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Requesting VA Certification at UTD
The Certifying Official acts as a liaison between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran student. This involves assisting with a variety of processing and information needs such as documentation requirements, correspondence, and the certification and receipt of benefits. To contact your Veteran's Affairs Certifying Official, see the Specific Aid Program Contacts table in Contact Us.
How you go about requesting certification at UTD depends on your individual situation, please select which item pertains to you:
Requesting a Parent Institution Letter
The Parent Institution Letter (PIL) is required if a student is planning to enroll at The University of Texas at Dallas upon completion of 24 credit hours, or less, at their current school; and/or enrolling in courses not covered by the degree plan at their current institution. Furthermore, all courses appearing on the letter must be necessary for fulfillment of specific degree plan requirements here at UTD.
Students must do two things in order to have a PIL processed for them:
It is to the student’s advantage to follow the degree plan at their current institution as long as possible to provide them with the most flexibility.
Veteran's Benefits Coordinator
Sara Foxworthy is the School Certifying Official for VA Benefits at UT Dallas. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 972-883-4336. Her office is located in McDermott Library as part of the Veteran's Resource Center.
The Hazlewood Tuition Exemption
Elaine Starr in the UT Dallas Office of Financial Aid administers this state benefit. You can email your questions to her at Elaine.Starr@utdallas.edu or phone her directly at 972-883-4858. Her office is located in Student Services Building. Information regarding eligibility requirements for this tuition exemption can be found at www.collegeforalltexans.org