Our goal is to make your transition from military to student life a seamless one. You’ve served our country -- let us help serve you in your career transition. Fortunately, as a qualified veteran and service member, you’ve earned a host of state and federal benefits. There’s also student clubs and veterans centers across the state that can help you make the move from active military to using your skills in a great paying job.
Texas State Technical College (TSTC) takes pride in providing the best career training for our veterans and is a strong advocate for veterans to get hired after graduation.
But before you can walk into class on the first day, there are a few things you need to complete.
The following is a step-by-step guide created to assist veterans, service members and their dependents in getting through the admissions process and obtaining your GI Bill® benefits.
(Admissions Checklist) Veterans are recommended to check their residency status with the Admissions Office.
If your HOME OF RECORD is Texas and you have been discharged within 12 months, please submit a copy of your DD214 (member 4) to the Admission Office. Please visit www.collegforalltexans.com to view other residency waivers available for Service members, Veterans and their dependents.
An acceptance letter containing your student ID will be mailed to you.
NOTE: Service members, Reservist and National Guard are recommended to speak to their Educational Service Officer (ESO) or counselor within their Military Service prior to enrolling at TSTSC.
Apply for your VA Educational (GI Bill®) Benefits online using VA.GOV
You will receive a Certificate of Eligibility letter from the Veterans Administration in 4-6 weeks. Please submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the Veterans Office.
NOTE: If you have previously used your GI Bill® benefits at another school then you will have to complete a transfer form. Please visit your Veterans Program Officer on campus for assistance with the forms below. An updated Certificate of Eligibility will be required by the Veteran Services Office.
Texas Veterans may apply for the Hazlewood Tuition Exemption, if eligible for less then 100% of Post 9/11 benefit or using another GI Bill® benefit that is not dedicated to payment of tuition and fees. Submit the Hazlewood application to your Veteran Services Office.
Veterans are required to submit the following documentation to the Veterans Center.
Dependents using GI Bill® Chapter 35 or Chapter 33 transfer of entitlements must submit the following documents:
Service Members, Veterans and their dependents are encouraged to apply for Financial Aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. To learn more about financial assistance, please visit our Financial Aid Office website.
Create an eBenefits PREMIUM account to check your deposits from VA along with the history of your enrollment certification status and months of benefits remaining. You can setup direct deposit or update your address with VA.
Please visit the Texas Veterans Portal to be connected to State Benefits and Services.
*You may request that your VocRehab counselor send VA Form 28-1905 directly to the Veterans Program Officer.
TSTC in Harlingen or Fort Bend:
TSTC in Marshall or North Texas:
‘‘GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill."
TSTC in Waco or East Williamson County:
TSTC in Sweetwater, Abilene, Brownwood or Breckenridge: