Before You Are Accepted

1. Contact Chris Garcia (512) 448-8766 before you submit your application.  Please let us know if you have previously used your VA education benefit.

2. If you have not applied for your benefit, you must complete the VONAPP.  If you are the Veteran, complete the 1990, if you are a dependent using Chapter 35, complete the 5490, if you are using your parents Post 9/11 benefit, complete the 1990e. 

3. Meet with an undergraduate, graduate or adult graduate counselor to discuss programs and majors.

4. Apply for admission.

5. Submit al transcripts to include your military transcript.  If Air Force, submit Community College of the Airforce transcript to seu.admit [at] (Office of Admissions).

Once You Are Accepted

1. Meet with an academic advisor to declare a major and enroll in classes.

2. Submit required documents to the St. Edward’s University VA Coordinator.

3. If necessary, apply for financial assistance.

  • Apply for a FSA ID
  • Apply for Financial Aid using FAFSA
  • How to Report Veterans Education Benefits on the FAFSA

If you have additional questions, you may contact our office or review our FAQs.


Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon program is additional funding available to students recieving 100% Post-9/11 benefits.

St. Edward’s University proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon with the Department of Veteran Affairs. The criteria for participation in the Yellow Ribbon program are as follows:

  • Eligible for the Post 9/11 (Chapter 33) GI Bill education benefits at the 100% level.
  • Maintain good academic standing at St. Edward's University.
  • Be admitted as a degree seeking student with net tuition and fee charges above the VA’s annual maximum rate as posted at

The Yellow Ribbon Program is available to all degree programs offered at St. Edward’s. New applicants are considered on a first-come, first-serve basis, and have been accepted to the university.  Contact the vchrisg [at] (school certifying official) for more information.

Transfer of Entitlement

Transfer of Entitlement allows veterans receiving Post-9/11 benefits to transfer their benefits to their spouse or dependents.

Our Certification Process

1. Once all documents are received and you are enrolled in classes required for your major, we will certify your enrollment and transmit to the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).

2. Your book stipend (paid to you) and tuition (paid to St. Edward’s University) are generally disbursed at the same time, approximately 3 to 4 weeks after submission of your enrollment to the DVA.

3. Your BAH is paid on the first of each full month of attendance.  For example, if the first day of classes is January 15th, you will not receive a BAH payment until approximately March 1st; February being the first full month of attendance. 

All payments are controlled by DVA, not by St. Edward’s University.


 The Hazlewood Act exempts qualified students taking classes at public institutions of higher education in Texas from tuition and fee charges, but does not include property deposits or student services fees.

As a private university, St. Edward’s is unable to participate in the Hazlewood Program.