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.
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. FAFSA’s must be submitted prior to July 1st for enrollment in the Fall semester and November 1st for the Spring semester. The last day a FAFSA can be filed with the Department of Education, for any academic year, is June 30th. Please Note: Financial Aid cannot be used for any type of Continuing Education Courses and all enrollment must be within your degree plan for eligibility. Please speak with the Veteran Certifying Official if you have any questions regarding this process.
Veterans Education Portals for Tuition Assistance:
- Army Tuition Assistance: https://www.goarmyed.com/
- Air Force & MyCAA Tuition Assistance: https://aiportal.us.af.mil/aiportal/Account/Login
- Marine, Navy & Coast Guard Tuition Assistance: https://myeducation.netc.navy.mil
Online Veteran Resources:
- eBenefits: https://www.va.gov/education/apply-for-education-benefits/application/1990/introduction
- Texas Veterans Commission: https://www.tvc.texas.gov/
- Joint Military Transcripts: https://jst.doded.mil/jst/
Former or Current Military?
College Credit For Heroes is a partnership between the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to ensure our active duty, former and retired military personnel receive the credit they earned for their service to our country.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill."
Continuing Education: 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.
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.
- Please be aware: According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Basic Fire Academy will be approved military benefits, however the Online Fire Academy, Arson Investigator, Fire Inspector, and State Fireman’s & Fire Marshall’s Volunteer Fire Fighter Training will no longer be approved for military benefits. This does not include Hazelwood or Hazelwood Legacy exemptions.
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.