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How to best understand and provide assistance to veterans seeking a higher education
All students receiving Veterans’ benefits at WOU must be admitted to the University. If you have not already done so please start by applying to the school or contact Admissions if you have questions regarding the admissions process.
**Western Oregon recognizes the members of the U.S. Armed Forces and honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces by exempting them from paying the $60 admissions application fee. Provide a copy of your DD-214, or, for current military members, a copy of your most recent military orders, Enlisted Records Brief (ERB), or Officer Records Brief (ORB). Once you have completed the online application for admissions form, please select the “defer your application fee” box. When the supporting documents have been received, the application fee will be waived and your application will be processed. You can fax the required forms listed above to 503-838-8067 / or scan and e-mail them to email@example.com.
In order to receive Veterans’ Educational Benefits you must be approved by Veterans’ Administration. Visit the VA Administration’s website to apply for Educational Benefits. for Veterans’ Educational Benefits. Once you receive approval from the VA to receive Veterans’ Educational Benefits please bring or send the approval letter to the Veterans’ Clerk.
After applying to WOU and the VA there are a few forms the Veterans’ Clerk needs to have on file in order to process your benefits each term. Please check the table below or your specific chapter’s page and fill out the forms appropriate for you.
If you are not sure what degree program you wish to pursue we recommend you contact Academic Advising regarding the various options at WOU. Until you declare your degree program you can only receive Veterans’ benefits for classes that meet requirements for all programs (such as our Liberal Arts Core Curriculum; LACC requirements).
Only courses that are necessary for the students’ degree program as indicated on the students Degree Evaluation will be reported to the VA. If you have questions regarding how to check your Degree Evaluation, please see Degree Evaluation Instructions.
Note that to continue receiving Veteran benefits that you must submit a Request for Certification each term to give us permission to use your Veteran benefits and to allow us to report information about your classes for that term to Veterans’ Administration.
Educational Program for Veterans who served a minimum of two years of active duty.
Educational Program for Veterans who served a minimum of 90 aggregate days (or 30 continuous days and discharged due to service-connected disability) of active duty on or after September 11, 2001.
Educational program for active members of the Selected Reserve: Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, Air National Guard.
Educational program for members of the Selective Reserve serving 90 consecutive days on active duty in response to a contingency operation declared by the President or Congress.
Return to work program for Veterans with disabilities.
Educational program for dependents (spouse or children) of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or died in the service or died due to a service-connected disability or who is listed as a POW or MIA.
For special instructions regarding forms please see the form instructions for your chapter.
WOU Veterans’ Representative
Western Oregon University
345 N. Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, OR 97361
ph: (503) 838-8183; fax: (503) 838-9696
1-888-GIBILL1 or 1-888-442-4551