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 who are applying as degree-seeking students.
- KU awards some college credit for military courses. Visit the KU credit transfer page and look for the “military service credit” section for more details. To get 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 or by MOS, 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). Visit the Credit and Exemption for High School Work page to learn more.
- You may be eligible for exemptions from KU Core Goals
- Learn more about applying to graduate school.
- Please note: Application fee waivers for graduate students are up to each individual school. We are aware of the following fee waivers. Visit their sites to learn more:
- To make sure you maximize your VA benefits, reach out to our VetSuccess on Campus rep, Angela, who can help you identify the right major for your career interest, show you job trends/career paths and more.
- Check out KU Veterans Upward Bound, a free pre-college program designed specifically to assist veterans with college prep, including refresher courses.
- Transfer undergraduate 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.
- Freshmen/new students: Learn more about next steps for freshmen, including signing up for orientation and enrolling in classes.
- Graduate students: Learn more about next steps 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
- The GI Bill Comparison Tool shows you approximately how much you can expect from your GI Bill benefits.
- To make sure you maximize your benefits, reach out to our VetSuccess on Campus rep, Angela, who can help you identify the right major for your career interest, show you job trends/career paths and more.
- VA Work Study – on-campus jobs in the Military-Affiliated Student Center for GI Bill users. Visit our Get Involved page to learn more.
Learn more about/apply for in-state tuition rates per the Armed Forces Residency (AFRB) benefit for:
- GI Bill users
- Veterans stationed in Kansas during service or were Kansas residents prior to joining the service
- Current Active Duty, Reservists or Kansas National Guardsmen
- Note: The deadline to apply for AFRB is the 30th day of classes.
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; follow the AFRB process instead.
Online students: Most online programs offer flat-rate tuition.
- Use our Net Price Calculator to see a personalized picture of your costs — and what you may earn in aid.
- 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
- 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 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.
- 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/Care Information
You may be eligible for VA health care simply based on your income as a college student. Learn more and apply for VA health care benefits.
Nearby outpatient VA clinics include :
- Lawrence (3 miles from the Lawrence campus)
- Shawnee (22 miles east of campus)
- Lenexa (26 miles east)
- Kansas City, Kan. (27 miles east)
- Overland Park (29.5 miles east)
The nearest VA Medical Centers are:
- TRICARE beneficiaries: The on-campus Watkins Health Center is not an in-network provider. Learn more about TRICARE and Watkins Health Center
- Students can receive some services for free or reduced rates at Watkins Health Center regardless of health insurance. Check out the section on this web page regarding on-campus health care information for more info.
- There are civilian providers in Lawrence and neighboring communities who are authorized TRICARE providers.
- The nearest MTF is at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., about an hour away.
Note: This information is not VA/military-related and is applicable to all KU students.
- KU's Watkins Health Center provides health care to currently enrolled KU students who are eligible to receive some services at no cost and others at the reduced "Health Fee" rates.
- 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 spouse or domestic partner of a currently enrolled KU student is eligible for the same health care services at WHS. Check out the "Eligibility for Services" tab on WHS' web page.
- 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.