• Veterans Services and Benefits

    Del Mar College’s programs are approved for those who wish to attend and receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (MGIB-AD-Chapter 30), Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR-Chapter 1606), Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP-Chapter 1607), Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP-Chapter 32), Education Assistance Test Program (Section 901), Survivors’ and Dependent’s Educational Assistance Program (DEA-Chapter 35), Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31), and the National Call to Service Program.  The monthly rate of payment to veterans is determined by Public Law 94-502.

    Del Mar College participates in the Exemption Program for Veterans and their Dependents (The Hazlewood Act).  Veterans and family members who qualify under the Hazelwood Act may have institutional tuition and fees exempted in accordance with Texas Administrative Code Title 40 Part 15 Chapter 461 Subchapter A.

    Student’s Responsibilities in the Veteran’s Educational Benefit Award Process 

    Students who are eligible to receive VA Educational benefits should contact the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or visit their website at www.gibill.va.gov to learn about eligibility and VA requirements.

    Steps for new students wishing to use VA educational benefits:

    1. Apply for admission and be admitted to Del Mar College as a student
    2. Provide all required documentation to the Veterans Service office
    3. Degree Plan
    4. Course schedule
    5. Certificate of Eligibility (letter from VA)
    6. Original DD214 (Cannot use Member 1 copy)
    7. Request for Certification (Obtain from Veterans Service Office)
    8. Disclaimer (Obtain from Veterans Service Office)
    9. Copies of all college and military transcripts

    Steps for continuing students wishing to use VA educational benefits: 

    1. Provide all required documentation to the Veterans Services Office
    2. Request for certification
    3. Copy of course schedule
    4. Degree plan (if changed)
    5. Any additional items is required/requested from Veterans Services Office

    **It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Veterans Service Office EACH SEMESTER that he/she wishes to use veteran’s benefits.  You must visit the office and submit the required documentation prior to the payment deadline in order to assure that your place in the class is solidified.  Failure to submit the required paperwork to the Veterans Service Office prior to the payment deadline for each semester will result in your being removed from classes for non-payment and delay in your payments from the VA.**

    Student’s Responsibilities in the Hazlewood Exemption Award Process 

    Students who are eligible to receive the State of Texas Hazlewood Act Tuition/fee exemption should visit the Texas Veterans Commission website at www.tvc.state.tx.us for up to date information and changes in State law that affect the administration of the Hazlewood Exemption.

    Steps for new students wishing to use Hazlewood Act tuition/Fee exemption:

    1. Apply for admission and be admitted to Del Mar College as a student.
    2. Provide all required documentation to the Veterans Services Office
    3. Original or Certified DD214 (Member 4)
    4. Class schedule
    5. Disclaimer (Obtain from Veteran Services Office)
    6. Copy of Texas Driver’s License (Or other proof of residency as required)
    7. Hazlewood Exemption Application (HEA)
    8. VA Certificate of Eligibility (if required)
    9. Proof of Hazlewood Database Registration(print-out of hours previously used)
    10. Proof of dependency for Legacy or Child/Spouse Beneficiaries of Disabled or deceased veterans (Birth or marriage certificate, tax form, etc)
    11. Proof of veteran’s 100 disability from the VA or death certificate if applicable

    Steps for continuing students wishing to use Hazlewood Act Tuition/Fee exemption:

    1. Provide all required documentation to the Veterans Services Office
    2. Hazlewood Exemption Application (HEA-App-CE)
    3. Class schedule
    4. Proof of Hazlewood Database Registration (print-out of hours previously used)

    **It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Veterans Service Office EACH SEMESTER that he/she wishes to use Hazlewood Exemption.  You must visit the office and submit the required documentation prior to the payment deadline in order to assure that your place in the class is solidified.  Failure to submit the required paperwork to the Veterans Service Office prior to the payment deadline for each semester will result in your being removed from classes for non-payment.**

    Military Personnel and Military Dependents Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC) 

    Del Mar College has been designated a “Servicemembers Opportunity College” and is committed to serving the educational needs of servicemembers and their dependents. If you are an active duty military member or dependent enrolling through the SOC program, you must complete the regular College admissions requirements and must complete 15 semester credit hours, in residence, at the College. Credits remaining for completion of a degree program may be earned in the following ways:

    • Resident study at Del Mar College.
    • Credits earned through other regionally-accredited institutions may be transferred when applicable to a Del Mar College degree or certificate.
    • Semester credit hours may be earned through successful completion of CLEP Subject Examinations.
    • Courses completed through the United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI) may be accepted following the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) when such courses are applicable to a specific Del Mar College degree or certificate.
    • Del Mar College will accept DANTES courses, but the scores must be submitted in the official educational transcript to the Del Mar College Registrar’s Office for evaluation. DANTES scores are not automatically transferred to Del Mar College.
    • Military service schools and Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) credits may be evaluated and credits awarded following ACE recommendations when such credits can be applied to a specific Del Mar College degree or certificate.
    • Successful completion of Del Mar College departmental examinations will result in an award of credit which would normally be given for completion of the course. Such credit does not serve to meet the residency requirement.

    Texas Success Initiative (TSI)  

    Students attending Texas public institutions of higher education must be in compliance with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), as of fall 2003 (Texas Education Code 51.3062) in order to enroll in public institutions of higher education.  The law requires all entering college students to be assessed for college readiness in reading, mathematics and writing unless the student qualifies for an exemption.  Each student must be placed in a developmental education program designed to help the student achieve college readiness.

    Active Duty Military Exemption – Students who are serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment may be exempted from participation in the TSI exam.

    Veteran Exemption – A student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States by be exempted from participation in the TSI exam.

    You are strongly encouraged to consider placement testing under the TSI.  Even though you may qualify for the exemption and may be placed directly into college level courses in Math and English, this placement may not actually be appropriate based on your academic skills.  Taking the placement test will give you a good idea of the appropriate level of coursework.  This may help you be more successful in your studies.