Incoming Students

Dear Prospective/New Student,

We’re honored that you’ve chosen to join the more than 1,300 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.  

Step 1: Applying to KU

Step 2: After the acceptance letter arrives

Step 3: Using VA Benefits


1. Become a KU student

  • Apply for admission
    1. We offer undergraduate admission application fee waivers for active duty/veterans. In order to verify your military status, submit a copy of your orders, AARTS, SMARTS or DD-214 to the Office of Admissions. Copies can be emailed, faxed (785-864-5017) or mailed in.
    2. ACT/SAT: Students 21 years of age and older do not need to submit standardized test scores as part of their application.
    3. 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.
      1. Before you are admitted you can view courses that have previously transferred to KU by visiting CredTran, a guide we provide to assist you with your transfer process.
    4. 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). 
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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. If applicable, submit any disability documentation to discuss what accommodations may be available to you. You may also contact the Academic Achievement & Access Center if you are unsure/to learn more about their services.
  3. Stay informed. Sign up for the military-affiliated student email list.
  4. Join the KU Student Veterans of America (all military-affiliated students welcome).
  5. Consider joining the KU Veterans Alumni Network. New student alumni membership is FREE.
  6. Veterans: Sign up for UNIV 101 for Veterans, a two-credit hour fall course. Discuss with your advisor at orientation.
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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.

We highly recommend applying for and complete all paperwork well before your first semester begins to ensure the VA has time to process/disperse benefits. The VA can take up to 8-10 weeks to process if you have never completed the process before. 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. A complete packet consists of the following:

Complete before orientation

  1. For Military members and Veterans visit and apply for benefits (Ideally at least 6-10 weeks before orientation)
  2. For spouses and dependents Complete the Veterans Online Application for Education Benefits (VONAPP) (Ideally at least 6-10 weeks before orientation)
  3. Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Have your information sent to (KU Federal School Code 001948).
  4. If applicable (for Veterans and spouses/dependents living in/moving to Kansas and seeking in-state residency), statement of intent webform.
  5. If applicable (for students using Ch. 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill who plan to live in Missouri during school), Yellow Ribbon application.
  6. Visit the Use VA Benefits Page then select and complete either the "New Request" or "Continued Request" form. 
  7. During the process, you will ask your advisor to complete a VA Progress to Degree form.

Bring with you to orientation

  1. Certificate of eligibility or award letter from the VA. This comes in the mail 4-8 weeks after you complete the VONAPP. If you don’t have it by orientation, you can submit to the Office of the Registrar at a later date.
  2. If applicable (for Active/Guard/Reserves and their spouses/dependents seeking in-state residency), a copy of current orders.


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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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