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VA Education Benefits

Federal Veterans Education Benefits through the Department of Veterans Administration (click on each Chapter for specific eligibility criteria and benefit information):

To calculate your VA benefits while attending and to research approved programs, visit the VA GI Bill Comparison Tool website at http://department-of-veterans-affairs.github.io/gi-bill-comparison-tool/

Chapter 33 military housing allowance is calculated on the Zip Code of the university (75503) at E-5 with Dependents. To obtain the current rate, use the BAH Calculator at https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bahCalc.cfm. Chapter 33 students who are enrolled less than full-time or only in distance courses will receive a prorated amount.  Additionally, it is important to note that Chapter 33 students must be enrolled in greater than half time to receive the housing allowance.  

A&M-Texarkana is a VA Yellow Ribbon School (click on link for information).  Contact the Veteran Services Center to determine eligibility and request use of the Yellow Ribbon program.

Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 214 (Choice Act):

Texas A&M-Texarkana is compliant with all requirements of Section 702 of the Choice Act.  This section requires VA to disapprove programs of education for payment of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty at public institutions of higher learning if the schools charge “covered individuals” tuition and fees in excess of the rate for resident students for the terms beginning after July 1, 2015. 

Covered Individual is defined in the Choice Act as:

  • A Veteran who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • A spouse or child using transferred benefits who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless or his/ her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school with 3 years of the Veteran's discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the Service member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more. 

Individuals who initially meet the requirements above will maintain “covered individual” status as long as they remain continuously enrolled at the institution of higher learning, even if they are outside the three-year window or enroll in multiple programs. For more information on the Choice Act, visit the VA Education and Training website Choice Act website.  

NEW STUDENT VETERANS AND DEPENDENTS - Use the 1st Semester Checklist to navigate the process!

For those receiving certain VA benefits or whose VA benefits are exhausted, you may qualify for State of Texas military benefits. Please click the State link in the left menu for more information.

Federal and state financial aid benefits and scholarships may also be available to those who qualify. For more information, visit http://www.tamut.edu/Admissions/Enrollment-Services/Financial-Aid/Types-Of-Aid/Index.html or email finaid@TAMUT.edu.

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