FAQs

These frequently asked questions and their answers may help veterans as they navigate through Texas A&M University at Galveston.

  1. What are the steps for applying as a veteran student?
  2. What financial aid (chapter) is right for me?
  3. Will my sea time or military fire school be accepted for license options?
  4. How do I get credits from military transcript?
  5. Who needs a copy of my DD214?
  6. Can I join the corps with previous military service?
  7. What is the Veteran Affairs (VA) payment process?
  8. What are the VA payment requirements?
  9. I cannot afford to pay out of pocket- Can I attend classes while awaiting VA to pay?
  10. Who can I contact to talk about veteran benefits?

1. What are the steps for applying as a veteran student?

For information about the process, deadlines, and ways to be admitted, please visit our Admissions website.

Freshman Admissions

  1. Apply online at applytexas.org and be sure to highlight your military service in your application essays. All freshman applicants must complete essays A and B; Essay C is optional. Once admitted, be sure to submit your DD-214 and military transcript for review.
  2. A nonrefundable application fee is required.
  3. Send official high school, military, and college transcripts to TAMUG.

Transfer Admissions

  1. Apply online
  2. All applicants are required to complete Essay A.  Please include your military experience in your essay.
  3. Submit official high school, military, and college transcripts to TAMUG.

Graduate Admissions

Students seeking admission to a graduate program are encouraged to contact their specific department of interest for information concerning application requirements and deadlines.

2. What financial aid (chapter) is right for me?

 To apply for VA veterans' benefits listed below, you must complete the online VONAPP application at www.gibill.va.gov. Contact the VA Certifying Official if you have questions or need assistance applying for your benefits.

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33)

The VA will pay toward tuition and fees. Students will receive a payment for books, supplies and a monthly living allowance from the VA. The amount of this benefit varies from 40% to 100% depending on the service member’s length of service.

Fry Scholarship (Ch. 33)

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, amends the Post-9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33) to include the children of service members who die in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.

Montgomery GI Bill – Active duty (Ch. 30)

Pays a monthly stipend to the veteran. If you are eligible for a kicker, the VA will pay based on the agreement signed by the veteran. If you are active duty while enrolled as a student you are paid a calculated rate that reimburses tuition and fees or the veteran rate, whichever is lower.

Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Ch. 35)

Provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans.

Reserve Educational Assistance Program – REAP (Ch. 1607)

Provides educational assistance to members of the reserve.  Pays monthly stipend to veterans.

Vocational Rehabilitation (Ch. 31)

Pays books/supplies and tuition. Students will also receive a monthly living allowance from the VA.

Montgomery GI Bill – Reserve (Ch. 1606)

Provides financial assistance to eligible persons for a wide variety of training programs and doesn’t require service in the active Armed Forces in order to qualify.

Hazlewood Exemption

The Hazlewood Exemption is for qualified veterans and dependents of veterans and exempts students from paying tuition and most fees. Applications can be found at www.collegeforalltexans.com.

3. Will my sea time or military fire school be accepted for license options?

No

4. How do I get credits from military transcript?

The DD Form 214 is evaluated for prior credit by the Office of Admissions and Records at Texas A&M University.  Additional military transcripts, such as AARTS or SMART, are evaluated by the prospective student’s academic department.

5. Who needs a copy of my DD214?

The VA Certifying Official and the Office of Admissions and Records need a copy of the DD-214.

6. Can I join the corps with previous military service?

Absolutely! The Victor Company is set up for or those cadets who live off campus. Must be over 25 years, or married, or veteran or completed your degree, or live with your parents. More information can be found through the Texas Maritime Academy website.

7. What is the Veteran Affairs (VA) payment process?

(Information to come...)

8. What are the VA payment requirements?

Requirements for first time VA Education Benefit use at TAMUG for veteran or military students:

  • Certificate of Eligibility letter from VA
  • DD-214 (member 4 copy) OR current military orders
  • Military Transcript
  • Academic Degree Plan
  • Request for Certification Form*
  • VA form 22-1995 (transfer students only)

Requirements for first time VA Education Benefit use at TAMUG for military family members or dependents:

  • Certificate of Eligibility letter from VA
  • Academic Degree Plan
  • Request for Certification Form*
  • VA Form 22-5495 (transfer students only)

* The Request for Certification form must be completed each semester you wish to use VA Education benefits.

9. I cannot afford to pay out of pocket- Can I attend classes while awaiting VA to pay?

Qualifying beneficiaries (Ch. 33 and Ch. 31) may be set up on a 3rd party payment plan for the amount of tuition and approved fees, which will prevent the student from being dropped for non-payment.  Each student is highly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, to determine eligibility for federal, state, and institutional aid.  Our school code is 003632.

10. Who can I contact to talk about veteran benefits?

Steve Abrahao
Veterans Benefits Advisor, Office of Financial Aid
Sea Aggie Center, Room 912
(409) 741-4035
abrahaos@tamug.edu

Ken Bailey
Director of Career Services
baileyk@tamug.edu
409-740-4725

Texas A&M University System Contacts

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