VETERAN'S RESOURCES & VETERAN STUDENT SERVICES

The United States Department of Defense asks all colleges and universities to encourage students using military education benefits to review the following Financial Aid Tools prior to enrolling. Our staff eagerly assist our students who have served our country and answer any questions about available veteran student services at St. Gregory’s.

The College Scorecard Web Site
A planning tool and resource to assist prospective students and their families as they evaluate options in selecting a school and is located at http://collegecost.ed.gov/scorecard/.  Search for St. Gregory’s University to locate information about us.

The College Navigator Web Site

A consumer tool that provides school information about tuition and fees, retention and graduation rates, use of financial aid, student loan default rates and features a cost calculator and school comparison tool. The College Navigator is located at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/.  Search for St. Gregory’s University to locate information about us.

The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet Web Page
The Shopping Sheet is a model aid award letter designed to simplify the information that prospective students receive about costs and financial aid so they can easily compare institutions and make informed decisions about where to attend school. Further information on the Shopping Sheet can be accessed at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/guid/aid-offer/index.html.

The Paying for College Web page
The web page can be used by prospective students to enter the names of up to three schools and receive detailed financial information on each one and to enter actual financial aid award information. The tool can be accessed at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/paying-for-college/.  Search for St. Gregory’s University to locate information about us.

Students may also obtain useful information from the following websites.

GI Bill Comparison Tool
A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs tool to calculate your benefits and research approved programs.  The tool can be accessed at http://department-of-veterans-affairs.github.io/gi-bill-comparison-tool/.

Federal Student Aid - Aid for Military Families
Both the federal government and nonprofit organizations offer money for college to veterans, future military personnel or those related to veterans or active duty personnel.  The U.S. Department of Education research tool can be accessed at https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/military.

Point of Contact (Certifying Officials)
St. Gregory’s University is proud to assist our nation's veterans and their dependents with completion of their degrees. Service members seeking information about academic counseling, financial aid and student support services may consult the following staff, who also serve as certifying Officials as  primary points of contact for information and referrals:

Shawnee Campus:  Lori Deardorff
405-878-5448
lkdeardorff@stgregorys.edu

Tulsa Campus:   Jane Halbach
918-610-8888 ext 5207 or 405-878-5207 
jahalbach@stgregorys.edu

Once admitted, you should provide your Certificate of Eligibility to one of the above Certifying Officials who will act as the liaison between you, the University and the Veterans Administration.

Questions regarding your individual entitlement should be directed to Veterans Administration at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (888-442-4551). Call between 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Central Time, Monday-Friday.

Private Education Loans

St. Gregory's University will certify private loans from any lender; however, service members should contact Financial Aid Services before obtaining a private loan to pay for school.  Financial Aid Services will:

  • Provide a clear and complete explanation of available financial aid, including Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.
  • Describe the differences between private and federal student loans to include terms, conditions, repayment and forgiveness options.
  • Disclose the educational institution’s student loan Cohort Default Rate (CDR), the percentage of its students who borrow and how its CDR compares to the national average.
  • Explain that students have the ability to refuse all or borrow less than the maximum student loan amount allowed.

Refund Policy for Students Receiving Military Education Benefits
The refund calculation for students receiving Veterans Benefits is proportional through 60 percent of the period for which the funds were provided as required by the University’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Defense.  After 60% has been earned, no refund will be given.

Yellow Ribbon Participation
St. Gregory's University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program for those veterans who are 100% eligible for the Post 9-11 benefit. St. Gregory’s University will provide up to $4,000 per academic year, which VA will match. This is in addition to the Post 9-11 annual benefit. This benefit is available to all eligible College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate students.

Principles of Excellence
St. Gregory's University is committed to ensuring that military service members, veterans and their families have access to the information that they need to make informed decisions concerning the use of their well-earned educational benefits, in accordance with the Principles of Excellence (Principles) outlined in Executive Order 13607, for veterans and those students using military benefits.

Service Members Opportunity Colleges
St. Gregory's University is a member of Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) and adheres to the SOC Principles, Criteria and Military Student Bill of Rights all of which can be accessed at http://www.soc.aascu.org/socconsortium/publicationsSOC.html.

St. Gregory's University is committed to:

  • Reasonable Transfer of Credit: avoid excessive loss of previously earned credit and avoid course work duplication
  • Reduced Academic Residency: limited to no more than 25% of degree requirements with no final year or semester in residence
  • Credit for Military Training and Experience: recognize and use ACE's Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services in evaluating and awarding academic credit for military training and experience
  • Credit for Nationally-Recognized Testing Programs: award credit for at least one nationally-recognized testing program such as College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DSST Examinations, Excelsior College Examinations (ECE)

Active Duty Military Withdrawal/Leave of Absence
St. Gregory's University wishes to provide as much assistance as possible to students who are called to active duty in the United States armed services. To this end, these guidelines shall be followed with appropriate consideration as required under special individual circumstances.

Students who have been called up for military duty are given the option of withdrawing or requesting an incomplete. Military personnel, who have been called up, have one year to complete the work required.

Military students electing to withdraw will be subject to the proportional refund policy.  No refund will be given to students receiving an incomplete regardless of the final grade.  The student is required to give advance written or verbal notice of deployment to the University as far in advance as is reasonable under the circumstances unless advance notice is precluded by military necessity.  No refunds will be given until a copy of an official duty deployment document is provided.

Readmission
Any student whose absence from St. Gregory's University is necessitated by reason of service in the uniformed services which does not exceed five years, who requests readmission within three years of completion of the service or two years after recovering from an illness or injury during their time of service shall be entitled to readmission to the University into the next class or classes in the same program or equivalent program with the same academic status.

Release of Information to Veterans Administration
If requested, St. Gregory's University is required to provide Veterans Administration with copies of grades and academic records to support certifications or to show failure to meet progress requirements without seeking prior approval of the individual veteran.

Enrollment Certification Procedures: If You Are Applying for Benefits for the First Time:

Step 1: Chapter 1606, 1607, 30 and Chapter 33 – Post 9/11:                

 

Complete an online application (http://www.gibill.va.gov/apply-for-benefits/application/) to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

VA Form 22-1990 for new applicants
VA Form 22-1995 for transfer students

Print a copy before submitting the application, and send it to the VA School Certifying Official

Chapter 31                

 

Your VA Rehabilitation Case Manager must provide you with VA form 28-1905 (Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Reentrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status). This form will detail the specific guidelines that the University must adhere to for credit approval, payment of tuition, and purchases of school supplies. A new form must be presented to the VA Certifying Official for each semester you wish to claim VA educational benefits.

Chapter 35                

 

Complete an online application (http://www.gibill.va.gov/apply-for-benefits/application/) to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

VA Form 5490 (Application for Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance) for new applicants           
VA Form 5495 for transfer students

Print a copy before submitting the application, and send it to the VA School Certifying Official

Step 2: Apply for admission to St. Gregory's University                

 

Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.gov.  St. Gregory's Federal School Code is 003183.                

 

Step 4: Chapter 1606, 1607, 30, Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 and Chapter 31:                

 

Provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy) to the VA School Certifying Official.

Chapter 35                

 

Provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the VA School Certifying Official.

Step 5: Contact the University’s VA School Certifying Official each semester you wish to claim VA educational benefits.                

 

 

Certification Procedures If You Are a Continuing Student:

 

Step 1: Apply for Financial Aid annually by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.gov.  St. Gregory's Federal School Code is 003183.                

 

Step 2: Contact the University’s VA School Certifying Official each semester you wish to claim VA educational benefits.