Residency Info for Texas Veterans

Texas Education Code: Section 54.241 Paragraph K, line 1 provides a person (veteran, spouse, or dependent) who is eligible for benefits under the federal Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 or any other federal law authorizing veteran educational benefits. The person must file with the institution they intend to register a letter of intent to establish residence in this state and resides in this state while enrolled in the institution. The residency application can be found on the TSU website under

GI Bill® Benefit Programs

The GI Bill is a federally funded program through the Department of Veterans Affairs that helps make college more affordable to eligible veterans, and more recently, their eligible dependents. Each program differs in eligibility requirements, as well as what kind of aid the veteran/dependent student should expect to receive. Listed below are the different chapters of the GI Bill in which Texas State University participates. For more information about the GI Bill, please visit

Chapter Overviews

Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill
Individuals who entered military service on or after July 1, 1985 and who have their basic military pay reduced by $100 per month for the first 12 months and have an honorable discharge. Persons on active duty may be eligible for benefits after they have served two years.

Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation
Training and rehabilitation for veterans with a service-connected disability that is rated at least 30% disabled. Eligibility is established through the VA VOC REHAB Office in San Antonio, Texas. Call (210) 699-2327 for more information.

Chapter 32 – VEAP Post-Vietnam Era Educational Assistance
Veterans who began active duty on or after January 1, 1977 and before July 1, 1985 and contributed money to VEAP while on active duty.

Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
Is a new benefit providing educational assistance to individual who have served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.

Chapter 34/30 – Old GI Bill (34) and Vietnam Era (30)
Veterans who were eligible to receive Chapter 34 benefits on December 31, 1989 and who had remaining Chapter 34 entitlement on that date. Individuals participating in this program are usually retired Vietnam Era veterans.

Chapter 35 – Survivors/Dependents Education Assistance
Dependent(s) of a veteran who is 100% disabled or who has died from a service related injury or illness. A dependent may be a child under the age of 26 or a surviving spouse.

Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserves/National Guard
Persons who have enlisted, reenlisted, or extended an enlistment in the Selected Reserve on or after July 1, 1985 and serve for a period of not less than 6 years following the date of such action or for those who are active in the National Guard.

Chapter 1607 – (REAP) for Selected Reserves/Individual Ready Reserves
A benefit providing educational assistance to members of the reserve components – Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) – who are called or ordered to active service in response to a war or national emergency, as declared by the President or Congress.

Submitting Applications

All required documents need to be submitted in PDF format through our VA Certification Request application as we no longer accept paper documents. An application will need to be submitted each semester to retain benefits.

Please note that students must be admitted to Texas Southern and all transcripts must be posted to your Texas Southern Transcript before any paper work can be processed.

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 website at