Transitioning to KU
- 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 Placement, International Baccalaureate (regardless of when you graduated high school)
- You may be eligible for exemptions from KU Core Goals
- Learn more about applying to graduate school.
- Please note: We currently do not have application fee waivers for graduate 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.
- Need help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? And/or has your income changed in the past couple of years? Reach out to Melody with KU TRIO EOC. She can provide 1:1 direct support to help you navigate the process. You may be eligible for grants you don't have to pay back based on your current income.
- Scholarships offered specifically for KU military-affiliated students and nation-wide military-affiliated scholarships
- Other financial aid information
Programs & Resources for Students
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.
- Nontraditional Student Services information and resources
- On-campus childcare & childcare grants
- Information for commuter students
- On-campus apartments (McCarthy Hall, Jayhawk Towers, Stouffer Place)
- Veterans Service Rep. to assist with disability compensation benefits, VA appeals, etc.
- About the city of Lawrence
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.