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How can I find out if I am eligible to receive VA education benefits?
Call the VA toll free 888.442.4551 or 800.827.1000.

Could I be eligible for education benefits if I have a parent or spouse who is or was in the military?
Yes, possibly. Locate the veteran's file number and call the toll free number

How do I go about applying for VA education benefits?
Submit completed VA Form 22-1990 to your college VA coordinator or apply online using VONAPP @ www.gibill.va.gov. Be sure all your transcripts have been turned in to the Registrar's Office.

What paperwork do I need to bring with me when applying?
A copy of your DD214 if you are a GI Bill recipient. A copy of your NOBE if you are in the National Guard. Your kicker contract would be helpful as well.

How long does it take before I receive the first check?
Six to eight weeks

How do I request direct deposit for my checks?
For Chapter 30 and 1606 only you can call Toll Free 800.829.4833. They will need your bank account and routing numbers or you can go online to http://www.gibill.va.gov/resources/verify_attendance/

Do I need to fill out paperwork every semester?
Yes, you must complete the SWOSU VA Approval Form each time you re-enroll

Do I have to be enrolled before the enrollment certification can be sent to the VA Office?

How many hours must I take to receive full-time VA benefits?
Undergrad: 12 hours for spring and fall semesters, 6 hours for summer. Graduate: 9 hours for spring and fall, 4 hours for summer.

Can I receive VA education benefits as a graduate student?
Yes, if you have remaining eligibility and your delimiting date has not yet been reached.

What do I do if I received education benefits at another college and now want to continue receiving them at SWOSU?
Complete VA Form 22-5495 and the SWOSU VA Approval Form.

What can I do to get my military hours put on my college transcript?
Complete 12 hours at SWOSU and bring your military transcript(s) to our office.

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