Veterans Affairs

The Office of Veterans Affairs assists all eligible veterans obtain financial assistance and information on Veterans Benefits while they attend San Antonio College. The college participates in educational programs provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. These programs include:    

Chapter 30 - Montgomery G.I. 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
Hazlewood Exemption

Note: Students utilizing Chapter 30 and Chapter 1606 must log in to the WAVES online system and verify their enrollment each month on the first day of the month to ensure timely payment of benefit stipend.

The Office of Veterans Affairs also assists Texas Veterans in obtaining the Hazelwood Act. This program exempts qualified individuals from payment of all tuition and most fees.

Students using the Hazlewood Tuition Exemption and taking courses at more than one Alamo College District campus (i.e. classes at SAC and SPC) must go to each campuses VA office to process the Hazlewood Exemption and complete the payment process.

TUITION AND FEES  
Schedule of Tuition and Fees Department of Defense Funded Students FY 2017-2018 

Additional Forms for Veterans 

DD Form 214 

W.A.V.E.S. (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment)
eBenefits
Vets.gov
VA Forms     

Veterans Resources 

VetSuccess on Campus
GI Bill® Overview 
National Center for PTSD 
Military Veterans PTSD Reference Manual 
State and Local Resources  
Women Veterans 
Veterans Crisis Line 1–800–273–TALK (8255), Press 1
Texas Hazlewood Information  

What happens to the $1,200 buy-in for MGIB (Chapter 30)?

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.

What happens to the $600 buy-up program for the College Fund?

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®

How does this affect enlistment/reinlistment kickers and College Fund?

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.

What benefits are available for the part-time students?


Living allowance:  Paid to students who are enrolled more than half-time.  A student enrolled one unit above exactly half time will qualify for a prorated monthly living allowance.  For example, a student is taking 7 credits at a school that considers 12 credits full-time, that student will receive 60% of the normal living allowance rate.

Credits   % of BAH 
 12  100%
11    90%
10 80%
   9    80%
 8  70%
 7   60%
 6  0%

Book Stipend:  The payment will be $41.67 for every credit enrolled, but no more than $1,000 per academic year.  (e.g., a student enrolled in 12 units will receive $500 for that academic term).