spouses who have never used the exemption.

Veterans must provide proof (DD214, Member 4) from the Department of Defense regarding their military service and nature of discharge. In addition, both Veterans and dependents must also provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for GI/Montgomery benefits (Chapter 33/Post 911) by requesting an education benefits letter from the VA office in Muskogee, OK at (888) 442-4551 or www.gibill.va.gov. Dependents must provide proof from Department of Defense (DoD) or from Veterans Administration (VA) regarding parent’s death or disability related to service. Both groups should contact their college financial aid office regarding their status on prior federal student loans made or guaranteed by the State of Texas.