Veterans Affairs Benefits, Services and ROTC Programs

The Office of the Registrar acts as the liaison between the student Veteran, the Veterans Administration, and Houston Baptist University.

Veterans Benefits and Services

What services are provided?

  • Assistance for students wishing to apply for VA benefits
  • Certification of enrollment for students already attending Houston Baptist University

HOUSTON BAPTIST UNIVERSITY DOES NOT ACCEPT THE HAZELWOOD ACT.

Who can receive services?

  • Active duty veterans (Chapter 30)
  • Veterans on the VA Vocational Rehabilitation program (Chapter 31)
  • Post – Vietnam ‘Education Assistance Program (VEAP) (Chapter 32)
  • Post 911 Gil Bill (Chapter 33)
  • Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607)
  • Students who are eligible to receive benefits under the Survivors and Dependents Assistance Program (Chapter 35)

How do I get my enrollment certification completed?
For new and returning VA students, please complete the Request/Change for VA Certification form and submit via email to mpinto@hbu.edu, fax -281-649-3440, mail or in person in the Office of the Registrar.

ROTC Programs

Qualified HBU students who desire to earn appointments as commissioned officers in the Air Force, Army or Navy have the opportunity to participate in ROTC training through agreements with Rice University and the University of Houston.

ROTC Cross-Enrollment Program
ROTC curricula are determined by the various branches of the United States Armed Forces. The individual detachments are responsible to their service for the content and quality of their programs.

Army
HBU students may participate in the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps unit at the University of Houston. The cross-enrollment program is an arrangement between the student and the Military Science Department at the University of Houston. Academic credits are posted to the student’s transcript records at HBU. Underclassmen spend 3-5 hours a week in class and leadership lab. The Army ROTC prepares selected College students for positions of responsibility in the active Army and its reserve components. It enables a student to earn a commission as an officer at the same time he earns an academic degree in a field of his choice. The ROTC program prepares the individual to pursue either a military or a civilian career. Tuition is charged for these courses at the current HBU undergraduate tuition rate. Two- and three-year ROTC scholarships are available. Veterans may enroll directly into the Advanced Course if they have 60 credit hours remaining. After commissioning you will incur a military obligation. You must compete for active duty; it is not guaranteed but you can commission into the Reserves or National Guard.

Interested students should contact the Army ROTC Unit (HBU.edu/ContactMSCI).

Navy
HBU students may participate in the Naval ROTC Unit at Rice University. The cross-enrollment program is an arrangement between the student and the Naval Science Department at Rice University. Tuition is charged for these courses at the current HBU undergraduate tuition rate. There are four NROTC Programs that lead to a commission in the regular or reserve components of the Navy or Marine Corps:

  1. A four-year Scholarship Program leading to a commission in the regular Navy or Marine Corps provides all tuition, books, School fees, and uniforms plus $100 per month.
  2. A four-year College program that leads to a commission in the Naval or Marine Corps Reserve provides all books and uniforms required for naval science courses.
  3. A two-year Scholarship Program for juniors and seniors.
  4. A two-year Nuclear Propulsion Candidate Scholarship Program which may lead to nuclear power training after graduation.

Interested students should contact the Naval ROTC Unit (HBU.edu/ContactNAVA).

Air Force
HBU students may participate in the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Houston. The cross-enrollment program is an arrangement between the student and the Air Force Department at the University of Houston. The Air Force Reserve Officer Training (ROTC) program prepares men and women of character, commitment, and courage to assume leadership positions as commissioned officers in the active duty United States Air Force. Upon completion of the curriculum, students will have a thorough understanding of the core values, leadership, teamwork, and other requirements to be an effective officer in the world’s greatest Air Force. All courses and physical training sessions take place at the University of Houston.

Course Credit: ROTC classes may be taken for elective credit toward any degree plan at Houston Baptist University. Freshman and sophomore level classes are open to all students. No military obligation is incurred as a result of enrollment in these courses. Junior and senior level courses are more restrictive and do require a military obligation. ROTC scholarship students also incur a military obligation.

AFROTC Scholarship Opportunities: Air Force ROTC offers scholarship opportunities for students at Houston Baptist University.

For more information on the Air Force Science program, contact the Air Force Science Department at the University of Houston, 713-743-4932. (HBU.edu/ContactAFSC)

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