Student Veterans Education Benefits Checklist

Student Veterans Education Benefits Checklist


Military Priority Scheduling

Bloomsburg University military and veteran students have priority registration. Veteran students (not including dependents) are defined as those students:

  • who have served in the United States Armed Forces, including a reserve component and National Guard.
  • who were discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • who are active duty service members.

Veterans Course Registration Preference: Students given veterans preference privileges are permitted to register two days prior to the start of the regular registration windows according to the Office of the Registrar.

If a student misses their initial priority registration window, the student will have another opportunity to register during their regular timetable as defined by their earned credits and continues until the add/drop period in the next semester.

Process: Students receiving VA benefits through the university’s Office of Veteran Services will automatically be coded within the registration system to receive priority registration. Students who qualify, based on the definition provided in this policy, but are not receiving VA benefits through the university’s Office of Veteran Services must visit this office and submit proof of military status (e.g. DD214, military ID, etc.).

Upon receipt of proof, students will be coded within the registration system to receive priority registration. This coding will be used to select qualifying students for priority registration. Students will be notified approximately two ½ weeks prior to the start of their registration period.

The registration window for veterans is assigned by the Office of the Registrar and communicated prior to the beginning of the registration period for the next semester. Veterans are emailed instructions on how to access their registration windows through BU's email system.

BU's registration system is configured to allow course registration for students who are given preference registration privileges. Prior to being able to register, the student must meet with their academic advisor for advisement.

Recommend steps from a fellow student veteran.

  • What do you want to study?
  • Apply for Admission
    • Applying to BU is a several step process. To simplify it and get individualized guidance, contact Bob Heckrote, admissions, at rheckrote@bloomu.edu or 570-389-5116.
    • When contacting Bob Heckrote, be sure to include if you're current or former military and/or spouse or dependent.
      a. Check with each college you apply for specific requirements
      b. Complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and watch for deadlines!
      c. Your FAFSA application determines your eligibility for low or no interest student loans as well as state and other federal grants.
  • Compile all transcripts from previous colleges and any military training that can be evaluated for transfer credit.
  • Inquire about any required testing for placement, for example, math and foreign language programs
  • Attend the school’s orientation process and learn about the following
  • Consult an academic advisor — Bob Heckrote | rheckrote@bloomu.edu
      a. Register for classes
  • Apply for GI Bill® Benefits
  • Contact OEF/OIF program manager at your local VA hospital for access to VA health care services and information on service-connected disabilities.
  • Contact University Disability Services, if any services are needed
  • If there is a student veteran club organized at your college or university?
      a. If so, they can assist you in this process.
  • Apply for Scholarships and grants
  • Contact a local Veterans Service Officer if you need help filling out VA Forms
  • Checklist courtesy of mymilitaryeducation.org and Military to College Guide