Educational Benefits

In-state tuition

Western Michigan University will grant in-state tuition to all individuals who are eligible for VA educational benefits.

Western Michigan University will also grant in-state tuition to all individuals who are not eligible for VA educational benefits but have honorably served or are serving in the Reserve or Active Components of the US Armed Forces.

Western Michigan University will additionally grant in-state tuition to dependents of those individuals who have honorably served or are serving in the Reserve or Active Components of the US Armed Forces, but would otherwise not be eligible for VA educational benefits. For this purpose, a child is a dependent as defined by IRS income tax regulations. This term also includes a spouse, widow or widower of a servicemember or veteran who has honorably served.

The following documentation is required to process an in-state tuition request:

For the military member: DD-214

Spouse of a military member: The military member's DD-214 and the marriage certificate 

Child of a military member: The military member's DD-214 and the students birth certificate

FAFSA

Traditional educational benefits are often overlooked by military members due to the other educational benefits available but starting with the task of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens you up to the possibility for additional scholarships, grants, work study and loans.

Visit the Financial Aid department's website to learn more about how to apply

Financial Aid Checklist

Benefits

The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs provides resources and individualized help in letting you discover all of the benefits you are authorized to have, including:

Here are some additional tools to help you plan for college:

  • The College Scorecard which is a planning tool and resource to assist prospective students and their families as they evaluate options in selecting a school.
  • The College Navigator which is a consumer tool that provides school information to include tuition and fees, retention and graduation rates, use of financial aid, student loan default rates and features a cost calculator and school comparison tool.
  • The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet which is a model aid award letter designed to simplify the information that prospective students receive about costs and financial aid so they can easily compare institutions and make informed decisions about where to attend school.
  • The “Paying for College” webpage which can be used by prospective students to enter the names of up to three schools and receive detailed financial information on each one and to enter actual financial aid award information.