UO Veterans Affairs Office

UO Veterans Affairs Office

The Office of Veterans Affairs, a unit within the Office of the Registrar, is located in 215 Oregon Hall, and helps eligible student veterans, reservists and dependents obtain educational benefits in compliance with the procedures and regulations of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Students may contact the Veterans Coordinator for assistance.

Contact Information

Campus Departments and Resources

Contact the Office of Admissions for information about applying to the University of Oregon:

Office of Admissions
Campus location: 240 Oregon Hall (second floor)
Mailing address: 1217 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1217
Telephone: (541) 346-3201

Contact the Office of Veterans Affairs if you are seeking assistance with VA educational Benefits:

Office of Veterans Affairs
Campus location: 215 Oregon Hall (second floor)
Mailing address: 5257 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-5257
Telephone: (541) 346-3119
Email: veterans [at] uoregon [dot] edu
Fax: (541) 346-6682

The Student Veterans Center serves as a resource and touchpoint for student veterans. Here you will find fellow service members, study and meeting space, computer and printing stations, staff to assist you with personal and academic needs, as well as community veteran service providers:

Student Veterans Center
Campus location: McArthur Court-Mezzanine Level
Telephone: (541) 346-3406
Email: uovetscenter [at] uoregon [dot] edu

The Veterans and Family Student Association VFSA is a UO student organization that offers support to veterans and strives to educate both the public and student body about the personal sacrifices made by this nation's veterans:

Veterans and Family Student Association
Campus location: Located in the Student Veterans Center
Telephone: (541) 346-4305
E-mail: vsfa [at] uoregon [dot] edu
See also:

United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Contact information and links for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Address: PO Box 8888, Muskogee, OK 74402-8888
Telephone (main number): (888) 442-4551
Telephone (direct deposit): (877) 838-2778
Telephone (verification): (877) 823-2378 (Chapter 30, 1606 & 1607 only)
See also: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Web Automated Verification of Enrollment

Debt Management

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Debt Management Center
Address: P.O. Box 11930, Fort Snelling, MN 55111
Telephone: (800) 827-0648
Fax: (612) 970-5688

Called to Active Duty?

If you have been notified that you will be deployed:

Step 1 - Contact Academic Advising (364 Oregon Hall, 541-346-3211). You will be advised as to your options concerning your enrollment at the University of Oregon. They will need a copy of your active duty letter. Possible options may include:

Step 2 (if applicable) - Contact the UO Veterans Affairs office (see contact info above). The Veterans Coordinator will request a copy of your active duty letter from Academic Advising and report your active duty status to the VA.

Step 3 (if applicable) - Contact Financial Aid (260 Oregon Hall, 541-346-3221).

Military Credit Evaluation

The UO generally grants credit for Military Educational Experiences as recommended by the American Council on Education's Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, and in accordance with University and State System policies regarding Transfer credits. Read more.

Benefits Information

Benefit Information and Forms for UO Student Veterans, Reservists and Dependents

Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill

Chapter 33 provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 aggregate days of active duty on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. The Post-9/11 GI Bill became effective for training on August 1, 2009.

See also: Federal GI Bill Website

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty

Chapter 30 has four eligibility categories. Category I (by far the largest) includes veterans who began active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985. Category IA requires two years obligated service; Category IB, three years obligated service; and Category IC, two years active duty and four years in the Selected Reserve.

Military retirees who entered the service (or agreed to delayed entry) before January 1, 1977 and who were eligible to receive Chapter 34 benefits (Vietnam era education program) on 12/31/1989 comprise Category II. The education benefit for these Chapter 34/30 veterans is higher than the standard Chapter 30 benefit and it pays an additional amount for dependents. The Chapter 34/30 benefit is comparable to the old Chapter 34 rate.

Additional veterans may be eligible if they were voluntarily or involuntarily separated from the service because of a reduction in personnel (Category III), or if they were able to convert their education benefit from Chapter 32 to Chapter 30 (Category IV).

The monthly benefit is based on category, the type of training taken, length of service and the amount of money (commonly known as "kickers") placed into your MGIB fund by the Department of Defense.

See also:Federal GI Bill Website

Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve

Chapter 1606 is the educational program for active members of the Selected Reserve. Selected Reserve components include the Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard and Air National Guard. The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security (Coast Guard) determine who is eligible for Chapter 1606. The Department of Veterans Affairs administers the program and pays benefits. Basic eligibility requires a six year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve and satisfactory participation in required Selected Reserve training.

See also: Federal GI Bill Website

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

Chapter 1607 is the educational program for active members of the Selected Reserve called to active duty and members of the Individual Ready Reserve (Army IRR, Air Force IRR, Navy IRR and Marine Corps IRR) called to active duty in response to a contingency operation declared by the President or Congress. The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security (Coast Guard) determine who is eligible for Chapter 1607. The Department of Veterans Affairs administers the program and pays benefits.

See also: Federal GI Bill Website

Chapter 35: Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

Chapter 35 is educational assistance paid to eligible dependents of certain veterans. Persons who may be eligible are children (between ages 18 and 26, with some exceptions) or spouses of:

  • a veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.
  • a veteran who died from any cause while such service-connected disability was in existence.
  • a servicemember missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
  • a servicemember forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
  • a servicemember who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability.

See also: Federal GI Bill Website

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

Chapter 31: The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service's primary benefit program is vocational rehabilitation services for veterans who have a service-connected disability. The outcome of these services lead to suitable employment that is consistent with their aptitudes and interests, or achieving independence in their daily living. See Federal GI Bill website for more information.

  • Application for Vocational Rehabilitation (28-1900) (Web form, PDF form)
  • Request for Deferral of Application Fee for Admission (PDF only). For first bachelor degree applicants only. Should be included with your University of Oregon Admissions Application for deferral of the University Application fee. Your Case Manager will need to send a copy of your 1905 to the UO Veterans Coordinator.

Important Forms

Note: All forms can also be obtained at the UO Veterans Affairs office.

Form Description Submission Process
Application for Education Benefits (22-1990) Required for first time applicants. For Chapters 33, 30, 1606, 1607 & 32. Submit directly via VBA website. Alternatively, print and complete PDF and submit to either UO Veterans Affairs Office or VA Regional Office.
Change of Program or Place of Training (22-1995) For anyone who changes schools. Chapters 33, 30, 1606, 1607 & 32. Submit directly via VBA website. Alternatively, print and complete PDF and submit to either UO Veterans Affairs Office or VA Regional Office.
Application for Survivors' & Dependents' Educational Assistance Form (22-5490) For first time Chapter 35 applicants. Submit directly via VBA website. Alternatively, print and complete PDF and submit to either UO Veterans Affairs Office or VA Regional Office.
Change of Program or Place of Training (22-5495) Required for Chapter 35 students who change schools. Submit directly via VBA website. Alternatively, print and complete PDF and submit to either UO Veterans Affairs Office or VA Regional Office.
Enrollment Form Required for all UO students receiving VA benefits (except for Chapter 31).. Submit completed form to UO Veterans Affairs office.
Summer Enrollment Form Required only for those who seek VA benefits for the summer term. Submit completed form to UO Veterans Affairs office.
Approved List of Courses (ALC) Form Required for UO students receiving VA benefits, as requested. Submit completed form to UO Veterans Affairs office. Remember this rule: "The VA will only pay for the minimum number of credits needed for you to receive your degree".

General Guidelines

As a VA educational benefits recipient, you have certain responsibilities. Many potential problems are avoided if you understand the guidelines in the following PDFs.

Other Aid & Assistance

Veteran Resident Tuition

Oregon House Bills 2158 and 4021 allow the University of Oregon to charge resident tuition for certain nonresident students. Read more.

Oregon Educational Aid For UO Student Veterans

Oregon Educational Aid For Veterans is a benefit provided by the State of Oregon to veterans who are not currently receiving Federal educational benefits under any Federal act. See: ODVA Educational Aid Eligibility Information and Forms for more information.

To apply, you will need to complete a Form for Eligibility (1004-M, required only once) and Form for Application (1005-M, once every term). These forms can be found on the ODVA website. You will also need to submit a certified copy of your Defense Department Form 214 (DD 214). If you do not have your original DD 214, you may order one from the National Personnel Records Center (NARA).

Veterans Services of Lane County

Veterans Services of Lane County offers advocation and other services for veterans, their dependents and survivors.

Veterans' Dependent Tuition Waiver

The Veterans' Dependent Tuition Waiver is a benefit provided by the State of Oregon granting a tuition waiver for certain Oregon University System students who are dependents of veterans. download the PDF here.

VA Work-Study

A list of United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) approved sites is available by contacting the Veterans Coordinator at the UO Veterans' Affairs Office. See also: Student Work-Study Allowance Program Information

Voyager Tuition Assistance

Voyager Tuition Assistance is a financial aid benefit made available to UO students who:

  • have served as members of the National Guard or Reserves
  • were called to active duty (and served in a combat zone) since September 11, 2001

Contact Financial Aid for additional details.

Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance is processed through Student Billing on the first floor of Oregon Hall. It is ultimately the responsibility of every student to ensure that she or he can actually receive tuition assistance and VA benefits for the same classes. If you are unsure:

  • Contact your Education Officer and the VA Education Office in Muskogee, OK to confirm your right to both benefits.
  • Refer to the GoArmyEd website for information about applying for Tuition Assistance.

Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA)

Taken from the VA website: "The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) is a comprehensive health care program in which the VA shares the cost of covered health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries."

VA requires enrollment verification for all CHAMPVA applicants. The DuckWeb on-line enrollment verification from the National Student Clearinghouse does not include everything required by that CHAMPVA. Contact the UO Office of the Registrar for help with this verification.

See CHAMPVA web page for more information about eligibility, benefits and other details.

Helpful Resources and Links For UO Student Veterans

Resource Description
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Provides information on healthcare and federal benefits to veterans and their dependents.You can access crisis prevention information directly by going to the Veterans Crisis Line Website.
Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents, 2012 edition. Provides brief descriptions of VA programs and benefits, including compensation and pension benefits, healthcare, memorial and burial benefits, facility phone numbers and addresses, and more.
VA page for returning service members of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (redirects to www.oefoif.va.gov) Provides information on veterans benefits for returning service members (OEF/OIF/OND).
USA.gov U.S. Government's Official Web Portal for all government transactions, services, and information. Provides direct online access to federal, state, local, and tribal governments.
THOMAS Federal legislative information from the Library of Congress. THOMAS provides several options for finding bills, resolutions, and legislative histories from 1973 to the present.
House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Reviews veterans' programs, examines current laws and reports bills and amendments to strengthen existing laws concerning veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs A gateway to critical news and information for veterans and all those who care about veterans issues.
Joint Services Transcript (JST) The Joint Services Transcript (JST) is an academically accepted document approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) to validate a service member's military occupational experience and training along with the corresponding ACE college credit recommendations. JST replaces the Coast Guard Institute Transcript , the Army ACE Registry Transcript (AARTS) and the Sailor/Marine ACE Registry Transcript (SMART).
Troops to Teachers Provides Counseling and Referral services to military personnel interested in beginning a second career in public education as a teacher. The DANTES Troops to Teachers office will help applicants identify teacher certification requirements, programs leading to certification and employment opportunities.
National Personnel Records Center (NARA) Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR) is the repository of millions of military personnel, health, and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services during the 20th century. Order a copy of your DD 214.
GoArmyEd Virtual gateway for all eligible Active Duty, National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers to request Tuition Assistance (TA) online.
Oregon National Guard Service Member and Family Support Program Provides crisis management, family programs, employment and education assistance, and resource referral.
Oregon Partnership Military HelpLine Provides mental health and suicide crisis intervention and referrals to VA services, Vet Center services and reintegration services.