Veterans & Military
Veteran Support Services
Visit the Veteran Support Services page under Student Life to learn more about the TLU Veterans' Lounge, service animals and military leave policies, Veteran Service Assistants and veterans and military student group.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
Download the full VA Benefits Student Checklist to help with the process.
Other VA Forms
Veterans may apply for financial assistance through the Office of Student Financial Services 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.
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.
TLU VA Certifying Official
Assistant Registrar/ VA Certification Officer
VA Western Regional Office
(toll free, 24-hours)
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. CST