The mission of the Office of Veteran Affairs:
We are dedicated to providing the highest quality and comprehensive support to student veterans and their family members in an atmosphere that provides commitment, respect, and academic excellence.
St. Philip’s College is a signatory to the Presidential Executive Order – Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members; and the “8 Keys to Veterans’ Success” which are steps that postsecondary institutions can take to assist Veterans and Servicemembers in transitioning to higher education, completing their college programs, and obtaining career-ready skills.
The Office of Veteran Affairs offers assistance to students receiving educational assistance under one of the public laws for veterans and/or their dependents. Students utilizing Veteran Affairs benefits and/or the Hazelwood exemption should contact the Veteran Affairs Office to obtain information regarding enrollment and specific requirements.
New student veterans and/or dependents are required to declare a degree/certificate- and provide official transcripts from every institution attended, including appropriate military transcripts (Joint Services Transcripts-JST and CCAF for Air Force).
Processing VA Paperwork
This is a quick video on how to process your summer and fall 2020 paperwork while we are working remotely.
Steps to sign and submit documents online:
Veteran Benefit Programs
Students wishing to use federal VA educational benefits should seek guidance through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs or the Veteran Affairs office at the college. Alamo College Veteran Affairs staff will assist students by providing certification of courses and transmitting enrollment information to the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Veterans and dependents must declare a goal (follow an approved degree program) in order to be eligible to receive educational VA benefits. The VA will only pay for courses in the declared program and any exceptions require compliance with VA rules.
The benefit is designed to help service members and eligible veterans cover the costs associated with getting an education or training. The GI Bill® has several programs and each is administrated differently — depending on a person's eligibility and duty status. Visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/ for more information.
Hazlewood Act Exemption
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 of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees.
For official Hazlewood, information go to the Texas Veterans Commission: CLICK HERE FOR HAZLEWOOD INFORMATION
Students are exempt from payment of tuition and certain required fees at any school receiving support from the State of Texas.
How to Apply:
Complete the Apply Texas application. Submit official GED scores, high school transcripts, or college transcripts to the Records and Registration office. Apply for Financial Aid. Submit THEA, ACCUPLACER, SAT, or ACT scores to the Testing Center office. Register for classes via ACES.
Approved work site for VA Work-Study Program. Students enrolled in at least 3/4 time and are certified for VA Educational Benefits may qualify for VA Work-Study.
Helpful Financial Aid Links:
- Cash for Your Education
- The Smart Student's Guide to Financial Aid
- Pat Tillman Military Scholarship to support educational opportunities for veterans, active service members, and their dependents.
Installation Education Centers
Our military installation locations provide programs and student support services to assist you where you are.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Certified Advisors at St. Philip's College are committed to helping students be successful by providing quality service, support, and encouragement to you in a Remote Learning environment.
Contact your certified advisor via e-mail to schedule an appointment today or check their availability via Alamo NAVIGATE.
Effective February 2021:
Monday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
First Saturday of the Month only: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The SPC Advising Department will also be offering virtual Drop-in Advising services via Zoom. New or returning students not assigned an advisor are encouraged to participate. For quality control, the Zoom Meeting ID is not open to the public. You can access our virtual drop-ins by sending an email request for the Zoom Meeting ID with your Student Banner ID to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drop-in Advising Hours of Operation effective February-May:
Monday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Certified Advisors will be available on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the Virtual Welcome Center as well as the first Saturday of each month. Please use this link to access the Virtual Welcome Center:
https://alamo.zoom.us/j/94787915792 (Pre-registration is required.)
Location: MLK Welcome Enrollment Center (WEC), 205