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Can I Use My Hazelwood Act Benefits for Online Courses?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hazelwood Act Benefits: I recently read the pamphlet for the Texas Veterans Commission Hazelwood FAQ. The pamphlet was dated 2006 and it stated that eligible veterans are not able to use HWA benefits for distance learning if they live outside of the state of Texas. Nonetheless, the current 2010 edition question 36 states “Are distance education classes covered by the Hazlewood Act? If the classes receive formula funding, are taken through Texas public institutions, and the charges are paid to the institution and not to a third party, they are covered by the Hazlewood Act.” This does not make any mention of not being able to use the benefits for online educational school if you live outside of TEXAS. Can you please advise on this matter? I am a Veteran who has Hazelwood Act benefits due to my entry being San Antonio TX. However, since I left the service I have continued to live in California.

A:  In the FAQs you reference, Questions 42 also states “Are distance learning classes covered by the Hazlewood Act? Answer: If the classes receive formula funding, are taken through Texas public institutions, and the charges are paid to the institution and not to a third party, they are covered by the Hazlewood Act.” Based on those two FAQs, I’m convinced you could use the Hazelwood Act as long as your online classes are through a Texas Commission-approved  school and the school is paid directly like it would be if you were using the Post 9/11 GI Bill -  where the VA pays the school for tuition and eligible fees. But, to be sure, it is always better to get it straight from the horse’s mouth, so my recommendation is to contact the Texas Veterans Commission and ask. Then you are sure and they can answer any other question that may arise from your discussion with them.

Comments  (6)

Dont know if the question was answer or not. Can you use the hazel wood act for online classes?

posted by gwade41
12:15 am on February 12, 2013

Trying to find an online school to use the hazelwood act in Texas. I’m an RN with a bachelor’s degree and want to get a masters in something with NURSING. Univ.of Phoenix will not. Need one in TEXAS. Any ideas?

posted by Laura
9:17 pm on February 24, 2013

This website should help you find a school – http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/programs/online-masters-in-nursing.

posted by Ron Kness
7:01 pm on March 11, 2013

Yes you can as long at your school is a public Texas school supported by state funds.

posted by Ron Kness
8:36 am on March 16, 2013

I arrived in TX in 1995 and became a resident. During my term in the Army I had to reenlist. After retirement in 1997, I chose to stay and live. Do I qualify for the hazelwood act?

posted by Bruce Muckerson
8:14 am on October 11, 2013

No you would not. The exact wording from the Hazelwood Act website is “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;

From you question, it sounds like you did not enlist from Texas, but went there while in the Army. Sorry.

posted by Ron Kness
10:28 am on October 14, 2013
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