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Frequently Asked Questions

ROTC

How do I decide which school to do ROTC through?

There are several options to choose from, but ultimately the decision is a matter of personal preference. Here are some helpful things to keep in mind though when making your decision:

1) The branch of your preference. Every branch has its own unique environment and feel to it.  Take some time to consider which branch is right for you.  Currently, opportunities exist for participation in either Army or Air Force ROTC.

2) The location of the ROTC campus. Most of the campuses are within 30 minutes to an hour drive away, however, traveling times can vary due to traffic.

3) The cost of ROTC courses. Depending on which school you choose to participate in ROTC through, there may be course tuition and other fees.

I am interested in joining a Navy or Marine ROTC program. Can I do this through The Master's College?

Unfortunately, at this time no Cross-Town Agreements exist between The Master's College and any of the local Navy ROTC units.

How do I go about applying for both The Master's College and an ROTC program?

The most important thing to understand is that the application process for TMC and ROTC are separate processes.

The Master's College Application:

Applying to TMC is the same for everyone, just follow the steps under "Apply Now" listed at the top of this page. Ensure that during the process, however, you notify the admissions office of your intent to pursue an ROTC program.

ROTC Program Application:

Contact the enrollment office of the ROTC unit of your choosing. They will provide you with the specific requirements they will need in order to enroll you in their program. Ensure you tell them that you intend to do ROTC through the cross-town agreement with The Masters College.

A list of TMC's affiliate school detachments can be accessed by clicking here.

Are scholarships available for or through ROTC?

Air Force and Army ROTC scholarships are available on a competitive basis, and the military services award them based on merit and personal qualifications. ROTC scholarships may be awarded up to the full cost of tuition, books, and fees, plus an in-school subsistence. Students should apply during the fall semester of their high school senior year.

Information regarding ROTC scholarships is available at:

Note: Scholarships are not awarded by TMC, but by the individual schools on a merit-based system and can be very competitive.

GI BILL

What paperwork do I need to have to utilize my GI Bill?

You will need a copy of your "Certificate of Eligibility."

How do I obtain a copy of my "Certificate of Eligibility?"

You can obtain this through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website (click here) under the Veterans On-Line Application (commonly known as VONAPP). If you have not yet registered in their system you must do so. Once registered, a login name and password should be sent to you enabling you to access VONAPP. Through VONAPP you can apply to utilize your educational benefits.

What is the TMC application process for veterans?

The basic application process for TMC is the same for everyone, just follow the steps under "Apply Now" listed at the top of this page. Be sure to notify the admissions staff of your veteran status and select "veteran" on your application. Additionally, you must contact the TMC Veteran’s Administration Certifying Official to submit a copy of your "Certificate of Eligibility." They can be reached at 1-661-362-2291.

I am seeking to use my Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for my dependents. What must I do?

The basic application process for TMC is the same for everyone, just follow the steps under "Apply Now" listed at the top of this page. Just be sure to notify the admissions staff of your intent to use your benefits for your dependent. Additionally, you must contact the TMC Veteran’s Administration Certifying Official to submit a copy of your "Certificate of Eligibility."  They can be reached at 1-661-362-2291.

"YELLOW RIBBON" PROGRAM

Is The Master's College a Yellow Ribbon school?

Yes! The Master's College has been participating in the Yellow Ribbon program since its inception in the fall semester of 2009.

Are there any requirements for being able to apply for the Yellow Ribbon program?

Yes. First, you must be 100% eligible (this does not mean that you have to have 100% of your benefit remaining to qualify) for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. This information will be indicated on your "Certificate of Eligibility."

Parents: If you plan to transfer only a limited number of months of education benefit to your dependent, your dependent still qualifies for the Yellow Ribbon program provided you were 100% eligible.

ONLINE EDUCATION EXTENSION PROGRAM (TMC Online)

I am currently in the military and would like to utilize Tuition Assistance money to pay for my TMC Online classes. Is there anything that I need to do or should do?

Yes. First, stop by your base education office and verify that you qualify for Tuition Assistance (TA). If you do, please notify the TMC Online office as soon as possible that you intend to use TA money to pay for classes. The earlier you do this, the quicker we can assist you in getting the paperwork you need to apply for TA. Typically, in order to be approved for TA through the military, you will need to submit proof that you are enrolled in a degree program. Once you notify us of your intentions, we can work with you to get you the documentation you will need.

I am a veteran looking to use my GI Bill benefits to pay for the Online Education Program (TMC Online) classes. Is this possible?

Yes. If you are eligible to receive GI Bill benefits, please notify the TMC Online as soon as possible informing us of your intention to use it to pay for classes. If you do plan on using it, ensure that you have already obtained a copy of your "Certificate of Eligibility." Details for how to do this can be found above.

DEGREE COMPLETION PROGRAM (DCP)

I am currently in the military and would like to utilize Tuition Assistance money to pay for my adult Degree Completion Program (DCP) classes. Is there anything that I need to do or should do?

Yes. First, stop by your base education office and verify that you qualify for Tuition Assistance (TA). If you do, please notify the CPS office as soon as possible that you intend to use TA money to pay for classes. The earlier you do this, the quicker we can assist you in getting the paperwork you need to apply for TA. Typically, in order to be approved for TA through the military, you will need to submit proof that you are enrolled in a degree program. Once you notify us of your intentions, we will work with you to get you the documentation you will need.

I am a veteran looking to use my GI Bill benefits to pay for Degree Completion Program (DCP) classes. Is this possible?

Yes. If you are eligible to receive GI Bill benefits, please notify the CPS office as soon as possible informing us of your intention to use it to pay for classes. If you do plan on using it, ensure that you have already obtained a copy of your "Certificate of Eligibility." Details for how to do this can be found above.

Online/Residential Graduate Programs

I am currently in the military and would like to utilize Tuition Assistance money to pay for classed through one of your online graduate programs. Is there anything that I need to do or should do?

Yes. First, stop by your base education office and verify that you qualify for Tuition Assistance (TA). If you do, please notify the graduate office as soon as possible that you intend to use TA money to pay for classes. The earlier you do this, the quicker we can assist you in getting the paperwork you need to apply for TA. Typically, in order to be approved for TA through the military, you will need to submit proof that you are enrolled in a degree program. Once you notify us of your intentions, we will work with you to get you the documentation you will need.

I am a veteran looking to use my GI Bill benefits to pay for graduate online/residential classes. Is this possible?

Yes. If you are eligible to receive GI Bill benefits, please notify the SIP office as soon as possible informing us of your intention to use it to pay for classes. If you do plan on using it, ensure that you have already obtained a copy of your "Certificate of Eligibility." Details for how to do this can be found above.

To contact the Military Student Advancement Office you may call 661-362-2814, or send an e-mail to military@masters.edu.