Using VA Benefits

Guest students | Frequently Asked Questions

New & Transfer Students
(Complete Once)

Returning & Continuing Students
(Complete Each Semester)

                  Apply through VA                    
for Certificate of Eligibility

                      Complete NEW                        
KU REQUEST for Benefits

Apply for in-state tuition based on
Armed Forces Residency Benefit

             Set up KU direct deposit            
for any refunds

               Complete CONTINUED                
REQUEST for Benefits

Complete the form before you enroll to avoid any delays in payments

Additional step for Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty (Ch. 30) & Selected Reserve (Ch. 1606)

Verify enrollment monthly via WAVE

This verification can also be done by the automated telephone system (TVR) at 1-877-823-2378.

Guest students taking a class at KU but getting a degree from another school

  • Complete the "New KU request for benefits" form above if this is your first semester taking a KU class or the "Continuted Request" form above if you have taken KU classes before.
  • Have the VA Certifying Official at your other school send the KU VA certifying official a Parent School Letter so that your enrollment at KU can be certified to the VA.
  • Provide paperwork for in-state tuition based on Armed Forces Residency (or ONLY if you're using the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the 100% rate and live in Missouri: the Yellow Ribbon Application).
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FAQs

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?
When you have completed your Using VA Benefits paperwork, you are automatically placed on deferment, giving you/the VA until the end of the semester to pay your tuition and fees. If you receive a late fee, contact us to confirm you have completed your paperwork for the semester. Contact us by Dec. 1/May 1 if you still have charges on your account.
Will 8-week, Summer semester, Intersession, Winter Break, and other non-standard courses affect my VA benefits?
Potentially. The university may consider you full time for a semester despite shorter courses, but VA benefits are charged by the day. That means short-term, non-standard courses with different start/end dates can affect your full-time status. Students need to be full time for the entire semester or term-long courses to receive maximum VA benefits. This is not a problem if, for example, a shorter course is in excess of 12 credit hours during fall/spring (e.g. a student takes 15 credits and one class is a 3-credit, 8-week course because this still leaves a student with 12 semester-long credit hours). Non-standard courses may 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 or the Registrar's office (contact info at bottom of the page) before classes start.
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 take per semester, 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 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate for an E-5 w/ dependents based on the zip code of the school (66045). While active duty BAH rates are effective January 1, housing stipends are not effective until August 1 of each calendar year. The GI Bill calculator page will provide detailed information.
What is the Forever GI Bill®, and how will it affect my current education benefits?
Visit the Forever GI Bill for more details. You can also reach out to us at the contact info at the bottom of the page.
I'm a Post-9/11 GI Bill user who receives additional grants/scholarships/financial aid. Will they affect my VA benefits?
If you receive grants/scholarships that are designated solely for tuition, you may want to think twice about using your VA benefits. The VA requires KU to apply those funds toward tuition first and, if you have the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, the VA will pay any remaining tuition/fees. Contact the VA Certifying Official at the contact info at the bottom of the page.

Financial aid awards to be deducted before reporting your tuition to the VA include: Federal or State Tuition Assistance and any other types of restricted aid designated for tuition and required fees only.
Not all scholarships/grants are designated for tuition. Unrestricted financial aid funds like the PELL Grant, student loans, unrestricted scholarships, etc. will be yours to pay other bills on your KU account. Anything left over will be dispersed to you. Post-9/11 GI Bill users: to receive that money while waiting on the VA to pay your tuition and fees, complete the VA Educational Benefits - Early Release of Funds form each semester.
I am changing my VA benefits (e.g. from Post-9/11 GI Bill to Voc Rehab). Should I do anything differently?
If you are switching your VA benefits program while at KU, you will need to complete a new VA benefits request instead of a continued request.
Do you offer the Yellow Ribbon program?
Yes, but if you plan to live in Kansas while attending KU, you will not need Yellow Ribbon. Apply for in-state tuition rates per the Armed Forces Residency Benefit instead. If you are using Post-9/11 GI Bill at 100% and live in Missouri while attending classes at KU, please complete the Yellow Ribbon Application each semester you have benefits.  
How can I obtain a copy of my Certificate of Eligibility?
Click HERE to be taken to the va.gov site, on the va.gov site follow the directions on the page to check your gi bill benefits. This will grant you access to a printable version that you can submit to KU. 

Questions? 

  • Military-Affiliated Student Center - 345 Summerfield Hall, 1300 Sunnyside Ave., 785-864-2458, veterans@ku.edu.
  • Office of University Registrar (VA Certifying Official) - KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa Street, 785-864-4423, kuva@ku.edu.
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