Veterans & Military
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A Servicemembers Opportunity College
TLU 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.
TLU 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 outline below:
Apply for admission, be accepted to TLU, register for classes, and submit a copy of your DD-214 (if you area a veteran) and a copy of the certificate of eligibility (CoE) issues to you by the VA to the Registrar’s Office.
- Apply for financial assistance through the Office of Student Financial Services in addition to receiving veterans educational benefits.
- Transfer students who have been applying veterans education benefits at another school should complete the change of program place of training form.
- Stay in contact with the school certifying official (SCO) in the Registrar’s Office and update the SCO of any schedule changes.
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 Jeffrey Coulter, Texas State University Recruiting and Enrollment Officer, at 512-245-0390. Students who are interested in the Air Force ROTC Program should call 512-245-2182. Both programs meet on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.