Veteran's Affairs

Lamar State College-Port Arthur supports Veterans through the Financial Aid Office.  The office assists Veterans attending Lamar State College Port Arthur by answering questions concerning veteran educational benefits and Texas Hazlewood benefits. The office certifies enrollments for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and monitors veterans' degree plans and academic progress.

The application for VA educational benefits is completed online at

If approved for VA benefits the veteran will receive a letter from Veteran Affairs submit:

Lamar State College Port Arthur permit any covered individual to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the educational institution a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 (a “certificate of eligibility” can also include a “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) website – eBenefits, or a VAF 28-1905 form for chapter 31 authorization purposes) and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

  1. The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution.
  2. 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.

Lamar State College Port Arthur will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33.

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David 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 Service Members 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.  Children are eligible as of their 18th birthday (unless they have already graduated high school). A child may be married or over 23 and still be eligible, although their eligibility ends on their 33rd birthday. Spouses have 15 years from the date of death of the service member to use the benefit. Find out more information by visiting the VA certifying officials in the Financial Aid Office in room 304 of the Student Center Building or to learn more about this scholarship.

Hazlewood Act

The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees.

To apply for Texas Hazlewood benefits and read more about the Hazlewood program

Once enrolled submit:

  • Letter of eligibility
  • DD214
  • Class Schedule

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