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Veterans, dependents and spouses of veterans, and members of National Guard should contact the Office of Financial Aid to initiate their GI Bill® benefits, as well as federal and state tuition assistance. Monthly benefit rates are set by Congress, the DVA, and the DOD, and vary according to the student’s benefits categories and enrollment.

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 at

VA Educational Benefit recipients are required to meet the same standard of progress as other students. In addition, veterans and their dependents are required to:

  • Declare an approved educational program of study.
  • Submit all high school transcripts or high school equivalency, previous college transcripts, and military transcripts to the Office of the Registrar.
  • Veterans and members of the National Guard should present a copy of their DD-214 (member 4 copies) or NOBE.
  • Notify the Office of Financial Aid of any changes to enrollment or program of study.
  • Submit a Veterans Registration Form each semester.

If using TA, you will need to apply and get approval from your ESO prior to enrollment.


Three Rivers offers a variety of services to help with your college career:

Three Rivers College does not provide any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments of 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. Three Rivers College refrains from high-pressure recruitment tactics such as unsolicited contacts (three or more) for the purpose of securing service member enrollments.

Return of Unearned Tuition Assistance (TA) Funds

Students who cease attendance in class prior to having completed 60 percent of the semester will have TA funds returned to the Military Department according to the time frames listed below.

16-Week Courses
Time of WithdrawalAmount Returned
Before/during Weeks 1 & 2100 Percent
Weeks 3 – 475 Percent
Weeks 5 – 850 Percent
Weeks 9 – 1140 Percent
Weeks 12 – 160 Percent – No Return
8-Week Courses
Time of WithdrawalAmount Returned
Before/During Week 1100 Percent
Week 275 Percent
Weeks 3 – 450 Percent
Week 540 Percent
Weeks 6 – 80 Percent – No Return
4-Week Courses
Time of WithdrawalAmount Returned
Before/during Week 1100 Percent
Week 250 Percent
Week 325 Percent
Week 40 Percent – No Return

Other Benefits

Active service members, veterans, and their IRS-defined dependents are charged in-district tuition without regard to current residency. For spouses and dependents (who do not meet IRS required guidelines), tuition will be charged per U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs regulations.

In compliance with the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 section 103, Three Rivers College will not impose any penalty including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries or other facilities, or the requirement that a Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 recipient borrow additional funds to cover the individual’s inability to meet their financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of a payment by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

For additional information on education programs and to apply for Veterans Benefits visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Website.

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