DoD POLICIES & TUITION ASSISTANCE (TA)
Memorandum of Understanding / Principles of Excellence:
Dallas Baptist University has entered into an agreement with the Department of Defense (DoD) Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and agrees to abide by the Principles of Excellence. The Principles of Excellence protect service members from predatory and misleading behavior from educational institutions. The Principles of Excellence provide guidelines for institutions participating in the federal tuition assistance program.
DBU agrees to ensure that the institution refrains from providing commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments or federal financial aid (including Tuition Assistance funds) to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance. Furthermore, DBU agrees to refrains from high-pressure recruitment tactics such as making multiple unsolicited contacts (3 or more), including contacts by phone, email, or in-person, or engage in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose of securing Service member enrollments.
The Department of Defense provides a Postsecondary Education Complaint System to service members who believe their school is failing to follow the Principles of Excellence. Please visit the DBU website for a full explanation of the policy found at this link.
Readmission of Service Members:
DBU agrees to “readmit a service member with the same academic status as when last attending the school or accepted for admission to the school. This requirement applies to any student who cannot attend school due to military service” (Chapter 3 of Volume 2 of the Federal Student Aid Handbook) as well as the corresponding federal guidelines of 34 CFR § 668.18 – “Readmission requirements for servicemembers.”
Students whose enrollment is interrupted due to a call to active duty / deployment should contact the DBU department of Military & Veteran Services as soon as possible to discuss documentation needed and options regarding withdrawal, refunds, etc.
Military Tuition Assistance (TA):
Dallas Baptist University is a signatory to the current Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (DOD MOU).
Students should coordinate Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits with the designated military point-of-contact representatives in both the Financial Aid and Cashier departments. Tuition Assistance (TA) and some chapters of VA benefits may not be utilized simultaneously during the same term. Questions about how TA funding interacts with VA benefits should be directed to the VA School Certifying Officials (SCOs) in Military & Veteran Services.
DoD Federal Tuition Assistance (TA):
The Department of Defense (DOD) Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance to service members for voluntary off-duty education programs. TA may be available for courses that are offered in the classroom or through distance learning that are part of an approved academic degree or certificate program. Links to “Service-Specific TA Policies and Procedures” are available at: https://www.dantes.doded.mil/FinancialAid/MilitaryTuitionAssistance.html.
Prior to enrollment at DBU, it is the responsibility of service members pursuing DoD Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) to:
speak with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within their Military Service;
review the DBU catalog policies for Undergraduate/Graduate Admissions regarding transfer credit;
submit official transcripts of ALL previous education and training (including military transcripts (JST/CCAF), if applicable) to the DBU Records office in a timely manner so as to allow the Registrar’s office time to prepare an official Transfer Equivalency Report (TRER) of all applicable transfer credit;
consult with their academic advisor to review their official degree audit evaluation (EVAL) detailing program requirements and how many, if any, transfer credits applied toward the program;
and communicate with the designated TA point-of-contact in the DBU Cashier’s office to coordinate any additional steps needed to ensure funding is successfully processed through the appropriate TA service branch online portal.