Educational Benefits

The military offers a variety of Veterans Affairs educational benefits. Western Michigan University accepts the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, and the Yellow Ribbon Program.

If you are interested in details about how to initiate your benefits, contact Brenda Hamlyn, veterans affairs certifying official, at If you have questions regarding VA education benefits, health care, Guard or Reserve units in Michigan, or benefits, contact Brent Haddow, vet success on campus coordinator, at

Montgomery GI Bill

Post-9/11 GI Bill

  • If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program.

Yellow Ribbon

Federal Tuition Assistance

  • Actively drilling members of the Reserve and National Guard that are not receiving the GI Bill, Post-9/11 GI Bill or Yellow Ribbon Program incentives may apply for Federal Tuition Assistance.
  • In order to apply for Federal Tuition Assistance, you will need a Common Access Card reader. One can be found at the Military and Veterans Student Lounge in Ellsworth Hall or the ROTC computer lab.