Where Do I Begin If I Want To Attend PSU?

For veterans who are interested in attending PSU there are a number of steps needed to make the transition as smooth as possible. They need to apply for admissions and apply for or transfer their Veterans Administration (VA) education benefits. Please 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. Information about admission requirements can be found on the Admissions website.

Step Two: Apply for Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the federal application that must be completed annually beginning January 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 www.fafsa.gov and use the school code: 003216 to have your information sent to Portland State.

Step Three: Apply to use VA education benefits

First time users of veterans' education benefits must complete the appropriate application directly with the Veterans Administration (VA). 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.

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 student-veterans have registered for courses for the term they must complete a Veterans Certification form and submit it 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.