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We're here to help. Contact the Veteran's Advisor for the campus you plan on attending.

Thank you for your interest in Howard College / SWCID. We are glad you have chosen our institution as your place of training. Here you will find information about what services we provide and who can receive VA education benefits.  Please note that there are multiple benefits listed below.  If you have concerns about which category you fall into or for more information on applying for your VA Education benefits, please contact us. 

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Karli Smith

Karli Smith

Big Spring, Lamesa and SWCID

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Luis Martinez

San Angelo

(325) 481-8300 ext: 3254

Howard College is fully approved for veteran’s education training through the Veterans Education Division of the Texas Veterans Commission.  Howard College coordinates with the Department of Veteran Affairs to assist a qualifying veteran, or his/her dependents, with financial assistance through the following programs: 

Handbook for Students Utilizing Veterans Education Benefits is designed to assist those students utilizing some type of veterans education benefit.  The information contained in this handbook is not an exhaustive collection of all information related to veterans education benefits programs.  Please contact the appropriate party for more information as needed.  In addition to this handbook, students are strongly encouraged to contact the Veterans Education Benefits Coordinator for their campus as well as refer to sites such as the GI Bill Benefits web site ( and the Texas Veterans Commission web site (

NOTE – BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO PRINT THE HANDBOOK:  The Handbook for Students Utilizing Veterans Education Benefits is 76 pages.  It is strongly recommended that you download the entire handbook and consider printing the necessary pages as indicated (highlighted in yellow) on Page 2 of the handbook.  

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.  The exemption does not include living expenses, books, or supply fees.  To learn more about the Hazlewood Act, please visit For assistance in determining eligibility and applying for this program, contact the Veteran Benefits Coordinator on your campus.