To apply and establish entitlement for Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefit programs, the applicant should contact the Student Services Office at Washburn, or call the VA at 1-888-442-4551. Program eligibility generally ceases ten years from the date of the veteran’s release from active duty or 15 years under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Eligible recipients of educational assistance must certify their enrollment each semester through the Student Services Office to assure continuous benefits. When changes in enrollment occur, such as dropping courses, not attending class, or not formally withdrawing from the University, the student must submit a report of mitigating circumstances. The VA expects veterans to pursue an educational objective, file a degree plan with Student Services, regularly attend classes, and make satisfactory progress.
Veterans wishing to receive full monthly benefits must be enrolled fulltime (12 or more hours) FOR THE ENTIRE TERM. Enrollment in short-term classes results in payment only for the duration of those courses. Persons entitled to a Monthly Housing Allowance under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) must be enrolled in more than half time each semester; allowance is prorated based on rate of pursuit, e.g. ¾ or fulltime.
Reminder: Independent study courses must not exceed one-half of the total hours attempted for the semester.
Military Deployment Withdrawal
Students who are called to active duty and must withdraw from classes as a result need to contact the Dean of Students, Student Life Office, Morgan Hall, Room 104 or call 785-670-2100.
Each semester a Veterans Information Sheet is required to determine hours the veteran is attending during the semester as well as to request that Student Services submit information to the VA. A degree plan must be on file with the Student Services Office before certification for each semester can be processed.
Below are the forms for upcoming semesters:
Multiple resources are available if you have questions about any topic pertaining to educational benefits such as applying for benefits or transferring your entitlement to a spouse or dependent.