Frequently Asked Questions
Tuition and Residency
If you are active duty/veteran/spouse/dependent of the Armed Forces residing in (or planning to live in) Kansas, you may qualify for in-state tuition rates under the Armed Forces Residency Benefit. There are some restrictions, but more information is on the Armed Forces Residency page.
- Current Active Duty, Reserve or Kansas National Guard members and their spouses/dependents can get in-state rates regardless of where they live under the Armed Forces Residency Benefit.
- Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill® users (at the 100% rate) attending either the Lawrence or Edwards campuses may be eligible for Yellow Ribbon Program funding. KU Medical Center does not have Yellow Ribbon Program funding.
- Online students: Most online programs have a flat rate tuition regardless of where you live.
Yes, but if you plan to live in Kansas while attending KU, you will not need Yellow Ribbon. Apply for in-state tuition rates per the Armed Forces Residency Benefit instead. If you are using Post-9/11 GI Bill at 100% and live in Missouri while attending classes at KU, please complete the Yellow Ribbon Application each semester you have benefits.
Yellow Ribbon is only available for Post-9/11 GI Bill users at the 100% rate per the VA.
- Post-9/11 GI Bill users who are military/veterans: obtain a copy of your Statement of Benefits.This is the equivalent of a COE if you have already applied for your benefits and received a COE previously. To log in, you must have either a: premium My HealtheVet account, a DS login account, or a verified ID.me account. At this time, the statement is not available online to spouses/dependents.
- All other GI Bill/VA benefits users: Click the "Ask a Question" button (login required) on the GI Bill website and submit a query for the VA to mail copy of your COE. Or call the GI Bill hotline at 888-442-4551 to request a copy.
- If you have never applied for benefits and received a COE before, visit the VA's website to apply.
Submitting your COE
- Students will upload their COE when they complete the New KU Request for Benefits form. Students will only need to submit a COE the first time they are using a VA benefit.
- GI Bill users applying for the Armed Forces Residency Benefit will not have to submit a COE if they already completed the New KU Request for Benefit form and uploaded their COE.
The VA will send you a letter each semester regarding the amount of entitlement you used and the amount remaining.
- Chapter 31 (VR&E): you can check with your VR&E counselor for the details of your benefits.
- Chapter 33 (Post 9-11) who are military/veterans: check your Post-9/11 GI Bill Statement of Benefits on the VA's website. To log in, you must have either a: premium My HealtheVet account, a DS login account, or a verified ID.me account. At this time, the statement is not available online to spouses/dependents.
- All other GI Bill users: Use the GI Bill Ask a Question feature or call the GI Bill hotline at 888-442-4551 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CDT.
- Minor: Yes, the GI Bill will cover all of the classes for one minor. Students may change minors before they complete all the requirements for the minor, but cannot have more than one minor at a time.
- Students can also have up to 2 majors AND one minor.
- Certificate program: Certificate programs are not approved for the GI Bill, unfortunately. The certificate program courses must fulfill some other graduation requirement in order for the VA to approve the courses.
Only classes that fulfill a requirement for your degree program, minor, dual degree, or dual major, can be reported to the VA for the purpose of determining your rate of pursuit. Speak with your advisor to ensure your course fits some sort of graduation requirement (e.g. in your major, KU Core goals, junior/senior hours, etc.).
The VA will not pay for repeat courses unless you received an “F” OR must pass with a certain grade in order to move forward in your program.
When you have completed your Using VA Benefits paperwork forms (above) for the semester, you are placed on deferment, giving you/the VA until the end of the semester to pay your tuition and fees.
If you receive a late fee, it most likely means you have not completed your request for the semester. Contact us to confirm you have completed your paperwork for the semester.
Ch. 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill users: Beginning Jan. 2021, your enrollment is first certified to the VA without tuition and fees. A second certification will occur after the add/drop period with your tuition and fees, as now required by law. This means it will take longer for the VA to pay my tuition/fees, but a deferment is placed on your account.
Contact us by Dec. 1/May 1 if you still have charges on your account.
Students must be enrolled full time in term-long classes to receive full GI Bill benefits, as your benefits are charged by day. This means short-term and non-standard courses can affect your full-time status and, therefore, your benefits (and housing allowance if you're using the Post-9/11 GI Bill).
For example, undergraduate students must be in 12 credits that all start at the beginning of the semester and end at the end of the semester. If you have 12 credits but one of those courses starts later (e.g. October), you will be part time until that course starts. If you're in 15 credits and one of the 3 credit hour courses starts later, there is no issue since you're in 12 credits for the entire semester.
Before you enroll in shorter classes, it's a good idea to reach out to someone in the Military-Affiliated Student Center or the VA Certifying Official to learn how the short courses can potentially affect your benefits. You can also see our "Enrollment Status and Training Time" section on this web page for more details.
Part of it depends on when you submit your KU request for benefits. On average, it takes KU 7-10 business days to send your paperwork to the VA (peak times, i.e. August & January, may take longer). The VA has 30 days from that point to process your paperwork and will email you once it's complete. You should then receive your monthly stipend at the beginning of the next month.
The VA typically pays around the first of every month for the previous month. For example, Sept. 1 you’ll get a check for the days you were in classes in August. Payments are prorated, meaning you will received less based on semester start/end dates (i.e. August, December, January and May). For VA purposes, each month has 30 days so you can calculate prorated amounts by dividing your stipend by 30 and multiplying by number of days school is in session (e.g. if classes being Aug. 20 and BAH is $1494, your BAH for August would be $498). Visit the GI Bill Comparison Tool to see your specific rates.
If you receive grants/scholarships that are designated solely for tuition, you may want to think twice about using your VA benefits. The VA requires KU to apply those funds toward tuition first and, if you have the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the VA will pay any remaining tuition/fees. Contact the VA Certifying Official at the contact info at the bottom of the page.Financial aid awards to be deducted before reporting your tuition to the VA include: Federal or State Tuition Assistance and any other types of restricted aid designated for tuition and required fees only.
Not all scholarships/grants are designated for tuition, however. Unrestricted financial aid funds like the PELL Grant, student loans, unrestricted scholarships, etc. will be yours to pay other bills on your KU account. Anything left over will be dispersed to you.
Post-9/11 GI Bill users: to receive that money while waiting on the VA to pay your tuition and fees, complete the VA Educational Benefits - Early Release of Funds* form each semester. *A link to this form is included in the KU request for VA benefits form you complete each semester.
It depends. If you are a veteran using the Post-9/11 GI Bill and this is the first VA benefit you have used, yes, the VA will pay for the entire semester. If you have combined benefits (e.g., used 36 months of the Montgomery GI Bill and 12 months of the Post-9/11 GI Bill) and will exceed your 48th month during the semester, the VA will only make payments for tuition and BAH up to the last day of that 48th month.
For spouses and dependents, no, the VA will stop payments on the last day of your benefits. For Ch. 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill users, that means your tuition and BAH will be prorated. Similarly, Ch. 35 DEA students may not exceed the limit of their benefits, except under rare circumstances (which must be approved by the VA). Spouses/dependents may combine their Ch. 33 and 35 benefits for a maximum of 81 months of combined eligibility.
You can update your direct deposit information in your VA.gov profile. You'll need your bank's routing number and account number to make the updates.
Chapter 30 and 1606 students can use the WAVE system to update address and financial institution information. Links are on the "Main Menu" available after they log onto WAVE. Students who cannot add their account information through WAVE should call 1-877-838-2778 to begin and change direct deposit.
To update your KU direct deposit information visit Student Accounts & Receivables. KU login required.
If you are switching your VA benefits program while at KU, you will need to complete a second "New KU Request for Benefits" instead of a "Continued Request" and upload your new Certificate of Eligibility.
Military Education Benefits
Start with your Education Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within your specific branch prior to enrolling (noting the deadlines below).
- Contact the Kansas National Guard ESO
- Contact the Fort Leavenworth Education Center
- USAR soldiers: your assigned Education Services Specialist (ESS) is the primary source for info an assistance pertaining to Federal TA. To reach your ESS, contact your servicing education center or visit ArmyIgnitED.
- Coast Guard ESO contacts
Information on how to utilize tuition assistance at KU can found on the military tuition assistance webpage.
Your first stop should be to ask your education service officer (or recruiter if you have not gone to basic training yet) for eligibility information. They can provide you with the most up-to-date information on how to access this benefit.
Additionally, you can go to this MyArmyBenefits webpage for details broken out by duty status.
Services for Military-Affiliated Students
We provide a space where all military-affiliated students – Active Duty, National Guardsmen, Reservists, veterans, spouses, dependents, and ROTC cadets – can get help with VA/TA benefits, relax, and study.
- A lounge with WIFI, computers with CAC readers, and cable TV
- A break room with coffee/tea, microwave, fridge
- Meeting/conference rooms for study groups
- VA VetSuccess on Campus career and Veterans Readiness & Employment counselor
- Kansas Commission on Veteran Affairs rep who can assist with VA paperwork
- KU Student Veterans of America headquarters
- On campus: Learn more about KU Tutoring.
- Off campus (free): Tutor.com for DoD service members, civilian personnel, ROTC students and all dependent family members, is a program that provides on-demand, online tutoring and homework help at no cost. Live tutors available 24/7.
- GI Bill users: The VA may cover tutoring in limited circumstances. Contact us for the process.
- Ch. 31 VR&E users: Speak with your VR&E counselor for options.
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Our on-campus VA career counselor, Angela Brazil, can provide the following to veterans and ppouses/dependents eligible for VA education benefits:
- Guidance & support to help maximize your GI Bill® benefits
- Personalized career counseling
- Connection to other VA benefits, e.g. VA health care & mental health services
- Veterans Readiness & Employment (VR&E) case management
Clint Olson from the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs visits campus regularly and provides services such as:
- Filing VA disability compensation claims/appeals
- Requesting a copy of DD-214
- Providing information about benefits for veterans offered by the state of Kansas
When you are ready to return, email the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will assist you with your return to the University and in most cases, you will be readmitted within 48 hours. They will also help put you in contact with an academic advisor, if you are required to meet with one, in order to enroll. Please visit our Activation/Mobilization page for detailed information.