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UH-Victoria is approved by the Texas Education Agency for VA educational benefits for veterans, children and spouses under Chapters 32 and 35, Title 38, U.S. Code. Student veterans may receive assistance in applying for benefits from the Office of Financial Aid. To expedite payments, veterans should contact the Office of Financial Aid at least 60 days prior to the first class day of each semester or term to complete all necessary paper work for that period of study.  Co-enrolled students must inquire with the UHV VA Officer regarding additional documentation required for his/her file.  The student file may be certified as early as 10 days prior to the first class day of each semester. 

The Montgomery G I Bill (Chapter 30) Active Duty Program provides up to 36 months of education benefits.  Generally these benefits are payable up to 10 years following release from active duty.

The Montgomery G I Bill (Chapter 1606) Selected Reserve Program or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607) may be available if the student is a member of Selected Reserve (Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard Reserve and the Air National Guard Reserve). 

Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components.  VA makes the payments to the student.  The student may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of educational benefits.  Benefit entitlements end 10 years from the date of the student's eligibility for the program or on the day he or she leaves the selected reserve.

Survivors and Dependents’ Education Assistance Program (DEA Chapter 35) offers up to 45 months of education benefits.

Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Chapter 31) eligibility for the Veterans benefits is determined by the Vocational Rehabilitation Office in Houston, Texas.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) goes well beyond helping to pay for tuition.  Many veterans who served after September 11, 2001, may get full tuition and fees, a new monthly housing stipend, and up to a $1000 per year stipend for books and supplies.  Chapter 33 also gives Reserve and Guard members who have been activated for more than 90 days since 9/11 access to the GI Bill benefits.

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship can be awarded to children of an active duty member of the Armed Forces who has died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001.  A child may be married or over 23 and still be eligible.  The children are entitled up to 36 months of benefits (in-state undergraduate tuition and fees, plus a monthly living stipend and book allowance) at the 100% level; have 15 years to use the benefit beginning on his/her 18th birthday; may use the benefit until his or her 33rd birthday; cannot use the benefit before age 18; and are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Texas veterans who have no eligibility remaining under any program of the United States government may be eligible for exemption of tuition and certain fees under the provisions of the Hazlewood Act.

Additional information regarding Veterans Benefits may be obtained by visiting the VA Website www.gibill.va.gov. The VA Certifying Official is located in the Office of Financial Aid.

For Additional Information:       Veteran’s Administration Regional Office
                                                     P. O. Box 8888
                                                     Muskogee OK 74402
                                                     1-888-442-4551

Websites students may want to visit regarding financial aid are:
www.uhv.edu/ofa www.collegeforalltexas.com
www.aie.org www.fastweb.com
www.fafsa.gove www.studentaid.ed.gov
www.nslds.ed.gove www.uhv.edu/LoginMyUHV.aspx

Disbursement of Financial Aid
Financial Aid awards that have been accepted in MyUHV will appear as anticipated aid on the student’s billing account.  If the aid exceeds the institutional charges, the student does not have to make any other payment arrangements.  Up to ten (10) days prior to the first class day, financial aid disbursements for eligible students will be applied to the student’s account.  Each semester enrollment and eligibility reviews are conducted prior to authorizing the release of aid.  Aid is awarded based on full-time enrollment and aid is disbursed based on actual enrollment.  If discrepancies are found, the disbursement of aid will be delayed until all discrepancies are resolved.  Eligibility and enrollment reviews are also conducted after the census date.  Aid will be adjusted accordingly if necessary.  If the disbursed aid results in a credit on the student’s account, the remainder will be disbursed to you within 14 business days according to the refund option you selected on the Higher One website.

 

Revisions of Financial Aid Awards
Financial aid adjustments may result in the student repaying a portion of any financial aid received.

WITHDRAWALS PRIOR TO THE 1ST CLASS DAY:  If a student withdraws prior to the 1st class day, 100% percent of his or her grant(s)and scholarship(s) disbursed to the student account will be returned to the fund(s).  If the student received a refund check, the student is responsible for returning 100% of the grant and scholarship refund amount to the school.  UHV will return 100% of the loan funds used to pay tuition and fees. The student´s servicer will be notified of the student´s withdrawal.  The loan servicer may notify the student that the total amount of loan funds disbursed have gone into immediate repayment status. If not repaid to the servicer in a timely manner, usually 30 days, the servicer may put the loan in a defaulted status. The student is responsible for returning to the servicer the loan funds that UHV disbursed to the student.

CHANGE IN COURSE LOAD BETWEEN THE 1ST AND 12TH CLASS DAY (MAINTAINING AT LEAST HALF-TIME ENROLLMENT STATUS): Grants and scholarships will be reviewed between the 1st through 12th class day (4th class day for summer sessions). If a student adds or drops courses, the grants and scholarships will be reevaluated.  Downward financial aid adjustments may result in the student repaying a portion of any financial aid received.  The tuition refund may be returned to the state or institutional fund(s).  Courses dropped after the 12th class day (4th class day for summer sessions) will not cause a reevaluation of aid awarded.  If the Direct loan funds have been disbursed to the student who has reduced their hours, the loan will not be adjusted.  The student´s enrollment adjustment may cause an overaward. If the student has other forms of aid, the awards may be reduced or canceled to reduce or eliminate the overaward situation.  Second disbursements may be adjusted or canceled to reduce or cancel an overaward as well, if applicable.  Pending fund availability, some financial aid awards will be increased if the student added additional courses.  Dropped courses will be taken into consideration during the review of the student´s satisfactory academic progress.

DROPPING BELOW HALF-TIME PRIOR TO THE 13TH CLASS DAY:  The student´s loan servicer will be notified of the student´s enrollment status change which will cause his or her grace period to begin.  The student borrowers second loan disbursement will be canceled, if applicable.  All grant and scholarship awards will be adjusted accordingly which may result in a balance on the student's account.  If the Direct Loan funds have been disbursed to the student who has reduced their hours, the loan will not be adjusted.  The student´s enrollment adjustment may cause an overaward.  If the student has other forms of aid, the awards may be reduced or canceled to reduce or eliminate the overaward situation.  Second disbursements may be adjusted or canceled as well, if applicable. The student must pay UHV for tuition and fees, if applicable, for continued enrollment in courses in a less than half–time status.

WITHDRAWALS BETWEEN 1st AND 12th  CLASS DAY:  Students who withdraw prior to the 13th class day will have the Return to Title IV calculation computed for all federal aid disbursed.  A portion of the student’s federal aid will be adjusted downward which may result in the student repaying a portion of federal aid previously disbursed.  Refer to the Return of Title IV Funds Policy for withdrawals on or after the 1st class day.  One hundred percent of all institutional and state financial aid will be returned to the funds.  Financial aid adjustments may result in the student repaying a portion of any financial aid disbursed.

WITHDRAWALS FOR STUDENTS WITH TUITION AND FEE AWARDS THROUGH THE 20TH CLASS DAY  (6th Class Day for Summer Sessions)  Students who withdraw prior to the 21st class day (7th class day for summer sessions) may have their tuition and fee scholarship adjusted to equal the student´s recalculated tuition and fee bill. A debit for the difference will be applied to the student´s account.