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Veteran Higher Education Resource and Opportunity Center

Mission: The UCO VetHERO Center is committed to providing exceptional services and support for veterans and military-connected students via educational benefits certification, enrollment services, mentoring, and campus/community engagement.

Vision: Our vision is to create better educational opportunities by facilitating finances, academic assistance, and veteran support for military members and their families at UCO and the surrounding community.

Values: Efficient, Quality, United, Accountable, Leadership.


VetHERO Programs

The VetHERO Center is made up of 3 programs that support veterans and military-connected students on campus.

SCO Vets Office 
School Certifying Officials for Veteran Affairs

Montgomery GI Benefits
The SCO Vets Office will certify enrollment for payment of VA Education Benefits for all students who meet eligibility criteria, as set forth by the Department of Veterans Affairs at Enrollment certification is also done for students eligible for CHAMPVA (VA Civilian Health and Medical Program.) Degree plans offered by UCO have been approved by the State Accrediting Agency for payment of federal benefits. To complete UCO enrollment certification process, complete the enrollment form below.

UCO VA Enrollment Form

Military Active-Duty Tuition Assistance 
Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process' and restrictions. This money paid directly to the institution by the individual services. TA is not a loan; it should be viewed as money you have earned just like your base pay. The Services are authorized to establish Service-specific eligibility criteria to manage TA funds. For Service specific TA policies and procedures, visit their voluntary education websites below: 

Air Force Tuition Assistance (MilTA) 
Army Tuition Assistance 
Navy Tuition Assistance 
Marine Corps Tuition Assistance 
Coast Guard Tuition Assistance 
National Guard Tuition Assistance 
Reserve Tuition Assistance

More questions about Veteran Benefits or Tuition Assistance? Go to the VetHERO Frequently Asked Questions page.

Student Transition Readiness Integration Program for Educational Support

  • VUB - STRIPES is a federally funded TRIO Veterans Upward Bound program for veterans interested in pursuing postsecondary education who are first-generation college students or those qualifying based on federal income levels.

Serving America's Leaders Using Transformative Education

  • SSS - SALUTE is a federally funded UCO TRIO Student Support Services program for UCO student veterans who are first-generation college students or those qualifying based on federal income levels

For more specific information use the following links:

Inquiries for Military-Connected Students New to UCO

Inquiries for Military-Connected Students Enrolled at UCO

Additional Resources for Veteran Frequently Asked Questions