Texas Veterans’ Benefits

In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are veterans benefits programs provided by the states.  The following are the Texas veterans’ benefits programs for education in 2018.

The Hazlewood Act

The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours tuition free college at state schools. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees. The veteran must have:

  • been a Texas resident when they entered the service
  • live in Texas
  • have an honorable discharge
  • served at least 181 days active duty
  • used up all federal VA education benefits
  • not be in default on a state student loans
  • meet GPA, academic progress and credit hour requirements

Legacy Act (Child)

Veterans eligible for the Hazlewood Act can assign unused hours to a child under certain conditions. 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 old or younger on the first day of the semester or term
  • meet GPA, academic progress and credit hour requirements
  • Only one child can use Hazlewood Legacy benefits at a time.

Hazlewood Act for Spouse/Child

Spouses and dependent children of eligible Active Duty, Reserve, and Texas National Guard who died in the line of duty, as a result of service-connected injury or illness, are missing in action, or who became totally disabled for purposes of employability as a result of a service-related injury or illness are entitled to each receive 50 credit hours tuition-free college. Like the normal Hazlewood act, the veteran must have been a Texas resident when they entered the service.

A spouse must:

  • have no federal VA education benefits
  • be a Texas resident; and
  • meet GPA, academic progress and credit hour requirements

A child must:

  • have no federal VA education benefits,
  • be a Texas resident
  • meet GPA, academic progress and credit hour requirements. This requirement does not apply to the child of a MIA, KIA, or service connected deceased Veteran.

State Tuition Reimbursement Program, STRP

Funded by the State of Texas, the State Tuition Assistance Program (a.k.a. State Tuition Reimbursement Program, STRP) is an education benefit that provides money for college to eligible members of the Texas Military Department pursuing their educational and career goals. This benefit is available to active drilling members (not AGR) of any of the 3 following Texas components:

  • Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG)
  • Texas Air National Guard (TXANG)
  • Texas State Guard (TXSG)

State TA funds from 3 to 12 credit hours of tuition and mandatory fees per academic semester during Fall and Spring semesters only. The current budget level of this program paired with recent levels of participant demand does not allow awarding full 12 credit awards to all eligible applicants. State TA can be used or “stacked” with other federal tuition assistance or state programs to cover up to 100% of tuition and eligible fees. If other programs are covering 100% of the tuition and eligible fees, then State TA is not needed and will not be awarded.

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For more information regarding Texas veterans’ benefits, please visit – Texas Veterans Commission

 

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