Veterans Certification New Students

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For veterans and dependents interested in attending PSU there are a few steps needed to make the transition as smooth as possible. Please make sure to complete all of the steps below and allow a minimum of six to eight weeks for processing of all applications.

For questions about using VA education benefits at PSU contact the Veterans Certification Office at vetcert@pdx.edu.

Step One: Apply for Admission

Students must be admitted, or in the process of being admitted, in order to use veterans education benefits. This requires an Application for Admission. Students must submit official transcripts from any previous colleges and/or high school and meet PSU's admission requirements. Students may also choose to submit their military transcripts for credit evaluation. Information about admission requirements can be found on the Admissions website.

Step Two: Apply to use VA education benefits

Most education programs allow student-veterans to submit their application to the VA online. Since an online application goes directly to the VA it is the fastest means to getting benefits. The VA advises that student-veterans allow six to eight weeks for processing first time applications. You only need to apply to use your benefits the first time you use them.  If you have already used your VA education benefits you may fill out a 22-1995 form to change your school/program.

Step Three: Apply for Financial Aid

Student Aid (FAFSA) is the federal application that must be completed annually beginning October 1st to apply for federal financial aid for the following school year. This application is the first step in the process of receiving financial aid. To apply, go to the FAFSA Website and use the school code: 003216 to have your information sent to Portland State.

Step Four: Attend an Orientation: Advising & Registration session

Once admitted to PSU, all undergraduate students are required to attend an Orientation: Advising & Registration (OAR) session. Students will meet an academic adviser, plan their first term schedule and, in most cases, register for classes at the OAR session.

Step Five: Certification of Benefits

Once students using veteran benefits have registered for courses for the term, they must complete all necessary forms and submit them to the Veterans Certification Office in the lobby of Fariborz Maseeh Hall. The Certification Office will notify the VA that they are now enrolled at PSU and they may now begin the payment process. 
 

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