Veteran Students and Families

Welcome to the Houston Baptist University Office of Veterans Affairs. It is the goal of the HBU Office to provide you with the best assistance possible throughout your pursuit of education at HBU.

This page provides information to those who have never received VA Education Benefits at any school or training establishment. The initial application process is expected to take estimated 30 days to 45 days.

First-time VA Student Admissions Process

  • Step 1: Complete and submit the HBU Admissions Application

    You must be admitted to Houston Baptist University as a degree-seeking student.

    HBU Admissions Application

  • Step 2: Complete the application for VA Education Benefits

    – Read the application carefully since some decisions that you make on the application are now irrevocable.
    – Form must be turned into the Veterans Administration; may also be completed on line.

    Application for VA Education Benefits

  • Step 3: Submit these documents to Veterans Coordinator, Office of the Registrar

    HBU Military Transfer Credit Policy

    The American Council on Education (ACE) recognizes the educational value of military training and experience. ACE continuously evaluates military school courses and occupations and makes recommendations for college level credit. ACE credit recommendations are present on the Joint Services Transcript (JST) of the military service member.

    Each service member will receive at least 3 hours of elective credit for basic training as documented on the JST, and may receive up to 30 elective credits for military service as recommended by the American Council of Education (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services and in accordance with HBU policies regarding transfer credits.

    Based on the evaluation, credit may also be applied toward specific degree requirements where appropriate, as well as any possible credit for passing Dantes subject tests that have been reviewed and approved by the corresponding department. Courses from other accredited institutions will still be eligible to receive transfer credits.

  • Step 4: Get advised and registered for courses

    First-time Freshmen Students:  
    All incoming students must attend Orientation to receive their class schedule, meet with financial aid, and explore all the academic and student life resources available to students at HBU. Contact your admissions counselor to register, or visit hbu.edu/orientation for more information.

    First-time Transfer Students: 
    All incoming students must attend Orientation to receive their class schedule, meet with financial aid, and explore all the academic and student life resources available to students at HBU. Contact your admissions counselor to register, or visit hbu.edu/orientation for more information.

  • Step 5: Complete HBU's VA Enrollment Certification Request Form

    – HBU Veteran Certification Request Form after registration*

    Complete the VA Enrollment Certification Request Form above and submit to the VA Coordinator in the Office of the Registrar via email, fax (281) 649-3440, mail, or in person.
    To be certified for benefits, this form has to be completed and turned in every semester.

    *Notify the VA Coordinator in the Office of the Registrar via email of any changes to the following:
    – Filing of a Degree Plan
    – Changes in Major
    – Changes in Semester Schedule

    You must notify the HBU Veterans Representative of these changes within 30 days. Failure to do so may result in over-payment and if you are overpaid the University is required to return any funds received from the VA which will result in the student owing a balance to the University.

  • Chapters 30, 1606 and 1607 Only

    For Montgomery G.I. Bill (Chapter 30), Reserve G.I. Bill (Chapter 1606) and Activated Reservists Post 9/11 (Chapter 1607) Only:
    Certify monthly enrollment status via W.A.V.E. on the last day of every month while you are in school.

Checklist for Veteran Dependents

Checklist for Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation Veterans

  • Step 1: Complete and submit the HBU Admissions Application

    You must be admitted to Houston Baptist University as a degree-seeking student.

    HBU Admissions Application

  • Step 2: Complete the application for VA Education Benefits

    – Read the application carefully since some decisions that you make on the application are now irrevocable.
    – For more information and to apply for benefits please visit the Veterans Administration Office of Vocational Rehab
    – Form must be turned into the Veterans Administration; may also be completed on line.

    Application for VA Education Benefits

  • Step 3: Submit these documents to Veterans Coordinator, Office of the Registrar

    HBU Military Transfer Credit Policy

    The American Council on Education (ACE) recognizes the educational value of military training and experience. ACE continuously evaluates military school courses and occupations and makes recommendations for college level credit. ACE credit recommendations are present on the Joint Services Transcript (JST) of the military service member.

    Each service member will receive at least 3 hours of elective credit for basic training as documented on the JST, and may receive up to 30 elective credits for military service as recommended by the American Council of Education (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services and in accordance with HBU policies regarding transfer credits.

    Based on the evaluation, credit may also be applied toward specific degree requirements where appropriate, as well as any possible credit for passing Dantes subject tests that have been reviewed and approved by the corresponding department. Courses from other accredited institutions will still be eligible to receive transfer credits.

  • Step 4: Get advised and registered for courses

    First-time Freshmen Students:  
    All incoming students must attend Orientation to receive their class schedule, meet with financial aid, and explore all the academic and student life resources available to students at HBU. Contact your admissions counselor to register, or visit hbu.edu/orientation for more information.

    First-time Transfer Students: 
    All incoming students must attend Orientation to receive their class schedule, meet with financial aid, and explore all the academic and student life resources available to students at HBU. Contact your admissions counselor to register, or visit hbu.edu/orientation for more information.

  • Step 5: Complete HBU's VA Enrollment Certification Request Form

    – HBU Veteran Certification Request Form after registration*

    Complete the VA Enrollment Certification Request Form above and submit to the VA Coordinator in the Office of the Registrar via email, fax (281) 649-3440, mail, or in person.
    To be certified for benefits, this form has to be completed and turned in every semester.

    *Notify the VA Coordinator in the Office of the Registrar via email of any changes to the following:
    – Filing of a Degree Plan
    – Changes in Major
    – Changes in Semester ScheduleYou must notify the HBU Veterans Representative of these changes within 30 days. Failure to do so may result in over-payment and if you are overpaid the University is required to return any funds received from the VA which will result in the student owing a balance to the University.

Disability Accomodations

To learn more about disability accommodations please visit: HBU.edu/504

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