If you are a veteran, member of the Reserves or National Guard, and plan to
attend University of Western States, you may be eligible for educational
benefits through the Veterans' Administration. Benefits may also be
available to eligible spouses and/or children of veterans. Check your
eligibility status by calling 1-800-827-1000.
How to apply for educational benefits at University of Western States.
Once you have applied for your education benefits through the Veterans'
Administration, then you will bring the necessary paperwork to the
university’s Veteran's Services Coordinator.
Contact Information Michelle Dodge 503-251-5710
Call 1-800-827-1000 for more information about other Veteran Benefits and
A good online source is http://www.va.gov that includes information about:
• Burial & Memorial Benefits
• Health Benefits & Services
• Life Insurance Program • Compensation & Pension Benefits
• Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Services
• Home Loan Guaranty Services
To receive education benefits you must be certified, a process that can take
up to three months. Your first step is to go to the Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA) website and apply for your federal GI Bill education benefits
Veteran On-line Application
(VONAPP), applicants for Chapter 31 must
meet with a US Department of Veterans Affairs counselor.
Once a student has applied for benefits and registered for classes they will
need to submit a copy of their approval to the Office of the Registrar. The
Office of the Registrar will then issue a Verification of Enrollment (VA
Form 22-1999) via VA ONCE to inform the VA that the student is enrolled at
University of Western States and requesting education benefits.
Keep in mind that any veterans’ education benefits you receive must be
reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you
have specific questions, please contact the US Department of Veterans
Affairs' Buffalo Office toll-free at 1-888-442-4551 or go to the US
Department of Veterans Affairs web site,
Verify Your Enrollment Chapter 30, 1607 and 1606 recipients: Once you are
certified for your benefits, you must verify your enrollment with the
Veterans Administration at the end of each month before you will receive
your payment. To verify enrollment, go to the
Web Automated Verification
(WAVE) or call 1-877-823-2378.
Benefit Programs Eligibility criteria and benefits vary for veterans’
education benefit programs from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).
Descriptions of monthly stipends, eligibility periods, financial aid
criteria, and the documentation required are described in the links below.
Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
32: Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Chapter 33: Post
9-11 GI Bill
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEAP)
Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)