Welcome, Veterans!

We are so glad you are joining the KU community! Located in 345 Summerfield, we are your centralized resource and offer study and meeting spaces, a 24-7 lounge, dedicated staff to provide support tailored to all military-affiliated students, and more.

Transitioning to KU

Undergraduate students
  • Apply to KU (Note: ACT/SAT scores are NOT needed if you're over 21 years old.) New to college and need help completing your application? Reach out to Melody with KU TRIO EOC.
    • Undergraduate admission application fee waivers are available for veterans. When applying as a degree-seeking student, select your military affiliation. A fee waiver option will then show up later in the application. To verify your military status, submit a copy of your orders, AARTS, SMARTS or DD-214 to the Office of Admissions via email, fax (785-864-5017) or mail.
  • To get college credit for military courses, order a copy of your military transcripts from the JST system. (Air Force – get yours from the CCAF). Visit KU CredTran to see how JST/CCAF courses have historically transferred. For JST, select the state, "District of Columbia." For CCAF, select "Alabama."
  • You may be eligible for foreign language proficiency credits, credit from CLEP exams, and/or credit for high school work: Advanced PlacementInternational Baccalaureate (regardless of when you graduated high school)
  • You may be eligible for exemptions from KU Core Goals
Graduate students

Make sure you maximize those GI Bill benefits — Reach out to our VetSuccess on Campus counselor, Angela, who can help you identify the right major for your career interest, show you job trends/career paths and more.

Once you're admitted to KU, follow the steps for new students.

  • Steps to using GI Bill benefits at KU. Includes information on
    • Ch. 30 - Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty
    • Ch. 31 - Veteran Readiness & Employment (previously Vocational Rehabilitation)
    • Ch. 33 - Post 9-11 GI Bill
    • Frequently asked questions about using benefits

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

  • GI Bill users
  • Veterans stationed in Kansas during service or were Kansas residents prior to joining the service
  • Active Duty, Reservists or Kansas National Guardsmen
  • Yellow Ribbon Program funding is only for Post-9/11 GI Bill users NOT eligible for in-state tuition (i.e. those living outside of Kansas while attending classes at KU). No need for Yellow Ribbon if you live in Kansas while attending KU.
  • Online students: Most online programs offer flat-rate tuition, so no need to apply for residency.

 

 

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 opportunity for GI Bill users

Located in 345 Summerfield Hall, we offer study and meeting spaces, computers, a 24-7 lounge, and dedicated staff to provide support tailored to all military-affiliated students.

 

Health Insurance from the Military & VA

You may be eligible for VA health care simply based on your income as a college student, and there is a VA outpatient clinic 3.6 miles away from the Lawrence campus. Learn more and apply for VA health care benefits.

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."