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Howard College - Big Spring, Lamesa, San Angelo, SWCID

Veteran Applicants

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Thank you for your interest in Howard College / SWCID. We are glad you have chosen our institution as your place of training. Here you will find information about what services we provide and who can receive VA education benefits.  Please note that there are multiple benefits listed below.  If you have concerns about which category you fall into or for more information on applying for your VA Education benefits, please contact:

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Big Spring

Student Success Center
Jayne Mansfield
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(432) 264-5020
(432) 264-5634 (Fax)

Lamesa

Student Success Center
Jayne Mansfield
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(432) 264-5020
(432) 264-5634 (Fax)

San Angelo

Buzz Refugio
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(325) 481-8300 ext 3326  
(325) 481-8361 (Fax)

SWCID

Student Success Center
Jayne Mansfield
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(432) 264-5020
(432) 264-5634 (Fax)

Applying for Admissions

Submit your application for admissions to Howard College by visiting www.ApplyTexas.org (or if needed, apply using the hard copy of the Howard College Application for Admissions), submit the following forms to your VA Education Benefits Coordinator.  You can also submit by fax or through email.

Please review the Steps for Admissions into Howard College for general information related to the admissions process.

Veteran Education Benefits

Howard College is fully approved for veteran’s education training through the Veterans Education Division of the Texas Veterans Commission.  Howard College coordinates with the Department of Veteran Affairs to assist a qualifying veteran, or his/her dependents, with financial assistance through the following programs: 


Handbook for Students Utilizing Veterans Education Benefits

Handbook for Students Utilizing Veterans Education Benefits is designed to assist those students utilizing some type of veterans education benefit.  The information contained in this handbook is not an exhaustive collection of all information related to veterans education benefits programs.  Please contact the appropriate party for more information as needed.  In addition to this handbook, students are strongly encouraged to contact the Veterans Education Benefits Coordinator for their campus as well as refer to sites such as the GI Bill Benefits web site (www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/) and the Texas Veterans Commission web site (http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Hazlewood-Act.aspx).

NOTE – BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO PRINT THE HANDBOOK:  The Handbook for Students Utilizing Veterans Education Benefits is 76 pages.  It is strongly recommended that you download the entire handbook and consider printing the necessary pages as indicated (highlighted in yellow) on Page 2 of the handbook.  

To Activate Your Benefits

In order to use your VA education benefits at Howard College, you must first apply for your benefits.  This can be done by visiting http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/apply.asp.  Please reference Steps for Using VA Education Benefits at Howard College.  You will also want to review the Checklist for Required Documents for VA Education Benefits.

It is strongly recommended that you apply for your VA education benefits at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester of interest, if possible.

In addition to applying for your benefits, you will also need to complete the following documents and give them to the Veterans Education Benefits Coordinator and/or School Certifying Official of your campus:

  1. Student Information Sheet
  2. Student Responsibilities for VA Education Benefits

It is highly recommended that the application process be completed at least 30 days prior to registration, if possible.  See the Howard College Veteran’s Handbook for more detailed information about all benefit programs and HC personnel to contact for assistance.

Hazlewood Act Tuition Waiver Program for Texas Veterans

The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas.  The exemption does not include living expenses, books, or supply fees.  To learn more about the Hazlewood Act, please visit http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Hazlewood-Act.aspx.  For assistance in determining eligibility and applying for this program, contact the Veteran Benefits Coordinator on your campus.

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