Paying for college and using your benefits
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UNT’s Eagle Express Tuition Plan lets you lock in your academic costs for four years, earn your degree sooner and save up to $4,000 when you graduate in four years. No other Texas university offers a more innovative solution to rising college costs.
UNT offers many different ways to help you pay for your college education. As a veteran, active duty member or reservist, there are additional military benefits that you or your family can access to help get the degree that you deserve.
You may be eligible if you meet the following:
- entered active duty on or after July 1, 1985
- If obligated period of service is less than 3 years, then the serviceperson must serve 24 continuous months. If enlisted for 3 years or more, then the serviceperson must serve for at least 36 months
- must not have declined GI Bill in writing at initial entry
- had your military pay reduced by $100 per month for 12 months ($1,200)
- and have an honorable discharge
Other qualifications are available at the GI Bill website. Monthly payment is based on enrollment in courses leading to your degree. You usually have 10 years to use your MGIB benefits, but the time limit can be less, in some cases, and longer under certain circumstances.
If you are on active duty, you may use these benefits upon completion of two years of active service. See the education services officer in your branch of service for more information.
Veterans are eligible if they:
- have received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable
- have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10%, or a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)
- apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services
The basic period of eligibility for benefits is 12 years. For billing information, contact the Vocational Rehabilitation billing clerk in the Student Veteran Services office at 940-369-7885.
This is available if you have at least 90 days of aggregate service after Sept. 10, 2001, or if you were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must also have received an honorable discharge.
This program pays:
- tuition and fees not to exceed the maximum in-state costs at a public institution
- a monthly housing allowance if student is attending more than 50% rate of pursuit — more than half time enrolled
- up to $1,000 per academic year book stipend paid proportionately based on enrolled hours
- a one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals
Individuals only enrolled in distance learning courses are eligible for a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the national average of all Basic Allowances for Housing. Also, if you are on active duty, you will not receive the housing allowance.
Active duty members are eligible for the book stipend. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Generally, benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.
Service members may transfer their own entitlement to their spouse or children:
- An individual approved by the Department of Defense to transfer unused entitlement under the Post 9/11 GI Bill may transfer the individual’s entitlement to:
- The individual’s spouse
- One or more of the individual’s children.
- Any combination of spouse and child (not to exceed a combined total of 36 months)
- A family member must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS) and be eligible for benefits, at the time of transfer to receive transferred educational benefits.
- Eligible transferee spouses have 15 years from veteran’s date of discharge to use benefits.
- Eligible transferee children have from the age of 18 to 26 to use their benefits.
This act provides tuition and some fee exemptions for your undergraduate and graduate course work. For questions regarding the act, come to Student Veteran Services located in Sage Hall, suite 123 or call 940-369-8021. Read general eligibility information and answers to frequently asked questions.
An education allowance is available to the spouse, surviving spouse or dependent child of a veteran who:
- is 100% permanently and totally disabled as a result of a service-connected disability
- died while rated as 100% permanently and totally disabled as a result of a service-connected injury
- died as a result of a service-connected injury while on active duty
- was held as a POW or was MIA (as determined by the Secretary of Defense) for 90 days or more (benefits end when that status ends)
Monthly payment is based on enrollment in courses leading toward a degree.
Chapter 35 — Benefits
- Receive up to 45 months of education benefits
- Receive 5 additional months of benefits for remedial or deficiency training
- Spouses have 10 years from the date of veteran’s death to use benefits
- Surviving spouses of veterans killed on active duty have 20 years to use benefits
- Children have from the ages of 18 and 26 to use their benefits
- The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits
To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:
- Have an obligation to serve for a period of not less than 6 years after June 30, 1985;
- If you are an officer, you must have agreed to serve six years in addition to your original obligation. For some types of training, it is necessary to have a six-year commitment that begins after September 30, 1990;
- Complete your initial active duty for training (IADT);
- Have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT (You may not use 12 hours toward a college degree to meet this requirement);
- Member must be participating satisfactorily and remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit;
Your eligibility period may be extended if you are ordered to active duty.
Monthly payment is based on enrolled hours in courses leading to a degree. You may be eligible up to 36 months of entitlement.
Eligibility will be determined by the Department of Defense or Department of Homeland Security as appropriate.
A member of the Ready Reserve must have served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001, in support of a contingency (federal) operation for 90 consecutive days or more.
The amount of monthly rate is dependent on how long the member was active. Eligibility can be 40%, 60% or 80%, depending on the Chapter 30 monthly rate.
National Guard members are eligible if your active service extends for 90 consecutive days or more and your service is:
- authorized under section 502(f), title 21, U.S.C.
- authorized by the President or Secretary of Defense for a national emergency
- supported by federal funds
You will need to remain in the Selected Reserve to maintain eligibility for REAP. Read about other possible qualifications.
Financial aid and scholarships
About 72 percent of UNT students receive financial aid totaling $320 million annually. More than $36 million in scholarships is awarded each year at UNT. UNT can offer you grants, college work study and loans that are funded and regulated by state and federal governments. You just complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Learn more about financial aid and scholarships at UNT.
Military residency waiver
This waiver offers Texas resident tuition rates if you have been assigned to duty in Texas. It also applies to your spouse and children. To qualify, you will need to:
- be employed with the Army, Army Reserve, Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Navy, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve
- be assigned to duty in Texas, not just training with Texas units
- provide the appropriate documentation to UNT's Registrar's Office for a permit to register as a Texas resident
Military Tuition Assistance Program
Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, National Guard, and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to $250 per semester credit hour for the tuition expenses of its members. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services. Detailed information for each branch is available.
Students may contact the UNT Registrar’s Office for further information once their request for Tuition Assistance has been approved.
Scholarship for Externally Funded Doctoral Students
The UNT Scholarship for Externally Funded Doctoral Students is a one-year $1,000 tuition scholarship to be awarded each academic year to eligible doctoral students who are able to provide evidence of guaranteed support through a stipend, grant or other source in a total amount equal to or greater than $10,000 from one or more organizations outside the University of North Texas System, including veteran's benefits.
Scholarships for veterans
Working on campus
Student employment is available, including 3,200 on-campus jobs and many more off campus.
If you find that you need a little help handling your finances, UNT's award-winning Student Money Management Center provides tools and solutions students need to achieve financial independence during their college experience. Free services include private consultations with professionals or peer counselors.
For questions about benefits, contact Julie Brown or Janet Feagans.