East Central University is proud to serve those in uniform.

We provide eligible military-connected students with services such as academic and financial assistance, priority enrollment, application assistance and more. 

Veterans Student Support Services

The Veterans Student Support Services are available to veterans, active service members, National Guard members and reservists. To help you succeed in your studies, the program provides numerous services:

  • Tutoring
  • Course enrollment advice and assistance
  • Assistance for federal financial aid and scholarships
  • Education and counseling
  • Activities to help you apply for admission and obtain financial aid for graduate and professional programs
  • Individualized counseling
  • Information and instruction on career paths
  • Mentoring
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VSSS Staff

Veterans Upward Bound

If you are a veteran, National Guard member, or reservist who is interested in starting your education, Veterans Upward Bound can help!

The mission of East Central University’s Veterans Upward Bound Program, in support of the University and the Division of Student Development, is to provide U.S. military veterans with support services that ensure they have the motivation and skills to enter and graduate from a post-secondary institution. This federally funded grant program is available to U.S. military veterans, National Guard members and reservists. Trained academic counselors are available to assist you in preparing for any vocational/technical school or college and all services are free.

Veterans Upward Bound services include:

  • Identifying career goals and your program of study
  • Obtaining military and other transcripts
  • Financial aid assistance
  • GI Bill® information
  • Instruction/tutoring in English, math, etc.
  • Prep for entrance exams
  • Workshops in time management and study skills
  • Academic counseling

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

Resource Center Contact

To contact the Veterans Upward Bound* program director, please email:

Mary Meeks

*Check to see if Veterans Upward Bound serves your county.

VA School Certifying Official

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) School Certifying Official will provide information regarding the filing of forms and certification of GI Bill® benefits for Veterans and dependents using those benefits. Questions about the benefits available are encouraged, and appropriate resources will be suggested for additional information. Please contact Patrick Hicks at 580-559-5134 or phicks@ecok.edu.

The office is located on the first floor of the Administration Building, room 110. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The VA Regional Office extends the use of a free call-in line (1-888-GIBILL1 or 1-888-442-4551) for all Veterans and dependents who have questions pertaining to situations not expressly covered under benefits administered by the office at East Central University (ECU).

ECU GOLD Program

The GOLD (Guard Officer Leadership Development) Program is a challenging leadership program available to ECU students and Oklahoma National Guard Soldiers attending East Central University. GOLD creates the next generation of National Guard leaders.

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