Veterans Benefits Office

SNU – Tulsa understands the sacrifices that have been made by the active duty service members, veterans and their families throughout this nation. We strive to work with you in helping you achieve your educational goals while helping to maximize your veteran’s benefits. SNU is a Post 911 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program Participant and was also named a “Military Friendly School” in both 2015 & 2016 by G.I. Jobs Magazine.

Although most universities will only accept a limited number of Post 911 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon recipients, SNU – Tulsa has no limit. Through this partnership, we have been able to assist veterans in completing their chosen degree in as little as 18 months. Post 911 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon recipients are also eligible to use these benefits to cover their tuition.

All education programs at SNU – Tulsa, including our Professional and Graduate Studies programs, are eligible for VA Educational Benefits. The knowledgeable staff at the Office of Veterans Services are prepared to help you transition into student life at SNU – Tulsa. For more specific information on how your VA Education Benefits will work according to your educational goals, you are encouraged to contact Veteran Services.

Veterans Benefits Application Process

Veterans that seek to apply for education benefits through the VA must apply for them through the VA website before applying to their chosen university. To ensure the smoothest experience possible, veterans are encouraged to follow these steps before applying to SNU – Tulsa:

1. To apply for Education Benefits, go to https://www.vets.gov/education.

If you have used benefits at a previous institution or will be changing programs, you must submit Change of Program/Place of Training form available through the Vets.gov website:

  • Students who have previously utilized benefits at a different educational institution use VA Form 22-1995
  • First-time education benefit applicants use VA Form 22-1990
  • Dependents using transferred benefits use VA Form 22-1990e
  • To apply for The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) Program, use VA Form 22-5490 for new applications and VA Form 22-5495 for those who previously utilized benefits at a previous educational institution.

A notice will be sent to you stating the benefits for which you are eligible, called a Certificate of Eligibility, which must be submitted to the Veteran Services Office at SNU when received. Those who qualify for chapter 1606 will need to submit a Notice of Basic Eligibility to the Veteran Service Office as well.

2. Receive Certification of Your Benefits: Your SNU Certifying Official will certify your benefits according to your enrollment and billed cost of tuition and required fees. This certification communicates your enrollment and expenses to the VA electronically so they can award your eligible benefits. Expect a 2-to-10-week time frame for all benefits to be received.

If you receive Chapter 30 or 1606, you must complete a Student Verification of Enrollment on the last day of the month. This is done through the W.A.V.E. portal or by calling 1-877-823-2378.

3. Receive Re-certification of Your Benefits by Term: Your SNU Certifying Official will certify your benefits by term or class (PGS students) in advance to ensure timely awarding of benefits. You must notify the Office of Veteran Services of all enrollment changes as far in advance as possible. If you register for a class, drop a class or change programs, notify the SNU Veteran Services Office immediately.

Post 911 GI Bill Yellow Program

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 formally established the Yellow Ribbon Program to allow colleges, universities and other degree-granting schools to enter a voluntary agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed those found payable under the bill. Under this agreement, the institution contributes a specified dollar amount that is matched by the VA.

yellow ribbon LOGOIf you have charges that exceed the tuition and fee amounts deemed payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program may provide additional funds. When an institution contributes toward your tuition or fees, the VA will then match that amount and issue it to the institution directly on your behalf. However, contributes cannot exceed 50% of the difference.

Oklahoma Department of Veteran’s Affairs

Southern Nazarene University & Oklahoma Department of Veteran’s Affairs have partnered to provide an ODVA Service Representative who will be located on the Bethany campus of SNU the last Thursday of every month. Veterans may also utilize this service to file claims & inquire about benefits.

Military OneSource is your central hub and go-to-place for the military community.

Important VA Phone Numbers

VA Education Hot Line:1-888-442-4551
Monthly Verification of Attendance:1-877-823-2378
Direct Deposit:1-877-838-2778
Other VA Benefits:1-800-827-1000