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Southern Careers Institute understands that Veterans have spent years serving their country. We are ready to serve Veterans and their families by committing to provide information and services to those who qualify for education benefits.

Military Tuition Assistance Program

The Department of Defense (DoD) Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance to Service members for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of professional and personal self-development goals. TA is available for courses that are offered in the classroom or by distance learning and are part of an approved academic degree or certificate program. The courses must be offered by schools that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and are signatories to the current DoD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (DOD MOU). 

For tuition assistance programs, service members should begin the process by contacting their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or military counselor within their military service.

For service specific TA policies and procedures or to apply for tuition assistance, please visit the education websites below:







In accordance with the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding, Southern Careers Institute (SCI) will:

  1. Ban inducements, including any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, transportation, lodging, meals, or other item having a monetary value of more than a de minimis [defined as “an insignificant amount”] to any individual or entity, or its agents including third party lead generators or marketing firms other than salaries paid to employees or fees paid to contractors in conformity with all applicable laws for the purpose of securing enrollments of Service members or obtaining access to TA funds. Educational institution sponsored scholarships or grants and tuition reductions available to military students are permissible.

  2. Refrain from high-pressure recruitment tactics such as making multiple unsolicited contacts (3 or more) including contacts by phone, email, or in-person, and engaging in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose of securing Service member enrollments.

  3. Refrain from providing any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments or Federal financial aid (including TA funds) to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance.

Veteran Education Benefits – SCI accepts GI Bill

All SCI locations are approved by the Texas Veterans Commission to train eligible veterans. SCI accepts GI Bill® Chapters 30, 31, 33, 35, and 1606 tuition payments from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. SCI does not participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program or Texas Hazlewood Act.







GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site: GI Bill® here 


  1. Apply for benefits here by completing one of the following applications. 

    22-1990 – Application for VA Education Benefits

    22-1990E – Application for Transfer of Eligibility Benefits

    22-5490 – Application for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance (CH 35)

    22-1995 – Request for Change of Program or Place of Training

    22-5495 – Request for Change of Program or Place of Training Survivor’s and Dependent’s Education Assistance (CH35)

    If you elect to relinquish your Chapter 30 Benefits for Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Benefits during the application process, you cannot go back to Chapter 30. Note: this does not apply to Chapter 1606 and Chapter 35.

  2. Request official transcripts from all previously attended colleges, universities, and training institutes.

    Students using military and VA education benefits are required to submit all post-secondary institution transcripts including Joint Service Transcript (“JST”) or Community College of the Air Force (“CCAF”) Transcript. 

    The VA requires the school to conduct a mandatory evaluation of all submitted documents for potential transfer credits into any program for which the veteran or service member wishes to utilize his/her benefits. Starting the program prior to official transcript evaluation may result in a repeat of prior coursework that may create a debt to the VA.

    Diploma-seeking students must provide transcripts to Director of Education within six (6) weeks of the enrollment start date. If not provided, then training will not continue to be certified. This does not apply to degree-seeking VA students.

  3. Provide VA Benefits Education benefits eligibility paperwork (Certificate of Eligibility-COE, eBenefits confirmation, printout, or Chapter 31 PO)
  4. Submit DD-214 (if applicable)
  5. If seeking Pell Grant eligibility, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) here Federal School Code 030353


SCI is classified as non-term, meaning our programs are measured in quarter credit hours. Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) is paid based on the beginning date, ending date, and number of quarter credit hours in each 3-week period of enrollment. VA converts these quarter credit hours into equivalent credit hours.

Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) is paid directly to students based on the campus facility code and school enrollment status. 

For Chapter 33 only, the MHA is prorated by the student’s length of service and Rate of Pursuit (RoP). The VA will calculate RoP by multiplying the number of credit hours being pursued by 12, then dividing the number of weeks in the course. The resulting percentage is the student’s Rate of Pursuit. If RoP is more than 50% the Chapter 33 student is eligible to receive a Monthly Housing Allowance. 

Active-duty personnel receiving Chapter 33 benefits or spouses of active-duty personnel receiving Transfer of Entitlement benefits are not eligible for the Monthly Housing Allowance.

For Chapters 30,35, and 1606, Monthly Housing Allowance is determined by training time and days based on VA Quarter Credit Equivalency Tables

If taking less than 3 quarter credit hours in a 3-week period, MHA will not be paid at a full-time rate and will be adjusted accordingly by the VA.

Any VA student with questions related to their education benefits, please call 888-GIBILL-1 (888-442-4551) between 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday-Friday. They can also choose to speak with their campus Financial Aid Director or contact SCI’s VA Education Specialist – Paris Johnson at 480-417-2031 or by email at [email protected]

For specific questions related to Monthly Housing Allowance, contact the VA directly at 1-888-442-4551 to determine exact amounts. 

SCI encourages all students to research and evaluate schools and review Monthly Housing Allowance comparison by using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool located here

Get started with SCI Tuition Assistance

A Southern Careers Institute (SCI) VA Education Finance Specialist is dedicated to each student’s educational goals and is familiar with VA education benefits, tuition assistance and financial aid programs available. For assistance with completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) or to determine eligibility for loans, grants, and/or scholarships, please contact Paris Johnson, who can assist with any additional questions you may have. 



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