Military Students

Accelerated, military – friendly programs at California Baptist University

CBU Online & Professional Studies gives you the freedom to choose without compromising quality:

  • Accelerated degree completion programs
  • Named by G.I. Jobs magazine as a 2014 Military Friendly School
  • Classes accessible to meet your needs and your schedule
  • World-class faculty committed to academic, professional and spiritual success
  • Military experience may transfer as academic credit*
  • Military-friendly school – Yellow Ribbon Participant
  • A positive, personalized experience
  • Ranked #10 Best Online Programs for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report

CBU Veterans Information

California Baptist University is a participating Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAp) institution, and military academic credit or experience may provide some equivalency credit in accordance with the American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines. The Office of the Registrar maintains records for each identified veteran. A record of transfer work is kept on file and the Veterans’ Administration is notified of the transfer work accepted for each veteran. Veterans must provide a written request to the Office of the Registrar at the beginning of each term to initiate reporting of verification of enrollment and academic progress to the appropriate Veterans’ Administration office. Any changes in enrollment or attendance should be reported to the Office of the Registrar. Satisfactory progress must be maintained as specified in the Scholastic Regulations Section under Academic Policies.

For First Time Applicants and Applicants Changing Schools Request to Begin VA Educational Benefits.doc. This form must be completed by both new and re-admit students and is recommended to be completed either upon acceptance or as part of the admission application/re-admit process. For First Time Applicants

  1. Complete VA Form 22-1990 Application for Education Benefits (or VA Form 22-5490 Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance for Chapter 35 applicants),
  2. Complete the CBU Request to Begin Veterans Educational Benefits,
  3. Submit a copy of the veteran's DD Form 214 (discharge papers), a copy of the certificate of eligibility if you are applying for Post 9/11 GI Bill, or a copy of DD Form 2384 (Notice of Basic Eligibility) if you are applying as a Reservist, and finally
  4. Submit both completed applications along with either the DD Form 214 or the DD Form 2384 to the Veterans Certifying Official in the Office of the Registrar. The Veterans Certifying Official will then create a file for you and submit your application to the VA.
22-1990 Application for VA Education Benefits
22-5490 Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance

*Ordering a Military Transcript

Please visit the ACE (American Council on Education) website to order a military transcript. ACE will guide you directly to the ordering website for your military branch.

All students who may be eligible for education benefits should submit an application. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs will review all applications and officially deny or grant benefits.

Montgomery G.I. Bill--Active Duty (Chapter 30)

Eligible persons for this chapter have served at least 2 years active duty. Benefits become payable after 2 years continuous active duty and are not to exceed tuition and fees. Benefits are paid out on a monthly basis and extend up to 36 months. Benefits expire 10 years after discharge date.

Post 9/11 G.I. Bill (Chapter 33)

Eligible individuals include those who serve on active duty at least 90 aggregate days beginning on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days of continuous service.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a part of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. California Baptist University has elected to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. More details about how much of the tuition costs will be covered will be available soon.

Montgomery G.I. Bill--Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

Eligible persons have completed initial active duty for training and are an active reservist with a 6-year obligation. Benefits are paid out on a monthly basis and extend up to 36 months.

Dependents Educational Assistance DEA (Chapter 35)

Eligible persons are either the child (between the ages of 18-26) or surviving spouse of a veteran who is permanently and totally disabled due to a service related condition, who died in service, or who died of a service-connected disability. Benefits are paid out on a monthly basis and extend up to 45 months.

Reserve Education Assistance Program REAP (Chapter 1607)

Eligible persons have served 90 days or more active duty support of contingency operation or full-time National Guard duty responding to a national emergency. Benefits are paid out on a monthly basis and extend up to 36 months.

Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

Eligible persons have received or will receive a discharge under other than dishonorable conditions, incurred or aggravated a service-connected disability which entitles them to VA disability compensation, and is in need of vocational rehabilitation because their disability creates an employment handicap. Benefits may be provided for up to 48 months.

More detailed information about Veteran Programs and rates of pay is available online at


The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post-9/11Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008.The program provides for an agreement between CBU and the Veteran Administration to award a limited number of scholarships to qualified VA students to fund tuition and fees that exceed benefits available under the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33). Under the agreement VA will match CBU’s scholarship contribution.


Student must qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill through Veteran’s Administration and elect to receive benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill program.

Students must qualify for Yellow Ribbon program benefits as defined by the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program.

A limited number of scholarships are available and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis as required by the Yellow Ribbon Program agreement.


Recipients may receive varying amounts to be determined by semester enrollment, tuition and fee charges.

Recipients will be awarded in the current and subsequent academic years in which the university participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program and the student maintains continued enrollment and satisfactory progress, conduct, and attendance.


Student’s who qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program as determined by their VA Certificate of Eligibility should apply directly with the Office of the Registrar. Yellow Ribbon Program Application

How do I contact the Department of Veterans Affairs?

By calling 888.442.4551 or visiting

How long does it take to receive VA benefits?

First-time recipients should receive their benefits in approximately six to eight weeks. Continuing students should receive their benefits in approximately three to four weeks.

Who do I contact if I have questions regarding my eligibility or remaining benefits?

Please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 800.442.4551 or visit their site at

How do I order my military transcript?

Please visit the ACE (American Council on Education) website to order a military transcript. ACE will guide you directly to the ordering website for your military branch.

What are my responsibilities as a student?

As a veteran using your education benefits, you are responsible to notify the veteran’s affairs coordinator immediately of any action affecting your enrollment status - drop, add, or a change of certificate program goal. Failure to do so may result in termination of benefits.

You are responsible for maintaining satisfactory progress toward the stated certificate program objective. Satisfactory progress is defined as a grade point average of "C" for credit programs and/or an "average" for noncredit programs. Failure to maintain the required grade point average could result in the suspension of veteran education benefits.

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