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Welcome prospective student veteran, active duty personnel and/or family member!

Service is important to California Baptist University, so whether you’re currently serving in the U.S. Military, have served, or are a spouse or child of someone who serves or has served, CBU is here to serve you.

We are excited that you are taking the next step in your journey by looking into using your GI Bill at CBU! You can use your GI Bill® Chapters 1606, 30, 31, 33 and 35. CBU is a Yellow Ribbon school and we have unlimited scholarships available at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

In 2023/2024, more than 570 CBU students used their Veterans Education Benefits, and 79 students received Military Tuition Assistance (TA). Each year there are more than 100 student veterans and dependents using their benefits to graduate!


Award-Winning Education Made Affordable and Accessible. 

Here are some examples of the unique benefits available for military-affiliated students at CBU.

Free to Apply for Admission

As a military-affiliated applicant, your application fee ($45) is waived and a dedicated military counselor will be assigned to help you through the application process.

100% Tuition Coverage*

*Eligible military and veteran students may have up to 100% their tuition covered, with zero out-of-pocket tuition costs. Request more information to get specific details.

One Goal

CBU offers tailored support services such as academic advising, career counseling, and flexible course scheduling to accommodate deployments and duty assignments.

Serving Active Duty, Veterans and Their Families

At California Baptist University, we warmly welcome active duty military members, veterans, and their families to join our vibrant academic community. Our wide range of academic programs is designed to cater to diverse interests and career goals, ensuring that every student finds a path that excites and inspires them. Our friendly staff and caring faculty are dedicated to providing personalized support and guidance, helping you navigate your educational journey with ease. We understand the unique challenges faced by military families and strive to create a supportive and inclusive environment where everyone can thrive. Join us at CBU, where your dedication and service are honored, and your academic dreams are within reach.

Active Duty

You possess the resilience and discipline required to tackle the challenges of pursuing a college degree while serving our country. Your commitment to excellence, honed through military training and experience, equips you with the focus needed to excel in your academic endeavors.


You've faithfully and diligently earned your stripes. Now it's time to earn your degree and cross off yet another item from your bucket list. Your skillsets have proven your ability to overcome the toughest obstacles, and CBU is always at the ready to help you accomplish your mission.

Families / Dependents

You play an instrumental role by supporting your loved one(s) as they serve to protect our country. Use the benefits entitled to you as a family member of a service member and make them proud by pursuing your education at California Baptist University.



Every year hundreds of CBU military students walk across our graduation stage, and each year our military community continues to grow. Here's what a few of our students have to say about their collegiate experience as a CBU Lancer.

My experience at CBU has been exceptional. In the majority of my classes, my professors prayed before each class session and added the book to most of the curriculum, which made me glad I chose (CBU), this path, more than another college. I hope that it has set precedence to be instilled within me to carry out the same when I head overseas to start my teaching career. I am very stoked to have had this opportunity, and I hope that more Veterans take advantage of what CBU has to offer us during our transitions.

K. Schneider - US Navy
Education, MS

My time at CBU has been a blessing after struggling to find my way after leaving the Marine Corps. Having to balance school, work, and family life made my 3 years here challenging, but the support of my family and my professors made it all possible.

M. Belmares - US Marine Corps
Sport Analytics, BS

My experience at CBU has been nothing short of extraordinary. As an active-duty Navy (online) student, the teachers have been encouraging and understanding. I have been able to apply the knowledge I have learned over the last few years to my current job and vice versa. I am blessed to have found a school with a curriculum that I could complete afar while serving my country.

N. Gary Alvarez - US Navy
Kinesiology, MS

As a current Active Guard Reserve service member in the California Army National Guard, CBU's online program provided flexibility to pursue my degree and serve simultaneously. Pursuing a higher education in my mid-thirties proved to be challenging, but a true testament that as a Soldier, husband, and father - one can achieve their goals. No excuses! Thank you, CBU.

D. Zavala - US Army
Criminal Justice, BS

My time here at CBU has been of continuous personal, academic, and spiritual growth. As a veteran dependent I was fortunate to be afforded such a high-quality education at this amazing faith-based institution. In two years, I found amazing friends, close colleagues, insightful leaders, and a community committed to my success. The connections and education I have received here will last a lifetime. Lance Up!

A. Cortes - Veteran Dependent
Early Childhood Studies, BA

Full Suite of Military Benefits at CBU

CBU maximizes the GI Bill® and Military Tuition Assistance (TA) programs for active duty military personnel, veterans and their dependents. Military students receive personalized guidance on financial aid options, including scholarships, grants, and loans, to supplement their benefits and make higher education more affordable.

CBU is an approved Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter. SVA is an inclusivity seeking organization dedicated to the promotion of student veterans, active duty, and military dependents. Its goal is to be actively involved in the larger campus and local community in the service of others and in advocacy for those who have served their country in military service and the families and friends that support/supported them.

The VRC at CBU is designed to be a dedicated place student veterans can both obtain administrative support and just relax and study. Here, veterans can interact with one another and obtain important information to enhance their academic journey.

Next Steps

Join our military community. At CBU, you’ll be challenged to become an individual whose skills, integrity, and sense of purpose glorify God and distinguish you in the world.