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Apply for Your GI Bill®

Note: As of June 2018, the Department of Veterans Affairs, in accordance with the Forever GI Bill Act, is making system updates to its certification database. All institutions of higher education have been instructed to delay certification of students for the Fall 2018 term until the updates are complete. 

If you're using federal VA benefits, continue to follow all steps to request benefits and TCC will submit certifications as soon as the VA authorizes us to do so.


Applications for benefits should be submitted prior to registering for classes.

Apply online at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for educational benefits and submit any required forms.

If this is your first semester using VA benefits at TCC, visit our How to Apply page for veterans to learn about any additional documents that may be required by TCC.

Remember, VetSuccess counselors from the VA are available to help you with every step of the process. For more help, you can also contact your campus's Veterans Services office.

Chapter 30, 35, 1606 and 1607 Veterans

To be eligible for full-time benefits, the VA and TCC require:

  • 12 semester hours in a regular semester
  • 4 semester hours for each 5-week summer semester

Chapter 33 Post-9/11 Veterans

  • Are certified based on rate of pursuit.
  • Must enroll in at least 51% of the hours required to be full-time students to receive their monthly Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH).
    • BAH rate for TCC students is based on the 76102 zip code.
  • Will have your housing allowance be payable (except active duty individuals) if you're enrolled exclusively in distance learning classes. The amount to be paid for full time students will be 50% of the national average of the BAH for an E-5 with dependents.

Certification Process

Your certification of VA Educational Benefits is processed as requested, where the processing priority is established by the dates the requests are received.

You should turn in paperwork as early as possible to ensure benefit payments are received in a timely manner. The certification process will not begin until all documents are on file with District VA Processing. Documents can be submitted via WebAdvisor or at your campus Admissions and Registrar Office.

Once you've received your benefits, you must meet certain requirements to maintain them.

Updated October 16, 2019