Veteran Services : OSU Institute of Technology

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OSUIT Veteran Service Office

1801 E. 4th Street

Okmulgee, OK 74447

PH: 918-293-4972

Welcome Veterans!

Our veterans had their mission – to protect our freedoms. And OSUIT has its mission—to provide the training, education, and resources to deploy a workforce-ready, highly marketable veteran with the skills and credentials valued by employers, in the shortest possible time span, by evaluating the military training and experience for college credit, and creating a direct pathway to the veteran’s desired college degree

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology would like to thank you for serving your country. You have undoubtedly made sacrifices and faced hardships unknown to most students. You have risked everything for your country and few of us will ever understand all that entails.

The Veteran Services Office is committed to providing the best possible services and programs to the Veterans and their dependents who attend Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. The Veteran Services office deals primarily with processing education benefits offered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

OSUIT would like to assist you in your transition to campus life; we have many departments and individuals who are particularly interested in helping Veterans adjust to campus life.The Counseling Center is located in the Grady W. Clack Center, Suite 119 and can be reached at (918)293-4988 or (918)293-5208.Disability Services for Students is located in the Lasso Center and can be reached at (918)293-4855. Student fees cover these services and we welcome the chance to be of assistance.

OSUIT offers a Veteran Lounge located in the Student Union that is available for use by our Veteran Students; this could be a great place to meet other Veterans on campus.

If you have questions, would like to schedule a tour, or would like additional information, contact Veterans Services, in OSU Institute of Technology’s Office of Veterans Affairs at 918-293-4972, or by email at vetservices@okstate.edu. .

Applying for VA Education Benefits

Your first step is to submit your initial application for benefits electronically to the Veterans Administration. (EXCEPTION: Applicants for Chapter 31 must meet with a USDVA counselor). Initial application procedures can be found at www.gibill.va.gov by clicking on the “Apply Online” button.

If you have specific questions regarding the type of education program you are eligible for or application procedures, please contact the US Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551, or go the USDVA website at www.gibill.va.gov

Once the application has been submitted, you will receive two copies of the “Certificate of Eligibility” from the Veteran’s Administration.Bring one copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the Veteran Services office located in the Grady Clack for further processing.

Benefit Programs

Eligibility criteria and benefits vary for veterans’ education benefit programs from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).Monthly stipends, eligibility periods, and documentation required are described in the links below.


Certification

The university’s Office of Veteran Services is required to have specific information on file for each veteran-student, in order that the veteran can be “certified” by academic calendar dates and credit hours of enrollment.

For receipt of VA education benefits throughout your academic career, you will be required to complete a Veterans Advisory Form each semester.

Chapter 30, 1607 and 1606 recipients must verify enrollment with the VA at the end of each calendar month before receipt of payment for that month. To verify enrollment, go to the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do or call 1-877-823-2378.

Students will also need to fill out the following forms their first semester or when information changes:

VA Intake Worksheet

Release of Information Form

Military Education Transfer Credit

OSUIT awards credit as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE), as published in “The Guide to the Evaluation of Military Experiences in the Armed Services,” for selected educational experiences provided by the armed forces. Veteran students are REQUIRED to submit any and all prior credit not limited to but including military credit.

Websites for military credit:

Class Attendance

Class attendance is required in order to receive education benefits under any of the veterans benefit programs.Receiving a letter grade of “F” in a course for non-attendance will require student repayment of veteran’s education benefits. Also, receipt of an “I” (incomplete) grade will require that the student complete the “I” grade removal conditions within one calendar year in order to avoid repayment of education benefits.

Dropping classes and changes in original enrollment schedules can also affect payments received for education benefits.Before making any schedule changes, it is important to first consult the Veterans Benefits Services office in order to avoid/lessen the potential financial impact. If challenges arise in classes that could impact final grades received, contact the Veterans Benefit Services office regarding possible tutoring options and other available resources.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the law that was created by the Post-9/11 GI Bill that allows institutions to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the in-state undergraduate tuition rates. Students must apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program and must meet the following criteria to qualify:

Classified by the University as a non-Oklahoma resident;

Veterans (or dependents under Transfer of Entitlement) at the 100% benefit level qualify.

Active duty members and spouses are not eligible for the program.

Yellow Ribbon participants are required to maintain continuous enrollment each semester and must maintain satisfactory academic progress towards completion of your program.

Students must complete the Application for Yellow Ribbon Program form and submit it to the Veteran Services Office.

Military Tuition Assistance Programs

Tuition Assistance programs may be offered through the various branches of the military. For more information on these programs, students should contact the Education Officer of their unit.

OTHER FINANCIAL RECOURSES

www.osuit.edu/admissions/scholarships/ for more information.

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