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The VA certifying official, located in the Office of the Registrar in 101A O’Dowd Hall, will help you understand, apply for and take advantage of your education benefits. 

The certifying official will help you:
  • Complete necessary forms to use your benefits
  • Provide notification to VA if you drop courses or change your major 
  • Provide assistance with VA correspondence/documentation
The most current information can be found on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.
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Students who are called to active duty must take care of several academic, financial and record matters prior to their departure from campus. The federal government and OU have numerous procedures to assist you with this transition.

Your Responsibilities
Please remember to handle the following matters: 

  • Class status – You should request a drop of all classes with the VA certifying official at 100% tuition refund OR depending on the time of the semester, meet with your professors to discuss mutually agreeable arrangements for the completion of missed assignments or the possibility of an “I” (incomplete) in the courses.
  • Housing contracts – There will be no penalty imposed for terminating the housing contract prior to the end of the term. The refund will be calculated based on the time remaining in the semester or session.
  • Books – The campus bookstore will provide 100% refund on returned books (you must submit a copy of your activation papers).
  • Financial aid/Student loans – Please contact the Office of Student Financial Services at (248) 370-2550 or in 120 North Foundation Hall for more information. Administrative forbearance and deferment benefits are available for active duty call-up, per federal government regulations.

 Procedures

  • A single point of contact has been established at the Registrar’s Office, the Veteran Certifying Official.
  • A copy of the Activation Papers is required from the student.
  • The Registrar’s Office is responsible for providing the student with pertinent information about potential refunds and academic impact.
  • The Registrar’s office is responsible for ensuring enrollment is adjusted, VA Certification is terminated, and for maintaining a list and count of all activated students.

If you have questions, please contact Veteran Certifying Official, Registrar’s Office, (248) 370-4010, 100A, O’Dowd Hall.

 



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Chapter 1606 — National Guards/Reserves Education Benefits

Eligibility: Must have a six-year contract with the Guards or Reserves and have completed your basic training. Note: You must currently be in the Guards or Reserves to receive your education benefits.

To apply for Chapter 1606 benefits, students need to fill out an Application for VA Educational Benefits, 22-1990. 

If transferring from another institution or changing your major, you must notify the VA by filling out the Change of Program form, 22-1995 (22-5495 for Chapter 35 recipients). This form can be picked up at the Office of the Registrar or the application can be completed online. Submit this form to the school to which you are transferring your benefits (changing schools) or to the Office of the Registrar. 

Also, a copy of the veteran’s Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE), a Request for VA Enrollment Certification Form, a signed 0.0 Reporting Form and an OUVA Student Record Form as well as a signed plan of work needs to be provided to the VA certifying official in the Office of the Registrar.

NOTE: Students returning to Oakland University and continuing to utilize benefits should complete a Request for VA Enrollment Certification Form, provided all other information is on file.

Benefits: Please refer to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website or call the VA at 1-888-GIBILL-1.

Direct deposit is available for MGIB-Active Duty and Selected Reserve. For more information, contact the VA Direct Deposit Center at 1-877-838-2778 or speak with an education case manager at 1-888-GIBILL1 (1-888-442-4551). You also can visit the WAVE application website to sign up for direct deposit using the direct deposit form. 



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Chapter 1607 — Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) 

Eligibility will be determined by the Department of Defense (DoD) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as appropriate. Generally, a member of a reserve component who serves on active duty on or after September 11, 2001, under title 10, U.S.C., for at least 90 consecutive days under a contingency operation is eligible for REAP. National Guard members also are eligible if their active duty is under section 502(f), title 32 U.S.C. and they serve for 90 consecutive days when authorized by the president or secretary of defense for a national emergency and is supported by federal funds. Note: You must currently be in the Guards or Reserves to receive your education benefits.

To apply for Chapter 1607 benefits, the student needs to fill out an Application for VA Educational Benefits, 22-1990 or if changing schools or benefits, 22-1995 form and print “Chapter 1607” on the top of the VA form. 

If transferring from another institution or changing your major, you must notify the VA by filling out the Change of Program form, 22-1995 (22-5495 for Chapter 35 recipients). This form can be picked up at the Office of the Registrar or the application can be completed online. Submit this form to the school to which you are transferring your benefits (changing schools) or to the Office of the Registrar. 

Also, a copy of the veteran’s Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE), a Request for VA Enrollment Certification Form, a signed 0.0 Reporting Form and an OUVA Student Record Form as well as a signed plan of work from an academic adviser needs to be provided to the VA certifying official in the Office of the Registrar. 

NOTE: Students returning to Oakland University and continuing to utilize benefits should complete a Request for VA Enrollment Certification Form, provided all other information is on file.

Benefits: Please refer to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website or call the VA at 1-888-GIBILL-1.

Direct deposit is available for MGIB-Active Duty and Selected Reserve. For more information, please contact the VA Direct Deposit Center at 1-877-838-2778 or speak with an education case manager at 1-888-GIBILL1 (1-888-442-4551). You also can visit the WAVE application website to sign up for direct deposit using the direct deposit form. 



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Chapter 30 — Active Duty Education Benefits

Eligibility: Must have completed a two- or four-year contract (or more) with any branch of the military services. If you are not sure if you qualify, please call the Veteran Services Office at 1-888-GIBILL-1.

To apply for Chapter 30 benefits, the student needs to fill out an Application for VA Educational Benefits, 22-1990. 

If transferring from another institution or changing your major, you must notify the VA by filling out the Change of Program form, 22-1995 (22-5495 for Chapter 35 recipients). This form can be picked up at the Office of the Registrar or the application can be completed online. Submit this form to the school to which you are transferring your benefits (changing schools) or to the Office of the Registrar. 

Also, a copy of the Veteran’s DD-214 discharge papers (Member 4 copy), a Request for VA Enrollment Certification Form, a signed 0.0 Reporting Form and an OUVA Student Record Form as well as a signed plan of work needs to be provided to the VA certifying official in the Office of the Registrar.

NOTE: Students returning to Oakland University and continuing to utilize benefits should complete a Request for VA Enrollment Certification Form, provided all other information is on file.

Benefits: Please refer to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website or call 1-888-GIBILL-1.

Direct deposit is available for MGIB-Active Duty and Selected Reserve. For more information, please contact the VA Direct Deposit Center at 1-877-838-2778 or speak with an education case manager at 1-888-GIBILL1 (1-888-442-4551). You also can visit the WAVE application website to sign up for direct deposit using the direct deposit form.



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Chapter 33 — Post- 9/11 GI Bill Education Benefits

Eligibility: Must have completed a minimum of 90 days active duty after September 10, 2001, with any branch of the military services. If you are not sure if you qualify, please call the Veteran Services Office at 1-888-GIBILL-1.

To apply for Chapter 33 benefits, students need to fill out an Application for VA Educational Benefits, 22-1990.

If transferring from another institution or changing your major, you must notify the VA by filling out the Change of Program form, 22-1995 (22-5495 for Chapter 35 recipients). This form can be picked up at the Office of the Registrar or the application can be completed online. Submit this form to the school to which you are transferring your benefits (changing schools) or to the Office of the Registrar. 

Also, a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility, Veteran’s DD-214 discharge papers (Member 4 copy), a Request for VA Enrollment Certification Form, a signed 0.0 Reporting Form and an OUVA Student Record Form as well as a signed plan of work needs to be provided to the VA certifying official in the Office of the Registrar. 

NOTE: Students returning to Oakland University and continuing to utilize benefits should complete a Request for VA Enrollment Certification Form, provided all other information is on file.

Transfer of Education Benefits: The Post-9/11 GI Bill allows service members (officer or enlisted, Active Duty or Selected Reserve), on or after August 1, 2009, to transfer unused education benefits to immediate family members (spouse and children). Please refer to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website or call 1-888-GIBILL-1.

Benefits: Please refer to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website or call 1-888-GIBILL-1.

Direct deposit is available for MGIB-Active Duty, Post-9/11 and Selected Reserve. For more information, contact the VA Direct Deposit Center at 1-877-838-2778 or speak with an education case manager at 1-888-GIBILL1 (1-888-442-4551). You also can visit the WAVE application website to sign up for direct deposit using the direct deposit form. 



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Chapter 35 (Dependent's Education Benefits)

Eligibility: 
To be eligible for Chapter 35 (Dependent Benefits) you must be the child or spouse of a veteran who is either deceased or 100% disabled due to military related injuries.

To apply for Chapter 35 benefits, students need to fill out an Application for Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Form 22-5490. 

If transferring from another institution or changing your major, you must notify the VA by filling out the Change of Program form, 22-1995 (22-5495 for Chapter 35 recipients). This form can be picked up at the Office of the Registrar or the application can be completed online. Submit this form to the school to which you are transferring your benefits (changing schools) or to the Office of the Registrar. 

Also, a copy of the Letter of Eligibility issued by the VA, a Request for VA Enrollment Certification Form, a signed 0.0 Reporting Form and an OUVA Student Record Form as well as a signed plan of work needs to be provided to the VA certifying official in the Office of the Registrar. In addition, dependents/survivors need to know their VA claim number prior to applying.

NOTE: Students returning to Oakland University and continuing to utilize benefits should complete a Request for VA Enrollment Certification Form, provided all other information is on file.

Benefits: Please refer to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website or call 1-888-GIBILL-1.

Direct deposit of education benefits is now available for Chapter 35 (Dependents Educational Assistance) recipients. Sign up for direct deposit by using VA Form 24-0296 (pick up in the Office of the Registrar) or by calling the VA Direct Deposit Center at 1-877-838-4833 or speak with an education case manager at 1-888-GIBILL-1.



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Oakland University, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-approved school, accepts various credits, including:  

*OU accepts a maximum of 60 credits for CLEP. At this time, OU does not accept credits from the DANTES External Degree Catalog.


Transferring Credits
OU accepts transfer coursework completed in the U.S. Armed Forces and U.S. Armed Forces Institute with the following conditions:

  • Course content must be comparable to those for which OU typically grants transfer credit.
  • The American Council on Education (ACE) must recommend credit grants for particular courses.
  • Credits must be acceptable to the appropriate academic department at OU.
  • Request Joint Services Transcripts (formerly AARTS and SMART transcripts) from https://jst.doded.mil.

In addition, undergraduate students who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces are granted, upon application, four hours of undesignated free elective credits.

If you have questions about transferring credits, please contact your academic adviser or the Office of the Registrar.  



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Audited Courses - You cannot be certified/draw benefits for an audited course.

Changing Majors
 - If you are changing your major, you must notify the certifying official in the Office of the Registrar and provide a plan of work for the new major.

Changing Schools - If you are transferring either to Oakland University or from Oakland University to another school and are already receiving your benefits, you need to fill out a Change of Program or Place of Training form, (22-1995), (22-5495 for Chapter 35 recipients). This form can be picked up at the Office of the Registrar or the application can be completed online. Submit this form to the school to which you are transferring your benefits.

Drop Period (no record) - For VA purposes, the drop period is a reasonably brief period of time at the beginning of a term officially designated by the school for dropping courses. The school’s last day to drop a course will be the end of the drop period, providing it does not exceed 30 days from the first day of the term.

Dropping a Course - If you drop a course during the semester/term, the VA may consider the drop retroactive to the start of the semester/course provided mitigating circumstances exist. If dropping classes changes your enrollment status, an overpayment situation may occur.

Guest Student Certification – If you will be a guest student at another institution, complete the Guest Student application and notify the certifying official in the Office of the Registrar. A parent school letter will be sent to the other institution indicating that the courses you are taking will satisfy the degree requirements at Oakland University.

Independent Study - During a regular semester, independent study can be counted toward your enrollment status. (It is best to check with the Office of the Registrar as other criteria also may apply.)

Miscellaneous - Classes with hours by arrangement, internship, etc., may require additional information from your department before OU can complete the certification process. Please submit any documentation regarding special classes to the Office of the Registrar.

Plan of Work – The Plan of Work (also may be called a Plan of Study, Advising Form, or Individual Program Plan) should list all course work you will be required to complete to obtain your intended degree. Any class you wish certified to the VA for receipt of benefits must be either: 1) listed on the Plan of Work OR 2) confirmed (in writing) by your academic adviser that the course will be applicable to your degree program.

Repeating a Course - Courses that are failed or for which the grade does not meet minimum requirements for graduation may be certified for VA purposes if they are repeated. Courses that are successfully completed may not be certified for VA purposes if they are repeated.

Unsatisfactory Progress - You must maintain satisfactory progress to continue receiving your benefits. The VA will terminate your benefits when probationary status continues past two semesters.

“W” Grades - The VA will not credit a course toward your enrollment status if the final grade is a “W". This can lead to an overpayment situation at the end of a semester.



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