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Veteran Student Admission

Procedure and Criteria

Freshman Admissions

For specific admission requirements, see information on Transfer Student Admission and College of Adult Education Admission.

Veteran's Affairs Program

The Texas Veterans Commission approves Dallas Baptist University for students who wish to receive educational benefits under various Veterans Administration programs. All students who feel they may be eligible should contact the VA Certifying Official in the DBU Veteran Services Office located in the Registrar's Office.

Procedures

Eligibility of new students will be determined after the VA Certifying Official has received the appropriate forms from the veteran (depending on benefit veteran will be using).  This can be determined by speaking to the VA Certifying Official. Forms can be completed at the official website of the Department of  Veterans Affairs Education Service, www.gibill.va.gov. New students should contact the VA Certifying Official, in the DBU Veteran Services Office, one month prior to registration, to ensure completion of paperwork in a timely manner. Transcripts showing previous credit must be submitted prior to the completion of the second semester in residence. The Veterans Administration requires that each student receiving benefits must follow an approved degree plan.

Certification

A VA student may not receive payment for courses previously completed, for courses that are in excess of degree requirements, or for courses that do not apply toward the student's approved degree. A degree plan must be on file as soon as possible. A copy of your official degree plan should be given to the VA Certifying Official in the DBU Veteran Services Office as soon as it is completed.

It is the student's responsibility to notify the VA Certifying Official in the DBU Veteran Services Office each semester that he/she enrolls, and at any time he/she adds, drops, or withdraws from a course. 

Credit for Military Experience

Students may receive, subject to departmental approval/policies, credit for Army courses and military occupational specialties (MOS); Navy general rates, ratings, warrant officer and limited duty officer specialties; Air Force courses; Coast Guard courses; Marine Corps courses; and Department of Defense courses, if they have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE). DBU will accept credit recommendations made by ACE as specified in The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services


Progress Policy Guidelines

Satisfactory Progress: A student who is receiving VA Educational Benefits must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 to be considered making satisfactory progress.

Probation: Students who fail to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 shall be placed on probation for one semester. If the student achieves a semester GPA of 2.00 or better during the probationary semester but has not achieved the required cumulative GPA of 2.00, the student may continue on probation for one additional semester.

Unsatisfactory Progress: If the student on probation fails to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 at the end of the first probationary semester, the student will be reported to the Veterans Affairs Regional Office as making unsatisfactory progress. The student will be permitted to remain on probation for one additional semester.

A student who fails to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 at the end of the second consecutive probationary semester shall be reported to the Veteran's Affairs Regional Office as making unsatisfactory progress.

Chart of Probation Guidelines and Results


First Probation Semester
Cumulative GPA Semester GPA Result
Less than 2.00 N/A Put on probation for one semester

After 1st Probation Semester
Cumulative GPA Semester GPA Result
2.00 or higher 2.00 or higher Satisfactory progress, removed from probation
Less than 2.00 Less than 2.00 VA notified as making "unsatisfactory progress"(may not be able to receive further benefits)
Less than 2.00 2.00 or higher Probation for only one more semester, VA notified as making "unsatisfactory progress"

After 2nd Probation Semester
Cumulative GPA Semester GPA Result
2.00 or higher N/A Satisfactory progress, removed from probation
Less than 2.00 N/A VA notified as making "unsatisfactory progress" (may not be able to receive further benefits)