The information on this page is meant to be a helpful guide as you begin to explore benefit options. For further assistance, you can reach out to VRC@sou.edu to schedule an appointment with someone on our staff. You can also reach the college's Certifier directly by emailing vabenefits@sou.edu.  


VA Education Benefits:

To review VA benefit options please visit https://www.va.gov/

The SOU certifying official serves as a liaison between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the University to certify enrollment and provide information on Veteran benefits.

Veterans and their dependents may be eligible to receive Educational Benefits. Contact the VA Benefits Certifying official for upcoming terms: 541-552-7102 or vabenefits@sou.edu. They will certify your enrollment for processing. The VA determines eligibility for Educational Benefits in all cases.

You can also visit the Financial Aid Website for more information by clicking here


Veteran's Dependent Support Waiver (State Benefit)

For more information and eligibility requirements please click here


Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance 

For more information and eligibility requirements please click here.


Student Veterans of America Scholarships 

To learn more about SVA programs please click here.


Section 702 of The Choice Act

Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”), requires VA to disapprove programs of education for payment of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty at public institutions of higher learning if the schools charge qualifying Veterans and dependents tuition and fees in excess of the rate for resident students for terms beginning after July 1, 2015. These new requirements will ensure that our Nation’s recently discharged Veterans, and their eligible family members, will not have to bear the cost of out-of-state charges while using their well-deserved education benefits.

A "covered individual" is defined in the Choice Act as:

  • A Veteran who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

  • A spouse or child using transferred benefits who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within 3 years of the transferor's discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

  • A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the Service member's death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

Note: Individuals who initially meet the requirements above will maintain "covered individual" status as long as they remain continuously enrolled at the institution of higher learning, even if they are outside the 3-year window or enroll in multiple programs.


GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Detailed information regarding VA benefits and eligibility can be found at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.