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Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”)

Effective date July 1, 2015.

  • Public Institutions of Higher Learning (IHLs) must offer in-state tuition and fees to all covered individuals with Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB – AD) benefits
  • The in-state tuition provisions in Section 702 do not apply to those on active duty or to students using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits from a Servicemember still on active duty.
  • A Veteran who lives in the state where the IHL is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • An individual using transferred benefits who lives in the state in where the IHL is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • An individual using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state in where the IHL is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the Servicemember’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

House Bill 2645

Effective date January 1, 2016.

  • Requires public universities to establish priority enrollment system for qualified students who are active members of Armed Forces of the United States, who are qualified veterans or who receive veterans’ educational benefits as federally qualified dependents of active members or qualified veterans.

DEPLOYMENT AND UNEXPECTED WITHDRAWAL

What if I get deployed or am already deployed and need to withdraw from courses unexpectedly?
What if I cannot attend classes due to an illness or unexpected situation?

 

The Western Oregon University refund policy generally provides for full refund of dropped or withdrawn courses resulting from being called to active duty in military service. No refund is available for course work in which a student has received academic credit, or from courses not dropped/withdrawn. For a full refund, the student must make a written request to the Office of the Registrar. Documentation of military orders is required.

A student voluntarily enlisting in military service must drop/withdraw according to existing academic policy, procedures, and deadlines.

If you are involuntarily activated or deployed, cannot attend classes because of something unexpected (such as a death in the family or personal illness) please bring proof (doctor’s letter, hospital records, etc.) to the Registrar’s office (Administration Building Room 106) to discuss options for dropping/withdrawing you from your courses.

Please keep in mind that if you’re receiving G.I. Bill benefits or educational benefits from the VA that you are also responsible for ensuring that they are aware of your situation as well. If you are receiving benefits under the Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) you will also need to speak to your caseworker to ensure proper protocol in withdrawing from courses.

If you have any questions please stop by the Registrar’s office in the Administration Building Room 106 or contact us at (503) 838-8183 or veterans@wou.edu.

 

CONTACT US

Veterans Success Center

(503) 838-9246 | or e-mail: holberta@wou.edu  | Location: Werner University Center room 108