CU officials encourage veterans to enroll early

Cameron University's Office of Veterans Affairs strongly encourages individuals who plan to utilize Veteran Administration educational benefits for the Spring 2009 semester to enroll no later than Friday, October 31, 2008.

Enrollment at Cameron begins on Tuesday, October 21. Graduate students and seniors can enroll on that date. Juniors can enroll Wednesday, October 22, sophomores on Thursday, October 23, and freshmen on Friday, October 24. The Spring 2009 class schedule is available at www.cameron.edu/info/schedules. Beginning October 16, copies can be the obtained from the CU Registrar's Office, located on the second floor of North Shepler Tower, as well as from departmental offices at both the main campus in Lawton and the CU Duncan campus.

Vicki Henson, Coordinator of CU's Veterans Affairs office, recommends that veterans use the days leading up to enrollment to visit with their advisors to make tentative plans for the courses they should take during the spring semester.

"All veterans should enroll as soon as possible and then provide our office with a copy of their enrollment schedules for the spring semester," Henson says. "This facilitates a smooth continuation of educational benefits if they are currently utilizing them to go to college. If they are new students, this will enable benefits to be initiated faster."

Henson notes that the Cameron VA office does not issue educational checks.
"We do not work for the Veterans Administration," Henson adds. "However, those who enroll early can minimize the delay of their educational financial assistance."

The Veterans Administration will reimburse any amount owed in back-pay once a student's certification has been processed.

Students who owe charges to Cameron will not be allowed to enroll until those charges are paid, so Henson urged veterans to clear holds or plan on a delay in benefits.

Henson offers additional tips to make the financial assistance process easier for veterans: 1) Plan course selections carefully with an advisor; 2) students who wish to receive reimbursement should take only required courses for their VA educational plan; and 3) they should avoid making multiple changes to their schedules, since that delays processing of educational benefits.

Henson asks that students provide her office with a completed class schedule for the Spring 2009 semester no later than Friday, October 31, 2008.

Veterans who are uncertain whether they are eligible for GI educational benefits can call the Muskogee VA Regional Processing Office at (888)442-4551. Additional information concerning veteran educational benefits can be found on the national VA education Web site at:www.gibill.va.gov. Questions about other types of veterans benefits can be directed to (800)827-1000.

Questions about benefits can also be directed to Henson at (580)581-2301. Cameron's Veterans Affairs office is located at 332 North Shepler Tower.

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October 7, 2008
PR#08-166