New Veterans Orientation - The University of Texas at Tyler

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VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER ONLINE
ORIENTATION
“The mission of the Veterans Resource Center is to provide a pipeline of information
including resources, support, and advocacy for student Veterans and dependents to
utilize in order to create successful leaders on campus, in the community, and Smith
County.”
Table of Contents
“Never Forget What We Fight For”
• VA Contact Information
• UT Tyler Contact Information
• Veterans Resource Center Information
• How to use your benefits at UT Tyler
• Resources at UT Tyler
• Community Involvement
• Student Veterans Organization
VA Contact Information
Veterans Affairs Regional Office Information
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 8888
Muskogee, Oklahoma 74402-8888
Contact Information:
Toll free number: 1-888-GI-BILL-1
(888) 442-4551
Fax No.: 918-781-7863
Veterans Affairs online address: http://www.gibill.va.gov/
Verification of enrollment: https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do
Telephone No.: 1-877-823-2378
The University of Texas at Tyler Contact Information
Mailing Address:
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd UC 2140
Tyler, TX 75799
UT Tyler Web page: http://www.uttyler.edu/
Enrollment Services Center
Phone: (903) 566-7180
Fax: (903) 566-7183
Email: [email protected]
VA Certifying officials
Tonya Woodrow (Post 9/11 G.I. Bill)
Email: [email protected]
Travis Longino (All Other Education Benefits)
Email: [email protected]
As President of The University of Texas at Tyler, it is
my privilege to welcome veterans, military service
members, and their families to this website. Thank
you for your service to our country and your sacrifice
in preserving our freedom. We consider it an honor to
serve you, the men and women of our armed forces.
Thank you, too, for choosing UT Tyler. It is an outstanding
institution, and we are committed to being one of the most
veteran and military friendly campuses in the UT System and in
the State of Texas. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to
helping you achieve success in pursuit of your academic,
career and personal goals.
This Veterans and Military Affairs website was designed
specifically with you in mind. Its purpose is to address your
unique needs as well as provide general information on our
enrollment process and the many services available to you on
campus and in the community.
The entire UT Tyler family looks forward to seeing you on our
campus soon.
Rodney H. Mabry
President
VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER INFORMATION
Location:
The University Center
Room 2140 (Ground Floor)
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 Monday through Friday
Contact Information:
Phone: (903) 565-5972
Fax: (903) 565-5974
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/uttyler.veterans
Coordinator of Veteran’s Affairs: Chris Cox
THINGS YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE USING VETERAN BENEFITS
ADMISSION:
 Apply to The University of Texas at Tyler by going to www.applytexas.org. Then click on “Create your account now” if you have never used
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this website or “login” if you have used this website before. Then fill out all required information, submit, and wait for your acceptance
letter in the mail.
Submit $40 application fee.
Submit $100 Freshman confirmation fee if you have under 30 credit hours from other colleges.
Turn in all military and college transcripts to the Enrollment Services Center. (30hrs or more and 2.0 or above G.P.A. is required to be
classified as a transfer student).
REGISTRATION:
 Set up appointment with your academic advisor in order to set up a degree plan and to receive your signed degree plan from your
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academic advisor. Academic advising phone number: (903) 565-5718.
Register for classes through myUTTyler every semester. Tutorial link bellow.
(http://www.uttyler.edu/registrar/tutorials/general_registration_tutorial.pdf)
FINANCIAL AID:
 Apply for financial aid by going to www.fafsa.ed.gov. Then click on “Start A New FAFSA” if you have never used this website or “Login” if
you have used this website before. Then fill out all required information and submit. We highly recommend that you do this because you
could possibly get a grant on top of your Veteran Benefits.
OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS:
 Research other scholarships to see if you qualify for any extra help financially @ www.fastweb.com.
HOW TO USE YOUR BENEFITS AT UT TYLER
All VA and Hazlewood forms to be turned into the VRC
STEP ONE: Applying for VA Benefits
Submit one of the following applications on the GI Bill website (www.gibill.va.gov) depending on
your educational benefit request. You may identify the specific benefit program on the application
(ex: Ch. 33 Post 9/11 or Montgomery GI Bill).
•Form 22-1990 – Veterans applying for educational benefits for the first time
•Form 22-1995 – Veterans who are changing their place of training
•Form 22-5490 – Dependent of a Veteran applying for the first time
•Form 22-5495 – Dependent of a Veteran changing their place of training
•Form 28-1905 – Veterans eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation benefits
HOW TO USE YOUR BENEFITS AT UT TYLER
STEP TWO: Documentation Required for all Benefit Types
All students utilizing benefits at UT Tyler must submit the following:
•Certificate of Eligibility (COE) (mailed to you after you apply online for G.I. bill benefits)
•DD-214, (any copy except member-1)
•Degree Plan (signed by your academic advisor for VA benefits)
•Enrollment Certification Request Form – on-line form found on the UT Tyler Veteran’s Benefits
webpage, http://www.uttyler.edu/financialaid/veteransbenefits.php. This form must be
submitted every semester you wish to use educational benefits at UT Tyler.
HOW TO USE YOUR BENEFITS AT UT TYLER
STEP THREE: Additional Documentation Needed
If you are a dependent, using vocational rehabilitation, or attending another college or university
while going to the following documentation is needed:
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Dependents – a copy of a Marriage License or Birth Certificate indicating dependent status
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Vocational Rehabilitation - the VA Form 28-1905 must be submitted (an approval letter from a
Vocational Rehabilitation Office will be accepted in place of the Form 28-1905)
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If you are also attending another college or university, you must submit a copy of your
schedule from that institution to the UT Tyler Enrollment Services Center. A Parent Institution
Letter will be sent to the other college or university authorizing them to certify you for those
courses.
USING POST 9/11 G.I. BILL (CH.33)
WHAT YOU NEED TO TURN IN
Submit Application on GI Bill website, Form 22-1990 to
apply for the first time, Form 22-1995 to change place of
training, at the website bellow to apply online.
(http://www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/default.asp)
Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from VA, Mailed to you
from VA after completion of Vonapp application online
from above.
DD-214 From Veteran, Any copy except member-1 as
indicated on bottom right of the DD-214.
Degree Plan, Signed by your academic advisor.
Complete Enrollment Certification Request Form, link
bellow (https://www.uttyler.edu/utsforms/ecrf.html)
ELIGIBLITY
If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty
service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty,
or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were
discharged with a service-connected disability after
30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered
program.
BENEFIT
• Provides up to 36 months of education benefits,
generally payable for 15 years following your
release from active duty.
• Full tuition and fees are paid directly to the school.
• Monthly housing allowance. (Full-time: $1350)
If Dual Enrollment with Other College, Copy of
schedule from other institute and parent letter needed.
• Annual books and supplies stipend. ($1000)
USING YOUR TRANSFERRED POST 9-11 G.I. BILL (CH. 33)
WHAT YOU NEED TO TURN IN
Determine if Dependent is Eligible, Go to webpage bellow
(https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/faces/index)
Submit Application on GI Bill website, Form 22-1990 to apply for the first
time, Form 22-1995 to change place of training, at the website bellow to
apply online. (http://www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/default.asp)
Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from VA, Mailed to you from VA after
completion of vonapp application online from above.
Copy of VA Form 22-1990e, Can be found at webpage bellow
(http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-22-1990e-ARE.pdf)
DD-214 From Veteran, Any copy except member-1 as indicated on
bottom right of the DD-214.
Degree Plan, Signed by your academic advisor for VA benefits.
Complete Enrollment Certification Request Form, link bellow
(https://www.uttyler.edu/utsforms/ecrf.html)
ELIGIBLITY
If veteran has at least 90 days of aggregate active duty
service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty,
or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were
discharged with a service-connected disability after
30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered
program. Go to
(https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/faces/index)
to determine if dependent is eligible.
BENEFIT
• Provides up to 36 months of education benefits,
generally payable for 15 years following your
release from active duty.
• Full tuition and fees are paid directly to the school.
Proof of Dependency, tax return from veteran, birth certificate of child,
or marriage license for spouse.
• Monthly housing allowance. (Full-time: $1350)
If Dual Enrollment with Other College, Copy of schedule from other
institute and parent letter needed.
• Annual books and supplies stipend. ($1000)
USING MONTGOMERY GI BILL ACTIVE DUTY (CH.30)
WHAT YOU NEED TO TURN IN
ELIGIBILITY
Submit Application on GI Bill website, Form 22-1990 to apply for
the first time, Form 22-1995 to change place of training, at the
website bellow to apply online.
(http://www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/default.asp)
Continuously served for three years or two years, if
that is what you first enlisted for or if you entered
the Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active
duty and served four years (the 2 by 4 program)
Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from VA, Mailed to you from VA after and had military pay reduced by $100 a month for
completion of vonapp application online.
first 12 months.
DD-214 From Veteran, Any copy except member-1 as indicated on
bottom right of the DD-214.
Degree Plan, Signed by your academic advisor for VA benefits.
Complete Enrollment Certification Request Form, link bellow
(https://www.uttyler.edu/utsforms/ecrf.html)
Verify Monthly Enrollment Status, link bellow
(https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do)
BENEFIT
Eligible Service members may receive up to 36
months of education benefits, generally payable for
10 years following your release from active duty.
Proof of Dependency if Dependent is Using Benefit, tax return from
veteran, birth certificate of child, or marriage license of spouse.
Full-time without $600 buy-up: $1,648.00
If Dual Enrollment with Other College, Copy of schedule from
other institute and parent letter needed.
Full-time with $600 buy-up: $1798.00
USING MONTGOMERY G.I. BILL SELECTED RESERVE (CH. 1606)
WHAT YOU NEED TO TURN IN
Submit Application on GI Bill website, Form 22-1990 to apply for
the first time, Form 22-1995 to change place of training, at the
website bellow to apply online.
(http://www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/default.asp)
Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from VA, Mailed to you from VA after
completion of vonapp application online.
DD-214 From Veteran, Any copy except member-1 as indicated on
bottom right of the DD-214.
Degree Plan, Signed by your academic advisor for VA benefits.
Complete Enrollment Certification Request Form, link bellow
(https://www.uttyler.edu/utsforms/ecrf.html)
Verify Monthly Enrollment Status, link bellow
(https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do)
ELIGIBILITY
•Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve
signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must have
agreed to serve six years in addition to your original obligation.
For some types of training, it is necessary to have a six-year
commitment that begins after Sept. 30, 1990.
•Complete your initial active duty for training (IADT).
•Meet the requirement to receive a high school diploma or
equivalency certificate before completing IADT. You may not use
12 hours toward a college degree to meet this requirement.
•Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected
Reserve unit. You will also retain MGIB-SR eligibility if you were
discharged from Selected Reserve service due to a disability that
was not caused by misconduct. Your eligibility period may be
extended if you are ordered to active duty.
BENEFIT
Proof of Dependency if Dependent is Using Benefit, tax return from
veteran, birth certificate of child, or marriage license of spouse.
Eligible Service members may receive up to 36
months of education benefits, generally payable for
10 years following your release from active duty.
If Dual Enrollment with Other College, Copy of schedule from
other institute and parent letter needed.
Full-time: $362.00 Monthly
USING RESERVE EDUCATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CH. 1607)
WHAT YOU NEED TO TURN IN
ELIGIBILITY
REAP provides educational assistance to members
of the Reserve components called or ordered to
active duty in response to a war or national
emergency declared by the president or Congress.
Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from VA, Mailed to you from VA after Certain Reservists who were activated for at least
90 days after Sept. 11, 2001, may be eligible for
completion of vonapp application online.
DD-214 From Veteran, Any copy except member-1 as indicated on benefits.
Submit Application on GI Bill website, Form 22-1990 to apply for
the first time, Form 22-1995 to change place of training, at the
website bellow to apply online.
(http://www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/default.asp)
bottom right of the DD-214.
Degree Plan, Signed by your academic advisor for VA benefits.
Complete Enrollment Certification Request Form, link bellow
(https://www.uttyler.edu/utsforms/ecrf.html)
Verify Monthly Enrollment Status, link bellow
(https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do)
Proof of Dependency if Dependent is Using Benefit, tax return from
veteran, birth certificate of child, or marriage license of spouse.
If Dual Enrollment with Other College, Copy of schedule from
other institute and parent letter needed.
BENEFIT
Eligible Service members may receive up to 36
months of education benefits, generally payable for
10 years following your release from active duty.
FULL TIME STUDENT WHO HAS CONSECUTIVELY:
Served Between 90 DAYS-1 YEAR: $659.20
Served Between 1YEAR-2 YEARS: $988.80
Served 2 YEARS OR MORE: $1,318.40
USING SURVIVORS AND DEPENDENT ASSISTANCE (CH. 35)
WHAT YOU NEED TO TURN IN
ELIGIBILITY
Submit Application and Send to VA Office, Form 22-5490 link
bellow (http://www.va.gov/vaforms/form_detail.asp?FormNo=225490)
The Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA)
program offers education and training
opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans
Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from VA, Mailed to you from VA after who are permanently and totally disabled due to a
service-related condition or of Veterans who died
completion of vonapp application online @
while on active duty or as a result of a service(http://www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/default.asp)
related condition.
DD-214 From Veteran, Any copy except member-1 as indicated on
bottom right of the DD-214.
Degree Plan, Signed by your academic advisor for VA benefits.
Complete Enrollment Certification Request Form, link bellow
(https://www.uttyler.edu/utsforms/ecrf.html)
Proof of Dependency, tax return from veteran, birth certificate of
child, or marriage license of spouse.
If Dual Enrollment with Other College, Copy of schedule from
other institute and parent letter needed.
BENEFIT
Eligible Service members may receive up to 36
months of education benefits, generally payable for
10 years following your release from active duty.
FULL TIME STUDENT WHO HAS CONSECUTIVELY:
Served Between 90 DAYS-1 YEAR: $659.20
Served Between 1YEAR-2 YEARS: $988.80
Served 2 YEARS OR MORE: $1,318.40
USING VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION (CH. 31)
WHAT YOU NEED TO TURN IN
Submit Application on GI Bill website, Form 22-1990 to apply for
the first time, Form 22-1995 to change place of training, at the
website bellow to apply online.
(http://www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/default.asp)
VA Form 28-1905, Approval letter from vocational rehabilitation
office will be accepted in place of VA Form 28-1905.
DD-214 From Veteran, Any copy except member-1 as indicated on
bottom right of the DD-214.
Degree Plan, Signed by your academic advisor for VA benefits.
Complete Enrollment Certification Request Form, link bellow
(https://www.uttyler.edu/utsforms/ecrf.html)
Proof of Dependency if Dependent is Using Benefit, tax return from
veteran, birth certificate of child, or marriage license of spouse.
If Dual Enrollment with Other College, Copy of schedule from
other institute and parent letter needed.
ELIGIBILITY
•Have received, or will receive, a discharge that is
other than dishonorable
•Have a service-connected disability rating of at
least 10%, or a memorandum rating of 20% or more
from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)
•Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and
Employment (VR&E) services
BENEFIT
Eligible Service members may receive up to 36
months of education benefits.
Full tuition and fees are paid directly to the school.
Monthly housing allowance. (Full-time: $1350)
Books completely paid for.
USING HAZLEWOOD EXEMPTION
WHAT YOU NEED TO TURN IN
HAE-APP, Hazlewood Application Packet found @
(http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Hazlewood-Act.aspx)
Benefits letter from VA if discharged after 9/11/2001, fill out
the 22-1990 @
(https://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp_ssl/login.asp) to
show that you have used all or are not eligible for G.I. Bill.
Hours of Hazlewood Used, Print webpage that indicates
how many hours used @
(http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Hazlewood-Act.aspx)
DD-214 From Veteran, Any copy except member-1 as
indicated on bottom right of the DD-214.
Degree Plan, Signed by your academic advisor for VA
benefits.
Proof of Dependency if Dependent is Using Benefit, Can be
a tax return from veteran or a birth certificate of dependent.
ELIGIBILITY
•At the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, designated Texas as Home of
Record; or entered the service in Texas; or was a Texas resident;
•Have received an honorable discharge or separation or a general discharge
under honorable conditions;
•Served at least 181 days of active duty service (excluding training);
•Have no federal Veteran’s education benefits, or have no federal Veterans
education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as
Chapter 33 or 31; for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value
of Hazlewood benefits;
•Not be in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas;
•Enroll in classes for which the college receives tax support (i.e., a course that
does not depend solely on student tuition and fees to cover its cost), unless
the college’s governing board has ruled to let Veterans receive the benefit
while taking non-funded courses; and
•Meet the GPA requirement of the institution's satisfactory academic progress
policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution's
financial aid policy. (Effective fall 2014)
BENEFIT
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. This does NOT include living expenses,
books, or supply fees.
 Coffee
 Camaraderie
 Video games
 Place to network
 Study guides: GRE, GMAT, MCAT, SAT, ACT, etc
 Place for group projects
 Small business center for printing, faxing, copying
 In house PTSD counseling by a Veteran
 Entertainment center: spades anyone?, chess, risk, dominos
 Help with all campus forms: admissions, registration, financial aid, veterans benefits
 Jobs, resume building
 Peer to peer tutoring and mentoring
 Throwback Thursdays: free food once a month, learn about what’s available to you on and off
campus
COUNSELING FOR VETERANS
We have free counselors here at The University of Texas at Tyler for any student with an active
student I.D. card. Our Veteran counselor, Jahn Quattlebaum, is a Veteran himself and hangs out in the
Veteran Resource Center for five hours every Thursday if anyone is interested in meeting him or
are interested in having a professional to talk to. Jahn makes appointments with Veterans through
the University of Texas at Tyler Student Counseling Center. Many Veterans here at The University of
Texas at Tyler have gone to Jahn for military or personal related issues. Every Veteran that goes to
Jahn makes another appointment for the next week, “He is just that good.”
Student Counseling Center Information:
Website: https://www.uttyler.edu/counseling/
Phone Number: (903) 565-5673
Counselor Information:
Name: Jahn Quattlebaum
 City of Tyler’s Mayor’s Community Roundtable
 Chamber of Commerce Roundtable
 Education Committee of the Roundtable
 VEIN-Veterans Education Institution Network, a fancy way of saying we work with
other colleges and junior colleges on benefits and helping students
 Work with all Veterans who may have questions about benefits or other services
VETERANS SUPPORT PAGE
 City of Tyler Veteran Round Table @
http://www.cityoftyler.org/Government/MayorandCouncil/Mayor/MayorsVeteransRoundtable.aspx.
 Student Veterans of America @ http://www.studentveterans.org/.
 Texas Wounded Warrior @ http://www.txwoundedwarrior.com/.
 Wounded Warrior Project @ http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.
 The Green Zone @ (903) 593-8965, Provide support for behavioral healthcare.
 Vocational Rehabilitation Representatives
Demetrice Coon (903) 565-0441
&
Melissa Parish (903)565-0490
 Survivor Outreach Services @ http://www.txfss.com/SOS.html or (903) 595-6544
 Patriot Guard Riders @ https://www.patriotguard.org/.
President is Chris “Topher” Stout(Navy Vet)
Vice President is Christel Reilly (Army Reserve Vet)
Public Affairs Officer is Trent Clark (Army Vet)
What we do:
CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/svouttyler
Blackboard: Under organization tab once a member
a. Give back to Veterans by having fundraisers to receive money to use toward any Veteran scholarships, ideas, wants, and needs.
b. Volunteer for community service not only in Tyler but in surrounding cities in order to establish a good relationship with our
community and Veterans.
c. Have others to talk to. No one will ever know anything that we have been through, except the people that we have served with.
Talking to each other in the group will bring not only a great stress relief, but also to bring networking for future endeavors.
Schedule in VRC:
a. See the Veterans Resource Center for times
b. Come to VRC between 8:00-17:00 if interested in joining.
Benefits:
a. Honor Cord for Graduation - active participation with the organization.
b. Networking - help one another not only now, but in the future.
c. Camaraderie – Know others from a similar background.
STUDENT MONEY MANAGEMENT
MISSION:
Our mission is to assist students with improving their financial literacy and to develop good financial habits
during their college experience. We assist students with becoming more fiscally responsible, aware of their
financial priorities, and finding success during college and after graduation. We are here to help our
students create solutions for today and tomorrow.
SOME THINGS THEY DO:
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Creating a Budget
Establishing Credit and Using Credit Wisely
Saving Money
Paying Back Loans
Ways to Protect Your Identity
Managing Expenses Before, During, and After College
CONTACT INFORMATION:
Location: UC 3320
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, TX 75799
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: (903) 566-5946
Fax: (903) 565-3581
Make an appointment: [email protected]
Veterans Resource Center Awards
In 2014, The University of Texas at Tyler was recognized
by Military Times as #6 out of all Texas Colleges in
"Best for Vets".
http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20131111/EDU04
/311110003/Best-Vets-Colleges-2014
The University of Texas at Tyler is a proud participant in
the Tool Kit for Veteran Friendly Institutions.
Please review this link for more information.
https://vetfriendlytoolkit.acenet.edu/Pages/default.aspx
"Got Your 6" is a national campaign that supports
veterans in their transition into civilian life.
http://www.gotyour6.org/
 http://uttyler.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_57TleAoOziHg8mh
“One fight. One family.”
“No Veteran Left Behind”

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