Veterans Support Services

Vandenberg Hall, Room 112
502 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-2010
vss@oakland.edu
Office Hours:
M-F: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Veteran Certification

(248) 370-4010
(248) 370-4584 (fax)
veterans@oakland.edu

New Students

With more than 40 faculty and staff veterans at Oakland University, Oakland University understands and supports the unique needs of the student veteran. Oakland University is consistently rated as a Gold-Level Veteran Friendly School by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.

Oakland University offers an intimate, culturally rich campus with 140 bachelor’s degree and 137 graduate degree and certificate programs. Small class sizes mean you receive personal attention from dedicated, expert faculty.

Contact Veteran Certification at veterans@oakland.edu or (248) 370-4010 to further discuss your questions and to start the process. Veteran Certification forms are available on the forms page

Recertification

It is highly recommended to request certification by the following timeline in order to ensure timely processing between OU and the VA. We will accept requests after the suggested dates, but this may delay when you receive your benefit from the VA. Please keep in mind that we are here to assist you throughout the process but you must also take ownership of our benefits.

  • Fall Semester: July 15
  • Winter Semester: November 15
  • Summer Semester: March 15

You will initially be certified by the number of classes you are taking. At the end of the add/drop period, we again certify you with the tuition amount based on your schedule.

  • For Chapter 30, 1606, 1607 and 35, tuition will be paid directly to you.
  • For Chapter 31 and 33, tuition is paid to OU. Please keep in mind if your Chapter 33 benefits are less than 100% you are responsible for the remaining balance. It is encouraged that you consider all your options, such as a payment plan, FAFSA and OU grants and scholarships.

Remember, you are required to notify Veteran Certification every time you add or drop a class. Failure to do so may result in adjustment to your certification that you may not realize. If you have questions, please let us know and we can discuss this with you before you adjust your schedule.

Transferring
Credits

Oakland University is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs approved school that accepts transfer credits including College Level Examination Program credits (CLEP), DSST, and military education courses based on American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations.

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 or to the Office of the Registrar.

For more information regarding transferring credits, please contact your academic adviser or the Office of the Registrar or visit the Undergraduate Admissions Transfer page. Note, OU accepts a maximum of 60 credits for CLEP or DSST.

OU also 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.
Benefits

Veterans at Oakland University receive many benefits including:

  • priority registration.
  • four free electives for all undergraduate students; review of American Council on Education credit for military courses.
  • in-state tuition rates to any veteran or dependent, using VA educational benefits, regardless of residence.
  • no late payment penalties for Chapter 33 recipients when VA tuition payments are received after a bill due date.
  • no penalties in case of deployments or federal orders requiring service members to relocate outside of their geographical area.
  • access to Student Veterans of Oakland University, a recognized student organization that brings together veterans for social and volunteer activities
  • a welcome reception for current and new veteran students that allows you to network
National Guard and Reserves Education Benefits (chapter 1606)

Eligibility: Must have a six-year contract with the Guard or Reserves and have completed your basic training. Note: You must currently be in the Guard 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 study 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 (888) 442-4551.

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


Reserve Educational Assistance Program (chapter 1607)

Eligibility will be determined by the Department of Defense or Department of Homeland Security 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. 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 study 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 (888) 442-4551

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


Vocational Rehabilitation for Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities (chapter 31)

Eligibility: Must have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10%, or a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). If you are not sure if you qualify, please call the Veteran Services Office at (888) 442-4551.

To apply for Chapter 31 benefits, the student needs to fill out an Application for VA Educational Benefits, 22-1905. 

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 study 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 (888) 442-4551.

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


Post 9/11 GI Bill Education Benefits (chapter 33)

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 (888) 442-4551.

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 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 study 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 (888) 442-4551.

Benefits: Please refer to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website or call (888) 442-4551.

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


Dependent Education Benefits (chapter 35)

Eligibility: To be eligible for 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, 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 and 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 (888) 442-4551.

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 (877) 838-4833 or speak with an education case manager at (888) 442-4551.

Undergraduate
Checklist

Apply for Admission
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
(800) OAK-UNIV | visit@oakland.edu
101 North Foundation Hall
oakland.edu/futurestudents

  • Apply as a freshman if you have never attended college. Apply as a transfer student if you have attended any college, including the Community College of the Air Force.
  • Submit all transcripts, including military transcripts.
  • Order JST transcript at jst.doded.mil.
  • Once you've been admitted, your transcripts, including military training, will be evaluated and credit may be granted based on American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations.

Apply for Veterans Administration (VA) Benefits
Complete the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) at vets.gov/education/apply to apply to use the following benefits:

  • Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill
  • Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Chapter 35 - Dependent Education Assistance Program
  • Chapter 1606 - Selected Reserves GI Bill
  • Chapter 1607 - Reserves Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

For more information regarding VA Vocational Rehabilitation, contact the Detroit Regional VA Office at (800) 827-1000.

Visit OU’s Veterans Support Services Office
(248) 370-2010 | vss@oakland.edu
112 Vandenberg Hall
oakland.edu/veterans

  • Information about using your GI Bill
  • Information about VA work study opportunities
  • On-campus support and local veteran resources
  • Student Veterans of Oakland University (OU's chapter of SVA)
  • Events and programs for veterans
  • Connecting to other veteran students, faculty and staff

Sign Up for Orientation
First Year Advising Center
(248)  370-3227 | fyac@oakland.edu
121 North Foundation Hall
oakland.edu/fyac/orientation

  • If you have taken military courses but no college or university courses, you are considered a first-year student. Sign up for first-year student orientation at oakland.edu/newstudents.
  • If you have taken college or university courses in the past, you are considered a transfer student. Sign up for transfer student orientation at oakland.edu/tso.

Attend Veteran Jump Start
Veterans Support Services
(248) 370-2010 | vss@oakland.edu
112 Vandenberg Hall

  • Meet with campus and outside resources
  • Connect to academic and campus life
  • Socialize with other veterans
  • Interactive veteran campus tours

Visit the Veterans’ Certification Office
(248) 370-4010 | veterans@oakland.edu
112 Vandenberg Hall

  • Submit your 00-214, Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) or Letter of Eligibility
  • Receive four free elective credits
  • Sign up for priority registration
  • Certify to utilize VA education benefits
    • Submit plan of study
    • Transfer GI Bill benefits to Oakland University from previous institution (if applicable)
  • Point of contact for students approved for vocational rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

Consider Your Financial Plans
Financial Services
(248) 370-2550 | finservices@oakland.edu
120 North Foundation Hall
oakland.edu/financialservices

  • Complete the FAFSA online at fafsa.gov to be considered for federal, state and/or OU's need-based financial aid
  • To maximize your financial aid award package, complete the FAFSA as soon as possible beginning January 1 for the upcoming school year
  • Include Oakland University's federal code of 002307 on your FAFSA
  • View financial aid awards and associated requirements on your MySAIL account.
Graduate
Checklist

Apply for Graduate Admission
Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning
(248) 370-2700 | gradinfo@oakland.edu
520 O'Dowd Hall
oakland.edu/grad

  • Select your program of interest.
  • Review the graduate admission criteria.
  • Submit the online graduation application.
  • Submit supplemental applications and supporting documents, if applicable.
  • Check your admission status on MySAIL.

Apply for Veterans Administration (VA) Benefits
Complete the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) at vets.gov/education/apply to apply to use the following benefits:

  • Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill
  • Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Chapter 35 - Dependent Education Assistance Program
  • Chapter 1606 - Selected Reserves GI Bill
  • Chapter 1607 - Reserves Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

For more information regarding VA Vocational Rehabilitation, contact the Detroit Regional VA Office at (800) 827-1000.

Visit OU’s Veterans Support Services Office
(248) 370-2010 | vss@oakland.edu
112 Vandenberg Hall
oakland.edu/veterans

  • Information about using your GI Bill
  • Information about VA work study opportunities
  • On-campus support and local veteran resources
  • Student Veterans of Oakland University (OU's chapter of SVA)
  • Events and programs for veterans
  • Connecting to other veteran students, faculty and staff

Attend Veteran Jump Start
Veterans Support Services
(248) 370-2010 | vss@oakland.edu
112 Vandenberg Hall

  • Meet with campus and outside resources
  • Connect to academic and campus life
  • Socialize with other veterans
  • Interactive veteran campus tours

Visit the Veterans’ Certification Office
(248) 370-4010 | veterans@oakland.edu
112 Vandenberg Hall

  • Submit your 00-214, Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) or Letter of Eligibility
  • Receive four free elective credits
  • Sign up for priority registration
  • Certify to utilize VA education benefits
    • Submit plan of study
    • Transfer GI Bill benefits to Oakland University from previous institution (if applicable)
  • Point of contact for students approved for vocational rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

Meet with Your Faculty Adviser
Each degree student is assigned a faculty adviser upon admission to a graduate program. Faculty advisers help students develop a plan of study and select graduate courses that adhere to program curriculum, and discuss career options and alternatives after graduation. Graduate students must comply with the policies, procedures and degree requirements published in the Graduate Catalog (oakland.edu/gradcatalog).

Consider Your Financial Plans
Financial Services
(248) 370-2550 | finservices@oakland.edu
120 North Foundation Hall
oakland.edu/financialservices

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at fafsa.gov to be considered for federal, state and/or OU's need-based financial aid
  • To maximize your financial aid award package, complete the FAFSA as soon as possible beginning January 1 for the upcoming school year
  • Include Oakland University's federal code of 002307 on your FAFSA
  • View financial aid awards and associated requirements on your MySAIL account. 
Helpful
Resources

Disability Support Services
(248) 370-3266 | dss@oakland.edu
103A North Foundation Hall
oakland.edu/dss

Students who have a physical, psychological, sensory and/or learning disability may be eligible for services and accommodations. Services may include: readers; scribes; alternative testing; sign language; interpreters; scanned textbooks; and assistive technology such as JAWS, Kurzweil and Dragon Naturally Speaking. Students with disabilities should make an appointment six weeks in advance of when they require services.

First Year Advising Center
(248) 370-3227 | fyac@oakland.edu
121 North Foundation Hall
oakland.edu/fyac

OU's First Year Advising Center (FYAC) is the first stop for all incoming first-year students and undecided transfers. In addition to orientation, the FYAC provides: academic advising for all first-year, undecided and re-deciding students; programs and events for first-year students; and major exploration and career counseling for all undergraduate students.

Graham Health Center
(248) 370-2341
Graham Health Center (West Wing)
oakland.edu/ghc

OU's Graham Health Center provides convenient, affordable, high-quality health care right on campus. Complete health care services are provided, including physical exams; and treatment for acute and chronic illnesses and minor injuries. Over-the­counter medication and supplies can be purchased without an appointment. Most insurance is accepted (except Tricare). Student health insurance is available.

OU Counseling Center
(248) 370-3465
Graham Health Center (East Wing)
oakland.edu/oucc

Talking to a therapist or counselor may help ease the transition to civilian life and college. All university students are entitled to six free counseling ses­sions at Oakland's Counseling Center (subsequent sessions are $12 each). Medication may also be helpful in alleviating some trauma symptoms.

Student Veterans of Oakland University
svou@oakland.edu | search "Student Veterans of OU" on Facebook

Connect with other student veterans of OU through social interaction and events, community service, and veterans' advocacy. The group also helps veterans transition to campus and civilian life while building camaraderie through service to others.

The Tutoring Center
(248) 370-4215 | tutoring@oakland.edu
103 North Foundation Hall
oakland.edu/tutoring

The Tutoring Center (ITC) offers a variety of no-cost services and programs to help students become independent learners and achieve their best academically. Services include: walk-in and appointment tutoring; Supplemental Instruction (SI); and study skills handouts and self-paced materials to further support development of effective study habits.

University Housing
(248) 370-3570 | housing@oakland.edu
448 Hamlin Hall
oakland.edu/housing

University Housing offers a variety of living arrangements for students. In addition to traditional residence halls, the Ann V. Nicholson Student Apartment complex and George T. Matthews Apartments allow for greater independence and provide free amenities such as cable, Internet and laundry facilities.

Writing Center
(248) 370-3120 | ouwc@oakland.edu
212 Kresge Library
oakland.edu/ouwc 

The Oakland University Writing Center is a free service that offers support in all stages of the writing process for students enrolled at Oakland University or any of its satellite programs. Highly trained peer consultants can help students to: comprehend assignment goals; organize thoughts; generate clear and concise theses; gain control of grammar and mechanics; locate and employ appropriate resources for research projects; and much more.