All institutions participating in Federal Student Aid Programs are required to notify enrolled and prospective students and prospective employees about consumer information. You have the right to review the following information in each document below. To request a printed copy of the entire Consumer Information Guide, contact the Financial Aid Coordinator or the Director of Financial Services at the Kansas City campus during regular business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
In carrying out their assigned responsibilities, many offices at the institution collect and maintain information about students. Although these records belong to the institution, both institution policy and federal law accord students a number of rights concerning these records. The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) establishes the rules and regulations regarding access to and disclosure of student records.
To fulfill FERPA requirements, the institution has established Policies on Student Records. These policies outline a student’s rights regarding his/her records, where records about the student may be kept and maintained, what kinds of information are in those records, the conditions under which the student or anyone else may have access to information in those records, and what action a student can take if it is believed that the information in his/her record is inaccurate or that the student’s rights have been compromised. The policies on student records are published by the Registrar’s Office.
Because the institution does not maintain all student records in one location, each office that maintains student records is required to develop a written statement of its policies and procedures for handling those records; these statements are available for students to examine in the respective offices. In addition, copies of the institution’s policies on student records and the pertinent federal law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), are posted in the Registrar’s Office.
Facilities & Services for Disabled Students
Disability Services at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary – Policy and Procedures Statement
(Updated May 8, 2017)
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Midwestern Baptist College, SBC, adheres to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This Act says that no qualified individual with a disability will, by reason of such disability, be excluded from reasonable participation in, or be denied the benefits of, its services, programs, or activities or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity. Similar obligations are found in Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Midwestern complies with federal and state law. The definitions of terms used in this document are intended to be consistent with the definitions set forth by the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act.
General Policy on Academic Accommodations
Students with disabilities are expected to master the fundamental skills and knowledge that are required for their course of study. Students should not expect Midwestern to excuse them from requirements that are difficult, nor to provide unreasonable accommodations but rather should take the necessary steps to ensure that they are getting the help they need to enable them to meet the program’s requirements.
Disability – Federal law defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of an individual, a record of such an impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment.
Qualified Individual with a Disability – The term “qualified individual with a disability” means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable modifications to rules, policies, or practices, the removal of architectural, communication, or transportation barriers, or the provision of auxiliary aids and services, meets the essential eligibility requirements for the receipt of services or the participation in programs or activities provided by a public entity. The student must have a document proving that they have such a disability. MBTS may not provide accommodations for a disability beyond the institution’s capabilities.
Throughout the rest of this document, the term “student” is assumed to mean “qualified student”.
What does ‘adequate documentation of a disability’ mean?
Documentation of a disability means providing information about the person’s disability from a qualified professional and it has two purposes:
- To verify that the individual has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more life functions.
- To substantiate that the impairment/condition currently requires modifications, academic adjustments or services in order to compensate for or accommodate the disability.
Who can provide the documentation?
Documentation must be from a professional source who is qualified to diagnose or make determinations about the disability. For example, hearing impairment requires a copy of an audiogram from a licensed audiologist. Learning disabilities require a recent psychological evaluation by a psychologist or physician. Students are responsible for providing current adequate documentation (High School IEP’s are not accepted for college or seminary). Midwestern has the right to request further information from the student if what is presented is insufficient. Documentation must be on professional letterhead, and include the diagnosis and current status of the disability as well as the professional’s name and credentials.
What are the essential elements of disability documentation?
- The Credentials of the Evaluator: Documentation should be provided by a licensed or otherwise properly credentialed professional who has undergone appropriate and comprehensive training, has relevant experience, and has no personal relationship with the individual being evaluated. The professional diagnosing the disability/condition must be qualified to make the diagnosis of the disability/condition. (e.g., an orthopedic limitation might be documented by a physician, but not a licensed psychologist).
- A Diagnostic Statement Identifying the Disability: Documentation should include:
- a clear diagnostic statement that describes how the condition was diagnosed,
- information on the functional impact,
- the typical progression or prognosis of the condition, and
- the necessary information to support the need for accommodations.
Procedures for Requesting Academic Accommodations
If a student is seeking effective auxiliary aids for a current disability, the student is responsible for providing the Student Development Office with timely and adequate documentation of the student’s disability. Acceptable documentation is a necessary prerequisite for proper evaluation of the reasonableness of a proposed accommodation or proposed modification to the rules, policies, and practices of MBTS and MBC. The Student Development Office can provide the student with guidelines for acceptable documentation of a disability.
Once the proper documentation is received, Midwestern will verify that the individual has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more life functions and then substantiate that the impairment/condition currently requires modifications, academic adjustments or services in order to compensate for or accommodate the disability.
It is the student’s responsibility to initiate consideration for accommodations relating to course or degree requirements. The student needs to discuss any problems they are having with requirements (degree or course) with the Student Development Office. Based on appropriate documentation and discussion with the student regarding past experiences, the Dean of Students Office will decide if accommodations are warranted and what accommodations should be recommended.
If you need further information, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 816-414-3700.
Students may review copies of documents regarding entities that accredit, license, or approve the institution and its programs. Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504. Tel: (800) 621-7440. Contact the Institutional Effectiveness Office to review the accreditation documents at (816) 414-3700. Further information is available here.
Student Body Diversity
As a community of faith and learning shaped by the Word of God, we stand firmly committed to the Great Commission task of making disciples of all people (Matt 28:19). This deeply shapes our view of diversity and the nature of developing a healthy community of learning:
- We believe that God created all humans equally and that, according to Scripture, there is one, human race (Gen 1:26-27; Acts 17:26) in need of the redemption of the cross, the ultimate solution to humanity’s sinful condition (BF&M I, III);
- We believe that God is calling together for himself one people from every tribe and nation (Rev. 5:9; BF&M VI, XI);
- As a result, we believe every life is sacred and is of equal and immeasurable worth, and made in God’s image (BF&M III);
- The telos of redemption is a multi-ethnic people of God that worships in eternity at his throne. (Rev. 7:9; BF&M VI, X).
Consequently, diversity is a kingdom value that reflects our commitment to loving all people knowing God created each of them in his image. As such, diversity should be expected within our community. As students participate in our educational programs, we seek to cultivate an environment that facilitates understanding and mutual edification in a God-honoring fashion (BF&M XII, XV).
We continue to work and build partnerships with congregations, ministries, and educational networks globally who share our commitment to the Word of God and reaching the world for Christ in accordance with our mission to be “For the Church” and “For the Kingdom” (BF&M XIV).
Descriptions of Academic Programs
Information on the institution’s academic programs, degree offerings, and plans for future programs is available here.
Instructional Facilities and Labs
Information on the institution’s instructional facilities is available from the Student Development Office. Also click here for information on library resources at the institution.
Information on the institution’s faculty and instructional personnel is available at here.
2018-2023 Strategic Plan
Cost of Attending Midwestern
For actual tuition and fee charges contact:
Registrar’s Office – (816) 414-3713
For estimated tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, and personal/miscellaneous expenses contact:
Financial Aid Office – (816) 414-3739
The institution has a tuition refund policy that stipulates the amount of tuition and fees that are refunded to a student who withdraws from all classes during a term.
Students who are withdrawing from all classes at the institution must notify the Registrar’s Office.
Repayment Policy (Return of Title IV Aid)
The federal government mandates that students who withdraw from all classes may only keep the financial aid (federal Title IV grant and loan assistance) they have “earned” up to the time of withdrawal. Funds that were disbursed in excess of the earned amount must be returned by the institution and/or the student to the federal government.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, perpetrators of financial aid fraud often use the following lines to sell their scholarship services; students should avoid any scholarship service or website that says the following:
- “This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”
- “You can’t get this information anywhere else.”
- “I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship.”
- “We’ll do all the work.”
- “This scholarship will cost some money.”
- “You’ve been selected by a ‘national foundation’ to receive a scholarship” or “You’re a finalist” in a contest you never entered.
If you believe you’ve been the victim of scholarship fraud, wish to file a complaint, or want more information, call 1 (877) FTC-HELP or see www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams. On November 5, 2000, Congress passed the College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act to enhance protection against fraud in student financial assistance by establishing stricter sentencing guidelines for criminal financial aid fraud.
Student Financial Assistance
Most information is available from the Financial Aid Office or online here. The Office of Financial Aid publication Funding Your Education at MBTS will provide information about:
- Overview of Financial Aid Programs
- How to Apply for Aid
- Aid Eligibility Requirements
- How Eligibility for Need-Based Aid Is Determined and How Need-Based Aid Is Awarded
- Financial Aid for Study Abroad: MBTS does not presently have a study abroad program that qualified for Title IV aid.
Rights and Responsibilities of Aid Recipients:
- Continued Eligibility for Aid
- Satisfactory Academic Progress: This is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of course work toward a certificate or degree. Students must maintain specific academic progress requirements to be eligible for financial aid. See the student catalog here. Pages 23 of the College Catalog and 22 of the Seminary Catalog address Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Recipients.
- Method and Frequency of Disbursements: Financial aid is disbursed (released) to students in different ways depending on the type of aid and other factors.
- Terms and Conditions of Financial Aid Employment: MBTS does not participate in the Federal Work-Study Program.
- Terms of Student Loans, Including Necessity of Repayment and Sample Repayment Schedule: Students should refer to the Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov.
- Terms/Conditions of Deferment or Cancellation of Perkins Loan, Direct Stafford, or FFEL Loan Because of Volunteer Service:
Statement of Educational Effectiveness
The Board of Commissioners of The Association of Theological Schools requires member schools to publish a statement regarding the school’s educational effectiveness. Two of the tools utilized by Midwestern are the ATS Alumni Questionnaire and the ATS Graduate Student Questionnaire (GSQ). Based on the 2012 Alumni Survey, 90.1% of 2007 Midwestern graduates report their education was effective or very effective at helping them obtain the goals of their degree program.
During the first six months following graduation, 62.5% of M.Div. graduates responding to the study were in paid ministry positions. Of 2015-2016 graduates, the GSQ shows the top five responses to student satisfaction questions were: “I liked the quality of teaching,” “I liked the class size,” “I liked the accessibility of faculty,” “I liked the access of the library,” and “I liked the adequacy of the library.” The GSQ asked Master of Divinity graduates to indicate their satisfaction with progress in skills related to their future work. The top five areas at Midwestern were: “Ability to Use and Interpret Scripture,” “Ability to Think Logically,” “Ability to Preach Well,” “Knowledge of Christian Philosophy and Ethics,” and “Ability to Teach Well.”
The GSQ indicated that 68.4% of the Master of Divinity students who completed the survey just prior to their graduations in the 2015-2016 academic year had found employment, been offered jobs, were continuing their educations, or (in 5% of the cases) had pursued their degrees for personal edification and were not seeking employment.
Student Right-to-Know Act
Midwestern and Spurgeon College utilize a number of reports through various entities to determine institutional effectiveness in regards to student data. Below you will find a list of reports submitted to our accreditors and the Department of Education. Each entity has its own set of definitions and measures of success, so please make sure to utilize the tools provided from each to better understand the data.
Midwestern has tracked retention, persistence and graduation rates using the IPEDS methodology of tracking entering cohorts, full-time, first-time degree-seeking students. While the institution uses this data, it does not provide an accurate picture of the institution’s student population. While the IPEDS reports track first-time, full-time Bachelors level students, the majority of Midwestern’s undergraduate student population is composed of transfer students. Moreover, the majority of the institution’s overall student populace are graduate and not undergraduate students. Therefore, the IPEDS definitions are not the best measure of student persistence and completion rates.
Rather, the institution measures its overall retention and completion rates. It does this by monitoring its year over year fall student populations and also by measuring the completion rates of all students.
Undergraduate Global Retention
|Cohort Year||Headcount||Enrolled in following Fall||Not Enrolled in following Fall||Retention Rate|
Masters Global Retention
|Cohort Year||Headcount||Enrolled in following Fall||Not Enrolled in following Fall||Retention Rate|
Doctoral Global Retention
|Cohort Year||Headcount||Enrolled in following Fall||Not Enrolled in following Fall||Retention Rate|
Job Placement Information: See the ministry placement and referral page.
|2020-21||Graduates||Placed||Placed %||Seeking||Seeking %|
*123 responded with unknown or unquantifiable data
Peer-to-Peer File Sharing
H.R. 4137, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), is a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. It includes provisions that are designed to reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. The basic provisions are as follows:
- An annual disclosure to students describing copyright law and campus policies related to violating copyright law
- A plan to “effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials” by users of its network, including “the use of one or more technology-based deterrents”
- A plan to “offer alternatives to illegal downloading”
Below is a basic outline of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s (MBTS) efforts to comply with these policies.
Consistent with principles of our institution and our expectations of student behavior, we view education as the most important element in combating illegal sharing of copyrighted material. We use a wide variety of methods to inform our community about the law and our response to copyright infringement claims:
- MBTS Information Technology policies clearly prohibit the copying of copyrighted material without proper permissions. This policy is included in the Student, Faculty and Staff handbooks.
- MBTS will distribute information in the fall semester of each academic year on our policies concerning P2P file sharing, the legal implications as well as legal alternatives to illegal file sharing. This information will be distributed in hardcopy to all new incoming students.
- MBTS will maintain up to date information on our policies around P2P file sharing on the MBTS web page. This will include the implications and liabilities of illegal file sharing.
Plans to “Effectively Combat” the Unauthorized Distribution of Copyrighted Material
MBTS currently employs an enterprise-class Sonicwall security device for analysis of all inbound and outbound network traffic. We block access to P2P protocols as much as is practical by current technology.
When excessive sustained uploading is detected the IT department makes an effort to identify the end users system and notify the user of the issue and possible causes. In extreme cases when contact cannot be made with the system owner the data connection is severed until the owner can be reached and the issue resolved.
What is Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File Sharing?
Peer-to-peer (P2P) is an approach to content distribution in which digital files are transferred between “peer” computers over the Internet. Because they do not rely on a central server to deliver content, P2P networks tend to be fast and reliable—they can balance traffic loads that might otherwise overwhelm servers, and they minimize the chance of service breakdown due to localized server or communication outages. As a new channel for content distribution, P2P changes the conventional hierarchy of information. The roles of producer, consumer, and gatekeeper of digital content blur, and more information and resources can be delivered to more people and applications than otherwise would be possible. P2P technology has the potential to play an important, positive role in the fulfillment of institutional missions of teaching, research, and the dissemination of knowledge. [Source: 7 Things You Should Know About P2P]
Is P2P File Sharing Illegal?
It depends. P2P file sharing is perfectly legal if the work being shared is not copyrighted or is shared with the authorization of the copyright owner. However, unauthorized distribution of copyrighted works through a publicly accessible, P2P network is copyright infringement pure and simple. There is no concept of fair use that encompasses making a copyrighted needlepoint design available for downloading by 100 million KaZaA users. [Source: Frequently Asked Questions about the P2P Piracy Prevention Act (H.R. 5211)]
The following list of P2P file-sharing programs are not to be installed on any Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS)-owned computer, or any computer with access to MBTS-owned network resources:
eDonkey, Overnet, Shareaza, WinMX, BitTorrent, Limewire, Morpheus,eMule, Ares, BearShare, Kazaa, iMesh, FastTrack, Ares Galaxy, Gnutella, ANts P2P, Azureus, BitComet, BitTornado, BitTorrent 5, BitTorrent 6, Cabos, DC++, ExoSee, eDonkey2000, Freenet, KCeasy, FrostWire, giFT, µTorrent, MUTE, MLDonkey, Gnucleus, Kazaa Lite, gtk-gnutella, Warez P2P, Winny, AresWarez, Blubster, others.
You may not be aware that file-sharing applications cause the following problems:
- They waste your bandwidth: Not only will these programs share your downloaded songs and videos, but they can significantly slow performance of your own computer and impact network performance for the Seminary as a whole.
- They come bundled with adware or spyware: Many file-sharing applications come bundled with adware or spyware which automatically installed on your computer along with the file-sharing application. This software can monitor your activity, sending information to third-party vendors and advertisers on such things as what web pages you browse or what searches you perform. Apart from privacy, concerns, these add-ons use your computer’s system resources to operate and will affect performance. Depending on how much spyware and/or adware you have installed, this may be significant.
- You could be sued: If you share files that you are not the copyright owner of, you are likely in violation of Seminary policy and potentially subject to lawsuit by the copyright holder under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. You are responsible for understanding what constitutes legal use of music, movies, software, images, and other copyright works that you own or use. By using these resources you agree to abide by the policies and guidelines set forth by MBTS.
MBTS is committed to making you aware of legal options for downloading and sharing music, movies and other digital media. Please go to this list provided by Educause to find sources for legal downloads. Some of these resources make music available to you at no charge, others offer digital media at a reasonable cost.
A multitude of information can be found online. Here are a few of the more useful sites:
If you have questions about file sharing, please contact the MBTS Helpdesk at 816-414-3763 or email@example.com.
Iowa Military Deployment Student Refund Policy
Iowa College Student Aid Disclosure:
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS) is registered by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission to offer in-person instruction in Iowa and for distance education programs. The contact information for complaints, questions or additional Iowa College Aid information related to MBTS is:
Iowa College Student Aid Commission
Toll-free Telephone: 877-272-4456
Online Student Complaint Form: https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/StudentComplaintForm
Child Abuse Policy:
All faculty/staff who are performing functions in Iowa on behalf of MBTS are required to follow the Iowa Child Abuse Policy at https://www.educateiowa.gov/sites/files/ed/documents/Ch102-Handbook-REV-April-2018.pdf. Iowa’s laws on employee reporting are more prescriptive than the standard “mandatory reporting law” in that employees of educational institutions are required to report directly to law enforcement (versus to a state-based child protection/advocacy agency). The seminary policy may be found at https://www.mbts.edu/about/consumer-information/#childabuse.
Iowa Military Deployment Student Refund Policy:
In compliance with ICA 261.9(1)(g), Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College (1) Adopts a policy to offer not less than the following options to a student who is a member, or the spouse of a member if the member has a dependent child, of the Iowa National Guard or Reserve forces of the United States and who is ordered to national guard duty or federal active duty: (a) Withdraw from the student’s entire registration and receive a full refund of tuition and mandatory fees. (b) Make arrangements with the student’s instructors for course grades, or for incompletes that shall be completed by the student at a later date. If such arrangements are made, the student’s registration shall remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees shall be assessed for the courses in full. (c) Make arrangements with only some of the student’s instructors for grades, or for incompletes that shall be completed by the student at a later date. If such arrangements are made, the registration for those courses shall remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees shall be assessed for those courses. Any course for which arrangements cannot be made for grades or incompletes shall be considered dropped and the tuition and mandatory fees for the course refunded. (2) As used in this lettered paragraph, “dependent child” means the same as defined in section 260C.14, subsection 14, paragraph “b”, subparagraph (2), subparagraph division (a).
Scope: This policy applies to Iowa National Guard or Reserve force members and qualifying spouses pursing their education through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College who reside in the state of Iowa.
Definitions: Section 260C.14, subsection 14, paragraph “b”, subparagraph (2), subparagraph division (a) of the Iowa Code defines “Dependent child” as: “a student who was claimed by a qualified military person or qualified veteran as a dependent on the qualified military person’s or qualified veteran’s internal revenue service tax filing for the previous tax year.”
Midwestern Child Abuse Policy
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College does not tolerate child abuse. Suspected perpetrators of child abuse, including Seminary employees, volunteers, or students, may be removed from the premises and may be subject to arrest and criminal prosecution. Employees, volunteers, or students who engage in child abuse in the workplace, or who use Seminary facilities, property, or resources to engage in child abuse are subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal from employment, engagement, or from educational programs.
All Seminary employees and volunteers who have reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered abuse or neglect must immediately report the suspected abuse or neglect to law enforcement or the Department of Social and Health Services.
This policy applies to all employees and volunteers of Midwestern.
The following definitions apply to the terms used in this policy:
Child or children means any person or persons under the age of eighteen years of age.
Child abuse includes:
- Abuse or neglect means sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or injury of a child by any person under circumstances which cause harm to the child’s health, welfare, or safety, or the negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child by a person responsible for or providing care to the child. The physical discipline of a child is not considered to fall within the reporting obligation when it is reasonable and moderate and is inflicted by a parent, teacher, child care worker or guardian for purposes of restraining or correcting the child. Any use of force on a child by any other person is unlawful unless it is reasonable and moderate and is authorized in advance by the child’s parent or guardian for purposes of restraining or correcting the child.
- Negligent treatment or maltreatment means an act or a failure to act, or the cumulative effects of a pattern of conduct, behavior, or inaction that evidences a serious disregard of consequences of such magnitude as to constitute a clear and present danger to a child’s health, welfare, or safety.
- Sexual exploitation includes:
- Allowing, permitting, or encouraging a child to engage in prostitution by any person; or
- Allowing, permitting, encouraging, or engaging in the obscene or pornographic photographing, filming, or depicting of a child by any person.
Child Abuse Reporting Process
- How to Make a Report: Seminary employees and volunteers must orally report suspected child abuse or neglect by telephone or otherwise at the first opportunity, but no later than 24 hours after suspecting abuse has taken place. There are three alternative ways to make such a report:
- Call the Midwestern Security Department at 816-414-3836. If the incident is outside of Midwestern’s jurisdiction, Midwestern Security will report it to the appropriate law enforcement agency; or
- Call the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) at 816-929-7100 or
- Call the Kansas City Police Department having jurisdiction in the location of the suspected incident at 816-413-3400.
For suspected child abuse that occurs in a Seminary program or at a Seminary facility regardless of its location, Seminary employees and volunteers must also notify their supervisor or departmental administrator of the suspected abuse immediately after they report the suspected abuse to Midwestern Security, DSHS, or Kansas City Police. The supervisor or departmental administrator must notify the administrative head of their organization that a report of suspected child abuse or neglect has been made in accordance with this policy. The administrative head or the administrative head’s designee will contact the Midwestern Security to confirm that it has received a report of the suspected abuse and the appropriate Human Resources office to determine what other actions may be warranted.
- What to Report: The following information may be requested when making a report:
- The name, address, and age of the child;
- The name and address of the child’s parents, stepparents, guardians, or other persons having custody of the child;
- The description of the alleged injury or injuries;
- The description of the alleged neglect;
- The description of the alleged sexual abuse;
- Any evidence of previous injuries, including their nature and extent; and
- Any other information that may be helpful in establishing the cause of the child’s death, injury, or injuries and the identity of the alleged perpetrator or perpetrators.
As an institution that has students residing across the United States, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is required to obtain state approval to operate (state authorization) based on the activities it conducts in a state.
In some states, MBTS is exempt from seeking approval to operate as some state regulations allow for religious or non-profit institutions that meet specific criteria to apply for an exemption in lieu of approval to operate.
In other states, Midwestern has SARA approval to operate. SARA, the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts:
SARA consumer protection provisions require the Institution’s Home State, through its SARA Portal Entity, to investigate and resolve allegations of dishonest or fraudulent activity by the state’s SARA-participating institutions, including the provision of false or misleading information.
The student should begin the complaint process with the institution and if resolution is not found, the student would contact Dr. Laura Vedenhaupt, Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development, 301 W. High Street, Suite 840, PO Box 1469, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469. Phone 573-751-2361, option 2, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|District of Columbia||EXEMPT|
|Iowa||Approval to Operate|
|Missouri||Approval to Operate|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||SARA|
Updated: July 2019
Veterans/Active Military Benefits
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational and Employment Assistance
Students may receive benefits under one of the following program chapters:
- 30- Montgomery GI Bill®-Active Duty: https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/montgomery-active-duty/
- 31- Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E): https://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp
- 33- Post-9/11 GI Bill®: https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/post-9-11/
- 35- Dependents’ Educational Assistance program, or DEA: https://www.va.gov/education/survivor-dependent-benefits/
- 1606- Montgomery GI Bill®-Selected Reserve: https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/montgomery-selected-reserve/
The website https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/ provides further information.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Applying for VA Benefits
Interested applicants or students should log onto the following website to apply for or manage VA education benefits https://www.vets.gov/education/apply/.
Request a Certificate of Eligibility, Statement of Benefits or Notice of Basic Eligibility (DD Form 2384-1) NOBE from the VA web. The VA will determine benefits eligibility.
Documents will be mailed or e-mailed to students approximately 30 days after the application has been processed.
Once students are granted VA benefits, have received a VA confirmation document, been admitted and enrolled in a Program either, degree-or Non College Degree seeking student, must forward a copy of the education eligibility document (Certificate of Eligibility, Statement of Benefits or Notice of Basic Eligibility NOBE (DD Form 2384-1) to the Military Education Liaison email@example.com.
Once enrolled in classes and going forward, VA students must complete and submit the MBTS Request for Enrollment Certification of VA Education Benefits Form by the published Registration deadlines on the MBTS web or catalogs any time he/she has a change in enrollment: https://www.mbts.edu/future-students/cost-and-aid/#military.
Online graduate students who are eligible to take advantage of the military’s housing allowance should consult with Midwestern Seminary’s Military Education Liaison and Admissions department before entering the program. Students may or may not be eligible for full housing benefits, depending on each term’s respective course load.
Midwestern encourages all current or former military students eligible for military Education benefits, especially Undergraduates, to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.
VA Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) (formerly Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment)
Qualifying students should contact their Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) Case Manager who will notify Military Education Liaison firstname.lastname@example.org of eligibility via an Authorization Letter and Number. The Authorization Letter and Number is used to:
- Confirm an individual’s election of Chapter 31 benefits, including training
- Identify the VR&E point of contact
- Notify the MBTS that the Veteran is authorized to attend at VA/VR&E expense
- Notify the Military Education Liaison email@example.com that the training hours may be certified in VA-ONCE.
The Military Education Liaison will receive an electronically generated email which will provide notification that an Authorization for a VR&E student has been completed. The Military Education Liaison will access the electronic authorization by clicking a link in the email which will take them to the electronic authorization in the Tungsten Network.
Certification and Payment
The Military Education Liaison certifies student enrollment to the VA through VAONCE and the Tungsten Network (CH-31 only), which sends tuition and fee payments directly to Midwestern for Chapter 33 and 31 students.
Veteran students enrolled through Post 9/11 Chapter 33 starting in the 2021-2022 school year, who receive Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) and/or kicker payments are required to verify their enrollment to continue receiving their payments.
Chapter 33 Post 9/11 students must verify enrollment using the following methods:
Via Text Message or Via Email: If you are unable to verify via text or email, you will need to contact the Education Call Center (ECC)at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) and ask a representative to verify your enrollment. NOTE: ECC wait times may be high due to the number of students verifying enrollment each month. If you’re not sure if VA has your phone number and/or email on file, you can also contact the ECC to update your contact information and ensure you can verify via text or email.
Veteran students enrolled through Montgomery Active Duty (CH-30), or Montgomery Selected Reserve (1606) must verify enrollment through Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (W.A.V.E.)
The VA pays Montgomery Active Duty (CH-30), Montgomery Selected Reserve (1606) and Dependents’ Educational Assistance program (CH-35) students directly. Therefore, they must make payment arrangements with Financial Services (See payment Options). If payment has not been received within a reasonable amount of time after certification, the student is responsible for contacting the VA directly to determine the cause.
Questions concerning the amount of payment should also be directed to the VA by phone at 888-442-4551 or by email at https://gibill.custhelp.com/app/answers/list.
Chapter 33 Post 9/11 and Chapter 31 VR&E Students Note:
In compliance with Title 38 USC 3679(e), Midwestern will not impose any penalties, late fees, denial of access to facilities, or require an individual to borrow additional funds if the individual cannot meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of payment by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. However, the student may incur holds or late fees if they have a remaining balance after the VA funds have been applied and have not arranged payment to cover these remaining expenses. (see Certification and Payment above)
State (Non-Veteran) Vocational Rehabilitation (State VR)
State Vocational Rehabilitation counselors submit an Official Vendor Authorization & Vendor Authorization Invoice or similar document to the Military Education Liaison for certification when the student is approved for .services.
On or after the first day of class the Military Education Liaison signs & submits a State VR Official Vendor Authorization to VR office along with a MBTS Statement & Schedule. State VR offices send tuition, fees, and other payments directly to MBTS via ACH or check.
Department of Defense (DOD) Tuition Assistance (TA) Program Eligibility for Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve.
Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
Midwestern is a signatory of the Department of Defense (DoD) Tuition Assistance Program Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and eligible to receive TA. TA is not a loan; it should be viewed as money earned just like base pay. TA is usually paid directly to Midwestern by the individual service for tuition and eligible fees.
Active-duty military and reservists interested in obtaining Tuition Assistance must check with their Education Services Officer to determine whether they are eligible. Students are encouraged to contact their Education Services Officer at least 60 days prior to their anticipated enrollment date.
Once students are approved for TA and are fully admitted, degree-seeking students at Midwestern, they must notify the Military Benefits Liaison in Financial Services for certification and processing. The education office should send payment directly to Midwestern.
Students are encouraged to keep copies of all forms for their records. Students who are eligible for Tuition Assistance may be required to pay the portion of their tuition and fees that are not covered by TA prior to registration.
A final grade report will be submitted electronically to the education office after the student completes the course(s). Students consent to the release of their grade(s) by signing the Tuition Assistance form.
Calculation Policy & Procedures for Returning Unearned Tuition Funds
Determining eligibility for TA is class specific. The start and end date will be used for each class to determine eligibility. Using the formula below, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS) will be required to return some or all of the TA awarded to service members that did not complete at least 60% of each course; possibly creating a balance on the MBTS student account. Funds will be returned to the military service and not to the student.
Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded.
To comply with the Department of Defense policy, MBTS will return any unearned TA funds on a proportional basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided.
TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned to the military service and not to the student based upon when a student stops attending.
If a service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, MBTS will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion.
When a military student discontinues enrollment, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary must calculate the amount of Tuition Assistance (TA) the student earned prior to the date of withdrawal. The unearned TA funds must be returned to the appropriate DOD program. The calculation is based on the Tuition Assistance a student receives for the withdrawal period.
When a student “officially” withdraws from a course, the date of withdrawal will be used as the last date of attendance.
For unofficial withdrawals, MBTS will determine the last date of attendance (LDA) by reviewing the last date of activity within a course. For online courses, MBTS will determine LDA based on the last date a student made a contribution to the class or submitted an assignment. For On-Campus courses, MBTS will reach out to the professor to determine the LDA.
Once LDA has been determined, MBTS will recalculate TA eligibility based on the following formula:
Number of days completed / Total days of the course (start to end date) = percent earned
See Examples below:
Earned Tuition Assistance: MBTS calculates the amount of earned Tuition Assistance on a daily basis from the first day of classes through the date of last day of attendance.
- An earned aid percentage is calculated by: Number of days attended before enrollment ended divided by Total of days in period x 100 = Earned Aid%
- Number of days in the enrollment period is counted between the first day of instruction and the last day of attendance.
- Calendar days, rather than business days, are counted.
Unearned Tuition Assistance: Any TA funds received more than the earned amount is considered unearned.
- An unearned aid percentage is calculated as: 100% – Earned Aid% = Unearned Aid%
- The return amount is calculated by: Unearned Aid% x Amount of TA received during withdrawal period.
Fully Earned Tuition Assistance: Return of TA policy applies to military students who withdraw on or before the 60% point of the enrollment period. Discontinuing enrollment after the 60% date will not result in an adjustment to the student’s Tuition Assistance for that period.
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary offers occasional classes in South Korea and Romania, and study tour/mission class opportunities globally. Occasional classes are MBTS classes hosted in churches and/or ministry training institutions with MBTS faculty. MBTS does not maintain local workers, classrooms or offices outside of the accredited main campus and extensions. All study tour and occasional class coursework is completed and transcribed through the MBTS main campus. Additional locations will follow the same process. All occasional classes are OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) and Clery Act compliant.
Policy on Granting Degree Posthumously
February 11, 2019
In the unfortunate event that a student passes away near the completion of his or her academic program, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary may consider the deceased student as a candidate for a posthumous degree in the program the student was enrolled at the time of his or her death.
To qualify for a posthumous degree, general and degree level qualifications must be met.
o The student must have been in good academic and fiscal standing, with no disciplinary or academic sanctions pending
o The student’s cause of death was not due to any unlawful activity
o The faculty must approve the student’s graduation
o The student must have been enrolled in the preceding 12 months of the awarding of the posthumous degree
o If the deceased student is not known personally by faculty or administration, such as might be the case with online or seminar-based students, a death certificate will be required.
Degree Level Qualifications
o Associate degrees may be awarded to a deceased student who has met the general requirements above and who has completed a minimum of 45 credits.
o Baccalaureate degrees may be awarded to a deceased student who has met the general requirements above and who has achieved senior standing (a minimum of 90 credits earned).
o Graduate/Professional degrees may be awarded to a deceased student who has met the general requirements above and have completed 70% or more of the requirements for the degree.
o Doctoral degrees may be awarded to a deceased student who has met the general requirements those who have enrolled or completed the Dissertation Seminar and 70% or more of the credit-hour requirements for the degree
The President and/or Provost may consider cases that do not meet the above criteria when extraordinary circumstances prevail.