Oklahoma City Community College Veterans Services Office, located in the Main Building adjacent to the Financial Aid Office, is the primary point of contact to assist veterans and service members and their family members with enrollment certification and referral to other available services at the College.
Veterans Education Benefits
Veterans Education Applications are available online at: GIbill.va.gov/. Veterans Education Benefits are funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Assistance in completing the application and enrollment certification is available in the OCCC Veterans Services Office.
Veterans should also complete a FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid at: FAFSA.gov to determine if they may be eligible for federal or state financial aid to assist with educational costs.
If you served on Active Duty, you may be eligible for education benefits offered by The Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans Education Benefits are paid directly to the student on a monthly basis. Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits of tuition and fees are paid directly to the College and applied to the student's account. Chapter 33 students may also receive a book voucher. Students must be actively pursuing an eligible degree or certificate program, enroll in courses that are part of the degree plan and begin attendance in the courses for each semester.
If you are the spouse or child of a service member, you may be eligible for transfer of the service member's Post-9/11 Gi Bill Benefits to you.
Reporting to OCCC Veterans Services Office
If you are claiming Veterans Education Benefits for the first time, OCCC Veterans Services will need a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility letter or Member 4 copy of your DD form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) to assist you with determining eligibility.
If you are in the National Guard or the Reserves, OCCC Veterans Services will need a copy of your DD form 2384 (NOBE –Notice of Basic Eligibility). Your NG Unit will provide this to you.
If you are claiming benefits through the Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation program, OCCC Veterans Services will need a copy of your VA form 22-1905 from your counseling psychologist.
If you are claiming benefits as a dependent, OCCC Veterans Services will need a copy of your letter of eligibility from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the eligible veteran's claim number or social security number.
Your Academic Advisor must approve all of your classes on the OCCC Veteran Enrollment Information Sheet each semester that you enroll and the OCCC Veterans Services will need a copy. VA education benefits will not pay
Each semester that you are enrolled, OCCC Veterans Services will need copies of your class schedule and your transcript.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is available to students whose parents or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after 9/11/2001. Students must be under the age of 24 years old or enrolled in college at the time of death of the parent or guardian’s to be eligible. The award amount will be equal to the maximum Pell Grant for that academic year.
Tuition Assistance Program for Service Members
If you are currently serving in the military, you may be eligible for the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance program. Before enrolling in classes, check your eligibility status and the amount for which you qualify with your Service installation education office.
If you are the spouse or child of a service member who is serving on active duty Title 10 orders in the pay grades of E1-E5, o1-O2, or W1-W2, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Department of Defense for education, training, and/or the occupational license and credentials necessary for a portable career.
Tuition Assistance is paid directly to the College and applied to the student's account.
National Guard Tuition Waiver
The Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver Program authorizes the waiver of tuition charges for up to 18 credit hours each semester for students who are members of an Oklahoma National Guard Unit. National Guard members must complete the tuition waiver application form available from their unit. The National Guard member must be attending a state-supported college or university and have not yet earned a Bachelor's degree. Benefits continue for six years from the date of the first application for the tuition waiver. The student must maintain a 2.00 Cumulative GPA each semester. The Oklahoma National Guard submits a roster of eligible students to OCCC each semester.
For additional Veterans information visit: OCCC Veterans Services