Touro University California is committed to helping active duty members of the military and veterans of military service attain their educational goals. Active duty personnel, veterans, reservists, and dependents of service-related disabled or deceased veterans are encouraged to browse this Web site to learn more about the application process and educational benefits at Touro University California. Our mission is to effectively provide support services to veterans in obtaining educational benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill, in addition supporting students who are currently enlisted in the Armed Forces with processing reimbursement and other forms.
Many programs of educational assistance benefits are available to those who have served on active duty in the U.S military. Benefits may also be available to their dependents. Detailed information on all veterans’ benefits can be obtained from the Veterans Administration web site at http://www.va.gov/.
To be eligible to receive VA benefits, students will need to provide a letter of eligibility and copy of military form DD 214. Students receiving educational benefits through the Veteran’s Administration are expected to remain in good academic standing. The Veteran’s Administration has additional terms regarding students not in good academic standing:
1. Probation is defined as a period of time during which the student’s progress will be closely monitored, by the Student Promotion Committee and the Program.
2. The period of probation will be a maximum of three (3) consecutive semesters.
3. A student who is placed on probation for more than three (3) consecutive semesters will be ineligible for certification of educational benefits through the Veterans Administration. Students receiving financial assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) must submit official copies of ALL academic transcripts reflecting previously earned college credit to the Registrar, who is the certifying official at Touro University California. Military coursework must be submitted to the Registrar staff for review and verification.
First-time Use of Veteran Benefits
In order to initiate veteran educational benefits, students must turn in the proper paperwork to the Registrar. The Veterans Affairs (VA)–certifying official on the TUC campus must have copies of each of the required forms prior to submitting the request for benefits from the VA. Student’s enrollment will not be verified if copies of these forms are not submitted to the Registrar. It is recommended that applications be submitted to the VA office at least two months prior to the start of the proposed term of enrollment. Doing so ensures that the student application is processed in a timely manner and you will be approved for your benefits when the term starts.
- Letter of Eligibility from the Department of Veterans Affairs
- A copy of the DD-214
- Written request for Veterans Educational benefits
- Written request for the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship
Where applicable, based on the decision of the academic program, credit may be granted for previous coursework. The VA will not pay for a matching course previously taken. Standards of academic progress for students receiving educational benefits through the Veteran’s Administration, is as follows:
- Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by respective program.
- Students must apply for VA educational benefits each semester with the campus Veterans Certifying Official. At TUC, that official is the Registrar, Dr. Ron Travenick.
- Probation is defined as a period of time during which the student’s progress will be closely monitored by the Student Promotion Committee and the Dean of Students or designee.
- A student who is placed on probation for more than three (3) consecutive semesters will be ineligible for certification of educational benefits through the Veterans Administration.
Principles of Excellence - Executive Order 13607
On April 27, 2012 President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13607, Establishes the Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members, to protect and ensure that Service members, Veterans and their families have access to information which will enable them to make informed decisions concerning the use of their well-earned educational benefits. Touro University California is in agreement with Executive Order 13607 and proudly provides services to active Service members, Veterans and their families.
One of these services, a "Financial Aid Shopping list" is available to students in the Financial Aid office.
YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM PARTICIPATION
TUC in agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
As a participant in this program, TUC agrees to make additional funds available for the students’ educational program. TUC determines the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed and distributed to eligible students on a first come, first served basis. VA matches that amount and issues payment directly to the institution.
To receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program:
1. Student must be eligible for the minimum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
2. Student must not be on active duty or a spouse using transferred entitlement.
HEALTH PROFESSIONS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (HPSP) MILITARY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Each year the United States Military awards scholarships through the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program. HPSP is one option to pay for a graduate Medical or Physician Assistant degree. This program pays for the student’s entire tuition, books and most fees. Additionally, the HPSP provides students with a monthly stipend for living expenses while attending TUC.
HPSP Scholarship Eligibility
- Must be a US citizen
- Conduct a background check & physical exam
- Be under the age of 34
- Be accepted to one of the aforementioned graduate schools (may apply for scholarship prior to acceptance)
- Must have a competitive GPA above 3.0
- Student must apply directly to the specific branch of service and be accepted
The TUC Military Club is the student organization for enlisted, reservist, veterans and their families and friends. The members of the club have come together on campus to meet and talk to other enlisted and veterans, educate the campus community about the military, and to have a good time. The main goals of the club are to promote student life and create a non-partisan environment at Touro University California. We invite you to become part of the club.
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