Spouse or Dependents Benefits

Spouses and dependents are an integral part of active duty Servicemembers’ and Veterans’ families. We encourage you to utilize the services available at South Texas College to achieve your educational goals. Several benefits are available for qualifying spouses and dependents through federal and state programs to pursue your education.

Chapter 35 – Survivors and Dependent Assistance
The Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

Fry Scholarship
The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) provides Post-9/11 GI Bill ® benefits to the children and surviving spouses of Servicemembers who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001. Eligible beneficiaries attending school may receive up to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level.

Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) – Transfer of Entitlement
The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® allows Servicemembers to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children. The request to transfer unused GI Bill® benefits to eligible dependents must be completed while serving as an active member of the Armed Forces. 

Hazlewood Act – Legacy
The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified dependent children 25 years old or younger with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas.

Hazlewood Act – Spouses/Dependents
The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified spouses and dependent children of Veterans with a 100% permanent and total VA disability, are paid the 100% rate due to individual unemployability, are missing in action, or who died as a result of a service-related injury or illness with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas.

MyCAA Scholarship Program
Spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2 and O-1 to O-2 who have successfully completed high school and have the ability to request tuition assistance while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders are eligible. Spouses married to members of the National Guard and reserves in these same pay grades are eligible.