Veterans Education Benefits

It is our honor to serve those who so generously serve our country.

I'm a Veteran.  What do I do first?

First, you need to apply to KC.  The admission process is the first and most important step for all students. Continuing Education students, which includes students that are applying to the Fire Academy or Police Academy, must apply with those departments. All other students must apply through the regular admissions process. Apply to KC

Once you have completed the Admissions and Testing requirements it is imperative that you schedule an appointment with the Advisor for your program or the Kilgore College Counseling Center at (903) 983-8206. Veterans CAN NOT be certified for VA benefits until there is a schedule in the system for you.

Students interested in Continuing Education courses or programs must complete paperwork per that program’s guidelines and are not required to complete Orientation or Testing. Continuing Education Course Information

Fire Academy: Fire Academy applicants should inform the Academy that they are using Veterans benefits when submitting paperwork. Veteran students are responsible for contacting the VA Rep prior to beginning classes and submitting all required documentation and applications. The Fire Academy will contact the Certifying Official regarding class enrollment and schedules.

Police Academy: Police Academy applicants must inform their instructors when classes begin that they are using Veterans benefits and which benefits: GI Bill, Post 9/11, Hazlewood or a combination. Veteran students are   responsible for contacting the VA Rep prior to beginning classes and submitting all required documentation and applications. The Police Academy will contact the Certifying Official regarding class enrollment and schedules.

Fill out your FAFSA:

All students applying to a regular degree program are encouraged to complete a FAFSA to determine financial aid eligibility, which includes the Pell Grant, other State & Local Grants, Federal Student Loans, and Scholarships. Click on the link to begin. Financial Aid cannot be used for any type of Continuing Education Courses.

Veterans

Admissions Checklist for Veterans
  1. Apply for Admission online.
  2. Bacterial meningitis vaccination is required for students under 22. Click here for further information about the vaccination and submitting records.
  3. If you are attending college for the first time, you need to complete orientation. Click here for further information about Orientation.
    1. Orientation fee may be waived for veterans who present their DD-214 to Student Success Staff.
  4. Check with the Registrar regarding whether you need or are exempt from placement testing by calling 903-983-8606.
    1. Military personnel discharged after 1990 with an honorable discharge may be TSI Exempt. You must present a DD-214 to the Registrar’s Office with this information to be exempted.
    2. If not TSI exempt, schedule a test with the Testing Center.
  5. Submit official high school/GED, college and military transcripts to the Registrar.
    1. Official Transcripts from all colleges attended previously, whether you received veterans benefits or not.
    2. Military Transcripts (you may receive college credit for military training)
      1. Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy: Active Duty, Reserve, and Veterans can obtain these transcripts here.
      2. Air Force: request transcripts online or mail a request to CCAF/DFRS, 130 West Maxwell BLVD, Maxwell AFB, Alabama  36112-6613.
How to Get Certified for Veterans Benefits

It is your responsibility to contact the Kilgore College Veteran Certifying Official and turn in all required documentation. The following documents are required for each veteran intending to utilize their Federal Veterans Benefits and must be submitted in order for enrollment to be certified:

  1. VONAPP: Veterans using their Education Benefits for the first time will need to apply for benefits.
    1. Click on “Apply VONAPP” and complete the application process.
    2. After submitting the online application, print out a copy of the entire application and submit to Certifying Official for file.
  2. “Request for Change of Program/Training Facility,” 22-1995 Form: If you have used benefits prior to attending KC or are changing programs at KC, you must complete this form. Copies may be obtained from the VA Rep or via the VONAPP website. VONAPP: complete additional form; click the drop-down menu, select the 22-1995 form (or 22-5495 for dependents), complete, print, and attach to the VONAPP when submitting.
  3. Certificate of Eligibility Letter: The VA will mail this to you after they process your application.
  4. Copy of DD-214 or NOBE Orders. Available here.
  5. Transcripts from all previous institutions and military. Submit official high school/GED, college and military transcripts to the Registrar.
    1. Official Transcripts from all colleges attended previously, whether you received veterans benefits or not.
    2. Military Transcripts (you may receive college credit for military training)
      1. Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy: Active Duty, Reserve, and Veterans can obtain these transcripts here.
      2. Air Force: request transcripts online or mail a request to CCAF/DFRS, 130 West Maxwell BLVD, Maxwell AFB, Alabama  36112-6613.
  6. Class Schedule: Only classes on the established degree plan can be certified. Bring schedule EVERY enrollment period.
  7. Contact Information: Please give us a current address, phone number and email address (if applicable).
  8. Dependents & spouses of Veterans need to submit the veteran’s social security number or the VA File number.

It is each student’s responsibility to contact the Veteran Certifying Official with a schedule at the beginning of each term and when there are changes to your schedule, such as adding and withdrawing from classes at any time during the semester. This applies to all Veterans receiving any education benefits.

Veteran Benefits Available

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after Sept. 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Post-9/11 GI Bill become effective for training on or after Aug. 1, 2009.

Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill: The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.

Chapter 35 - DEA: Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Chapter 1606: The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Chapter 1607: REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress.  This new program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.

Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehab: The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. The mission of VR&E is to help veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VR&E offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

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Hazlewood Exemption: Fill out a Hazlewood application and you could qualify for a scholarship to pay for tuition and fees for up to 150 college credits.

My CAA: The Department of Defense (DoD) Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program provides a lifetime benefit of up to $6,000 of Financial Assistance (FA) for military spouses who are pursuing licenses, certificates, credentials or degree programs leading to employment in Portable Career Fields. Application and information are available at the website.

Military Tuition Assistance: Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA)  is a benefit paid  to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members. You will need to speak with your unit about completing the application process. Kilgore College MUST have the purchase order before money can be placed on your student account to cover expenses.

Debt Relief for Veterans: Just like most Americans, you and other current or former members of the military may struggle with debt and personal finances. Your bills may have piled up while you were deployed, or you may be facing unemployment without a good education or other safety net to fall back on. Fortunately, we can help you discover programs and tools to help you control your finances.

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Hazlewood Exemption Act for Texas Veterans

The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees. All Hazlewood recipients are subject to Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policies as established by the institution they are attending. Those who fail to meet this standard will be ineligible for the Hazlewood exemption.

Texas Hazlewood Act Exemption Initial Eligibility Requirements

Documents Required:

  1. Hazlewood Application
    1. Online Application: Logon to Campus Connect, select “Review Financial Aid” under “Student Information”, click View Aid button and scroll down to complete the online Hazlewood Veteran Application (HE-V ) and/or Hazlewood Dependent Application (HE-D).
    2. Paper Application: Find the application packet here; print packet, complete and submit it.
    3. Submit DD-214 of qualifying veteran: All Hazlewood Applications require a copy of the veteran’s DD-214; applications submitted without the DD-214 are incomplete and those students will not be exempted from tuition and fees.
    4. Submit Certificate of Eligibility for federal GI Bill Benefits: To verify eligibility for the veteran’s, or dependent’s federal education benefits. Certificates of eligibility may be obtained by completing an application on the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) website.
    5. If you are not the veteran, Relationship Documentation: Submit one or more of the following documents to verify your relationship to the eligible veteran: Birth Certificate, or Marriage Certificate, or Adoption Papers, or Recent Income Tax Return.
    6. If the veteran died while in service: Report of Casualty, Form DD Form 1300 – To verify the veteran’s place of entry, and that his/her death was service related.
    7. If the veteran is deceased (not service connected): Death Certificate for deceased veteran for use in a Legacy transfer.
    8. If the veteran is totally disabled or individually unemployable due to military service-related illness or injury: You must have a current disability ratings decision letter from the VA indicating that rating.
    9. If you and/or the veteran have used Hazlewood previously at another institution, you must register for the Hazlewood Hours used database and include a printout of proof of hours used. 
Work-Study Information and Jobs Available On Campus

The Work-Study program is just one source of financial aid for college students. These on‐campus jobs are available only to Kilgore College students while they are enrolled who demonstrate financial need. In order to assess financial need, students need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Work-Study Coordinator for KC is Rebekah Metcalf.

Work Study Jobs Currently Available:

Work Study jobs are listed on the Career Services webpage.

Please read the job descriptions carefully and submit an application for a specific position to be considered for it. Students interested in multiple positions will need to submit an application for each position in which they are interested, specifying which position the application is for on each application. Incomplete applications will be discarded. Applications will not be kept on file once a position is filled. Please submit a copy of your current class schedule with each application. Submit applications for work‐study employment in Campus Connect.

Typically, all positions are advertised “open until filled.” It is up to each student to submit an application for each position. Individual departments will contact students about interviews and conduct those interviews. Once a hiring decision is made, that department will contact Financial Aid regarding the offer of employment, and to complete the hiring process and necessary paperwork. Paperwork MUST be completed prior to the student beginning work in order to be paid on‐time and correctly.

Areas on campus which rely on student workers include:

  • KC Residence Halls
  • Student Services Offices such as: Registrar, Financial Aid, Testing, Counseling, Admissions and Housing
  • Business Office
  • Purchasing
  • Watson Library
  • Child Development Center
  • Receiving and Physical Plant
  • Computer Labs
  • KC Police Department
  • Photography Lab
  • The Flare and Ranger yearbook offices

Residence Hall Assistants:

A limited number of Residence Hall Assistants are employed through the Department of Residential Life each year. These students perform specified duties and live in the Kilgore College dormitories in exchange for a free private room and one-half of board charges. Assistants must be enrolled full time (12 hours or more), maintain a 2.0 GPA per semester, and will be required to work nights and weekends. Applications may be submitted to the Department of Residential Life located in the Devall Student Center, first floor.

Applying via Campus Connect:

  • Log-in to your Campus Connect account.
  • Under the Student Information tab, select “Review Financial Aid.”
  • On the next screen, select the correct academic year and click “View Aid.”
  • A new screen will appear. Scroll to the bottom and click on “Work Study Application” to submit the electronic application.

For information about Veterans Education Benefits:

Rebekah Metcalf
Veterans Benefits Coord.
Work Study Program Coord.
Phone:
(903) 988-3733
Office:
Devall Student Center (DSC), 2nd Floor
Fax:
(903) 988-7528