Veteran or Servicemember Using GI Bill® Benefits at UT
The information on this page applies to students using the following VA education benefits:
- Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty
- Chapter 33 - Post-9/11 GI Bill
- Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserves (MGIB-SR)
To use VA education benefits at The University of Texas at Austin, students should have completed their application for benefits on va.gov and received a application for benefits on va.gov and received a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE).
If you have used VA education benefits at another school, you must submit a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training to update our school or program information with the VA.
Requesting VA Enrollment Certification
All students must submit a VA Enrollment Certification Request (GI Bill® Questionnaire) for each semester they want to use their VA education benefit. Requests should be submitted after enrolling in courses for a semester.
All students must also upload the following documents to the GI Bill® Document Uploads portal:
- Certificate of Eligibility or Post-9/11 GI Bill Statement of Benefits
- DD-214 (Member 4 copy), if applicable
- Notice of Basic EligibilityNotice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) for Reservists and National Guard members
- Joint Service Transcript (JST) or Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) Transcript (if not provided during the application process)
In addition to the requirements listed for all students, all graduate students (excluding MBA and Law students) will be required to upload two additional documents their first semester.
- An official degree plan from the student’s academic advisor or program coordinator that specifies the overall degree requirements, the title of the degree (e.g., MA, PhD, etc., not merely the level (e.g., master, doctoral, etc.), the major and a complete listing of required coursework (including course numbers and titles).
- A semester-specific letter from the student’s academic advisor or program coordinator identifying which courses the student is registered for (including course numbers and titles), and how those courses apply towards the student’s degree. This is also referred to as an advisor letter. Both the degree plan and the advisor letter must be signed by the graduate advisor or program coordinator on departmental letterhead in order to have your enrollment certified to the VA.
Each semester thereafter, students must upload a semester-specific letter from the student’s academic advisor or program coordinator identifying which courses the student is registered for (including course numbers and titles), and how those courses apply towards the student’s degree.
Tuition Deferment for Post-9/11 GI Bill Users
For first-time users of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at UT, the University’s School Certifying Officials (SCO) team will use the student’s CoE or Post-9/11 GI Bill Statement of Benefits to provide a 90-day tuition deferment while the University waits to receive the tuition payment from the VA. The tuition deferment amount will be calculated using the information on the CoE or statement of benefits.
If the tuition deferment results in a zero balance ($0.00) bill, the student must still confirm their attendance on their tuition bill before the payment deadline. Failure to confirm attendance prior to the payment deadline will result in the student being disenrolled from the university.
Tuition Deferment for Montgomery GI Bill Users
Pursuant to Texas Education Code §56.0065, the University will provide a 60-day tuition deferment for a student eligible for state or federal military related student financial assistance programs for military veterans or their family members if the receipt of military related financial assistance awarded to the student is delayed by less than 60 days. After the student has registered for courses and submitted the VA Enrollment Certification Request, they can submit the Tuition Deferment Request for Eligible Texas Veterans and Their Families.
Concurrent Enrollment – Parent Institution Form
Students who want to utilize their VA education benefits at another institution while primarily enrolled at UT Austin must complete the Parent Institution Form. Please visit the Texas One Stop website for additional information about concurrent enrollments and to complete the Parent Institution Form.
Monthly Enrollment Verification Requirement
Post-9/11 GI Bill Users
Post-9/11 GI Bill students who receive Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) and/or kicker payments are required to verify their enrollment to continue receiving their payments. Students can get more information about this requirement on the VA’s enrollment verification page.
Montgomery GI Bill Users
Montgomery GI Bill students need to verify their enrollment each month. They can verify their enrollment on the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) website.