Frequently Asked Questions

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

  2. Which VA chapter is right for me?

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

  4. How do I get credits from my military transcript?

  5. Who needs a copy of my DD-214?

  6. Can I join the Corps of Midshipmen with previous military experience?

  7. What are the VA payment requirements?

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

  9. 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 at applytexas.org.

    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.  Which VA chapter is right for me?

You will want to visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/get_started.asp to review information related to VA educational benefits.  

Information regarding Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Chapter 31 VocRehab) is available at http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp.  

You will also want to review Factors to Consider When Choosing a School: A guide before using the GI Bill.


3.  Will my sea time of military fire school be accepted for license option?

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 DD-214?

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


6.  Can I join the Corps of Midshipmen with previous military experience?

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 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.


8.  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.


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

Office of Financial Aid
Sea Aggie Center, Room 912
409.740.4500
http://www.tamug.edu/finaid

Ken Bailey
Director of Counseling
409.741.4035
baileyk@tamug.edu

Buzz Refugio
Assistant Director of Responsible Citizenship
409.740.4771
buzz@tamu.edu

Texas A&M University System Veterans Benefits Contacts