This page includes current benefits available to Veterans and their dependents. For more information please contact VA Benefits at 541-552-7102 or vabenefits@sou.eduYou can also visit the Financial Aid Website for more information by clicking here.


VA Benefits Processing:

VA Benefits assists Veterans and their families in helping students obtain their educational objectives. 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 through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or the Oregon National Guard Offices. This online information should answer your questions when coming to SOU, as well as how to apply for Educational Benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans must request VA certification each term (including summer sessions). Contact the VA Benefits Certifying official for upcoming terms: 541-552-7102 or vabenefits@sou.edu. They will certify your enrollment and forward the request to the regional VA Office in Muskogee, Oklahoma for processing. The VA determines eligibility for Educational Benefits in all cases.


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.


Google Scholarship for Veterans

The Google-SVA Scholarship program is focused on rewarding high caliber student veterans pursuing a degree in the Computer Science field. The goals of the Google-SVA Scholarship are to:

  • To identify high-performing student veterans in the Computer Science field, and to reward achievement and encourage further study through the scholarship program.
  • To affect the retention of student veterans in the Computer Science field by providing recognition and funds needed for university expenses, such as tuition, books and lab fees.
  • To help foster communities of students through Google sponsored events like the Annual Scholars' Retreats, which is an all-expenses paid retreat for that year's scholarship winners. It enables top students from across the U.S. network with each other and with Google engineers in a fun environment.
  • For more information please visit the following link: https://studentveterans.org/programs/scholarships?layout=edit&id=733

Chapter 1606 or 1607 Benefits expiring soon?

If your Chapter 1606 or 1607 benefits are going to expire in the next year, you could be eligible for up to a 12-month extension through the New Chapter 33 Benefits.

To sign-up, locate the exact date your benefits will expire (Normally this will be at the end of a term). Fill out a new application at www.va.gov around two months before the expiration date and submit and follow up paperwork.

IMPORTANT: Make sure the start date for your Chapter 33 benefits is the day after your 1606 or 1607 end date that was found above. If you start the benefits before this end date, you will only receive Chapter 33 benefits for the remaining time you had on the previous program.