Veterans Affairs

2016 Mfs

Welcome to TJC! We're honored that you're considering our college. With more than 600 military veterans and their dependents at TJC, we're truly a Military Friendly college. 

Most of our veterans at TJC use Federal acts, such as the GI Bill®, to fund their education. Texas residents also have a unique asset with the Hazlewood Act, which provides qualified Veterans, their spouses and children, with up to 150 hours of tuition and fee exemptions. 

Many of our faculty and staff are also Veterans who are ready and willing to help with the transition to college and ultimately a career. We have faculty mentors from all five branches of the armed services who are eager to help fellow veterans navigate college life.  

Veteran Benefits Information

Chapter 33

For eligible veterans and servicemembers, the Post 9/11 GI Bill covers tuition and fees while providing the veteran or servicemember with a monthly housing allowance.

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Chapter 30

Often referred to as the “old” GI Bill, the MGIB provides veterans and servicemembers with a monthly stipend to assist in paying for tuition, fees, housing, etc.

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Chapter 35

The Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA) Program offers education opportunities to eligible dependents of totally disabled veterans and veterans who died on active duty or as a result of a service related condition.

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Chapter 1606

The MGIB-SR provides education opportunities to eligible members of the reserve components of each military branch, the Army National Guard, and the Air National Guard.

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Chapter 31

The Veteran Readiness and Employment program offers eligible veterans and servicemembers with opportunities for employment, education, job training, vocational counseling, and rehabilitation.

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Hazlewood Act

The Texas Hazlewood Act provides eligible veterans, spouses, and children with 150 hours of tuition and fee exemptions at state supported colleges and universities.

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Active Duty Excused Absences

Texas Education Code (TEC) 51.9111 requires that any Texas public institution of higher education shall excuse a student from attending classes or engaging in other required activities (including examinations) for the student to participate in active military service. A student so excused may not be penalized for that absence and must be allowed to complete assignments or take examinations within a reasonable time after the absence. The maximum period for which a student may be excused is 25% of the total number of class meetings or the contact hour equivalent (not including the final examination period) for the specific course or courses.

If a student withdraws due to active military service, TEC 54.006(f) provides that the institution shall, at the student’s option: refund the tuition and fees paid by the student for that semester; grant an incomplete grade in all courses with a designation of “withdrawn-military” on the student’s transcript, or; assign an appropriate final grade to a student who has completed a substantial amount of coursework. TEC 51.9242 provides that a student who withdraws from an institution for active military service shall be readmitted within one year of completing their service, without requiring reapplication or charging a fee.