The RSU Veterans Affairs Office offers assistance and information on available programs, applications for benefits, admissions, eligibility, enrollments, and academic goals. Rogers State University is fully certified by the Oklahoma State Accrediting Agency to the Veterans Administration as an approved training institution. Certain veterans, service personnel, plus eligible dependents or survivors qualify for federally enacted education benefits. The Veterans Administration (VA) administers several basic programs for veterans and service persons seeking assistance for education:
- Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33): This is the most comprehensive education benefit package since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944. The maximum benefit provides:
- the cost of tuition and fees
- a monthly housing allowance equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to an E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as the school
- an annual books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 per year
- Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30): The Montgomery GI Bill is an education program under Chapter 30 and is focused toward two categories of individuals. A provision of the Chapter 30 program allows persons to serve shorter periods of active duty if they subsequently serve in the Selected Reserves. These include reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army and Air National Guard.
- Category 1: Persons in this category first entered or became members of the Armed Forces at any time during the three year period beginning July 1, 1985, through June 30, 1988. They must have their pay reduced by $100 each month for the first 12 months of their active duty service.
- Category 2: Persons in this category have Chapter 34 eligibility, have been on active duty continuously since December 31, 1976, and continue on active duty beyond July 1, 1985.
- Montgomery GI Bill For Reservist (Chapter 1606 or 1607): An educational entitlement program that is available to members of the Selected Reserve, including the National Guard. Those who will have six years service in the reserves after June 30, 1985, may qualify.
- Chapter 31 Program: The VA provides assistance to disabled veterans through the Vocational-Rehab Department and certain dependents.
- Chapter 35 Program: The VA provides assistance to:
- spouse of 100% totally and permanently disabled veteran;
- spouse of a deceased-veteran (service connected);
- spouse of deceased 100% totally and permanently disabled veteran;
- or children of a, b, or c veteran
Veterans must provide a copy of their DD-214 (member 4) and reservists must provide a copy of their Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE), from their reserve or National Guard unit.
The Veteran’s Administration website has a wealth of information about the various programs and services offered by the VA.