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Support of military service members and families, legacy of sacrifice, and love of freedom make Texas a stronghold for American pride. And, while it’s a state known for many things, perhaps it’s best known for its infamous and historic battle at the Alamo – the 13-day fight for independence from Mexico. Outmanned and outgunned, a group of volunteer Texans hunkered down at the Alamo and took siege from Mexican forces for 13 days. Commanded by legendary generals and historic fighters like Davy Crockett, the Texans were able to hold and defend their position. The historic victory at the Alamo has since become a symbol of Texas’ strength and resiliency and continues to be a sacred event in Texas history.

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Today, we’re far-removed from the thought of frontier battles or even foreign war deployments, so there’s no better time for Texas service members and recently discharged veterans to seize this opportunity and capitalize on the American dream, by using well-earned military education benefits to get a college education.

Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Military Education Benefits

Military education benefits in Texas offer even more than federal programs like the GI Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon program. Whether you’re a veteran or active service member, or have dependents, the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) can help connect you to college funding. The TVC has long been an advocate for military-first support programs and continues to coordinate programs which improve the quality of life for Texas veterans and military families.

The TVC is divided into eight regions – Panhandle, West Texas, Alamo, South Texas, Gulf Coast, Central Texas, East Texas, North Texas – and has offices in each region. The Commission manages a total of eight supportive program areas, including veterans’ education, and works closely with federal, state, and local government and private organizations to ensure you have easy access to its programs.

Here’s a closer look at the state-level military education benefits you’re eligible for in Texas:

Tuition-Based Programs

The Hazlewood Act gives veterans, spouses, and dependents a tuition exemption for up to 150 credit hours when attending Texas public colleges and universities. While this program covers tuition, it doesn’t pay for things like housing or books. Requirements for veterans to receive this benefit include:

Spouses and dependents of deceased/disabled service members can also get benefits under the Hazlewood Act. Requirements include:

Under this program, veterans can also transfer unused hours to child dependents – this is called the Legacy Act. To transfer hours, the dependent must:

If the delegated dependent doesn’t use the college hours, you can reassign and transfer them to another child; though, Legacy benefits can only be used by one child at a time.

On-the-Job Training Programs

The Texas Veterans’ Commission (TVC) also coordinates an On-the-Job Training (OJT) program to help veterans learn a trade or skill. The TVC works directly with Texas employers to develop a training program outline which gets you into an entry-level position with the employer. OJT programs must follow these regulations:

National Guard Education Assistance Programs

Texas National Guard service members are eligible for the State Tuition Assistance (TA) program through the Texas Military Department. With this program, you can continue active service and attend college full or part-time. Requirements include:

If you’re enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, you’ll receive up to $1,000 for tuition and fees each semester, but you can also apply for additional funding if tuition exceeds that amount. The additional funding pays for up to 12 credit hours of tuition, not exceeding $,4500. The most that the TA program will pay is $2,250 per semester for up to 5 years, or 10 academic semesters. If you’re thinking about going to a private college, it’s important to know that funding is calculated a little differently and is not consistently the same – on average, undergraduates get up to $1,800 in tuition and graduate students $2,000.

The great thing about the State TA program is that you can use it and still get federal GI Bill® benefits. And, if you’re in the Early Commissioning Program or enrolled in a STEM degree, you’ll get priority funding.

Army Education Assistance Programs

If you’re an Army service member or veteran, you have access to Army Credentialing Assistance (CA), a program that funds training programs for academic or professional certification credentials. There are a total of 1600 credentials you can choose from the Army COOL database. To qualify, simply meet the following criteria:

If you use this program, you’ll receive up to $4,000 per year for a new credential or recertification, and it’ll covers things like classroom and online learning, textbooks, supplies, and exam fees. What’s nice about the CA program is that it can be used for any credential in the database and doesn’t have to be related to your MSO. Aviation-related credentials, though, are subject to a maximum reimbursement of $1,000 per year. Like other programs here in Texas, you can combine federal tuition assistance with the CA program.

Possible Station Assignments and Military Bases in Texas

Whether you’re from Texas or another state, it’s possible you’ll get PCS orders to be stationed here at some point. Being away from home and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice isn’t easy, but it’s part of military life. And, whether this is your first duty assignment or your last, Texas is an amazing place to be stationed. And, if you decide to stay and live here, you’ll be able to take advantage of some of Texas great veterans’ programs.

There are 15 active-duty military installations throughout Texas, with all branches represented except the Marines and Coast Guard. Here you’ll find listed all potential military base assignments.

Air Force

Dyess AFB houses the 7th Bomb Wing and trains airmen to provide combat-ready air power. Local to Dyess AFB are multiple golf courses, the Abilene Zoo, and the 12th Armored Division Museum. And, for those who enjoy spirits, there’s the Winery at Willow Creek and the Pappy Slokum Brewing Co. where specialty brews are made.

Goodfellow AFB is known for its training in intelligence and reconnaissance missions. And, if you’re stationed here, you’ll also serve the local community by providing HAZMAT response assistance. Goodfellow AFB also works closely with nearby military-friendly colleges to create educational opportunities you can take advantage of while stationed here.

Laughlin AFB is where the military’s best pilots are created, and flying wings are earned. Laughlin’s nearby amenities include pools and water slides at Moore Park; hiking, camping, and boating at Amistad National Recreation Area; and a slew of golf courses and local museums. Laughlin is another base that works closely with nearby colleges to promote educational opportunities for its airmen.

Sheppard AFB is unique because it’s the largest Air Education and Training Command (AETC) base in the United States. It’s also the only AFB with specialized flight training and is the largest employer of surrounding Wichita, Archer, and Clay counties.


The CCAD functions primarily as a repair unit for Army aviation components. It maintains close partnerships with local universities to provide enhanced learning and on-the-job training for its military personnel. The CCAD has everything you need on base – including adult education centers, chapels, restaurants, and even veterinary services.

Fort Bliss is home to five major training centers where service members train and mobilize for joint military and civilian ground operations. If you’re stationed here, you’ll enjoy exploring El Paso’s recreational parks and lakes, on-base arts and crafts classes, or you can take in a bit of history at the Old Ironsides Museum.

Fort Hood trains heavy forces and is the nation’s only installation able to station and train two armored divisions. Fort Hood leadership works closely with the local community and maintains strong partnerships with military-friendly colleges in the area to provide quality education to its service members.

Service members stationed at RRAD are trained to provide ground combat and tactical systems operations. This massive 15,000-acre base is located over the borders of Texas and Arkansas and has no shortage of on-base amenities. Nearby, you can go biking at Bringle Lake Park East, tour the Discovery Place Interactive Museum, and thrift around at the huge flea market at Owls Nest Texarkana.

AFC is headquartered in Austin and is the Army’s newest command. The Command currently has partnerships with the University of Texas Systems to help support the AFC’s mission and coordinate educational programs for service members.


The Naval Air Station at Corpus Christi is the Navy’s premier pilot training facility and turns out about 600 pilots every year. Surrounded by water on three sides, there’s plenty of outdoor activities like kayaking, white water rafting, camping, and hiking, to enjoy.

The Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth was the first joint base in the United States. Today, it trains aviation and ground support units for mobilization anywhere in the world. If you’re stationed here, you can use your military education benefits at any of the three college campuses on base.

The Naval Air Station at Kingsville trains more than half of jet/strike pilots for both the Navy and Marine Corps. The on-base Navy Education Center can assist you with college prep testing and connect you to resources for military-friendly colleges in the Kingsville area.


Ellington is a joint base of the Texas Air and Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, and Navy. These units conduct civilian and military flight operations and reconnaissance missions, as well as maintain air sovereignty. If stationed here, you can take in a ballgame at Minute Maid Park, explore all 50 exhibitions halls of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, experience the nation’s space history at Space Center Houston, or take a leisurely stroll through the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center.


Joint Base San Antonio collectively has four locations – Fort Sam Houston, Lackland AFB, Randolph AFB, and Camp Bullis. JBSA has Education and Training services on-base to help service members with military education benefits and tuition assistance. Nearby amenities include Natural Bridge Caverns complete with gem mining and zip lines, marine life adventures at SeaWorld San Antonio, and roller coasters and live entertainment at Six Flags.

Military Friendly Colleges in Texas that Accept GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon Program Benefits

Of the more-than 2,000 colleges and universities that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, only around 500 provide full funding and place no limits on the number of eligible students who can take advantage of it. These schools ensure that every eligible veteran who enrolls can count on full coverage of all tuition costs that exceed GI Bill® limits.

You’ll be glad to know that a number of those military friendly colleges and universities are located right here in Texas:

Abilene Christian University

Abilene, TX

Accreditation: SACSCOC

  • Arts and Sciences
  • Biblical Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Education and Human Services
  • Nursing
  • ACU Online
  • Honors College
  • Study Abroad

Baylor University

Waco, TX

Accreditation: SACSCOC

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Diana R. Garland School of Social Work
  • George W. Truett Theological Seminary
  • Graduate School
  • Hankamer School of Business
  • Honors College
  • Law School
  • Louise Herrington School of Nursing
  • School of Music
  • Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering & Computer Science

Belhaven University

Houston, TX

Accreditation: SACSCOC

  • Accounting
  • Art (Visual)
  • Biblical Studies and Ministries
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Business with Sales Management Specialization
  • Business with Supply Chain Management Specialization
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Education
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Digital Media
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering (Dual Degree)
  • English
  • Film Production
  • Global Mathematics
  • Global Psychology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Administration
  • History
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Studies
  • Leadership and Coaching
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics with Actuarial Science Specialization
  • Music
  • Nursing: BSN / RN to BSN
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Social Work
  • Sports Management
  • Sports Medicine and Exercise Science
  • Theatre
  • Tradigital
  • Pre-Professional Programs
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Associate of Arts in Business
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology
  • Christian Ministries Concentration
  • Criminal Justice Concentration
  • Human Services Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Human Services Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Human Services
  • Christian Ministries Concentration
  • Criminal Justice Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • IT Management for Business Leaders Concentration
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Management
  • Criminal Justice Concentration
  • IT Management for Business Leaders Concentration
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN to BSN
  • Bachelor of Health Administration
  • Certificate in Accounting
  • Certificate in Biblical Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Finance
  • Graduate Certificate in Health Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Human Resources
  • Graduate Certificate in Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Sports Administration
  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership
  • Entrepreneurial MBA
  • Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Finance Concentration
  • Health Administration Concentration
  • Human Resources Concentration
  • Leadership Concentration
  • Project Management Concentration
  • Public Administration Concentration
  • Sports Administration Concentration
  • Master of Education – Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Technology
  • Master of Education in Reading Literacy
  • Master of Education
  • School Leadership and Supervision
  • Master of Health Administration
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Finance Concentration
  • Human Resources Concentration
  • Master of Science in Information Technology Management
  • Master of Science in Leadership
  • Human Resources Concentration
  • Ministry Concentration
  • Public Administration Concentration
  • Master of Sports Administration
  • Mississippi Teacher Certification
  • Online High Scholars Dual Credit for high school students

Central Texas College

Kileen, TX

Accreditation: SACSCOC

  • Arts and Humanities and Media
  • Business and Business Technology
  • Construction Manufacturing and Transportation
  • Health Care
  • Public Service
  • Science Technology Engineering or Math (STEM)

Chamberlain University

Houston / Irving / Pearland / San Antonio, TX

Accreditation: HLC

  • College of Nursing
  • College of Health Professions

Columbia College

Fort Worth / Dallas, TX

Accreditation: HLC

  • Business Administration
  • Computer & Mathematical Sciences
  • Education
  • History, Philosophy, Political Science & Criminal Justice
  • Language & Communication Studies
  • Nursing
  • Physical and Biological Sciences
  • Psychology, Sociology & Human Services
  • Visual Arts & Music

Concorde Career College

Dallas / San Antonio, TX

Accreditation: ACCSC

Diagnostic Programs

  • Cardiovascular Sonography
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Polysomnographic Technology

Dental Programs

  • Dental Assistant

Nursing Programs

  • Practical Nursing

Allied Health Programs

  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Office Administration

Patient Care Programs

  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Surgical Technology

Concordia University

Austin, TX

Accreditation: SACSCOC

  • College of Business & Communication
  • College of Education
  • College of Health Sciences
  • School of Ministry
  • School of Fine Arts
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • School of Natural and Applied Sciences

Culinary Institute of America

San Antonio, TX

Accreditation: MSCHE

  • Culinary Arts
  • Baking and Pastry Arts
  • Hospitality Management
  • Food Business
  • Wine and Beverage Management
  • Food Studies and Sustainability
  • Culinary Science

Dallas Baptist University

Dallas / Hurst / Plano, TX

Accreditation: SACSCOC

  • College of Business
  • Mary Crowley College of Christian Faith
  • Dorothy Bush College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
  • Gary Cook School of Leadership
  • Graduate School of Ministry

Dallas Theological Seminary

Dallas, TX

Accreditation: SACSCOC

  • Bible exposition
  • Counseling
  • Ministry
  • Philosophy
  • Educational ministries and leadership
  • Media arts and worship
  • Ministry formation
  • New testament studies
  • Old testament studies
  • Pastoral ministries
  • Spiritual formation
  • Theological studies
  • Missiology and intercultural ministries

Devry University

San Antonio / Austin / Irving, TX

Accreditation: HLC

Associate Degrees

  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • IT and Networking
  • Network Systems Administration
  • Business
  • Healthcare

Bachelor's Degrees

  • Business
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Accounting
  • Liberal Arts
  • Media Arts

Undergrad Certificates

  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Business Essentials
  • Cloud Computing
  • IoT
  • Technology
  • Media Arts

Master's Degrees

  • MBA
  • Accounting
  • Project Management
  • Technology
  • Business
  • Healthcare
  • Public Administration
  • Human Resource Management

Graduate Certificates

  • Human Resources Management
  • Project Management
  • Healthcare
  • CPA Preparation
  • Big Data and Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global Supply Chain Management

Hallmark University

San Antonio, TX

Accreditation: ACCSC

  • Aeronautics
  • Business
  • Nursing
  • IT

Houston Baptist University

Houston, TX

Accreditation: SACSCOC

  • Archie W. Dunham College of Business
  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • College of Education & Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Science & Engineering
  • School of Christian Thought
  • Houston Theological Seminary
  • School of Fine Arts
  • School of Nursing & Allied Health
  • The Honors College

Lamar University

Beaumont, TX

Accreditation: SACSCOC

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine Arts and Communication

McMurry University

Abilene, TX

Accreditation: SACSCOC

  • Department of Art
  • Department of Biology
  • Walter F. and Virginia Johnson School of Business
  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Curriculum and Instruction (education)
  • Department of English
  • Department of History
  • Department of Human Health Science
  • Department of Kinesiology and Health Fitness
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Music
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Religion and Philosophy
  • Department of Sociology and Criminology
  • Department of Spanish Studies
  • Department of Sustainability and Renewable Resources
  • Department of Theatre
  • Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing

Parker University

Dallas, TX

Accreditation: SACSCOC

  • Doctor of Chiropractic
  • Business & Technology
  • Health Sciences
  • Continuing Education

Rice University

Houston, TX

Accreditation: SACSCOC

Rice University

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX

Accreditation: SACSCOC

  • Cox School of Business
  • Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Dedman School of Law
  • Lyle School of Engineering
  • Meadows School of the Arts
  • Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies
  • Perkins School of Theology
  • Simmons School of Education and Human Development
  • The Guildhall

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Waxahachie, TX

Accreditation: SACSCOC

  • College of Bible & Church Ministries
  • College of Business & Education
  • College of Music & Communication Arts

Strayer University

Cedar Hill / Irving / Houston (Katy) / Austin / Houston (Northwest), TX

Accreditation: MSCHE

  • Associate in Arts in Accounting
  • Associate in Arts in Acquisition and Contract Management
  • Associate in Arts in Business Administration
  • Associate in Arts in Information Technology
  • Associate in Arts in Marketing
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Certificate of Education in Corporate Learning
  • Certificate of Education in Educational Administration
  • Diploma in Acquisition Contract Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Digital Entrepreneurship
  • Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate in Finance and Accounting for Entrepreneurs
  • Graduate Certificate in Marketing and Branding for Entrepreneurs
  • Jack Welch MBA
  • Jack Welch Management Institute Executive Certificates
  • Jack Welch Management Institute Graduate Certificates
  • Joe Gibbs Performance Management Certificate
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Health Services Administration
  • Master of Human Resource Management
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance
  • Master of Science in Information Systems
  • Master of Science in Management

Texas Chiropractic College Foundation

Pasadena, TX

Accreditation: SACSCOC

Doctor of Chiropractic

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

Accreditation: SACSCOC

  • AddRan College of Liberal Arts
  • Bob Schieffer College of Communication
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Science & Engineering
  • Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • John V. Roach Honors College
  • Neeley School of Business
  • School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • TCU School of Medicine

Texas Wesleyan University

Fort Worth, TX

Accreditation: SACSCOC

  • School of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Education
  • School of Health Professions

The Art Institute

Austin / Houston / San Antonio, TX

Accreditation: SACSCOC

  • Visual design
  • Interior design
  • Marketing
  • Animation and effects
  • Film and production
  • Gaming and technology
  • Fashion
  • Culinary

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Richardson, TX

Accreditation: WASC

  • Vocational nursing
  • Clinical psychology
  • ABA
  • Organizational leadership
  • Business psychology
  • Behavior analysis
  • Industrial and organizational psychology
  • Clinical mental health counseling
  • LVN to RN
  • ADN

Trinity University

San Antonio, TX

Accreditation: SACSCOC

  • Accounting
  • African American Studies
  • American Intercultural Studies
  • Architectural Studies
  • Art And Art History
  • Arts Letters And Enterprise
  • Biochemistry And Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Biomathematics
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication
  • Communication Management
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering Science
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Finance And Decision Sciences
  • Geosciences
  • Health Care Administration
  • History
  • Human Communication And Theatre
  • International Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematical Finance
  • Mathematics
  • Medieval And Renaissance Studies
  • Mexico The Americas And Spain
  • Michael Neidorff School Of Business
  • Modern Languages And Literatures
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Neuroscience
  • New Media
  • Philosophy
  • Physics And Astronomy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Scientific Computing
  • Sociology And Anthropology
  • Sport Management
  • Urban Studies
  • Women And Gender Studies

Troy University

San Antonio, TX

Accreditation: SACSCOC