Veteran & Military-Affiliated Students

Veteran & Military-Affiliated Students

Veteran and/or Military-Affiliated Students who plan to use VA/GI Bill and/or State of Texas “Hazlewood Act” educational benefits must follow the steps outlined in the applicable HCC enrollment checklist. Further information is provided on the Veteran and Military-Affiliated Student Services' (VMASS) website at https://www.hccs.edu/support-services/veteranaffairs/, or by phone at 713-718-8522. Upon completion of the Admissions Application, Military, Veteran and/or Military-Affiliated
students should contact a HCC Student Advisor to address questions regarding enrollment and/or gaining access to additional resources or information. Students may go to any advisor at any campus location.

Residency & Tuition / Veteran & Military-Affiliated Students
Military personnel, as defined by Texas Education Code Section 54.241, their spouses and dependent children may be entitled to pay tuition and fees at an institution of higher education at the rates provided for Texas residents in certain circumstances and regardless of the length of time the person or persons has/have resided in the state.

Veteran and/or Military-Affiliated students may be required to file a ‘Letter of Intent’ with the institution to establish residency and reside in Texas while enrolled at the respective institution. In such cases, the ‘Letter of Intent/Non-Resident Waiver’ Form should be submitted to the HCC District Office of Veteran & Military-Affiliated Student Success (VMASS) prior to the start of the enrollment term but no later than the college’s Census Date (Refer to HCC Academic Calendar for respective date(s)). Additional documentation that may be required includes, but is not limited to: Military Identification Card, Official Military Orders, DD Form-214 or other official substantiating documentation.

Military personnel, Veterans and/or Military-Affiliated students should check with the HCC VMASS Office and refer to the applicable statutes found in the Texas Education Code at http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/ and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Rules at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/ for requirements on resident tuition.

Applying for Education Benefits / Veteran & Military-Affiliated Students
Students applying for Federal VA education benefits should submit the following documents to the HCC VMASS District office:

1) Complete the appropriate application for Educational Benefits to obtain the appropriate Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and submit a copy of it. Application for VA Education Benefits (VA Form 22-1990)
https://www.vets.gov/education/apply-for-education-benefits/application/1990/introduction Application for VA Education Benefits Under the National Call to Service Program (VA Form 22-1990N)
https://www.vets.gov/education/apply-for-education-benefits/application/1990n/introduction.

2) Submit the DD-214 member 4, 2 or 7. [DD-214 member 1 is not acceptable].
3) Submit official transcripts from all schools attended, including military technical schools and/or non-accredited schools:
To request military transcripts for Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard: https://jst.doded.mil
To request Community College of the Air Force transcripts: www.airuniversity.af.mil

Hazlewood Act Eligibility & Required Documentation / Veteran & Military- Affiliated Students
The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and/or dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fees, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees.
For more information, please see https://www.tvc.texas.gov/education/hazlewood-act/.

To be eligible, a Veteran must:

  • At the time of entry into active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, designated Texas as Home of Record; or entered the service in Texas; or was a Texas resident;
  • Have received an honorable discharge or separation or a general discharge under honorable conditions as indicated on the Veteran’s Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214);
  • Served at least 181 days of active duty service (excluding training);
  • Currently reside in Texas;
  • Have no federal Veteran’s education benefits, or have no federal Veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 33 or 31; for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits
  • Not be in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas;
  • Enroll in classes for which the college receives tax support (i.e., a course that does not depend solely on student tuition and fees to cover its cost), unless the college’s governing board has ruled to let Veterans receive the benefit while taking nonfunded courses; and
  • Meet the GPA requirement of the institution’s satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution’s financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours.

Required Hazelwood Documents for Veterans
To comply with the requirements of the Texas Veterans Commission, during or before registration, Veterans or qualifying dependents must present the following documents to the HCC VMASS District office:

  • The member 4 copy of DD-214 (separation papers). DD214-member 1 is not a valid DD- 214 for use of educational benefits.
  • Provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for Chapter 33, from VA office in Muskogee, OK, if the Veteran served after 09/11 and separation. In the event the Veteran is eligible for chapter 33, the cost of enrollment for the term may not exceed the value of Hazlewood (COE is required). Veterans may request a copy of their benefits eligibility letter by submitting a request through the VA’s Ask a Question website at https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/.
  • A completed formal application for Hazlewood Act benefits. Applications are available at the HCC VMASS District office or a student may also download the application from the Texas Veterans Commission website:
    https://www.tvc.texas.gov/education/hazlewood-act/.
  • Veterans must also provide a copy of their Hazlewood Online Database Report: https://hazlewood.tvc.texas.gov/students/

NOTE: Veterans may use the Hazlewood Exemption in conjunction with other VA education benefits and Pell Grant, if eligible. However, compliance with the “default loan” clause will be verified by the school. Please contact HCC VMASS District office for additional support/information.
Further information is provided on the Veteran and Military-Affiliated Services’ (VMASS)
website at https://www.hccs.edu/support-services/veteran-affairs/, or by phone at  (713) 718-8522.

Spouses and/or Children required Hazlewood Documents
The military member’s 4 copy of DD-214 (separation papers). DD214-member 1 is not a valid DD-214 for use of Educational Benefits.

A letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs Office stating the parent or spouse died as result of service-related injuries or illness, is missing in action or is considered totally disabled for purposes of employability as a service-related injury or illness.

Provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for Chapter 33 from VA office in Muskogee, OK, if the Veteran served after 09/11. In the event the Veteran is eligible for Chapter 33, the cost of enrollment for the term may not exceed the value of Hazlewood (COE is required). Please request an education benefits letter by calling 1-888-442-4551.

A completed formal application for Hazlewood Act benefits. Applications are available at the Veteran Services department. Applications are also available at the Texas Veterans Commission website at www.tvc.texas.gov/documents/TVC-ED-1- Hazlewood_Application.pdf.

Students must provide a copy of their Hazlewood Online Database Report. https://hazlewood.tvc.texas.gov/students/. Further information is provided on the Veteran and Military-Affiliated Services’ (VMASS)
website at https://www.hccs.edu/support-services/veteran-affairs/, or by phone at (713) 718- 8522.

Transferability of Benefits (Legacy) Documents
Eligible Veterans may assign unused hours to a child under certain conditions. The following documents are required:

  • The Veteran’s member 4 copy of DD-214 (separation papers). DD214-member 1 is not a valid DD-214 for use of Educational Benefits.
  • Copies of birth certificate, marriage certificates or tax returns may be requested.
  • Applications are available at the Veteran Services department. Applications are also available at the Texas Veterans Commission website at https://www.tvc.texas.gov/education/hazlewood-act/
  • Provide all transcripts from any previously attended institutions.
  • Provide a copy of applicable Hazlewood Online Database Report. https://hazlewood.tvc.texas.gov/students/.

Transfer / Veteran & Military-Affiliated Students
Transfer students should submit all academic transcripts from both accredited and nonaccredited schools (to include military technical school credits/transcripts).

All academic transcripts (from both accredited and/or non-accredited schools) should be received and evaluated by HCC prior to selecting courses (when possible).

Further information is provided on the Veteran and Military-Affiliated Services’ (VMASS)
website at https://www.hccs.edu/support-services/veteran-affairs/, or by phone at (713) 718-8522.

Priority Enrollment / Veteran & Military-Affiliated Students
Houston Community College offers priority registration to Veteran & Military-Affiliated students prior to the general student population. Students should refer to the HCC Academic Calendar to find the appropriate Priority Registration date(s).

Veteran & Military-Affiliated students choosing to exercise ‘Priority Enrollment’ must provide appropriate documentation to HCC VMASS District office to ensure the respective student is identified within the HCC student management system prior to the start of each term.

Further information is provided on the Veteran and Military-Affiliated Services’ (VMASS)
website at https://www.hccs.edu/support-services/veteran-affairs/, or by phone at (713) 718- 8522.