VA Education Benefits

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Veteran's Affairs: Montgomery GI Bill

Step One

Apply to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for your education benefits, go to VA.GOV to complete your application.  If you have used your benefit perviously at another institution you need to go to VA.GOV to complete a Change of Place of Training form.

Step Two

Provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the OSU Veteran Certifying Officials.

Step Three

Select a major (not UESP) by the time you reach junior standing (90-134 credits earned). The OSU Veteran Certifying Officials will certify your enrollment to the VA.

Step Four

On the last calendar day of the month, you must verify your enrollment to the VA via the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by calling the toll free Interactive Voice Response line at (877) 823-2378.

The benefit is paid directly to the student, it should arrive approximately the beginning of the month following the month you earned it. For example, if you start school in September, your first benefit is expected to arrive the beginning of October.

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The VA Voc Rehab program is an employment program that uses education as one possible means of helping you become more marketable.  At your interview you should be able to discuss your desired degree field.  It is often helpful to bring several job announcements the show a requirement for your desired degree.

Step One

To apply for vocational rehabilitation benefits go to the eBenefits website and complete the application, you will be contacted by your closest Regional VA for an interview.

Step Two

Once your vocational rehabilitation benefits have been approved, your VA Voc Rehab Counselor sends an authorization form to the university so that you may receive benefits.

Step Three

The Veteran Certifying Officials will process the authorization and send a copy to the OSU Bookstore and to the Business Office.

Step Four

The OSU Bookstore will have your name on a list, allowing you to get your books and supplies.

In order to request your books and supplies from the bookstore online, follow these instructions.

The Business Office in the Kerr Administration Bldg will issue a receipt to be submitted to Parking Services for a parking pass.

 

For more information from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) about Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits, please visit the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service webpage or call the VA toll free at 1 (800) 827-1000.

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Post 9/11 GI Bill [Chapter 33]

To learn more about required qualifications and the benefits provided, please visit the Post 9/11 GI Bill website or call the VA at 1 (888) GI-BILL-1.

Step One

To initiate your benefit or elect to switch to Chapter 33 benefits, you must submit an application to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

  • If you need to apply for your Department of Veteran Affairs(VA) educational benefits, you need to go to VA.GOV to complete your application.
  • If you have used your benefit perviously at another institution, you need to go to VA.GOV to complete a Change of Place of Training form.

Step Two

Provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the OSU Veteran Certifying Officials.

Step Three

Select a major (not UESP) by the time you reach junior standing (90-134 credits earned). The OSU Veteran Certifying Officials will certify your enrollment to the VA.

The tuition and fees benefits are paid directly to the school in an amount not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition and fees at a public Institution of Higher Education, they should pay to the student account between week 4 and 6 of the term.

An annual books and supplies stipend of $1,000 is paid proportionately based on enrollment.

A monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. Input the year, zip code of your school location, and an E-5 pay grade into the Department of Defense Basic Allowance for Housing Rate Query in order to obtain an estimate of what this payment might be.

If you are still in the military, you will not receive the housing allowance.

Individuals enrolled completely in distance learning courses will be eligible for a MHA equal to 50% of the national average of all BAH rates.  If the student can take at least 1 resident credit that applies to their degree, their housing payment will based be based on the zip code of the facility the student is attending.

The benefits paid directly to the student should arrive approximately the beginning of the month following the month you earned it. For example, if you start school in September, your first benefit is expected to arrive the beginning of October.

Yellow Ribbon Program

If you are an undergraduate student seeking your first Bachelor's Degree (post bac does not count) and receiving the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the 100% rate you may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Under the Yellow Ribbon program, if your tuition exceeds the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition or fees, (such as attending in a nonresident status) additional funds may be available for your education program without an additional charge to your entitlement. For more information, please visit the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon webpage.

To apply to receive the Yellow Ribbon benefit, you will need to email the OSU Veteran Certifying Officials to verify your eligibility. If you are eligible, you will be identified internally and evaluated via the VA Certifying Officials. The funds are posted directly to your student account.

OSU has agreed to award $3,000.00 per academic year for up to 200 students. The VA will provide matching funds of up to $3,000.00 per student. The combination of the award from OSU and the VA matching funds equates to $2000 per term. This program does not apply for summer term, distance or e-campus courses.

OSU VA Advance

Students who receive both Chapter 33, Post 9/11 VA Education Benefits, and Financial Aid may be eligible for an OSU program where the University helps accelerate the disbursement of financial aid money at the start of the term to help with books and living expenses.

 

Minimum Eligibility:

1.         Receiving Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.

2.         Receiving Financial Aid of $1,000 or more for the term.

3.         Accept financial aid award at least two weeks prior to the start of the term

 

Here’s how it works:

OSU temporarily advances 75% of the anticipated VA tuition benefit to the student’s account; this temporarily reduces the balance due; then financial aid is disbursed and any excess aid is paid to the student.  Once the term is underway, OSU reverses the temporary advance, and the student’s account balance reverts to the actual amount due. When VA funds are received by OSU, they are posted to the student’s account as usual to pay VA qualified tuition and fees. The temp advance will show on the student’s account as “OSU Advance of VA Funds” and the reversal as “Reverse OSU VA Advance”.  These offset each other, and reconciles the account.

 

Students eligible for the program will receive an email notification each term.

 

Stay up-to-date and check your student account at MyBill.oregonstate.edu 

 

Questions regarding your financial aid eligibility? Please contact financial.aid@oregonstate.edu.

Questions regarding your VA education benefits? Please contact veterans@oregonstate.edu.

Questions regarding your student account (separate from financial aid or VA education benefits)? Please contact studentaccountsevices@oregonstate.edu

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The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.  For more information, please visit the United States Department of Veterans Affairs DEA webpage.

Step One

To apply for your Department of Veteran Affairs(VA) educational benefits you need to go to VA.GOV to complete your application.

If you have used your benefit perviously at another institution you need to go to VA.GOV to complete a Change of Place of Training form.

Step Two

In approximately 4 weeks the VA will sent you a Certificate of Eligibility in the mail.  Send a copy of the certificate to the OSU Veteran Certifying Officials.

Step Three

Select a major (not UESP) by the time you reach junior standing (90-134 credits earned). The OSU Veteran Certifying Officials will certify your enrollment to the VA.

The benefit is paid directly to the student, it should arrive approximately the beginning of the month following the month you earned it. For example, if you start school in September, your first benefit is expected to arrive the beginning of October.

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MGIB-SR program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard or Air National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and VA makes the payments.  For more information, please visit the United States Department of Veterans Affairs MGIB-SR webpage.

Step One

Apply to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for your education benefits, go to VA.GOV to complete your application.  If you have used your benefit perviously at another institution you need to go to VA.GOV to complete a Change of Place of Training form.

Step Two

Provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the OSU Veteran Certifying Officials.

Step Three

Select a major (not UESP) by the time you reach junior standing (90-134 credits earned). The OSU Veteran Certifying Officials will certify your enrollment to the VA.

Step Four

On the last calendar day of the month, you must verify your enrollment to the VA via the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by calling the toll free Interactive Voice Response line at 1 (877) 823-2378.

 

The benefit is paid directly to the student, it should arrive approximately the beginning of the month following the month you earned it. For example, if you start school in September, your first benefit is expected to arrive the beginning of October.

 

Concurrent Use of Tuition Assistance & CH 1606/1607 GI Bill

The Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs have announced that service members are no longer authorized to use both Tuition Assistance and the Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve program (Chapter 1606) to pay for the same course. Soldiers may use both TA and GI Bill during the same term as long as they are not used for the same course.

*This does not affect Soldiers using TA and Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (Chapter 30) or Post-9/11 (Chapter 33).

Read through the Veterans Benefits Administration's fact sheets for more information on general benefits.

Military Tuition Assistance

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OSU is on the quarter system.  The benefit payment will be $166.67 per credit hour on the quarter system. This will not cover the total cost of attendance. Visit the OSU Finance and Administration webpage for more information on tuition and fees.
Each military branch has its own TA application form and procedures. To find out how to get started, visit your local installation education center, go online to a virtual education center or click on the following links for each service branch:

Army

Marine Corps

Navy

Air Force

Enroll in your courses only after the TA is approved. 

Once you are approved through your unit for Tuition Assistance, scan and send a copy of your contract to veterans@oregonstate.edu

The Veteran Certifying Officials will process the paperwork and forward the contract to Business Affairs for billing. The university will bill the military for the tuition and fees. The military will pay directly to the business office. For billing questions email accounts.receivable@oregonstate.edu or call 1-541-737-3775. For all other questions contact the Veteran Certifying Officials at veterans@oregonstate.edu

 

The military may expect to receive the following from you, all of which is available to you via your My OSU portal:
  • A copy of your student account showing the breakdown of your tuition and fees. If it is before the term and billing has not posted to your account yet than you will need to contact the Student Accounts Office  or call 541-737-3775 and request a Tuition Estimate. Be sure to include your student ID number and state it is for Military Tuition Assistance. 
  • A copy of your OSU transcript. An unofficial copy can be obtained in your online account.
    • OR an official copy of your transcript can be ordered online for next business day pick up or mailing.
  • A copy of your current schedule.
  • A copy of your MyDegrees audit showing your degree requirements and progress towards your degree, or a degree plan that provides a four year road map of the courses required for you program may be obtained from the Office of Admissions Find Your Major page.
  • Descriptions of the courses for which you are requesting TA benefits. This can be obtained from the Online Catalog.

 

To submit your authorization/contract form for TA, you can scan and email to veterans@oregonstate.edu or fax to 541-737-8123.

The Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Af-fairs (DVA) have announced that service members are no longer authorized to use both Tuition Assistance and DVA benefits from the Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Re-serve program (Chapter 1606) or Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607 for the same course. Soldiers may use both FTA and GI Bill benefits during a term, as long as they don't use both benefits for the same course.

 

This does not affect Soldiers using TA and Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty program (Chapter 30) or Post-9/11 GI Bill program (Chapter 33) simultaneously for the same course.

Oregon State Ecampus will provide financial assistance to currently serving military members who entered the service while they were residents of Oregon and who are using military tuition assistance to help pay for their online classes.

The assistance OSU Ecampus will provide will allow service members to take up to 4 credits per term, at the undergraduate or graduate level, at no additional cost above what the military tuition assistance program will pay. This award is in addition to your other military education benefits.

For more information, see the Ecampus webpage.

State of Oregon Tuition Programs

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The Legislature passed House Bill 4035 in 2018 authorizing the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) to administer $2.5 million in grants to current Oregon National Guard service members for tuition at Oregon community colleges (up to 90 credits) and public universities (up to 180 credits). The Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds are used.  The grant is a “last dollar” program, meaning it is calculated after other state and federal grants for which eligible students qualify.

 

To apply, prospective students must:

 

Eligible service members must, at a minimum:
  • Complete any military basic training
  • Have a current passing Annual Physical Fitness Test score (APFT)
  • Be in good standing with their unit
  • Not have achieved a baccalaureate degree or higher
  • Not be in default of any federal loans

 

For a full list of eligibility requirements, to apply for ONG-STA and for more information, please visit the HECC Office of Student Access and Completion website.

 

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This program is coordinated by Financial Aid and Scholarships. Voyager is a tuition benefit that is available to honor and support Oregon residents who served the nation as members of the National Guard or Reserves in an active duty capacity in a combat zone since September 11, 2001. Voyager is a "last dollar award". Qualifying students will be awarded a fee remission for no more than the difference between campus tuition and mandatory fees and expected military tuition benefits. The student is responsible for obtaining federal military tuition benefits. If a student is not eligible for federal tuition benefits, they must demonstrate proof of ineligibility. The combination of military tuition benefits and Voyager tuition benefits will ensure that eligible recipients do not pay tuition. The Voyager Tuition Assistance Program does not cover E-Campus or Distance courses.

Complete the Voyager Tuition Assistance Program application form and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

 

Contact Information:

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Oregon State University
218 Kerr Administration
Corvallis, OR 97331-2120
Phone Number: (541) 737-2241
Email: Financial.Aid@oregonstate.edu

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This benefit provides a full tuition waiver (not fees) for a bachelor's or master's degree for a child or spouse of a member of the United States Armed Forces who either died in active duty, became 100% disabled in connection with military service, or died as a result of a disability sustained in active duty. Or the student must be a child (including adopted child or stepchild) of a Purple Heart recipient, alive or deceased, who was relieved or discharged from service in the Armed Forces of the United States with either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions and was awarded the Purple Heart in 2001 or thereafter for wounds received in combat. This program does not apply to nonresidents students or study abroad programs.

Complete the Veterans' Dependent Tuition Waiver application form and submit it to the OSU Veteran Certifying Officials no later than 14 days before the applying term. Upon verification that all criteria have been met, the approved application will be forwarded to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for processing. Student's only need to apply once for this program.

 

Contact Information:

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Oregon State University
218 Kerr Administration
Corvallis, OR 97331-2120
Phone Number: (541) 737-2241
Email: Financial.Aid@oregonstate.edu

HB 2158 - In-state Tuition and Fees for Student Veterans

A public university listed in ORS 352.002 or community college shall charge an enrolled student who is not a resident of this state, and who is attending classes as an undergraduate or graduate, tuition and fees no greater than the resident rate if the student:

  1. Served in the armed forces of the United States; and

  2. Was relieved or discharged from that service with either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions; and

  3. Is an undergraduate student newly enrolled after September 15, 2013, or graduate student newly enrolled after September 15, 2014, and

  4. Provides proof that the student has established a physical presence in Oregon within 12 months of being enrolled at the public university or community college.

 

In addition, HB2158 made the following changes to ORS 352.375-Tuition for nonresident students who served in Armed Forces:
  1. Added General "Under Honorable Conditions" to the category of discharges allowed for the Veteran Status.
  2. After September 15, 2013 allows newly enrolled Veteran to a community college or university to be billed in state tuition and fees provided they prove physical presence in Oregon within one year of enrolling.

 

To apply for this benefit complete the Exemption from Nonresident Tuition Veteran Form and all supporting documents in person to the VA Certifying Officials.

Transfer of Benefits

To transfer your benefits from another institution to Oregon State University it is a two step process. 

Step One

Go to VA.GOV and complete a Change of Place of Training form, this does exactly what it sounds like, it tells big VA you are moving your benefit. 

Step Two

You will also need to provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to our Veteran Certifying Officials. If you are using Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, a current copy of your certificate can be accessed at https://www.va.gov/education/gi-bill/post-9-11/ch-33-benefit