First-Time VA Claimants

Anyone who has not used VA education benefits at Dallas College before, even if used at another institution, is considered a first-time claimant.

  1. Gather the documents below and have them ready to upload electronically.
    • Certificate of Eligibility – VA Certificate of Eligibility or a printout from VA eBenefits showing current eligibility and remaining benefits. Dated within 12 months.
    • Dallas College Registration Summary (eConnect - login required) – Submit every semester you want to claim your education benefits.
    • Military Transcripts – Required for all veterans – Confirmation page showing official transcripts have been ordered from the Joint Military Transcripts (JST) or Community College of the Air Force (CCAF).
    • Program of Study (POS) – Program of Study (eConnect - login required) under the Financial Aid heading. It is required to receive any VA education benefits that a program of study (POS) be designated, and all classes are required by the POS.
    • Dallas College Standards of Progress – Information regarding the requirements for use of military connected benefits at Dallas College. Please read and sign, highlighting any areas you would like additional details.
    • DD 214 -- OPTIONAL -- Service 2 or Member 4 copy showing: Home of record, place of entry, dates of service and character of discharge. *Not required for VA benefits but highly encouraged for benefits counseling and other college processes or outside benefits.
    • Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) – 1606s (Selected Reserve) students only. 1606 Eligibility Requirements
  2. Submit Request for Benefits.
  3. You will receive an email with instructions on how to submit the required information and documents. For information security, it is important to follow the instructions.
  4. Submit all required documents and information. Incomplete submissions cannot be processed. Please contact the campus military-connected services office for assistance as needed.
  5. You will receive follow up information regarding your submissions and any additional requirements.
  6. Changes – Report all enrollment changes.
  7. Next semester – Follow the instructions for Continuing VA Students.