Transitioning to KU
- Apply to KU (Note: ACT/SAT scores are NOT needed if you're over 21 years old.)
- Transfer credit evaluation for any previous collegiate course work
- You may be eligible for foreign language proficiency credits, credit from CLEP exams, and/or credit for high school work: Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate (regardless of when you graduated high school). Visit the Credit and Exemption for High School Work page to learn more.
- Coast Guard Spouses: You may be eligible for free CLEP program credit
- Once admitted, transfer students: Once you're admitted to KU, expect a call from a KU Navigator who will help you get set up and connect you with an advisor. Learn more about next steps for transfer students.
- Once admitted, freshmen/new students: Learn more about next steps for freshmen, including signing up for orientation and enrolling in classes.
- Steps to using GI Bill benefits at KU: Includes information on
- Chapter 33 - Post 9-11 GI Bill
- Chapter 33 - Fry Scholarship
- Chapter 35 - Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA)
- Frequently asked questions about using benefits
- VA Work Study – on-campus jobs in the Military-Affiliated Student Center for GI Bill users. Visit our Get Involved page to learn more.
You may be eligible to apply for in-state tuition rates per the Armed Forces Residency benefit (AFRB) if:
- You are eligible for the GI Bill/DEA
- Your sponsor was permanently stationed in Kansas during service and/or was a Kansas resident prior to joining the service
- You are the spouse of current Active Duty, Reservist, or Kansas National Guard member
Yellow Ribbon Program funding is available for Post-9/11 GI Bill users NOT eligible for in-state tuition (i.e. those living outside Kansas while attending classes at KU). No need for Yellow Ribbon if you live in Kansas while attending KU; apply for AFRB instead.
Online students: Most online programs offer flat-rate tuition.
If you would like a third party (i.e. spouse) to access and/or ask questions about your accounts, you must delegate access to them.
Delegates can be authorized to pay bills, check VA benefits status, and conduct other account-related business.
Programs & Resources for Students
- KU Student Veterans of America – student organization open to all KU students. Service and leadership opportunities to help advance military-affiliated students' interests on campus.
Kansas Law School Military and Veterans Society – for all KU students interested in attending law school and currently in law school.
Kansas Veterans Virtual Memory Wall at the Dole Institute
Located in 345 Summerfield Hall, we offer spouses study and meeting spaces, computers, a 24-7 lounge, and dedicated staff to provide support tailored to all military-affiliated students. Learn more about the center.
TRICARE On-Campus Considerations
TRICARE beneficiaries: The on-campus Watkins Health Center is not an in-network provider, but students can receive some services for free or reduced rates. Learn more about TRICARE and Watkins Health Center.
Note: The following information is not military-related and is applicable to all KU students.
- Students can receive some services for free or reduced rates at Watkins Health Center regardless of health insurance. Every Lawrence campus student at KU pays a health fee each semester as part of the mandatory campus fees. It is not optional. The health fee entitles the student to be seen by WHS providers at no charge for the office visit. However, if the provider orders lab tests, X-rays, medications, etc., there are charges for those services. Students receive a reduced rate for those charges which are very often well below the local market. This health fee is not the same as health insurance.
- The Kansas Board of Regents offers optional health insurance to students and their spouses/dependents. For more information on the KBOR plan or to enroll, please visit United Healthcare Student Resources.