Welcome, Spouses!

We are so glad you are joining the KU community! We recognize the unique background, needs and strengths military spouses bring to KU and foster an environment that is welcoming and inclusive of all our military-affiliated students.

Transitioning to KU

Undergraduate students

Graduate students

  • 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

In-state tuition rates per the Armed Forces Residency benefit (AFRB) for:

  • Spouses eligible for the GI Bill/DEA
  • Spouses of veterans who were stationed in Kansas during service and/or were Kansas residents prior to joining the service
  • Spouses of current Active Duty, Reservists, and Kansas National Guardsmen

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, so no need to apply for residency if that is the case.



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.
  • VA Work Study – on-campus job opportunities for GI Bill users

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.

Preparing for the Next Chapter

‘‘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."