Veterans & Military

VAST, Student Veterans Assocation   |    Servicemembers Opportunity College   |    Yellow Ribbon Program   |    Veterans Education Benefits   |    ROTC

TLU Veterans' Lounge

As a university close to San Antonio, dubbed Military City, U.S.A., TLU has several students, faculty and staff with military backgrounds who have shaped our campus. In addition to available sensitivity training and open discussion about transitioning from deployment to college, TLU offers a haven for veteran and military students: the Veterans' Lounge. The lounge has ample, comfortable seating and tables for individual or group study. Equipped with a refrigerator, microwave and Keurig coffee maker, the lounge is a great place for veteran and military students to relax and escape from the hustle of college life. 

The lounge is accessible by key card (TLU ID) to students identified as veterans or military. The lounge is located in the Alumni Student Center.

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Veterans and Society Together (VAST), Student Veterans Association

VAST is the student veterans group at TLU and serves as a resource for students who are veterans or dependents in helping them transition and become connected with campus life. The group provides support for students with deployed parents or family members and takes on service projects geared towards veterans and military. The organization seeks to provide a positive setting for veterans and dependents who are attending TLU and an outlet where faculty and students can support those who have served and those who are still serving.

In 2013, TLU became part of the national charter Student Veterans of America, the national organization helping students and military who are attending college by providing information, workshops, scholarships and grants.

VAST projects include adopting a deployed military unit and sending care packages, feeding the local fire department Thanksgiving Dinner, participating in Relay for Life, coordinating Veterans Day celebrations, offering programs and sessions geared towards veterans and dependents for the continued support of all members.

To commemorate Arbor Day, members of VAST planted a tree near the Alumni Student Center on April 26, 2012. arbor day VAST tree planting The tree is marked by a plaque that reads: 
To those before us
whom did not make it home,
To those who were with us
whom did not make it home,
To those after us
whom will never make it home.

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Servicemembers Opportunity College

Texas Lutheran University has been designated as an institutional member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a group of more than 1,000 colleges and universities providing voluntary postsecondary education to members of the military throughout the world. As a SOC member, Texas Lutheran University recognizes the unique nature of the military lifestyle and has committed itself to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements, and crediting learning from appropriate military training. SOC was developed jointly by educational representatives of each of the Armed Services, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and a consortium of 13 leading national higher education associations. 

When making an evaluation of credentials, Texas Lutheran University considers the work from other colleges and universities, the Defense Activity for Nontraditional Educational Support, and service school experiences. 

Military personnel are invited to participate in the academic program on the main campus under a plan that provides an opportunity for military persons to complete the requirements for a degree as a full-time student. The individual may select from a list of 30 majors. A program may be planned to extend from 4 to 12 months.

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Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.

Texas Lutheran University is a participating institution in the Yellow Ribbon Program. For more information about the program and other benefits, visit the GI Bill website.

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Veterans Education Benefits

Students who plan to attend Texas Lutheran University while receiving any type of Veterans Education Benefits should follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Once you have applied for admission to Texas Lutheran University, you should then file the appropriate Application for Veteran Education Benefits Form along with a copy of your DD Form 214 to the VA Certifying Official in the TLU Registrar's Office.
  2. In addition to submitting your Application for Veterans Education Benefits Form, you will also need to submit a Certification Form to your campus VA Certifying Official every semester upon registration so that your courses can be certified to Veterans Affairs Western Regional Office.
    Certification Form

Other VA Forms

Form 24-0296 - Direct Deposit Enrollment or call 1-877-838-2778
Form 20-572 - Change of Address/Cancellation of Direct Deposit

Related Information

Veterans may apply for financial assistance through the TLU Financial Aid Office in addition to receiving Veterans Education Benefits.
Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress each semester in order to remain eligible for payments. The Veterans Administration will not pay for:

  • Courses you audit.
  • Courses for which you receive a W grade.
  • Courses you repeat if you have already received a passing grade (i.e., A, B, C, or D) in that course. You may repeat a course previously failed.
  • Courses that are not a part of your degree requirements.

Appeals can be made if documentation can support the occurrence of special circumstances.

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Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Through a partnership agreement with Texas State University (San Marcos), TLU students may cross-enroll at Texas State in either the Army ROTC or the Air Force ROTC. The purpose of the ROTC program is to commission qualified students who wish to serve in the United States Military.

The ROTC courses offered by the Military Science Department (Army) or the Aerospace Studies Department (Air Force) at Texas State will be considered Texas Lutheran University courses and credit for such courses will appear on the student’s TLU transcript. The number of credit hours for each course will be equivalent to the credit hours offered by Texas State University. Each TLU student enrolled in the ROTC Program at Texas State must meet eligibility requirements for admission to this program as stipulated in current Department of the Army and Air Force regulations.

ROTC students may compete for a variety of scholarships in both ROTC programs. Some scholarships provide full tuition, laboratory and incidental fees, and an allowance for books, plus a monthly stipend.

Students who are interested in the Army ROTC Program should contact the Professor of Military Science at 512-245-3232. Students who are interested in the Air Force ROTC Program should contact the Department of Aerospace Studies at 512-245-2182. Both programs meet on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

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Contact
TLU VA Certifying Official

Marie Paiz
Phone: 830-372-8045
mpaiz@tlu.edu

Veterans Affairs

VA Western Regional Office
Muskogee, Oklahoma
1-888-442-4551
(toll free, 24-hours)
Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. CST
www.gibill.va.gov

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