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The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Student Handbook 2018-2019

7 - Veterans Student Services

Students eligible to receive educational benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs should contact a Veterans Advisor in the Office of Admissions and Records at (405) 271-2359 for advisement on the procedures for beginning or continuing to receive educational benefits.  Detailed information may also be found in the Veterans Affairs section of the Admissions and Records website.

Students receiving benefits must follow current procedures to report their enrollment to a Veterans Advisor each semester in order to be re-certified for continual benefits. Students receiving benefits are also required to report any changes to their enrollment to a Veterans Advisor immediately.  Failure to report changes in enrollment may result in an under or over-payment of benefits.

Students who have received an over-payment of benefits will subsequently be required to reimburse the amount of the over-payment to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and/or to the University.
 

7.1 - Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014

Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 requires schools to bill eligible individuals using Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill or Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill at the in-state tuition rate if they meet the requirements of the law, even when they are defined by the school as an out-of-state resident for tuition purposes.  The bill went into effect July 1, 2015. 

To be eligible for the Choice Act, students must meet the requirements of the law and submit supporting documents to the Office of Admissions and Records as outlined below:

  1. Reside in Oklahoma while attending OUHSC.
  2. Submit a letter of intent to establish residence in the state.
  3. Submit a Certificate of Eligibility with entitlement for one of the bills below:
    • Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty),
    • Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill (Veteran), or
    • Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill (Dependent[1] – “Transfer of Entitlement”).
  4. Provide a form DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty showing the applicant meets the following conditions:
    • The Uniformed Service Member must have been discharged within the past five years[2].
    • The active duty period prior to discharge must have been greater than 90 days. 

Mail, fax, or scan required documents to:

OUHSC Office of Admissions and Records
Attn: Admission Officer
PO Box 26901, LIB 121
Oklahoma City, OK  73126
Admissions@ouhsc.edu
FAX: (405) 271-2480

Individuals who meet the requirements will maintain in-state resident status as long as they remain continuously enrolled at OUHSC, even if the term of benefits expires or educational assistance is exhausted under Chapters 30 or 33.

The complete policy and information is located online at the  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. (Section 3.18.7 A, B)

[1]  Expanded to align with Oklahoma Senate Bill 138.  It entitles assistance by virtue of a relationship as a spouse or dependent child who is receiving VA educational assistance as described.

[2]  Expanded to align with Oklahoma Senate Bill 138.

7.2 - Students Called To Active Military Duty

Pursuant to Title 70, O.S., Section 3248, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center shall grant a Military Leave of Absence, not to exceed a cumulative five (5) years, to a student who is a member of the active uniformed military services of the United States and is called to active duty. 

The student shall be eligible to:

  1. Withdraw from any or all courses for the period of active duty service without penalty to admission status or GPA and without loss of institutional financial aid. If the student has not completed an amount of work sufficient to receive a grade, the institution may refund the tuition and fees paid by the student for the current term or waive the amount of tuition and fees paid from the amount owed for tuition and fees for a future term following the student’s tour of duty; or
  2. Receive an "I" for any or all courses for the period of active duty status irrespective of the student's grade at the time the "I" is awarded; provided, however, that the student has completed a minimum of fifty percent (50%) of all coursework prior to being called to active duty and the student completes all courses upon return from active duty.  The student's admission status and GPA shall not be penalized and the student shall not experience loss of institutional financial aid.

Student is required to complete and submit the Military Leave of Absence form to the Office of Admissions and Records with a copy of active duty orders.  See the Veterans Advisor for more information. 

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