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The Military Experience at SNU

Since 2015, SNU's award-winning VETS Center has proudly supported our nation's service members and veterans as they work towards their educational and career goals. 

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What is SNU's VETS Center?

Whether you’re looking to move up in the ranks or start a second career, we’re here to serve you. Our Veterans Educational Transitions Success (VETS) Center can help you transition to campus life, provide career counseling, and connect you to community support.

SNU accepts ACE credit for military training and experience, and all of SNU’s adult education programs are eligible to use with VA Educational Benefits. Our full-time staff at the VETS Center are here to help make the transition into education as seamless as possible.

Our VETS Center is just one of 13 universities in the nation recognized by the Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success. 

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History of SNU's VETS Center

Hundreds of military and veteran students, as well as their dependents, have graduated from SNU’s programs with support from the VETS Center. They go on to rise through the ranks, begin a fulfilling second career, or even open businesses of their own.

Click to learn what made this possible and see the history behind SNU's renowned VETS Center. 

Our Mission

SUPPORT | EMPOWER | CONNECT

We serve the SNU veteran and military community by assisting them with their benefits, involvement, integration, growth, and connection with the SNU family.

Our Purpose

We engage with the SNU veteran and military community to serve as a coach, advisor, and mentor as they pursue academic, career, and personal goals for growing and sustaining excellence in their lives.

Grant Award

SNU’s VETS Center, as it exists today, was established in 2015 with grant funding from the U.S. Dept. of Education to support veteran success in college. The FIPSE grant program selected SNU as one of thirteen Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success (CEVSS).

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Locations

SNU has two VETS Centers conveniently located at our Bethany and Tulsa campuses. Feel free to stop by, tour our campus, or schedule a visit with our VETS Center staff to meet with one of our certifying officers for a personal review of your benefits and to discuss opportunities that await you and your family! 

Bethany Campus

Southern Nazarene University, VETS Center
4200 N Peniel Ave.
Bethany, OK 73008
(405) 717-6299
veterans@snu.edu

Mon. –  Fri. 9 to 5 pm
Sat. & Sun. – Closed

Tulsa Campus

SNU – Tulsa, VETS Center
8210 E. Regal Court
Tulsa, OK 74133
(918) 664-4100
tulsavets@snu.edu

Mon. – Thur. 9 to 6 pm
Friday – 9 to 4 pm
Sat. & Sun. – Closed

Student Services for Military

Are you looking for resources to help you navigate through your academic journey while at SNU?  The following veterans services are available.

Benefits Review

Our team offers unique, personalized assistance in assessing the benefits you are eligible and offers advice on how to access them. You may also get a quick look inside what you may be able to expect using our benefits calculator tool.

SNU is compliant with PL 115-407 The Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 Section 103 and does not penalize the VA beneficiary for delayed payment by the VA. This includes policies that prevent enrolling, assess a late penalty fee, require securing alternative or additional funding, deny access to any school resources, classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities that are available to other students that have paid.

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Benefits Review

Tutoring

If you need help getting back into the rhythm of school or want some extra assistance for homework assignments and studying for tests, tutoring can be a great option.

Adult students at SNU receive free tutoring at tutor.com so you can access support at a time and location convenient to you. You can request access to an account  by reaching out to our Enrollment & Outreach Coordinator at the SNU VETS Center. On-campus, traditional students can meet with a tutor in-person using the writing center.

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Tutoring

Counseling

Students at our Bethany location or who live within driving distance may access counseling at Renew Counseling Center. They will meet with you for an intake session to assess your needs, and from then on you can schedule sessions as needed. With hours ranging from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., there is sure to be a time that works for your busy schedule.

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Counseling

Disability Services

If you have a disability that interferes with your ability to thrive as a student, we have a disability services office that can help with accommodations. The VETS Center has designated a Veterans Services Support Representative for better service to veterans who come with service-related injuries or issues. These services are provided on a case-by-case basis so your unique needs can be met in a meaningful way.

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Disability Services

Reference Library

Our library offers a wide variety of reference materials, both in-person and online. You will also have access to online research databases, housing thousands of peer-reviewed articles you can use on research and class assignments. We also have librarians on staff you can get personalized assistance from using our “Ask a Librarian” chat feature or by calling 405-491-6351. Students in Bethany or Tulsa may also visit their local VETS Center in person to borrow books geared toward professional growth that are available in the center.

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Reference Library

Student Organizations for Military

Are you interested in getting involved? The following student organizations are available at SNU. 

Student Veterans of America (SVA)

With a mission focused on empowering student veterans, Student Veterans of America is committed to providing an educational experience that goes beyond the classroom. Through a dedicated network of more than 1,500 on-campus chapters in all 50 states and 4 countries representing more than 750,000 student veterans, SVA aims to inspire yesterday’s warriors by connecting student veterans with a community of like-minded chapter leaders. Every day these passionate leaders work to provide the necessary resources, network support, and advocacy to ensure student veterans can effectively connect, expand their skills, and ultimately achieve their greatest potential.If you're looking to add to your experience while at SNU we welcome you to attend our meetings and to join our ranks. For more information email veterans@snu.edu

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Student Veterans of America (SVA)

Salute Honor Society (SALUTE)

SALUTE is the first national academic honor society established for student veterans, and active military, in 2-year and 4-year institutions of higher education. SALUTE is an acronym of the foundation blocks and core-values of the honor society, and is the basis of our success.(Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, Excellence) Currently 326 Colleges as active chapters, and over 17,000 Student Veterans inducted. Are you next? For more information email tulsavets@snu.edu 
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Salute Honor Society (SALUTE)

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

The Reserve Officer Training Corps was founded with the passage of the National Defense Act in 1916 and is now offered at more than 1,100 colleges across the country. Southern Nazarene University is blessed to have a partnership with our host school, the University of Central Oklahoma. In addition to providing an avenue for college students to work towards commission as an officer in the United States Army, the University of Central Oklahoma Broncho Battalion Army ROTC Program provides Cadets with character-building skills, a diverse, self-disciplined civilian education, and leadership development training.

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Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Financial Aid for Military

What Financial Benefits Do I Qualify For?

There are many options available to help finance your bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. You may be eligible for the following VA Education benefits, grants, tuition assistance, loans, and more to pay for your education. Learn how you can use your military benefits, grants, tuition assistance, loans and more to pay for your education.

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What Financial Benefits Do I Qualify For?

Grants

Similar to scholarships, grants are a form of aid that does not require repayment. These are often need-based gifts that apply to your student account.  Students may be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and the Oklahoma OTAG Grant .

Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance is a benefit offered through an employer which pays for college-level courses. This is offered tax-free up to $5,250 per year. This form of aid only covers tuition for courses, fees, and course materials. Examples of what’s not covered include associated meals, travel, and room and board.

Grants & Tuition Assistance

Scholarships

Scholarships are provided by the university or other organizations are given as a gift in support of your education. These do not need to be repaid, but may come with stipulations such as major or GPA. To learn more about scholarships you may be eligible for, click here.

Loans

Loans can be provided through the federal government or a private institution. This form of aid must be repaid over time. Depending on the type of loan received, you may or may not need to begin payments while you are in school. The type of loan also affects whether or not interest accrues while you are a student. Most students prefer subsidized loans to unsubsidized loans and federal loans to private loans due to interest rates and repayment options.

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Assistantships

Assistantships offer a benefit to graduate students in return for work in certain areas. The time commitment and amount of aid provided vary depending on the assignment and available funding. SNU has a very limited number of assistantships available, mainly working in athletics. You also have the opportunity to apply for part time employment at the SNU VETS Center through our VA student work study program and the SNU student work study program.

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Assistantships

Military Benefits 

There are many options available to help finance your bachelor’s, master's, or doctoral degree. You may be eligible for the following VA Education benefits, grants, tuition assistance, loans, and more to pay for your education. Eligibility for each specific program depends on a variety of factors including the length of service, the branch you served in, the type of school you attend, and more. 

 

Toggle through each card to learn more about the benefits that are available to you.

Montgomery GI Bill®-Active Duty (Chapter 30)

Veterans and service members with at least 2 years of active duty service may be eligible for this type of aid, which provides educational benefits for 3 years and varies depending on whether you contributed to the buy-up program.

To learn more and see if you qualify, click here.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Next up: Montgomery GI Bill®-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

Montgomery GI Bill® -Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

If you currently serve or were honorably discharged from the Selected Reserve, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard or Air National Guard, you may be eligible for up to 3 years of educational benefits. Eligible participants must have a 6-year enlistment, or reenlistment, beginning on or after July 1, 1985. Before beginning your education, you must have a high school diploma or GED, as well as completed your initial date active training.

To learn more about this program, click here.

 

Next Up: Montgomery (MGIB) & Post 9/11 GI Bills®

Montgomery (MGIB) & Post 9/11 GI Bills®

The Certificate of Eligibility (COE) will state the students benefit award, the percentage if applicable, and delimiting date that the benefit can be used.

Fill out the application to apply for those benefits. 

 

Next Up: Survivors’ & Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA / FRY Scholarship)

Survivors’ & Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA / FRY Scholarship)

Students who are a spouse or dependants of service members who are 100% disabled or died while on active duty due to service-related condition may be eligible for assistance through this program. Dependents or the spouse of a person who is listed as a POW or MIA are also eligible.

 

Next Up: The Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program

SNU is a proud participant in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Yellow Ribbon Program. The scope of benefits provided by the Post- 9/11 GI Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon Program make an SNU education accessible to eligible veterans, regardless of socioeconomic status. Both undergraduates and graduate students are eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

 

Next Up: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Chapter 31)

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Chapter 31)

We can support you in the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program. This provides qualifying veterans with assistance in training for a job, making accommodations for work, help with resume updating, and guidance in your job search!

 

Next Up: Military/Civilian Tuition Assistance (TA)

Military/Civilian Tuition Assistance (TA)

Tuition assistance is a Department of Defense program that varies by branch of service and service units. Be sure to ask your education service officer about available assistance and application forms. Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE is a new tool developed by the Department of Defense that can help you understand these benefits. 

 

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Financial Aid FAQs 

Have questions about you military education benefits? Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we hear form our service member and veteran students. 

I am about to be honorably discharged. How do I get my VA Education benefits started?

You must apply for your educational benefits through the VA in Muskogee, OK online at gibill.va.gov. You can also call the VA Education Hotline for assistance at 1-888-442-4551. 

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

 

I have a parent who is a veteran. How can I receive VA education benefits from their service time?
For information visit the following sites:
 
Chapter 35 Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program at https://www.va.gov/education/transfer-post-9-11-gi-bill-benefits/
 
Chapter 33 Transfer of Eligibility for Depenents and Spouse at https://www.va.gov/education/transfer-post-9-11-gi-bill-benefits/

 

How long does it take for me to start receiving money from my VA benefits?
The VETS Center certifies students' enrollments to the VA in the order we receive the students' course confirmation forms for every term. After your sheet is date stamped in our office, it takes approximately 30-45 days for us to certify it to the VA. After we certify your enrollment with the VA, it take the VA an additional 30-45 days to award your GI Bill money. 
 

 

I need to make changes to my course schedule. What do I do?

Remember, a change in your class schedule may affect your VA benefits. Frequent changes of schedule often can cause a student veteran to have an overpayment of benefits where the VA will require you to pay it back. Notify the VETS Center at SNU of all course schedule changes as you work with your admission advisors. When you are adding a new course, a new course confirmation form, approved by your college on campus, is required before the adjustment can be reported to the VA.     

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Career Services for Military

A degree is an important step in rising through the ranks or reaching your true potential in the civilian world. To make the most of your education, we offer career services and support based on your goals.

Resume Review

Our team is available to consult with you and help you tailor your resume to the career you are seeking. Learn how to highlight your unique career and life experience and position yourself as a skilled, qualified candidate in your job search.

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Resume Review

Career Fairs

Our team is in regular contact with workforce placement groups throughout the state, including the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. We regularly attend job fairs throughout the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas, and are in search of great positions for graduating students.

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Career Fairs

Mentoring

The staff and faculty at the VETS Center and all of SNU often serve as mentors to military students. With a unique range of life experiences, roles, and responsibilities represented, we can help you find the person who you will relate to most.

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Community Resources

Connecting you to local support and other services you may need to succeed is important to us. Click the link to find a list of resources you may need during your time as a student at SNU. If you have a need that cannot be found below, be sure to search the National Resource Directory. If you still cannot find the right support, please let us know and we will work to connect you with the appropriate party.

 

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Alumni

Your connection to the SNU VETS Center community does not have to end when you graduate. When you join the SNU Veterans Alumni Association, you stay connected to a vibrant, growing network of educated and driven individuals. As a member, you will have opportunities to attend exclusive events, give back to future students, and support the national rankings of SNU.


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Recognition for SNU's VETS Center

SNU's VETS Center is nationally recognized by leading local and government institutions for our dedication and commitment to helping veterans succeed. It's our honor to serve the brave men and women who have risked their lives for our country. 

Government-Sponsored Programs

Yellow Ribbon

The Yellow Ribbon program helps military members cover the additional cost of tuition incurred when attending an out-of-state university, private school, or graduate program that is not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill ®. SNU is proud to participate in this program and offer this benefit to our military students. 

You can learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program here.

Principles of Excellence Program

The Principles of Excellence Program requires participating universities to follow certain guidelines in order to receive funding from programs such as the GI Bill® . Some of these guidelines include providing military students with an educational timeline to fulfill graduation requirements, offering accredited programs, allowing for long and short term leave due to service obligations and more. 

You can learn more about the Principles of Excellence Program here

Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

SNU's participation in this program ensures our military students are provided with adequate educational opportunities to support professional development and career growth. It also requires that our university remain accredited.  

You can learn more about the DoD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) here

 

Accolades & Awards

Oklahoma Veteran Employer Champion

Honorable Mention
2020

Certificate of Appreciation for Recruiting Services

Air Force
2019

Certificate of Appreciation for Recruiting Services

OKC Recruiting Battalion
2019

Supporter Recognition of Appreciation

NAVPA
2019

Pinnacle Award

Force50
2019

Certificate of Appreciation

Interim Healthcare
2019

Grant for Veterans and Families Program

Boeing Foundation
2018

Military Friendly®
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Military Friendly®
2016-2019

Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success Grant

Department of Education
2015-2019

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