Veterans Affairs - Lamar University

Welcome to the Lamar University Office of Veterans Affairs

Mission:

The Veterans Affairs (VA) Office assists all students attending Lamar University using education benefits under the Department of Veterans Affairs Educational Assistance Programs and Texas Hazlewood Exemption Act in the pursuit of a Bachelor, Master, or Doctoral Degree. Our goal is to provide the pertinent information required to all our VA students attending Lamar University.

Veterans are afforded the same rights and must meet all academic requirements and maintain the same academic standards as any student attending Lamar University.


Process for Applying to Lamar University and Applying for Educational Benefits:

  1. Apply to Lamar University at: ApplyTexas
  2. Apply for Education benefits:
    a. For VA Benefits, apply for education benefits online at:
        Vets.gov
    b. For Texas Hazlewood Act, register with the Hazlewood database at:
        Texas Veterans Commission
  3. After acceptance to Lamar University, register for classes with an academic advisor
    a. For Freshmen/Sophomores: Undergraduate Advising Center: 409-880-8822
    b. For Juniors/Seniors/Graduate Students/Doctoral Students: Contact your Departmental Advisor
  4. Turn in required documentation to the Lamar VA Office (see Lamar Welcome Packet based on benefits below)

Certification:

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs requires that the university verify all registered courses are applicable to the degree the veteran is pursuing. In order to be certified, each student must submit the following every semester to the Lamar Veterans Affairs Office:

  1. Class schedule
  2. Current Degree Plan/Audit
  3. Federal Benefit Renewal Form

Federal (VA/GI Bill®) Benefits

Click on any of the below benefits to get more detailed information about the benefit, how to apply, checklists of paperwork required, and Lamar University welcome packets.

Montgomery GI Bill (Ch. 30)

Montgomery GI Bill is for those who entered military service after June 30, 1985 and paid the $1,200 enrollment fee.

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33)

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is for those with active-duty service for more than 90 days since Sept. 11, 2001.

Selected Reserve GI Bill (Ch. 1606)

The Selected Reserve GI Bill - Ch. 1606 is for reserve or guard members with less than 90 days active duty time and a minimum of 6 years service commitment.

Reserve Education Assistance Program GI Bill (Ch. 1607)

The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (or REAP) GI Bill - Ch. 1607 is for reserve or guard members with more than 90 days active duty time.

Dependent Educational Assistance (Ch. 35)

The Dependent Educational Assistance is for dependents of veterans who were disabled, killed, or missing while on active-duty.

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Ch. 31)

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment, sometimes referred to as Voc Rehab, is for veterans with service-connected disabilities that hinder the veteran's ability to get work. Under this program, the veteran will gain skills through education in order to get employment.

Tuition Assistance

All four service branches and the U.S. Coast Guard offer financial assistance for voluntary, off-duty education programs in support of service members' personal and professional goals. The program is open to officers, warrant officers and enlisted active duty service personnel. In addition, members of the National Guard and Reserve Components may be eligible for TA based on their service eligibility. To be eligible for TA, an enlisted service member must have enough time remaining in service to complete the course for which he or she has applied. After the completion of a course, an officer using TA must fulfill a service obligation that runs parallel with - not in addition to - any existing service obligation.


Benefits Comparison Tool

For a comparison of benefits offered by the VA, please visit: VA GI Bill Comparison Tool or call the VA at 888-442-4551 to discuss options available to you.


Texas State Benefit

Click on the below benefit to get more detailed information about the benefit, how to apply, a checklist of paperwork required, and Lamar University welcome packet.

Texas Hazlewood Exemption Act

The Texas Hazlewood Exemption Act is for Texas veterans who reside within the state of Texas.