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If you’re a U.S. military veteran, active-duty service member, serving in the guard or the reserves or a member of a military family, EOU is a great fit for you. We’re committed to providing an exceptional experience and career-ready programs.

We have a dedicated military support team that ensures service members, veterans and their families can understand and make the most of the education benefits they so richly deserve. We’re here to help you:

  • Determine eligibility for benefits
  • Connect you to scholarships
  • Help you find grants
  • Maximize potential college credits for your military training

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GI Bill®

Yellow Ribbon

Tuition Assistance

Family Benefits

We’ll help connect you to the right combination of federal, state and EOU-sponsored benefits that result in the least out-of-pocket expense for your education.

Government-Based Education Assistance

There are a variety of GI Bill® programs that can be used by veterans as well as active-duty, guard and reserve service members, spouses and dependents. This is an irrevocable decision, meaning you can’t change your mind, so you can compare benefits easily by using the GI Bill Comparison Tool and viewing current payment rates.

Forever GI Bill®

The Forever GI Bill® brings significant changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill® that expand veterans’ eligibility for, and amount of, education benefits and the length of time they have to use them. See Full Details

Post-9/11 GI Bill®

If you’ve served on active duty after September 10, 2001, you may qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33).

If you’re a member of the reserves who lost education benefits when the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) ended in November 2015, you may qualify to receive restored benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

This GI Bill® could help you with tuition and fees, money for housing, books and supplies. See Full Details

Montgomery GI Bill® — Active Duty

The Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) can help you pay for up to 36 months of education benefits. You need to have served at least two years on active duty and must meet eligibility requirements in one of four categories. See Full Details

Montgomery GI Bill — Selected Reserve

The Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) program offers up to 36 months of education and training benefits. If you’re a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard or Air National Guard, and your obligation started after June 30, 1985, or for some types of training, after September 30, 1990, you may be eligible for this benefit. See Full Details

Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

If you entered the service for the first time between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985 and put money into your VEAP account before April 1, 1987, you may be able to continue your education by using part of your military pay to help cover the cost of school. Find out if you can get benefits through VEAP — a $2-to-$1 government-match program for educational assistance. See Full Details

Designed by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, this program aims for the VA and degree-granting institutions to pay the difference between what is covered by GI Bill® benefits and the total cost of the program. The Yellow Ribbon Scholarship is automatically applied if your tuition costs exceed the maximum state cap for tuition reimbursement and if you are qualified for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® at the 100 percent rate. It does not apply for active duty personnel, their spouses or veterans receiving less than 100 percent of the benefit.

Eastern Oregon University contributes the difference in cost between in-state and out-of-state tuition. See Full Details

DoD Tuition Assistance

Active military students may be eligible to utilize Department of Defense (DoD) Tuition Assistance (TA) to fund their education. DoD TA covers tuition expenses equal to $165 per quarter credit (up to $250 per semester credit hour) for eligible students. 

For more information regarding tuition assistance, visit your service branch:

Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance

Eligible to current Oregon National Guard Members who are seeking an undergraduate degree, a maximum of $208 per credit hour can be awarded to attend a community college, public or private university. See Details and Application

Active Duty Military Award

Once Tuition Assistance benefits have been applied, this award from EOU will cover the remaining tuition fees. You must be an active-duty military service member taking 100 percent online undergraduate coursework and submit paperwork for TA benefits through your branch of the military.

This award is applied automatically based on the submission of TA paperwork through the third-party billing desk of the student accounts office.

Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship

Under this scholarship, beginning with the 2018-2019 award year, a Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty is eligible to receive a maximum Pell Grant for the year their eligibility is determined. See Details and Application

Fry Scholarship

If you’re the child or surviving spouse of a service member who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, or a member of the Selected Reserve who died from a service-connected disability on or after the same date, you may qualify for the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) which grants you up to 36 months of benefits including money for tuition, housing, books and supplies. Learn more about the Fry Scholarship

Post-9/11 GI Bill® Benefits

If you’re a qualified service member, you can transfer all 36 months or a portion of your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a spouse or child. The DoD approves a transfer of benefits. Learn about transferring Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA)

If you’re the child or spouse of a veteran or service member who has died, is captured or missing or has disabilities, you may be able to receive between 36 and 455 months of benefits to pay for school or job training through the DEA program — also called Chapter 35. See Full Details

Veterans’ Dependent Tuition Waiver

Designed for children of a Purple Heart recipient or the child, spouse or un-remarried surviving spouse of a U.S. military service member who died or is 100 percent disabled from service, the waiver is a last-dollar award after all other money has been accounted for and applies towards tuition. See Details and Application

Veterans United Foundation Scholarships

If you are a surviving spouse or child of a deceased service member from a service-related death or of a veteran with a 100 percent service-connected disability, you could be eligible for a $2,000 scholarship from the Veterans United Foundation. See Details and Application

For more information regarding the GI Bill® or tuition benefits, contact:

Kerry Thompson, EOU Military and Veteran Coordinator & Online Advisor, kjthompson@eou.edu | military@eou.edu | 1-800-382-2114 | 541-289-2841.

Grants

Scholarships

Transfer Credits

Waivers

You can save time and money earning your degree by transferring credits and applying for grants and scholarships.If you feel you qualify for a program based on the descriptions below, be sure to click the link to read all the details regarding eligibility requirements and award amounts.

Once admitted to EOU, you will receive college credit for training completed during your U.S. military service. Credit will be awarded based on recommendations by the American Council on Education or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning and ASL. You may also transfer credits from prior college courses, or through CLEP or DANTES testing.

  • Bachelor’s programs may accept up to 135 credit hours.
  • Master’s programs may accept up to 15 credit hours.

You can order your transcripts using the appropriate military branch link below. Please note that you will likely be prompted to manually accept the DoD’s security certificates.

Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

We’ve curated a list of scholarships and scholarship search sites that apply to active military, veterans and their family members. The list is not meant to be all-encompassing and you should seek additional sources as you’re able.

Once Tuition Assistance benefits have been applied, this award from EOU will cover the remaining tuition fees. You must be an active-duty military service member taking 100 percent online undergraduate coursework and submit paperwork for TA benefits through your branch of the military.

This award is applied automatically based on the submission of TA paperwork through the third-party billing desk of the student accounts office.

If you are serving or have served in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) as part of the Oregon National Guard or in a military reserve component after 9/11, you could be eligible for this needs-based scholarship that awards up to $3,000 per academic year. See Details and Application

Fry Scholarship

If you’re the child or surviving spouse of a service member who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, or a member of the Selected Reserve who died from a service-connected disability on or after the same date, you may qualify for the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) which grants you up to 36 months of benefits including money for tuition, housing, books and supplies. Learn more about the Fry Scholarship

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants

If you are a child of a U.S. military service member who died due to military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after 9/11, you may be eligible for this federal grant which awards between $5,983.34 and $6,495 depending upon your eligibility. See Full Details

Veterans United Foundation Scholarships

If you are a surviving spouse or child of a deceased service member from a service-related death or of a veteran with a 100 percent service-connected disability, you could be eligible for a $2,000 scholarship from the Veterans United Foundation. See Details and Application

Eastern Oregon University endeavors to reduce your out-of-pocket education expense as much as possible. You can review the links below to determine what additional scholarships you may want to pursue.

  • Review EOU scholarship opportunities here.
  • Review military-based scholarship opportunities here.
  • Find external scholarship search sites here.

Also, be sure tovisit the Federal Trade Commission’s Scholarship Scams page to educate and protect yourself and your loved ones from criminals working to gain access to your personal data.

Military Resources & Links

Get connected quickly to the teams that are meant to serve you.

Oregon Partnership’s Military Helpline

Offering 24-7 mental health crisis and suicide intervention, substance abuse crisis assistance and services referral across the state, the helpline is available to all military service members and their family, friends and relatives at 888-457-4838. Learn more here.

Veterans Administration

Familiarize yourself with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Find a VA location, learn more about benefits and health care and access your records.

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Bachelor’s / Business

B.A.S. in Business

Experience a specialized curriculum accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). Complete your fast-track degree in three years.

Bachelor’s / Business

B.S./B.A. in Accounting

Experience a specialized curriculum accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). Complete your fast-track degree in three years.

B.S./B.A. in Accounting: Certified Managerial Accounting

Gain the credential required to take the certified public accountant (CPA) exam and pursue the globally recognized certified management accountant (CMA) exam so you can go further in your career.

B.S./B.A. in Accounting: Forensic Accounting

Prepare for the certified public accountant (CPA) exam and learn to investigate financial fraud in an ever-changing business environment.

Bachelor’s / Social Sciences

B.S./B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology

Choose from two concentrations that are grounded in a four-field cultural, physical, biological and archaeological approach.

B.S./B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology: Anthropology

Discover a program that delivers advanced critical thinking skills while exploring archaeology and the cultural, physical and biological aspects of anthropology.

B.S./B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology: Sociology/Social Welfare

Learn to identify and address current societal challenges through structured civic engagement.

Bachelor’s / Business

B.S./B.A. in Business Administration

Choose from three concentrations in this program, which is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business (IACBE).

Bachelor’s / Business

B.S./B.A. in Business Administration: Global Food Systems and Agribusiness

Discover a program that delivers a solid grounding in formal business skills while exploring innovative technologies and their role in today’s field of agribusiness.

Bachelor’s / Business

B.S./B.A. in Business Administration: Leadership, Organization, and Management

Gain essential management skills for all business sectors and graduate with the expertise necessary to establish yourself as an effective and trusted leader in your industry.

Bachelor’s / Business

B.S./B.A. in Business Administration: Marketing

Address the marketing industry’s diverse demands with expertise in market research, digital marketing concepts, consumer behavior, public relations, and more.

Bachelor’s / Humanities

B.S./B.A. in Communication Studies

Be part of the next generation of community builders with rhetorical efficiency, interpersonal effectiveness, intercultural competency, ethical sensitivity and platform savvy. Collaborate with students from other programs through the online curriculum.

Bachelor’s / Technology

B.S./B.A. in Computer Science

Study software development and computer programming while enjoying unique class offerings and experienced faculty. You will be prepared for the variety of innovative technology evolving in the 21st Century.

Bachelor’s / Education

B.S./B.A. in Early Childhood Education

Prepare to work with children up to eight years old in this program taught by experts and ranked best in Oregon and 16th in the nation.

Bachelor’s / Business

B.S./B.A. in Economics

Participate in a research-focused curriculum, apply economic theory and explore diverse economic systems and issues.

Bachelor’s / Humanities

B.S./B.A. in English/Writing

Prepare to be a creative and effective communicator in a program that features community involvement and partnerships with nonprofits, independent presses and K–12 schools.

Bachelor’s / Business

B.S./B.A. in Fire Services Administration

Learn from fire chiefs and other industry professionals in this business-focused, award-winning program.

Bachelor’s / Health and Science

B.S./B.A. in Health & Human Performance

Get affordable, hands-on experience and practice with scientific approaches in one of three concentrations—physical education and sport, community health and exercise science.

B.S./B.A. in Health & Human Performance: Community Health

Learn to address a range of health and wellness concerns throughout diverse communities, and provide education on disease prevention, injuries, illness and more.

B.S./B.A. in Health & Human Performance: Exercise Science

Develop essential wellness skills and become eligible for career advancement through certifications in strength and conditioning, personal training and inclusive fitness training.

B.S./B.A. in Health & Human Performance: Nature and Outdoor Recreation Programming

Integrate the study of outdoor recreation with holistic health and then complete a two-week summer field studies program in the largest wilderness area in Oregon.

B.S./B.A. in Health & Human Performance: Physical Education and Sport

Build a strong foundation for your education career with a curriculum that takes a scientific approach to physiology, motor development, movement analysis and more.

Bachelor’s / Social Sciences

B.S./B.A. in History

Our history program includes published, tenured faculty and Eastern Oregon University Presidential Scholar winners. For the past five years, the history department has been recognized by Phi Alpha Theta, an honor society for history professors and students.

Bachelor’s / Humanities

B.S./B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies

Reach your customized career goals with this degree. It is one of the largest at Eastern Oregon University because it features flexibility and versatility to make your dream career possible. Create a customized degree program or combine two minors to earn your degree.

Bachelor’s / Social Sciences

B.S./B.A. in Politics & Economics

Develop an interdisciplinary understanding of politics and economics with real-world experience in this public administration program focused on civic engagement.

Bachelor’s / Health and Science

B.S./B.A. in Psychology

Prepare for graduate school or entry-level work as a counselor or psychologist in schools, rehabilitation centers or social services with this rigorous program and its unique curriculum.

Bachelor’s / Social Sciences

B.S./B.A. in Public Administration

In this degree program, you will work closely with public agencies, policies and their impact on people. Learn how to move toward a more civil society through governmental policy.

Bachelor’s / Technology

B.S./B.A./B.A.S. in Cybersecurity

Focus on the applied skills of cybersecurity in a comprehensive curriculum so you can step into the security role of your choice at graduation.

Bachelor’s / Business

B.S./B.A./B.A.S. in Emergency Medical Services Administration

Gain certifications while learning how to move into EMS administration and management. Our program fulfills the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education model curriculum.

Bachelor’s / Technology

B.S./B.A./B.A.S. in Information Technology Management

Experience a specialized curriculum. Complete your fast-track degree in three years.

Certificate / Technology

Computer Programming I & II Certificate

Computer science continues to be one of the most in-demand fields of study around the globe. Prepare for growing careers in computer programming, software development and more as you learn to design and build software systems for applications in the public and private sector.

Post Baccalaureate Certificate / Education

Curriculum Leadership Certificate

Discover the best methods to guide curriculum developments across grade levels.

Post Baccalaureate Certificate / Education

English for Speakers of Other Languages Certificate

Engage with new teaching methods to give your students the tools to learn English.

Certificate / Business

Health Care Administration Undergraduate Certificate

Pursue advancement opportunities an diverse healthcare settings and develop applied healthcare administrative skills, knowledge and experience.

Master’s / Education

Master of Arts in Teaching

Develop skills for a rewarding teaching career at the elementary or secondary level with this flexible, hybrid program. Complete your master’s degree in 10 months and gain valuable field experience to improve learning outcomes for your students.

Master’s / Business

Master of Business Administration

Learn management strategies to optimize professional career advancement in this program that is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).

Master’s / Humanities

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing

Eastern Oregon University’s online/hybrid MFA will give you opportunities for hands-on writing, editing and publishing in collaborative workshops from the comfort of your home and the serenity of nature.

Master’s / Education

Master of Science in Education

Develop best practices for PK-12 education by implementing applied and theoretical knowledge and skills. Focus on literacy (reading), special education, curriculum leadership, dyslexia, trauma in educational communities, or ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) while learning from faculty with advanced degrees in their specialties.

Post Baccalaureate Certificate / Business

Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate

If you have a non-accounting degree or need more credits to sit for the CPA exam, this certificate program will provide tax, accounting, finance and auditing courses to prepare you for an accounting career.

Certificate / Education

Trauma in Educational Communities Certificate

Gain the Trauma in Educational Communities specialization and advocate for vulnerable K-12 student populations in culturally responsive and equitable ways.

Frequently Asked Questions

STEP 1: Apply for EOU Admission

You’ll be asked to submit all official transcripts – including your Military Training Transcripts

STEP 2: Apply for Student Federal Aid

EOU’s Federal school code is 003193

STEP 3: Apply for Military Education Benefits

A. Review your options for the military education benefits based on your eligibility. Compare benefits easily by using the GI Bill Comparison Tool and viewing current payment rates.
B. Apply online for your GI Bill® benefits
C. Contact appropriate EOU representative for support:

Dorothy Jones – EOU Veterans Certifying Official, Chapter 33, 35, 30, 31, 1606 and 1607

Nanda VanHouten Military Tuition Assistance, Chapters 31 & 33

STEP 4: Admitted? Congrats! Connect with Kerry Thompson, EOU Military and Veteran Coordinator & Online Advisor, kjthompson@eou.edu | military@eou.edu | 1-800-382-2114 | 541-289-2841.

If you are a veteran, use the Find a Form link, search and complete VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Education Benefits. You will be mailed a COE in approximately 8 weeks.

Yes, if you provide documentation that you are eligible for the benefit, and that you have applied. However, only the Department of Veteran Affairs can determine eligibility for VA benefits. We are only estimating what they will pay. You will be responsible for any amount of your debt VA has determined they will not pay for. If you are unsure, wait until your COE is mailed to you.

You don’t. The Yellow Ribbon is part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and is automatically applied if your tuition costs exceed the maximum state cap for tuition reimbursement and if you are qualified for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® at the 100 percent rate. The Yellow Ribbon does not apply for active-duty personnel, their spouses or veterans receiving less than 100 percent of the benefit.

You can apply for grants, scholarships, waivers and federal financial aid. See the Save Time & Money tab above for the many options available.

You can also apply for student federal aid: EOU’s Federal school code is 003193

It depends on the type of benefit. We are required to report the net tuition cost to the VA after applying grants, scholarships, discounts, etc. that apply to tuition. The balance is what VA will pay under chapter 33.

Request and provide an official copy of your JST or CCAF transcript during the admissions process along with your prior college transcripts and high school transcripts so they can be evaluated.

You can order your transcripts using the appropriate military branch link below. Please note that you will likely be prompted to manually accept the DoD’s security certificates.

It is possible. If you’re authorized to use more than one GI Bill® benefit you’re allowed to use up to 48 months of benefits, but one at a time. If you have used up your entire chapter 30 and have never used a different chapter (31, 32, 34, 35, 1606 or 1607) you could be eligible for an additional 12 months if you have not reached your delimiting date.

No. You will not receive a W-2 from the VA and benefits paid under any law administered by VA should not be reported as income to the IRS.

Please contact Kerry Thompson, EOU Military and Veteran Coordinator & Online Advisor, kjthompson@eou.edu | military@eou.edu | 1-800-382-2114 | 541-289-2841.

You can also visit www.gibill.va.gov.

EOU’s policy states that any student with orders to report for active military duty may withdraw at any time during the term and receive a full refund. You may review the full policy here.

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 at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.