Dear incoming Jayhawk,
We’re honored that you’ve chosen to join the more than 1,300 military-affiliated students pursuing their education each year at KU. We are your centralized resource as you move to, through and beyond KU.
Get ready for college
- Veterans: Check out free academic prep and refresher courses in math, science, etc. from Veterans Upward Bound.
- Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Have your information sent to KU (Federal School Code 001948).
- Join PAVE @ KU! Connect with a current military-affiliated student who can help you through your first year at KU.
Step 1: Applying to KU
Apply for admission
- Military/veterans: We offer undergraduate admission application fee waivers for you. 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. Other students may be eligible for a fee grant.
- ACT/SAT: Students 21 years of age and older do not need to submit standardized test scores as part of their application.
- Have your high school (if you have fewer than 24 transferable semester credit hours) and/or college send official transcripts to KU Office of Admissions, 1502 Iowa Street, Lawrence, KS 66045-7576. For those with a GED/high school equivalency exam, visit the high school equivalency exam page for more info.
- What classes may transfer? Before you're admitted, view courses that have previously transferred to KU by visiting CredTran.
- Veterans: To get college credit for military training, order a copy of your military transcripts from the JST system. (Air Force – get yours from the CCAF).
GI Bill users: Apply for your GI Bill Certificate of Eligibility at www.vets.gov
Step 2: After the acceptance letter arrives
1. Visit the First-Year Experience page and follow the steps to create your KU ID, register for orientation, and plan your trip to KU.
2. Apply for in-state residency status, if applicable.
3. Stay informed. Sign up for the military-affiliated student newsletter.
Step 3: Using VA Benefits
Tip: Make copies of all important documents (i.e. VA certificate of eligibility letter, military orders, DD-214, etc.) and keep them in a binder. Never give away your only/last copy.
The VA can take 8-10 weeks to process new GI Bill users' benefits, so complete your paperwork well before your first semester begins to ensure the VA has time to process/disperse benefit. At KU, on average, it takes up to 10 business days for us to send a complete packet to the VA. Peak times of the year can take longer.
Complete before orientation or stop by 345 Summerfield after you see your orientation advisor:
Your VA benefits paperwork.
- If applicable (ONLY for students using Ch. 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill who will live in Missouri during school), Yellow Ribbon application.
‘‘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 at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill."