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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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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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Joint Services Transcripts: 
How to apply for GI Bill benefits: 
http://gibill.va.gov/apply-for-benefits/application/

VA Vocational Rehabilitation: 
http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/

National Resource Directory:
https://www.nrd.gov/

Today’s GI Bill: 
http://www.todaysgibill.org/

New GI Bill Calculator:
http://www.newgibill.org/calculator/


Community College of the Air Force:


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