Frequently Asked Questions
Tuition, Residency and TA/VA Benefits
Services for Military-Affiliated Students
Other KU Campuses
Can I get in-state tuition rates as a service member, veteran or military spouse/dependent?
If you are active duty/veteran/spouse/dependent of the Armed Forces residing in (or planning to live in) Kansas, you may qualify for in-state tuition rates under the Choice Act. There are some restrictions, but more information can be found at the KU Registrar’s Armed Forces Residency page.
I plan to live in Missouri during college – can I get in-state tuition rates?
Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill® users (at the 100% rate) attending either the Lawrence or Edwards campuses may be eligible for Yellow Ribbon Program funding. KU Medical Center does not have Yellow Ribbon Program funding. GI Bill users living in Kansas do not need Yellow Ribbon funding, as they get in-state tuition per the Armed Forces Residency benefit.
I want to use VA benefits this semester. What forms do I need to turn in?
Visit our Using VA Benefits page for more details.
Will 8-week, Intersession, Winter Break and other non-standard courses affect my VA benefits?
Potentially. VA benefits are charged by the day, so Intersession, Winter Break, 8-week and other non-standard courses can affect your full-time status. Students need to be full time in semester or term-long courses to receive maximum VA benefits. This is not a problem if a shorter course is in excess of the 12 credit hours (e.g. a student takes 15 credits and one, 3-credit course is an 8-week course. This still leaves a student with 12 semester-long courses). Non-standard courses can also cause students to unintentionally use more of their VA benefits than anticipated. Students with questions/concerns are encouraged to reach out to the KU Military-Affiliated Student Center before classes start.
Classes have already started and I have not received my VA benefits, will KU charge me a late fee or cancel my enrollment since my tuition has not been paid?
How much will my books/housing stipend be with the Post-9/11 GI Bill?
Your book stipend is dependent on how many credit hours you attend, up to a maximum of $1,000 per calendar year. Your housing stipend is determined by your rate of pursuit, your eligibility percentage, and the BAH rates for where you attend a majority of your classes. The GI Bill calculator page will provide detailed information.
If I exhaust my GI Bill during the semester, will the VA pay the entire semester?
It depends. For veterans who have used 36 months, the VA will pay for the entire semester. If you have used more than one benefit, i.e. used 36 months of the Montgomery GI Bill and used 12 months of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and will exceed your 48th month during the semester, the VA will NOT pay the entire semester. Your tuition payment and BAH will be prorated.
For spouses/dependents, your benefits end on the day you exhaust them and tuition and BAH are prorated accordingly. You may combine Post-9/11 GI Bill and Ch. 35 DEA benefits if you are eligible and have received both. This could yield a maximum of 81 months of combined eligibility (up to 36 from the Post-9/11 GI Bill and 45 from DEA).
I recently came off active duty or am coming off active duty after classes start. What do I need to do to make sure I get my BAH payments from the VA?
To avoid delays in getting your BAH, we recommend you send the VA your DD-214. Active Duty are not eligible for BAH under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and it can take months for their system to receive a DD-214 from the military. You can mail your DD-214 to the VA regional office:
Charles F. Prevedel Federal Building
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132
How do I contact the VA regarding my VA benefits?
The first source for information regarding VA benefits is the GI Bill website. If you have specific questions regarding your individual eligibility or benefits, you can submit a question using the Ask-A-Question link (which requires you to log in) or call the GI Bill hotline at (888) GI-Bill1 (442-4551).
What is the Forever GI Bill, and how will it effect my current education benefits?
Servicemembers who wish to use tuition assistance should speak with their Education Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within their Military Service prior to enrolling.
Questions on how to utilize tuition assistance at the University of Kansas can be directed to the Office of the University Registrar at 785-864-4423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a student group for military-affiliated students?
Where is the Military-Affiliated Student Center?
We are located on the 3rd floor of Summerfield Hall, Room 345 and hours of operation are 0800 to 1700, Monday through Friday.
What resources does the Military-Affiliated Student Center provide?
We provide a space where active duty, National Guardsmen, Reservists, veterans, spouses, dependents, and ROTC cadets can get help with VA paperwork, relax, and study.
- A lounge with WIFI, computers with CAC readers, and cable TV
- Coffee with a break room
- Meeting/conference rooms
- Kansas Commission on Veteran Affairs who can assist with VA paper work
What tutoring services are available?
The KU Academic Achievement and Access Center assists with tutoring services. They offer fee waivers to military/veterans. Request a Tutor Group, be sure to indicate your military affiliation, select your tutor group or submit an "Unlisted Group Request," and someone will be in touch with you.
How can I find out what's going on for military-affiliated students?
Do you have a Veterans Affairs representative located on campus?
Yes. Located in 345 Summerfield, we a have a representative from The Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs that provides services such as, filing VA disability compensation claims, requesting a copy of DD-214, and providing information about benefits for veterans offered by the state of Kansas.
I just received orders and must deploy, what do I do?
Please visit our Deployment page for detailed information.
I am a returning deployed student, what do I do to reinstate my college career at KU?
When you are ready to return, email the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com. They will assist you with your return to the University and in most cases you will be readmitted within 48 hours. They will also help put you in contact with an academic advisor, if you are required to meet with one, in order to enroll. Please visit our Deployment page for detailed information.
I attend classes at Edwards Campus. Do I have to turn my paperwork in at Lawrence Campus?
No, you can submit your paperwork to Lisa Browning in Regents Center, Rm 210F.
I am a present/future KU Medical Center student and have questions regarding services for student veterans, whom do I contact?
Contact the Veteran Services Coordinator, Student Financial Aid, located in Dykes Library. You may stop by, call 913-588-5170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit their Military and Veterans Affairs page.
Parents who have transferred GI Bill benefits to their children and want to be able to chat with KU directly regarding their account will need to have their student delegate access to a parent.
VA website Questions and Answers - You can log in and contact the VA directly.
‘‘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."