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EDUCATION ABROAD VETERAN BENEFITS

The following is a summary of how veteran education benefits can be processed when a student has elected or is required to experience education abroad. There is a difference between a course being required and the abroad experience being required. Please check with your academic advisor to verify if an education abroad program is required for your degree or certificate.
Benefits

Requirements for Texas A&M Credit-bearing Education Abroad Program:
  • The VA cannot pay for any fees specific to education abroad unless the student is required to participate in an abroad experience as a part of their program.
  • Students must be enrolled in courses that will apply to their degree program.
  • If the abroad program is not classified as Texas A&M coursework and is not charging Texas A&M tuition and fees, it must meet certain criteria. For instance, it must be a VA certifying institution and program.
  • If a student attends a pre-approved and VA certifying institution’s program, they must complete a Primary Institution Letter and submit it to TAMU VSO.
Payments for Texas A&M Credit-bearing Education Abroad:
  • Texas A&M can only bill the VA for tuition and fees that are charged by Texas A&M for the course(s) and education abroad fees (when an abroad experience is required).
  • VA cannot pay toward any fees associated with books, travel, food, lodging or excursions.
  • Students on Chapter 33 will receive BAH according to the TAMU facility code. They will receive a book stipend if they have not met their $1,000 annual limit. If a student is Chapter 1606, Chapter 35 or Chapter 30 their education abroad hours will be certified if the course is required for their degree program. Their monthly stipend will be paid directly to them according to their enrollment for each part of term.
Additional Tips to Maximize Funding:
  • Students who are enrolled in less than full time and are in an internship, research, or co-op which is a part of their degree plan can be certified with clock hours. Please contact the VSO regarding your program requirement and the possibility of being certified with clock hours.  
  • All students should verify their cost of attendance has been increased to include the Education Abroad costs and discuss other options regarding financial aid with a Scholarships and Financial Aid Advisor. 
Requirements for Texas A&M Credit-bearing Education Abroad:
  • The student must meet all Hazlewood eligibility renewal requirements as listed on veterans.tamu.edu.
  • Legacy students must have remaining degree requirements, as they are only eligible for the hours needed to graduate under their current degree program.
    • Legacy – Students use their veteran parent’s remaining hours
    • Students that have their own 150 hours do not have this requirement
Payments for Texas A&M Credit-bearing Education Abroad:
  • Hazlewood is an exemption, the student must be enrolled and charged for their course(s) at Texas A&M.
  • Hazlewood only exempts tuition and fees associated with courses and will not cover any costs associated with education abroad.
  • Hazlewood is a state benefit and can only be processed by Texas public institutions. 
Additional Tips to Maximize Funding:
  • All students should verify their cost of attendance has been increased to include the costs of education abroad and discuss other options regarding financial aid with a Scholarships and Financial Aid Advisor.