Veterans Affairs

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Veterans Affairs 2017-07-28T10:41:21+00:00

Northwestern State University is approved for the training of VA students and certifies the student’s enrollment to the appropriate VA Regional Office upon request. The NSU Veteran Services Office, located in Student Services Center Room 335, coordinates services to all veterans, dependents, guardsmen, and reservists attending classes who are eligible for veteran’s benefits. Any veteran who is enrolled at NSU who is eligible for VA educational benefits should notify the NSU Veterans Affairs Office when he/she wishes to be certified. The NSU Veterans Affairs Office is currently staffed by two Veteran’s Certifying Officials and one Veteran Assistant.

Where Do I Start?

New Students Your first step is to register for your educational benefits on VONAPP (Veterans On-line Application Process). If you prefer, download and complete a paper VA 22-1990 for Veterans or a 22-5490 for dependents. Next, fill out the NSU VA Certification Data Form. Finally, provide a copy of your Certification of Eligibility and N.O.B.E (Notice of Basic Eligibility) for Reservists and copies of any kickers. The fax number for Veterans Affairs is 318-357-5913.
Continuing Students If you are continuing from the previous semester, complete a NSU VA Certification Data Form and submit to the VA Certifying Official. The fax number for Veterans Affairs is 318-357-5913.
Transfer Students You will need to complete a VA 22-1995 form only if you are changing majors when transferring and an NSU VA Certification Data Form (if you are a Chapter 35 Dependent, you must complete a VA 22-5495 form, along with a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility. The fax number for Veterans Affairs is 318-357-5913.

Remember

We require a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility for continous processing. You must certify your attendance EVERY MONTH with the VA for Chapters 30 and 1606 only. You can either call the office in Muskogee, OK, at 1-877-823-2378 or certify online at www.gibill.va.gov. Other VA information can be obtained by contacting the VA Regional Office in Oklahoma at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).

Reservist and National Guard Mobilization/Activation Policy

A. Awarding of Academic Credit/Grades 1 2

  1. Mobilization/Activation during the first fourteen (14) class days of a regular semester
[seven (7) days for summer sessions] 3 will result in the complete withdrawal of the student from the college or university without penalty and without punitive grade.
  • Mobilization/Activation during the period between the fifteenth (15th) class day [eighth (8th) class day for summer sessions]4and the last day to withdraw from classes with a grade of “W” will result in the awarding of the grade of “W” in all classes in which the student is officially enrolled.
  • Mobilization/Activation during the period between the next class day after the last day to withdraw from classes with a grade of “W” and approximately one (1) to two (2) weeks [five (5) to ten (10) class days] prior to the end of a regular semester [three (3) to six (6) class days for a summer session]5, will result in the student:
    1. choosing to take the grade of “W” in all courses in which the student is officially enrolled; or
    2. requesting, with the concurrence of the instructors of the affected courses in which the student is officially enrolled, to take an incomplete grade in some or all these courses. Students are cautioned that prolonged absence may affect their ability to complete the course work required for removal of incomplete grades. The student may choose to take the grade of “W” in some course and request the grade of incomplete (with the instructor’s concurrence) in other courses.
  • Mobilization/Activation during the last five (5) to ten (10) class days of a regular semester [three (3) to six (6) class days for a summer session]6 will result in the student:
    1. choosing to take the grade of “W” in all courses in which the student is officially enrolled; or
    2. requesting, with the concurrence of the instructors of the affected courses in which the student is officially enrolled, to take an incomplete grade some or all courses. The student may choose to take the grade of “W” in some courses and request the grade of incomplete (with the instructor’s concurrence) in other courses; or
    3. requesting, with the concurrence of the instructors of the affected courses in which the student is officially enrolled, to receive a final grade in some or all of his course based upon the student’s work in the course up to the date of mobilization/activation.7 The student may request incomplete grades (with the concurrence of course instructors) in some courses, choose the grade of “W” in some courses, and request
      final grades based on course work completed (with the concurrence of course instructors) in some courses; or
    4. requesting, with concurrence of the instructors of the affected courses in which the student is officially enrolled, to take an early final examination in some courses in order that the instructor can determine a final course grade for the student. The student may request, in some courses (with the concurrence of course instructors) to receive a final grade based upon course work prior to the date of mobilization/activation, request incomplete grades, choose the grade of “W” in some courses, and request early final exams.
  • B. Time Limit for Removing Incomplete Grades

    1. If the mobilized/activated student requests (with the concurrence of the course instructors involved) incomplete grades in all or some of the courses in which he/she is officially registered, the student shall have no longer than one year after conclusion of the involuntary term of active duty, to meet with university officials and work out a timetable for removing the incomplete grade(s).

    C. Academic Status Upon Reenrollment

    1. When students whose higher education academic careers are interrupted by mobilization/activation reenroll in the same institution within one year of completing of their involuntary term of active service, the college or university will make every possible effort to place these students back into their academic studies track as close as possible to the same place the students occupied when mobilized/activated. The normal readmission application fee will be waived for these students. This will allow students to continue their academic studies with as little interruption as possible.

    All other inquires can be viewed via University of Louisiana System website: http://www.ulsystem.net/assets/docs/searchable/boards/S-II.XXII.-1a%20%20Reservist%20and%20National%20Guard%20Mobilization%202006%20revision.pdf

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