Military & Veteran Benefit Services

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Military & Veteran Benefit Services

The GI Bill® helps qualifying Veterans and their family members get money to cover all or some of the costs for school and training.  Learn more about GI Bill® benefits below and how to apply for them. The VA may take up to 30 days to approve your application.

GI Bill® Chapter Information

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va. gov/gibill

Using GI Bill® benefits at NSU

VeteranStep by step guide

  1. Apply for GI benefits with the online application at va.gov/education or mail your GI Bill® application to Veteran Administration, 125 S. Main St., Muskogee OK 74401. Toll free call: 1-888-442-4551.
  2. Apply for admission to NSU at nsuok.edu. For questions, contact the Office of Admissions & Recruitment at (918) 444-2200 or admissions@nsuok.edu.
  3. Provide a copy of your GI Bill® approval form to Veterans Services. This could be any of the following: Certificate of Eligibility (COE), Dependency Letter (DEA), Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) or a letter from a VA counselor. Email a copy to veterans@nsuok.edu or drop off on the second floor of the CASE building.
  4. Once admitted, schedule an appointment with a college advisor to get enrolled. Tell your advisor you will use VA benefits. Remember-the VA will only provide educational benefits for courses necessary for your approved degree program.
  5. Submit the Veteran’s Information Sheet as soon as you enroll every semester you plan to use VA benefits. The form is located in goNSU under the Students tab.
  6. The Veterans Coordinator will certify your enrollment through the VA each semester. Under federal law, tuition and fees for Chapter 33 recipients cannot be reported until after the drop/refund date of each class. 

Chapter 30, 1606 recipients: Once you are certified for your benefits, you must verify your enrollment with the VA at the end of each calendar month before you will receive your 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.

Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) Recipients: Once you are certified for your benefits, you must verify your enrollment with the VA at the end of each calendar month before you will receive your payment for that month. You can verify enrollment via text message or by calling the Education Call Center (ECC) at 1-888-442-4551. The ECC can also help you opt into text verification. The VA strongly recommends verifying enrollment via text.

Credit Hour Requirements (applies to Chapters 30, 31, 35, and 1606): Education benefits are based on student enrollment status (full-time, half-time, etc.) To receive the maximum benefit, you must be enrolled as a full-time student. Part-time benefit rates are reduced proportionately. See the GI Bill® Education Benefit Payment Rates website for current rates.

For information concerning other types of financial aid, visit Student Financial Services.

Undergraduate Students

Fall/Spring

  • Full time: 12 hours or more
  • ¾ time: 9-11 hours
  • ½ time: 6-8 hours
  • Less than ½ time: 5 hours or less 

Summer

  • Full time: 6 hours or more
  • ¼ time: 4-5 hours
  • ½ time: 3 hours
  • Less than ½ time: 2 hours or less

Graduate Students*

Fall/Spring

  • Full time: 9 hours or more
  • ¾ time: 6-8 hours
  • ½ time: 5 hours
  • Less than ½ time: 4 hours or less     

Summer

  • Full time: 5 hours or more
  • ¾ time: 4 hours
  • ½ time: 3 hours
  • Less than ½ time: 2 hours or less

*The rate of pursuit for graduate non-standard terms are calculated by the school certifying official based on the full-time modifier tables provided by the VA.

Students enrolled less than half-time qualify to receive a lump sum payment. Students enrolled quarter-time or less are eligible for a reimbursement of tuition and fees (not including books and supplies) not to exceed ¼ of the full-time rate. Monthly checks are based on the prorated monthly rate of payment and training time pursued.

Class Attendance

Dropping or withdrawing from classes and changes in original enrollment schedules can affect payments received for education benefits.

For information regarding NSU’s active military service policy, see the NSU catalog: Active Military Service.

Non-standard Enrollment Periods

Courses offered for a term shorter than 16 weeks during the Fall or Spring semesters, or shorter than 8 weeks during the Summer term are considered to be nonstandard enrollment and have special rules. Students enrolled in short term courses will be certified for the actual dates of attendance within the regular academic term. The VA pays education benefits for nonstandard enrollment periods based on credit equivalents.

Non-degree Status

Students may be able to receive education benefits as degree-seeking who has not yet declared an academic major through their sophomore year. At the conclusion of the sophomore year, students will be required to officially declare a major with the university. Failure to declare a major prohibits future enrollment certifications to the VA.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

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