Veterans Education Benefits

Qualified veterans and the dependents of deceased or disabled veterans whose death or disability is a direct result of their military service may be eligible for VA educational benefits under one of the following programs while attending Rice University:

Hazelwood Act

The purpose of the Hazelwood Act is to provide education benefits to honorably discharged or separated Texas veterans, or to qualified dependent children. As a private education institution, Rice University does not participate in the Hazelwood Act exemptions.

For a list of Texas public institutions that accept Hazelwood Exemptions (Hazelwood Act), click here.

For more information about the Hazelwood Act, click here.

Chapters 30, 32, 1606 or 1607

  1. Veterans who wish to use their VA educational benefits for the first time should apply online at https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/ and complete a Form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits, to receive a Certificate of Eligibility.
  2. If educational benefits have previously been used complete a Form 22-1995, Change of Program or Place of Training, online at http://www.gibill.va.gov to receive a Certificate of Eligibility.
  3. Submit the following items to the Rice University Office of the Registrar:
  • Certificate of Eligibility
  • Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214)
  • Official academic transcripts from previously attended colleges and/or universities
  • VA Information Sheet
  • VA Degree Plan

Chapter 33

  1. Veterans who wish to use their VA educational benefits for the first time should apply online at http://www.gibill.va.gov and complete a Form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits, to receive a Certificate of Eligibility.
  2. If educational benefits have previously been used, complete a Form 22-1995, Change of Program or Place of Training, online at http://www.gibill.va.gov to receive a Certificate of Eligibility.
  3. Submit the following items to the Rice University Office of the Registrar:
  • Certificate of Eligibility
  • Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214)
  • Official academic transcripts from previously attended colleges and/or universities
  • VA Information Sheet
  • VA Degree Plan

Information on Tuition and Fees, Housing, Books and Supplies under Post-9/11 GI Bill Study Abroad Programs is available.

Please be advised that in order to receive additional funding through the Yellow Ribbon Program you must be at 100% eligibility as defined by the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Additional information pertaining to the Post 9/11 G I Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program can be found at http://www.gibill.va.gov.

Please Note: Active duty personnel do not qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Chapter 35

  1. Qualified dependents who wish to use their VA educational benefits for the first time should apply online at http://www.gibill.va.gov and complete a Form 22-5490, Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance, to receive a Certificate/Letter of Eligibility.
  2. If educational benefits have previously been used complete a Form 22-1995, Change of Program or Place of Training, online at http://www.gibill.va.gov to receive a Certificate of Eligibility.
  3. Submit the following items to the Rice University Office of the Registrar:

Chapter 31

Disabled veterans desiring to further their education under the VA Vocational Rehabilitation program should contact the Veterans Administration Counseling and Training Office at 713-383-1985.

Tuition Deferment Request

Rice University does not impose any additional fees, obligations, or burdens on a student due to military related education benefits (other than those that may be required by the particular aid program itself). In some cases, the student may be required to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

If you qualify for state or federal education benefits through military service and payment to the school is delayed, you may be eligible for a 60 day deferment of tuition and fees to avoid late fees and/or being dropped from classes. The deferment request form is available here: https://www.tvc.texas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/HB-846-Form-Fillable.pdf. Submit the completed form to the Office of the Registrar.

Secure Submission of Document to OTR

In order for your benefits to be certified, please submit the following documents to the Office of the Registrar, via the upload portal below:

  • Certificate of Eligibility
  • Certificate of (Honorable) Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214)-Applies to only veterans and not dependents/spouses.
  • Military Transcript- Applies to only veterans and not dependents/spouses.
  • Degree Plan

The upload mechanism used below has been approved by Rice IT Security for the transfer of confidential and sensitive information in accordance with Rice Policy 808 - Protection of Personally Identifiable Information.

Request Military Transcripts

Please use the following websites to request any applicable military transcripts.

Admission to Rice and Financial Aid Information

For information on admission to Rice and/or financial aid information, please visit the appropriate links below.

Undergraduate Students

Graduate Students

Additional Assistance

An overview of many VA benefit programs is available here.

For additional assistance regarding VA educational benefits, please contact the Veteran Administration at 1-888-442-4551 or http://www.gibill.va.gov. The VA Representative at Rice University may be contacted at 713-348-8034 or abrad@rice.edu.

For additional assistance regarding disability services, please contact the Rice Disability Support Services Office at 713-348-5841 or adarice@rice.edu. The Rice Disability Services Office is located in Room 111 of Allen Center; the operating hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.