7 Easy Steps To Finding The Right University

  1. Visit www.gibill.va.gov or call 888-GIBILL-1 to see if you qualify for and prefer the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (the new Post-9/11 G.I. Bill) going into effect August 1, 2009. To determine whether the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill is for you, get the answers to such questions as “Which benefit pays the most?”; “What tier of benefit am I eligible for under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill?”; “What type of training do I want?”; “Do I plan to attend school less than full-time?”; and “Should I transfer any/all unused benefits to an immediate family member?”

  2. At www.gibill.va.gov, also see if you qualify for the monthly housing allowance, up to a $1,000 stipend for books and supplies, or for a one-time payment of $500 to relocate from highly rural areas. These benefits are rated on a sliding scale based on time served, disabilities and other parameters. (Note: These benefits, as well as scholarships, special counseling, and other support services are available as part of Dallas Baptist University’s “Patriot Veterans Opportunity Program.”)

  3. List and rank your goals, skills, interests, career objectives, and academic record. Then, identify the courses you want to take, as well as the degree program of your choice based on the career, major, discipline, and/or profession you prefer.

  4. Review http://inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/buildSearchInstitutionCriteria.do for a list of participating public and private institutions of higher learning. If you are interested in a Christ-centered private university such as DBU, visit www.patriot2patriot.com.

  5. If you would like to attend college full-time, work a full-time job and raise a family, make sure that flexible scheduling (such as adult-focused evening classes) and online courses are offered. These could be crucial to making sure you access all the VA benefits to which you are entitled and help ensure that you complete your education in a timely manner. (For the record, DBU offers all-of-the-above.)

  6. Determine whether a college qualifies as "Military-Friendly." This will make your post-secondary education less stressful. DBU is a long-standing member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium, an organization dedicated to helping Veterans and their families obtain college degrees. For example, DBU waives all application fees, registration fees, and graduation fees for ALL our Veterans – not just those receiving Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits – as well as all late payment fees for Veterans receiving benefits under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.

  7. Contact the Admissions and Financial Aid Offices, as well as the Veteran Students of America chapter, at the college(s) of your choice. To apply for the Patriot Veterans Opportunity Scholarship at DBU, click www.patriot2patriot.com.


CALL DBU AT 800-460-1328 ext. 5145 OR 214-333-5145.


DBU Affiliations

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium

Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Approved Provider

Texas Association of Collegiate Veteran's Program Officials (TACVPO)

Western Association of Veteran Education Specialists (WAVES)

Yellow Ribbon Program


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