VMASS Benefits Process

Follow the steps below to apply for VA benefits.

*Returning students skip to STEP 7

Step 1 - Apply for VA Benefits

Find out how to apply for the GI Bill and other VA education benefits as a Veteran, service member, or qualified family member.

Get more information regarding VA education benefits.


Step 2 - Apply for HCC

Complete HCC Admissions application by visiting hccs.edu/apply


Step 3 - Request Official Transcripts

Obtain official transcripts from any other Universities, colleges, trade schools and/or military Institutions you’ve attended.

  • Visit jst.doded.mil to access military transcripts.
  • For Air Force transcripts, please visit airuniversity.af.edu/Barnes/CCAF/
  • All veterans, active duty, active National Guard and Reserves, must submit military transcripts within 30 days from submitting HCC Application.

    All transcripts should be submitted to:
    Houston Community College
    Office of Admission & Records
    P.O. Box 667517
    Houston, TX 77266


Step 4 - New Students

First time using your Education Benefit at HCC? Submit a certification request for “new student” and select the “benefit program” that applies. https://www.hccs.edu/support-services/veteran-affairs/vmass-certification-request/

- New Students Only – A checklist will be generated to the student center where the required documents, by benefit indicated on certification request, can be uploaded by students. Students will have 7 days to submit documents. (PDF only) https://myeagle.hccs.edu/


Step 5 - Academic Advising

Visit with an HCC academic advisor to select a VA approved degree program or certificate plan. https://www.hccs.edu/support-services/advising/

- A VMASS academic advisor is assigned by the education benefit awarded. After submitting the required documents, contact vmassonline@hccs.edu or 713-718-8522 with academic advising concerns. (Examples - Change of Degree, TSI exemption)


Step 6 - Contact Us

Due to the COVID-19, our campuses and offices are closed. 

Join Us in Zoom Meeting

Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. The VMASS Zoom Rooms will be available on the following days and times;

Monday- Thursday from 8 am to 6 pm and Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.


Please email us with questions regarding education benefits at Vmassonline@hccs.edu


Step 7 - Certification Request

Submit VMASS Certification Request, for each benefit awarded (Required for any schedule changes, i.e.. Add, Drop, Swap) https://www.hccs.edu/support-services/veteran-affairs/vmass-certification-request/


Step 8 - Class Registration

Register for classes on your approved degree plan.

  • VA does not cover classes that are not on

Your approved degree plan.

  • Veteran Readiness and Employment (Chapter 31)

- Contact Assigned VA Voc-Rehab counselor to complete VA required steps

- Assigned  VA Counselor will provide the student with authorization # for books/supplies

  • Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Transfer Student (Chapter 35) Submit VA Form 22-5495


VMASS Required Documents by Benefits & Forms