Resources for Active-Duty Students and Veterans
If you believe you are eligible for Veterans Administration benefits, you should file your claim after receiving your acceptance to ACU. The following information on this page will help you navigate our student veteran services and your next steps. You may also locate information booklets, programs, contact information and fact sheets directly from the VA website.
ACU’s Participation in Veterans’ Claims
The Texas State Approving Agency (SAA), which is part of the Texas Veterans Commission, approves ACU for veteran’s training under Title 38 and Title 10, US Code. Upon acceptance to ACU, you should file for VA benefits. If approved, your subsistence allowance will be paid directly by the VA as long as you are enrolled in an approved ACU degree plan program. Eligibility for VA benefits can also extend, under special circumstances, to children of deceased/disabled veterans, reservists and veterans who qualify as disabled.
To begin your journey toward a life-changing, career-shaping education, apply to ACU through the standard admissions process. Once you have received your acceptance, we encourage you to begin your VA benefits application process six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of the first semester. The Muskogee Regional Processing Office (RPO) handles many claims at the start of each term, so your initial claim may take a few weeks to process. You can access these forms from any one of these student veteran resource centers:
- Your local Veterans Administration Office
- ACU’s Veteran’s Office
- Online through benefits.va.gov/gibill
After you have completed the required VA forms, schedule an appointment with Colleen Blasingame, our Veteran’s Certification Officer. If you are a reservist, bring your NOBE (Notice of Basic Eligibility) to accompany your initial application. During your meeting, a file will be set up to begin the process for certifying enrollment to the VA.
ACU Registrar’s Office
Hardin Administration Building, Room 309
1 (800) 595-7451
In advance of your first semester, you should also complete ACU’s Veteran’s Information Sheet.
After you’ve established your initial claim, you will most likely be able to file repeat claims electronically, which will not require significant processing time. Returning applicants should also complete ACU’s Veteran’s Information Sheet.
However, if you transfer to ACU, change your program at ACU, drop classes or otherwise alter your plan of studies, you will need to sign a form indicating “change of program/place of training.” Active duty veterans/reservists can submit VA Form 22-1995 by mail or online, and Chapter veterans can fill in VA Form 22-5495 by mail or online.