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Veteran Services

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


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.


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:

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

For more information about the Yellow Ribbon program please visit: http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/yellow_ribbon_program.html

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

Veteran Students are encouraged to apply for Federal Student Aid please visit OSUIT’s Student Financial Services site at http://www.osuit.edu/admissions/financial_services/ for more information.

For information about Scholarships please visit the Scholarship website at http://www.osuit.edu/admissions/scholarships/ for more information.


Additional Contact Information

Department of Veterans Affairs, Regional Processing Office - Muskogee, OK
Educational Benefit Questions1-888-442-4551
Monthly Verification of Attendance1-877-823-2378
Other VA Benefits1-800-827-1000

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