Paying for college and using your benefits

Choosing the right benefit for you

Montgomery GI Bill or Post 9/11 GI Bill?

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has several online tools that can help you determine which benefits are available and how much you will receive:

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Military benefits

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.

Chapter 30 — Montgomery GI Bill

You may be eligible if you meet the following:

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.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

Veterans are eligible if they:

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.

Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill

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:

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.

Chapter 33 — Post 9/11 GI Bill — Transfer of Entitlement (TOE)

Service members may transfer their own entitlement to their spouse or children:

Hazlewood Act (Texas veterans)

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.

Chapter 35 - Survivors and dependents education

An education allowance is available to the spouse, surviving spouse or dependent child of a veteran who:

Monthly payment is based on enrollment in courses leading toward a degree.

Chapter 35 — Benefits

Chapter 1606 - Selected Reserve GI Bill

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

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.

Chapter 1607 - Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

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:

You will need to remain in the Selected Reserve to maintain eligibility for REAP. Read about other possible qualifications.

Financial aid and scholarships

About 78 percent of UNT students receive financial aid totaling more than $320 million annually. More than $32 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:

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.