ASHLAND — Military veterans can earn 12 credits for the price of eight under a new program at Southern Oregon University.

ASHLAND — Military veterans can earn 12 credits for the price of eight under a new program at Southern Oregon University.

Under the Veteran Remission Tuition program, veterans who enroll full-time in fall 2008 can receive a tuition remission for four credits, saving $499.

"We're trying to create a network here to support (veterans) and let them know that there are resources here for them," said Diana Watson-Paul, who works in the SOU financial aid office. "This is a way for them to get into school without going into debt right away.

"It's a way to let veterans know that we welcome them and want to help them pursue their education."

To qualify for the remission tuition program, veterans must have served active duty in the past 12 months or must be currently serving in the National Guard.

The remission program is only offered fall term of 2008. Currently enrolled or returning SOU veteran students do not qualify.

The Oregon University System, including SOU, also recently put into place a veterans dependent tuition waiver. In order to qualify, one must be a child or spouse of someone who died in service after Sept. 11, 2001, among other criteria.

SOU's Commuter Resource Center offers advisory support and other resources to help veterans in their college careers.

"It's basically a holistic approach to helping veterans succeed at SOU," Watson-Paul said. "We want to help them make the changes they need to make as it can be a difficult transition."

Ashley Olive is a correspondent for the Ashland Daily Tidings. She may be reached at ashley@republicoftri.com.