New Student Veterans

  • Veterans Table
  • five men walking next to each other in gear
  • Soldiers in Uniform with Flags and Guns
  • Tents and Rock wall
  • Man in Uniform with Child and woman

If you are new to Sam Houston State University (SHSU), be sure to check with Admissions for university requirements. The first step to becoming a Bearkat is to apply today. 

If you are a new student who has never used VA Educational Assistance before and you are a veteran, then you should complete VA Form 22-1990. If you are a dependent, you should complete VA Form 22-5490. If you are registered, you will also need to to complete the "Request for Certification" form and provide a copy of your degree plan. If you are a Reservist or National Guard, you will need a "Notice of Basic Eligibility" form in addition to the above forms.

New students using VA Educational Benefits:

1) Contact the Veterans Resource Center @ 936-294-1046 to have the appropriate links generated to your MySam account once you have been  accepted to SHSU and you are registered for courses.

2) Log into MySam>My Account> Financial Aid Requirements>Select Aid Year.

3) Complete the required online forms and upload any required documents.

4) Submit your online forms to the Veterans Resource Center for approval. Check your SHSU student email account for any correspondence regarding your request.