VA Mission

The mission of the District Office of Veterans Affairs is to support our veterans and reservist students in their pursuit of higher education. The office is committed to facilitating communication among the campus offices serving veterans and reservists. Through programming and direct services, we provide veterans, reservists, and their families with a coordinated system of service delivery to insure a meaningful transition to civilian life and a positive educational experience at Houston Community College.

VA Vision

By serving and honoring men and women who are America's veterans and their dependents, we strive to provide efficient and timely services to those we serve.

VA Goals

To continue to work towards providing the highest quality of services to those we serve to ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Obtain an HCC Parking Permit

All HCC students are required to display a parking permit on the dashboard of their cars.  At this time, there is no charge for parking at most HCC locations and parking permits are a safety measure so that HCC Police can recognize your vehicle as one belonging to a registered student.

To get your parking permit, you must first log into the PeopleSosft Student System.  Once in the Student Center, click the "Parking Access" link in the Personal Information Section located at the bottom of the page.  Fill out the registration form for your parking permit and print the permit.  You will need to drop by an HCC Police Department office and pick-up a plastic holder.  Insert the permit in the holder and display it on the dashboard of your car.  The permit is good for the academic year.

For more information, please call 713-718-7557.

Student Survey

At the District Office of Veterans Affairs, we are proud to serve a group of servicemen and servicewomen and your opinions are very important to us. We need your feedback regarding your experiences with our VA Department. Your input will help us identify where we excel and where we can make improvements.  Student survey

All information provided will be confidential, and survey responses are captured online and will remain anonymous.

We greatly appreciate your valued input and thank you for your service.

VA new student admission process

Step 1: Complete & submit HCC admissions application

Step 2: Complete VA forms

Veterans Affairs Forms for Admissions.

Step 3: Obtain official transcripts from your university or college

Transcripts should be sent to:

Houston Community College

Office of Admissions & Records

P.O. Box 667517

Houston, TX  77266-75117

Step 4: Obtain Official Military transcripts

For information regarding requesting an Official Military Transcript click here.

Step 5: Meet with an HCC academic advisor

HCC Academic Advisors are located at each campus:

HCC District Office of Veterans Affairs

HCC Central College

HCC Coleman College

HCC Northeast College

HCC Northwest College

HCC Southeast College

HCC Southwest College

Step 6: Complete TSI requirements

6. TSI Requirements

Military-Students who are determined to be exempt from State testing requirements will still need to meet institutional developmental pre-requisites if required by taking our placement test.

The TSI requires the assessment of new students;  individualized success plans for those students whose skills are not at college level, and minimum state standards to determine “college readiness” in reading, writing and math.

Testing is mandatory and must be completed prior to enrollment. If you have not attended college before, you must take a placement test. This test is designed to determine if you are ready for college-level courses by assessing your skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.

Approved Assessment Tests for TSI purposes:

* TSI

* ASSET

How do I know if I need to complete the TSI Assessment?
Not all new students are required to complete the TSI Assessment. Several exemptions are available to students who meet certain criteria. Exemptions for students usually fall into one of the following categories:

  • Score exempt: You meet score requirements on external assessments such as the ACT, SAT, TAKS, or STAAR.
  • Degree exempt: Previously completed a qualifying associates or bachelor's degree.
  • Transfer exempt: Transferring into HCC having already satisfying TSI requirements.
  • Veteran exempt: Honorably discharged from the United States military and can provide an official DD214.

            Exemption: DD214

            Students discharged prior to August 1, 1990 will not be eligible for 

            Exemption.

            Students on or after August 1, 1990 honorable discharge, retired, or

            released from active duty will be eligible for Exemption.

  • Certificate Level I Exempt: Enrolling into a short-term program known as a Level 1 certificate.

Active Military-students require a letter from Commanding Officer

Step 7: Obtain a Degree Plan

Step 8: Visit HCC VA Department

Address:  3220A Main Houston, Texas 77002 Corner of Main and Elgin, First Floor.

Please bring the following items:

  • DD214 (Member Form 2, 3, 4,6, or 8 excluding 1) 
  • Military transcripts 
  • Academic official transcripts (sealed envelope) 
  • Degree plan/Advisement report signed off by a HCC Counselor 
  • A copy of your Certificate of Eligibility 
  • Form 22-1995 or 5495 (if you have attended another college/university) 
  • Information Data Sheet (Found on the Veterans Affairs section under FORMS) 
  • Veterans Affairs Certification Request Form (Found on the Veterans Affairs section under FORMS)
  • Obtain an HCC Parking Permit

    All HCC students are required to display a parking permit on the dashboard of their cars.  At this time, there is no charge for parking at most HCC locations and parking permits are a safety measure so that HCC Police can recognize your vehicle as one belonging to a registered student.

    To get your parking permit, you must first log into the PeopleSosft Student System.  Once in the Student Center, click the "Parking Access" link in the Personal Information Section located at the bottom of the page.  Fill out the registration form for your parking permit and print the permit.  You will need to drop by an HCC Police Department office and pick-up a plastic holder.  Insert the permit in the holder and display it on the dashboard of your car.  The permit is good for the academic year.

    For more information, please call 713-718-7557.

VA returning student process

VA Service Indicator Hold

VA Service Indicator Hold Removal Process

This form must be submitted every term that you enroll in order for the hold to be removed. The purpose of the hold is to have our office notified once a student adds, drops, or swaps classes. Additionally, it will also minimize the occurrence of students receiving VA educational benefit debits. This hold will automatically be placed on your account every Monday and Thursday at 10:59pm. The holds are removed on a first come, first serve basis however all holds are removed by the close of business daily except on weekends and college holidays.

TIP:

When registration is open all veteran students will have one opportunity to register for classes without an impact from the hold. However if you place classes in your shopping cart and DO NOT complete the entire enrollment process the system will recognize that you have exhausted your one opportunity and the hold will be enforced and you will have to complete a Veterans Affairs Certification Request Form.

This form must also be submitted when there is a change in your enrollment (add, drop, swap, class cancellation, and withdrawal).

Change of degree plan

If you change your degree plan, please meet with an academic advisor to receive a new degree plan and complete a change of degree plan form (VA Form 22-1995 or 22-5495).

You may also fax your new degree plan, along with the change of degree plan form and a cover letter, to VA Office at 713-718-8444.

Meet with an academic advisor to update your degree plan at least once each year.

 

Graduation application process

Process for Graduation:

Please file for graduation through your HCC academic advisor prior to your last semester.

Meet with an advisor to update your degree plan and verify that you have completed all the necessary coursework and institutional requirements. This will show all work completed prior to the semester of graduation, courses in progress, transfer work applied to your degree, and any course substitutions and approvals.

Applications should be filed either the semester prior to or the semester in which the student plans to graduate. Students should complete the Application for Degree/Certificate online and pay the $10 filing fee. The application fee is good for one year but students who do not complete the degree requirements in the semester in which they filed MUST contact the Graduation Office to activate their file for the subsequent term. The diploma reprint charge is $15.

Training time - basic allowances

Training Time:

12 credit hours= full time status (Regular Term & Second Start)

9-11 credit hours=3/4 status (Regular Term & Second Start)

6-8 credit hours=1/2 time status (Regular Term & Second Start)

4-5 credit hours=less than 1/2 time status (Regular Term & Second Start)

1-3 credit hours=1/4 time or less status (Regular Term & Second Start)

 

Summer training time:

8 credit hours=full time status during the 10 week summer session

4 credit hours=full time status during the Summer 1 session or S1

4 credit hours=full time status during the Summer 2 session. or S2

News

HCC joins partnership to create jobs for veterans in petrochemical industry

Oct 13, 2014

Houston Community College is one of more than a dozen Texas colleges participating in a program to put veterans to work.

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Houston Community College showcases Veterans Resource Center

Aug 18, 2014

The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) at Houston Community College recently had its grand opening.

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Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program seeks to help homeless veterans find housing, employment

Apr 27, 2015

The Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program is offering $4 million in grants to help an estimated 2,000 veterans successfully transition from homelessness to sustainable housing and good civilian jobs.