CHAMPVA & TRICARE Verification

What is CHAMPVA?

The VA's Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA1) is a health benefits program in which the VA shares the cost of certain health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries.

Child annuitants' school certification requirements while attending KU:

  • Full time enrollment status.
  • School certification of DD form 2788 completed at the end of each school term.
  • The DD Form is sent by DFAS to the student, or a student can get the form online2.
    • Sections 1 & 2- Must be filled out by the child annuitant or his/her representative.
    • Section 3- Must be filled out by the school official and forwarded to DFAS.

How to turn in your paperwork to KU:

You are responsible for submitting your request to KU every semester. You will submit this paperwork at the END of each semester (and not at the beginning). DFAS wants to know you have completed the term, not that you plan to start a term.

  1. Complete DD Form 27882.
  2. Select "Form Request3" on the certification enrollment page.
  3. Attach the DD Form to your request. (The MASC in Summerfield Hall Rm. 345 has a scanner available if need).
  4. "Delivery option" we recommend having KU mail the paperwork to DFAS. Include the mailing address in the open box (address can be found on the DD form). Also, include a note in that box that you would like to be CC'ed on the paperwork sent to DFAS and provide your e-mail address.
  5. Click on "Submit Form" Please allow at least 2 weeks for processing of the verification, and monitor your email should any questions/issues arise.


*Please note that an incomplete DD Form 2788 will delay the processing of any monies due to the child annuitant’s account. If DFAS does not receive a valid DD Form 2788 within 60 days of the school term ending, the SBP payments will be suspended until they receive a completed form.

College Student Continued Eligibility for Tricare

As a student you may be eligible for TRICARE until your 23rd birthday or until you graduate, whichever comes first. For eligibility to extend beyond the age of 21, he or she must:

  • Be enrolled full-time. To verify enrollment status, complete a KU Certification of Enrollment "Form Request3." When completing this form, select that you want to have it emailed to you.
  • Depend on the sponsor for more than half of their financial support.
  • Submit this information at an ID card issuing facility4. If neccessary, ensure that your parent has signed a power of attorney to empower you to independently complete this process and renewed your beneficiary ID.

Honoring Veterans Nov. 3-18, 2018
  • Nov. 3 Salute to Service football and volleyball games. Ticket info:
  • Nov. 8Veterans and non-traditional student breakfast, 8:30-11 a.m., Forum B, Burge Union. Free breakfast for KU military-affiliated students and KU non-traditional students. Come-and-go event.
  • Nov. 8Marine Corps Birthday observed, 10:30 a.m., Dole Institute of Politics. Lawrence community celebration featuring guest speaker Vietnam veteran John Musgrave. Open to the public.
  • Nov. 9Marine Corps Birthday observed, Noon, Wescoe Beach. Free cake with the KU SVA for the entire KU community.
  • Nov. 10-18 Hope 22 exhibit, Spencer Museum of Art.
    • Nov. 15Hope 22 exhibit reception, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Spencer Museum. Open to the public.
  • Nov. 11 KU Vets Day 5K, 9 a.m., begins/ends at Memorial Stadium. Open to the public.
  • Nov. 12/13 Salute to Service men's/women's basketball games. Ticket info:
  • Nov. 15 Trans Vets Talk, 6 p.m., Centennial Room, KU Memorial Union. Join the KU Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity and the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity for a screening of the short film “Transgender, at War and Love,“ followed by a panel highlighting the voices and experiences of local transgender veterans.
  • Nov. 15 VA Veterans Town Hall, 6 p.m., Lied Center Pavilion. A town hall for veterans and their families in Lawrence and surrounding communities, hosted by Department of Veterans Affairs executives and the VA health care team.
More Information

Prospective/New Students

Faculty and Staff Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Stay informed! Military-Affiliated Student Email Listserv

VA benefits questions:

785-864-2458 or

Stop by the Military-Affiliated Student Center in Summerfield Hall room 345

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