Military & Veterans
UTSA is recognized as a Military Friendly School. Active, retired and dependents of the military can receive aid benefits through the Hazlewood program, GI Bill ® benefits or ROTC opportunities.
The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children with a tuition exemption of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees. There is no minimum course load required to use the Hazlewood Exemption.
The Hazlewood Exemption can be used in conjunction with financial aid (grants, loans, scholarships and work-study). Please note that this exemption must fit within your Cost of Attendance (COA) and your financial need. If financial aid is already disbursed or offered at the time your Hazlewood exemption is approved, there may be adjustments to your financial aid (grants, loans, scholarships and work-study) to accommodate this exemption. Hazlewood documentation needs to be submitted every semester for which a student would like to have the exemption applied. If you would like more information on how to apply for Hazlewood please visit the Veterans Certification Office website.
The UTSA Veterans Certification Office helps students who wish to use their GI Bill ® or Post 9/11 Bill. Most federal veteran benefits do not count against offered aid. Non-educational veteran benefits such as Disability, Death and Indemnity Compensation and VA allowances are accounted for you on Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) under the untaxed income section.
Montgomery GI Bill ®
The Montgomery GI Bill ®, or Chapter 30, program provides up to 36 months of veteran’s education benefits within the 10 years following release from active duty. For basic eligibility, a veteran must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent and must have been honorably discharged. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs at UTSA. Remedial and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. The Texas Veterans Commission and UTSA Veterans Certification Office can provide additional information and forms related to the GI Bill ®.
Post 9/11 GI Bill ®
The Post 9/11 GI Bill ®, or Chapter 33, provides tuition assistance for veterans who have at least 90 days of service on or after September 11, 2001, or who were honorably discharged with a service-related disability after 30 days. The benefit provides assistance for up to 36 months within the 15 years proceeding discharge from active duty. The Texas Veterans Commission and UTSA Veterans Certification Office can provide additional information and forms related to the Post 9/11 GI Bill ®.
Army and Air Force ROTC students who receive scholarships in conjunction with federal or state financial aid must notify the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships of these outside resources. Scholarships or tuition exemptions received through ROTC count against a student’s financial aid budget and may affect eligibility for other financial aid offers.
If you are anticipating scholarship or tuition payment from ROTC, please submit the External Resource Notification Form to our office as soon as possible. Students who fail to submit the form before aid is disbursed may experience aid adjustments and reductions and may be required to return previously disbursed funds.