Incoming Students

Dear incoming Jayhawk,

We’re honored that you’ve chosen to join the more than 1,400 military-affiliated students pursuing their education each year at KU. Our goal is to guide you as you transition to the university and enable you to succeed both here and in your next career endeavors.  

Get ready for college

  • Veterans and GI Bill® users: Make an appointment with Sally MacNeill, our VetSuccess on Campus Rep, to ensure you're maximizing your GI Bill benefits. Email sally.macneill@ku.edu or call her at 785-864-0903.
  • 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 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 email list.

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:


‘‘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."


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