University of Mary Hardin-Baylor 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Military Benefits

Veterans and Family Members

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is fully approved to offer instruction to students attending college under the provisions of the United States Code, Title 38, Chapter 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606, and 1607.

The University contacts for individuals planning to use Veterans Administration (VA) benefits are the Veterans’ Certifying Officials in the Registrar’s Office.

Veterans who have successfully completed basic training will be granted a PE Activity waiver (unless specific EXSS courses are required) after providing satisfactory documentation to the Registrar’s Office.

An individual planning to attend UMHB using VA benefits must comply with the following procedures:

  1. Complete all requirements for admission to the University as a degree seeking student or as a transient student with an approved formal degree plan from another university.
  2. Have an evaluation of service schools/experiences completed by the Registrar’s Office to determine any awarding of military credit.
  3. In coordination with an assigned academic advisor, register for only courses that are required for completion of your selected degree.
  4. Maintain satisfactory academic progress. The provisions found under the headings of “Scholastic Probation” and “Academic Suspension” in this catalog will apply.

Veterans will automatically be certified each semester unless they notify the Registrar’s Office in writing prior to the start of the specific semester.

Tuition Assistance

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is approved through the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) enforced by the Department of Defense (DOD) to facilitate Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits for Servicemembers.

To receive Tuition Assistance benefits:

  1. Complete all requirements for admission to the University as a degree seeking student or as a transient student with an approved formal degree plan from another university.
  2. Complete admission requirements through the Go Army Ed Portal.
  3. Have an evaluation of service schools/experiences completed by the Registrar’s Office to determine any awarding of military credit.
  4. Register for classes in coordination with assigned academic advisor.
  5. Provide Certification Coordinator with a copy of UMHB class schedule. The Certification Coordinator will then load courses to portal so that servicemembers are able to secure their available Tuition Assistance benefit.
  6. Maintain satisfactory academic progress. The provisions found under the headings of “Scholastic Probation” and “Academic Suspension” in this catalog will apply.

Note: Active Duty Servicemembers should seek information about UMHB’s Military Scholarship from the Financial Aid Office.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

To be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program:

  1. Complete all requirements for admission to the University as a degree seeking student or as a transient student with an approved formal degree plan from another university.
  2. Be eligible for Chapter 33 Post 9/11 veteran benefits at the 100% rate (as determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs). Chapter 33 Post 9/11 100% rate eligibility must be verified by the DD-214 Member-4 and Certificate of Eligibility (provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs).

Note: According to VA, Active Duty Servicemembers and their spouses are not eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

This program allows UMHB to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the $17,500 cap for private institutions. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.

As a result of our Yellow Ribbon matching grant, merit and institutional based scholarships will no longer be awarded and previously awarded merit and institutional based scholarships will be cancelled. However, as noted above, tuition and mandatory fees will be covered through a combination of the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, Yellow Ribbon, and UMHB.

Conditions are as follows:

  1. The Yellow Ribbon Grant is applied as a credit to the student’s account, and no cash and/or check payments will be awarded to the student.
  2. The Yellow Ribbon Grant is used exclusively towards prior or current program charges.
  3. The Yellow Ribbon Grant is awarded for each period in the program that the student is determined eligible and where the grant is needed.

Servicemembers Opportunity College

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and the SOC Degree Network System.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium

The SOC Consortium consists of colleges and universities committed to expanding and improving voluntary postsecondary educational opportunities for servicemembers worldwide. SOC Consortium members subscribe to principles and criteria to ensure that quality academic programs are available to active-duty military students, their family members, and veterans. A list of current SOC Consortium member institutions can be found on the SOC Web site at http://www.soc.aascu.org/.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Degree Network System Membership

UMHB is a member of the SOC Degree Network System, a subgroup of SOC Consortium member institutions selected by the military Services to deliver specific associate and bachelor’s degree programs to servicemembers and their families. As a member of the DNS, we have agreed to adhere to academic policies intended to support military students in their academic endeavors towards degree completion.

UMHB is approved for membership in SOCAD at the bachelor’s degree level.

A SOC agreement will be completed at the same time as the official transcript evaluation. AARTS, CCAF, SMARTS and/or DD214 must be provided to the Registrar’s Office by the student. Following receipt of all such records, the Registrar’s Office will utilize current publications of the American Council on Education to evaluate the student’s military experience. Based on this evaluation and in coordination with the respective department chairperson, credit hours may be awarded to the Servicemember (not to exceed 31 semester hours). These hours will be added to the student’s record of credit after the official transcript evaluation has been completed.