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Information for Veterans & Dependents

Welcome to Grayson College Veteran Services Office!

The  Veteran Services Office (VSO)  provides services and support for all of your Veteran Affairs and State of Texas education benefits. In addition to certifying your benefits, they can answer questions and provide assistance with Financial Aid and Scholarships. The VSO  serves the needs of all military-affiliated students, prospective student veterans and dependents with uniquely tailored campus and community resources. The office works with other campus offices to focus on the transition and retention of veterans. We are here to serve you and connect you to the rest of campus. THANK YOU for your service to our country and we stand ready to serve you as you pursue your education.

 

General Information for New Students

Apply for Admission at Grayson College

  • Submit an official copy of your official high school transcript or GED to Grayson’s Office of Admissions
  • Submit proof of Meningitis Vaccination
  • Submit a copy of DD214 Member 2 or 4 version to the VSO

It is essential that you visit the VSO to meet with an advisor for counseling on your next steps and detailed information about utilizing your educational benefits.

Visit the VSO on campus or login to MyViking to complete the following:

  • Apply for Financial Aid and scholarships
  • Check with the Advising for testing exemptions and/ or requirements. Scores or exemptions are required prior to signing up for classes
  • Provide copies of all transcripts if you have attended any other institution(s). Meet with your Success Coach and request that your transcript(s) be evaluated and credits transferred in, where applicable.
  • Meet with your Success Coach or Faculty Mentor to select and register for courses.
  • Complete the Request for Certification each semester to let the VSO know to certify your courses with the Department of VA
  • Final Steps: Pay tuition and fees (online or Business Office)
  • Obtain Student ID (Life Center)

MEALS FOR VETS:

Did you know as a student veteran, you might qualify for free meals?

Meals for Vets is a program that provides student veterans who have low income with free daily meals

To qualify, you are required to

  • have served at least 180 days federal active duty
  • provide proof of service such as a DD-214
  • provide proof of all household income and benefits
  • meet the low-income qualifications

Contact the Veteran Services Office at 903.415.2615 (phone) or by E-mail:  veterans@grayson.edu. You may also apply online at  Meals for Vets .

Mom’s Meals

You can also sign-up for Mom’s Meals (two weeks of meals) to be sent via Federal Express every two weeks   MomsMeals.com. This program fits many married veterans and/or those who cannot use the school cafeterias due to absence, breaks between semesters, etc. The process is to apply at MomsMeals.com, or if already registered for meals, call 830.992.3375.

APPLYING FOR VETERANS EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS:

In order to receive education benefits under the Post-9/11 or other Montgomery GI Bill® programs students must complete an application. Once this application is processed the Veterans Administration Office notifies each applicant by mail whether they qualify for benefits or not.

A “Certificate of Eligibility” is sent to those students who do qualify. This certificate tells the veteran how many months of entitlement they will receive and when their benefits expire. Students must bring a copy of their Certificate of Eligibility to the school in order to receive monthly benefit amounts.

HOW TO APPLY FOR BENEFITS ONLINE 

  • Go to: https://www.va.gov/education/
  • Click: How to Apply under Get GI Bill and other education benefits
  • Click: Find you educationbenefits form and answer the series of questions
  • Complete: the application online
  • Once you submit your application we recommend that you print a confirmation copy for your records; doing so may save you time and money!

If you do not have the capability to apply online, you can visit the Veteran Services Office located in the Student Affairs Building. You can also call 1-888-GI BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to have a form mailed to you.

You can also apply in person at the nearest VA regional office and have a VA employee help you.  To find the nearest VA regional office, click here.

WHAT THE VETERAN NEEDS TO BRING TO SCHOOL

  • DD-214 – Member 4 or Service-2 copy
  • Request a copy of DD-214 at:  http://www.archives.gov/veterans/ or via  VA Ask a Question
  • Military Transcripts  – see below
  • Copy of Certificate of Eligibility - this is mailed to you from the VA after they process your application for benefits
  • Request duplicate copies at the Department of Veteran Affairs Education Call Center 1-888-442-4551

 

HOW TO REQUEST A MILITARY TRANSCRIPT BY BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY - NAVY - MARINE CORPS - COAST GUARD:

Joint Service Transcript (JST) -  https://jst.doded.mil/

  • If you are prior Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy and do not have access to a Common Access Card (CAC) reader, then REGISTER for a JST account first.
  • Once registered Log into the JST system.
  • Click on the 'Transcripts' tab at the top of the page and then click the Official Transcript Request tab.
  • Type in Grayson College and click 'search' or hit the enter key.
  • On the order page verify all information is correct and chose a delivery method:

Online Delivery - You can order as many transcripts as needed for online delivery. Transcripts ordered by online delivery will be delivered via the web on the next business day.  Mail - Only 2 transcripts within 30 days can be ordered due to production and postage costs. Hard copies will be mailed on the next business day.

AIR FORCE:

Community College of the Air Force Transcript – CCAF

To request official transcript - go to:  https://www.credentials-inc.com/tplus/?ALUMTRO012308

 

BRANCH CONTACTS

Army and National Guard

E-Mail :  usarmy.knox.hrc.mbx.tagd- aarts@mail.mil 

Toll Free: 1-888-276-9472 

Official Transcript Request Form (Army)

Coast Guard USCG Institute

E-Mail:  CGI-PF-ed_transcripts@uscg.mil 
Fax: (405) 954-7249 

Marine Corps

JST Technology Operations Center 

E-Mail:  jst@doded.mil 
Fax: Comm: (850) 452-1909 
DSN: 459-1909 

Navy

Virtual Education Center (VEC) 

E-Mail:  vec@navy.mil 
Fax: Comm: (757) 492-5095 
DSN: 492-5095 
Toll Free: 1-877-838-1659


ACE MILITARY GUIDE:

The ACE Military Guide for Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services can be found on the website: http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Military-Guide-Online.aspx