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Veterans

As part of our patriotic mission, College of the Ozarks is proud to have veterans and veteran's dependents as a part of the student body.

College of the Ozarks is approved for certification of students eligible to receive educational assistance (GI Bill®) from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). All students who receive benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs are advised by the College of the Ozarks Registrar’s Office.

The information stated here is based on existing rules and regulations of the Department of Veterans Affairs and should not be construed as being absolute. New rules and regulations are being released by the DVA continually and may supersede the information stated here.

Links to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Veterans Benefits Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education and Training Service Home Page

Chapter Benefit Programs

Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill Education Benefit

Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty

Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve

Chapter 35 - Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA)

Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation Program

Application Process for GI Bill Benefits

  1. Apply for admission to the College
  2. Register for classes (enrolling in classes)
  3. Contact the Registrar's Office
  4. Process required paperwork for GI Bill

First Time Students:
To begin the Education Benefits application process visit VA.gov.

Veterans

  • Application for Educational Assistance (VA Form 22-1990)
  • Certified copy of DD-214 Discharge Document (This form is provided to you by your military branch at completion of enlistment.)

Members of the Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve

  • Application for Educational Assistance (VA Form 22-1990)
  • Copy of Notice of Basic Eligibility Form #2384 (This form is provided to you by your unit.)

Dependents or Spouse of 100% Disabled or Deceased Veterans (Service Connected)

  • Application for Educational Assistance (VA Form 22-5490)

Transfer of Entitlement Students

  • Application for Educational Assistance (VA Form 22-1990E)

Transfer Students:
When your admission to C of O is complete, please contact the Registrar's Office to complete the process for continuing your GI Bill.

Current Students:

  • Veteran Responsibilities
    In order to comply with laws governing the GI Bill, it is your responsibility as a student to notify the Registrar of your status at the College which includes: when you add or drop a course, change your major, change your address, withdraw from the College, or need tutorial assistance. The DVA will not pay for the repeat of satisfactory completed courses except under special circumstances. If you do not make satisfactory academic progress and are suspended from the College, your GI Bill benefits cannot be resumed until you have met the College requirements for reinstatement. Your benefits may be terminated if you do not comply with the regulations stated above. 
  • Student Verification of Enrollment
    Chapter 30 and Chapter 1606 students must verify their enrollment monthly by Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by Interactive Voice Response (IVR) 1-877-823-2378 . The preferred method is WAVE, which includes features not in IVR. Students must be currently enrolled in an approved educational program and must have a current benefit award to use WAVE. Please note: If you are a new student, it is important to allow enough time for the enrollment to be processed. If you attempt to verify enrollment before it is processed, you may receive a system generated message that VA has no record of the enrollment. 
  • Address Change
    Address changes made in the Registrar's Office will not change your address with the Veteran's Administration. To change your address with Veteran's Administration please call 1-888-442-4551.
  • Direct Deposit
    To sign up or change direct deposit information, please visit VA.gov
  • Request a Military Transcript
    To request your Army and National Guard, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy Official Joint Services Transcript visit JST. To request your Air Force transcript visit Community College of the Air Force.

For more information contact:
Karen Back
College of the Ozarks
PO Box 17
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Phone (417) 690-3223
Email kback@cofo.edu


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