GI Bill® Benefits

The GI Bill® is an education benefit earned by members of Active Duty, Selected Reserve and National Guard Armed Forces and their families. Eligibility for veteran and dependent education benefits is determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). GI Bill® benefits can cover a percentage of tuition and mandatory fees based on the length of active duty service as determined by the VA.

If you are considering UT Austin and have general questions about your veteran education benefits, contact us for assistance. Our Veterans’ and Dependents’ Education Benefits booklet provides more information about VA benefits at the University.

Applying for GI Bill® Benefits

You must first be admitted to UT and pursuing a degree-seeking program before being certified for GI education benefits.

All students:

  1. Register for classes. Only courses that apply toward your degree program can be certified for VA benefits.

  2. Complete and submit the GI Bill® Questionnaire.

  3. Upload all necessary supporting documents using GI Bill® Document Uploads.

    Graduate Students:

  4. *Upload your Degree Plan/Curriculum Checklist. This should be obtained from your graduate advisor or program coordinator. See our Education Benefits Booklet for more information.

  5. *Upload your Semester Specific Letter. This should be obtained from your graduate advisor or program coordinator. See our Education Benefits Booklet for more information.

    *Steps 4 and 5 are not required if you are an MBA, MSTC, or Law School student.

Students using MGIB or REAP:

Veteran Certification, in the Office of the Registrar, will start certifying enrollment with the VA after online tuition bills are distributed. After that, it may take up to 15 business days to submit your certification to the VA. If you are not registered for your classes when you submit your questionnaire, the 15-day period will begin after you are registered.

It may take the VA several weeks to process the certification once submitted. If you have applied in a timely manner and we have certified your benefits, the VA will typically pay the Post-9/11 tuition benefits a couple of weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. The VA will pay housing benefits or monthly stipends in arrears following the end of the month.

GI Bill® Benefits and Your Tuition Bill

You are responsible for paying your tuition bill and confirming your registration is complete by the tuition deadline shown on My Tuition Bill. Even if your bill shows a zero balance ($0) you have to follow the prompts on My Tuition Bill to complete your registration. Your tuition bill must say “Your registration is complete and your courses are secured.” If you do not take this step, your courses will be cancelled and you will have to register again. The VA will not pay any late registration fees.

If you are using the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, the university can “cover” your tuition at your eligibility rate.

  • Completed the steps in Applying for GI Bill® Benefits.
  • If you are using education benefits for the first time you need to submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility. Otherwise, upload a recent copy of your award letter from the VA or a printout from VA.gov or eBenefits website (including entitlement and complete enrollment history).
  • We will notify the Student Accounts Receivable (SAR) office to post coverage to your tuition.
  • Review My Tuition Bill to verify your coverage has been posted, otherwise pay your tuition. If you have a zero balance ($0) click the “Confirm Attendance” button; otherwise follow the prompts. Options for paying any remaining balance will be available on My Tuition Bill. Your tuition bill must say “Your registration is complete and your courses are secured.”

If you are receiving GI Bill® under any chapter, you may be eligible to have the nonresident portion of your tuition waived. Contact the residency office to request a waiver for the nonresident tuition amount. If you are using the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, the waiver must be posted to your tuition bill before we can certify you for education benefits.

Contact Special Billing if you have questions about your tuition bill.

Using GI Bill® and Hazlewood Benefits

If you are using VA Education Benefits and the Hazlewood Exemption concurrently (“stacking” benefits), you must complete the GI Bill® Questionnaire and Hazlewood Application by the Hazlewood deadline.

When using both the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and Hazlewood, you are required to use your VA benefits first. Any remaining tuition balance eligible for the Hazlewood Exemption will be applied toward your tuition bill, after your Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefit is applied.

Yellow Ribbon Program

UT Austin is participating in the Yellow Ribbon program for the 2019-2020 academic year. It is awarded to undergraduate students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon website for more information.

Additional Information

The President signed into law the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act also known as the “Forever GI Bill®,” which brings significant changes to Veterans education benefits. Read the summaries on the VA website to find out how those changes may affect you.

Contact us

Veteran Certification, Main Building (MAI) Room 16
gibill@austin.utexas.edu, Phone 512-475-7540

The University of Texas at Austin
Office of the Registrar, Veteran Certification
PO Box 7216, Austin TX 78713-7216

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