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Education Benefits Certification Process

After meeting with an academic advisor and registering for classes in a degree-seeking program, it's time to get certified for your educational benefits. Please click the category below that best describes you:

I am a Veteran or Servicemember using VA benefits

New veteran or servicemember using federal education benefits

First, apply for your specific benefit:

- UT's Address (for the VA application): 1 University Station, Austin, TX 78712

  • Application for VA benefits (vets.gov)
    • *Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation) eligibility/application is determined by VA Vocational Rehabilitation Office

Then, after you submit your application, the VA will mail you your Certificate of Eligibility (or Award Letter) to your home of record. That letter should arrive about one month after you have applied. Then, after you register for classes here, complete your ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE and upload in the document upload section:

  • Your Certificate of Eligibility (or Award Letter) from the VA. (If not available, a copy of your eBenefits Award Page (for Post 9/11 GI Bill® users only), or the confirmation page from the online VA application page that it has been submitted)
  • DD 214 member 4, or Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE)
  • Military transcripts (Air Force members and veterans click here)
  • Graduate School Students: Letter from your academic advisor certifying that all of your classes count toward your degree (MBA and Law Students do not need this letter).

Your VA veteran's educational benefits should take about four weeks to come in. Contact Student Veteran Services at 512-232-2835 if your benefits have not been applied to your tuition bill by the week that your tuition is due.

Continuing student

  • Complete your ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE
  • Upload your most recent Certificate of Eligibility (or Award Letter) from the VA in the document upload section of the Online Questionnaire.
  • Confirm your attendance in your tuition bill by deadline date.

Using your VA benefits at another college or university
On the Parent Institution Form (pdf), complete Part A and the courses you will take at another institution on Part B. This form can then be sent to the Registrar at gibill@austin.utexas.edu. The Registrar will send the form to Admissions for signature and will work with you to get the remaining portions completed. Once the form is complete, please submit it to the veteran certification office of your other institution.

I am a dependent using VA benefits

New dependent using federal education benefits

First, apply for your specific benefit:

- UT's Address (for the VA application): 1 University Station, Austin, TX 78712

Then, after you submit your application, the VA will mail you your Certificate of Eligibility (or Award Letter) to your home of record. That letter should arrive about one month after you have applied. Then, after you register for classes here, complete your ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE and upload in the document upload section:

  • Your Certificate of Eligibility (or Award Letter) from the VA, or the confirmation page from the online VA application page that it has been submitted)
  • Graduate School Students: Letter from your academic advisor certifying that all of your classes count toward your degree (MBA and Law Students do not need this letter).

Your VA veteran's educational benefits should take about four weeks to come in. Contact Student Veteran Services at 512-232-2835 if your benefits have not been applied to your tuition bill by the week that your tuition is due.

Continuing student

  • Complete your ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE
  • Upload your most recent Certificate of Eligibility (or Award Letter) from the VA in the document upload section of the Online Questionnaire.
  • Confirm your attendance in your tuition bill by deadline date.

Using your VA benefits at another college or university
On the Parent Institution Form (pdf), complete Part A and the courses you will take at another institution on Part B. This form can then be sent to the Registrar at gibill@austin.utexas.edu. The Registrar will send the form to Admissions for signature and will work with you to get the remaining portions completed. Once the form is complete, please submit it to the veteran certification office of your other institution.

I am a veteran using the Hazlewood Act

New Veteran Hazlewood User

First, you should attain legible copies of the following documents:

  • Your DD-214 (Member 4)
  • Proof of eligibility or ineligibility for Post 9/11 GI Bill® (or Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits (Ch 31) from the Department of Veterans Affairs) if you served on or after 9/10/2001. If you are using Montgomery GI Bill® Active duty, or any Reserve GI Bill® submit proof of remaining entitlement.
  • Provide proof to show that you live in Texas (a copy of the most recent utility bill with your name and address is preferred; a valid driver's license is acceptable).
  • Register at Hazlewood online and print proof of number of Hazlewood tuition hours used (even if you have never used this benefit before).

Then, upload those documents, and complete your Hazlewood Application at the Hazlewood Online Portal.

Continuing student

  • Provide proof of Texas residency. (A copy of your most recent utility bill showing your name and address is preferred; a valid driver's license is acceptable).
  • If you are using any GI Bill® benefit, submit proof of remaining entitlement.

Then, upload those documents, and complete your Hazlewood Application at the Hazlewood Online Portal.

I am a Legacy dependent using the Hazlewood Act

New Legacy Dependent Hazlewood User

First, you should attain legible copies of the following documents:

  • Veteran's DD-214 (Member 4)
  • Copy/Screenshot of Hazlewood hours used by both you and the veteran (even if no Hazlewood hours have been used). Both you and the veteran must register at Hazlewood online
  • Proof of Dependence. (Birth Certificate, or veteran's most recent IRS Tax Transcript listing you as a dependent. If you are not the veteran's biological child, then adoption certificate, or veteran's IRS Tax Return Receipt, or your birth certificate plus veteran's marriage certificate is acceptable).
  • Provide proof of veteran's Texas resident. (A copy of the most recent utility bill with the veteran's name and Texas address is preferred; a valid driver's license is acceptable). If the veteran is deceased, please provide a copy of the veteran's death certificate.
  • If the veteran served after 9/10/2001 and transferred unused Post 9/11 GI Bill® months to you, provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for Post 9/11 GI Bill® from the Department of Veterans Affairs. If not, disregard this step.

Then, upload those documents, and complete your Hazlewood Application at the Hazlewood Online Portal.

Continuing student

  • Proof the veteran is a Texas resident (driver's license, state identification card, voter registration card, or a utility bill). If the veteran is deceased, please provide a copy of the veteran's death certificate.
  • If you are using any GI Bill® benefit, submit proof of remaining entitlement.

Then, upload those documents, and complete your Hazlewood Application at the Hazlewood Online Portal.

I am a dependent of a deceased or 100% disabled veteran using the Hazlewood Act

New dependent of a Deceased or 100% Disabled Veteran using the Hazlewood User

First, you should attain legible copies of the following documents:

  • Veteran's DD 214 (Member 4 copy), or DD-1300 if service member died prior to discharge.
  • Student must register at Hazlewood online and print proof of number of Hazlewood tuition hours exempted (even if no Hazlewood hours have been used).
  • Proof of Dependence. (Birth Certificate, or veteran's most recent IRS Tax Transcript listing you as a dependent. If you are not the veteran's biological child, then adoption certificate, or veteran's IRS Tax Return Receipt, or your birth certificate plus veteran's marriage certificate is acceptable).
  • Provide proof of veteran's disability / un-employability / or death due to service related injuries (letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs).
  • If the veteran served after 9/10/2001 and transferred unused Post 9/11 GI Bill® months to you, provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for Post 9/11 GI Bill® from the Department of Veterans Affairs. If not, disregard this step.

Then, upload those documents, and complete your Hazlewood Application at the Hazlewood Online Portal.

Continuing student

  • If you are using any GI Bill® benefit, submit proof of remaining entitlement.

Then, upload those documents, and complete your Hazlewood Application at the Hazlewood Online Portal.

If you are experiencing difficulties or need help with the certification process, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 512-475-7540, or Student Veteran Services at 512-232-2835.


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