The Alamo Colleges District, Office of Veterans Affairs processes applications for eligible veterans to obtain Federal and State Veterans Benefits. The colleges participate in veteran educational programs provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Educational Programs include:
- Hazlewood Exemption
- Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty Educational Assistance Program
- Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation Program
- Chapter 33 - Post-911 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2009
- Chapter 35 - Survivors and Dependent Educational Assistance Program
- Chapter 1606 - Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program
Note: Chapters 30, 1606 veterans must verify at the end of every month with the VA in order to receive a payment on a timely basis.
The Office of Veterans Affairs also assists Texas veterans in obtaining the Hazelwood Act. This program exempts the qualified individual from payment of all tuition and most fees.
Students taking courses at multiple campus (on-campus and on-line) and using their Hazlewood Exemption benefits, must complete the payment process at their home campus.
Failing a course will not affect your GI Bill® benefits, however withdrawing or receiving an incomplete grade for a course may affect your benefits. As long as you receive a grade (pass or fail) the VA will not ask for your GI Bill® money back.
Any veteran who paid the $1,200 buy-in for MGIB (Chapter 30) and elects to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) will be refunded the buy-in. The buy-in or a portion of the buy-in will be refunded on the last payment of the monthly living allowance. If a veteran has already used some of their MGIB (Chapter 30) benefits they will receive prorated refund. If the veteran does not receive a living allowance check upon using their last month of new GI Bill entitlement the buy-in will not be returned.
The VA ruled that individuals will not receive an increased amount under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) for additional contributions ($600 buy-up) paid under MGIB Chapter 30 or REAP (Chapter 1607). This $600 will not be refunded if a veteran chooses to transfer from Montgomery GI Bill® to Post 9/11 GI Bill®
Enlistment and reenlistment kickers will continue to apply to veterans under Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33). Any additional monthly benefits will be simply added to the monthly living allowance. For example, if a veteran is entitled to a $200/month enlistment kicker and a $1400/month living allowance, then that veteran will receive $1,600/month.
The VA’s final rules state that they will not pay kicker or college fund bonuses if the veteran is not receiving a living allowance (e.g., while on active duty or exclusively distance learning). IAVA is actively fighting to reverse the VA’s interpretation.
VA Contact Information
Student Commons Welcome Center STCM 111
Cypress Campus Center (CCC-110)
Palomino Center (PC-111)
MLK Campus Welcome Enrollment Center (WEC) Rm. 205
Victory Center Room 108
1819 N. Main Ave.
San Antonio, TX78212
Alamo Colleges Installation Offices
Fort Sam Houston
Building 2268, Room 207
Email Fort Sam Houston Representatives
Lackland Air Force Base
Building 5725, Room 144
Email Lackland AFB Representatives
Randolph Air Force Base
Building 210, Room 10
Email Randolph AFB Representatives
Email questions to our Military Support Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Northeast Lakeview College
Student Commons Welcome Center
Northwest Vista College
CCC Room 110
Palo Alto College
PC Room 111
St. Philip's College
WEC Room 205
San Antonio College
MLC Room 171