Military Services

Student soldiers standing at attention at the flag in front of the Seibert Administration BuildingWe would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the contributions you have provided to the defense of our country while serving in the Armed Forces. WMU is committed to assisting students receiving educational benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

WMU is proud to serve students who are:

  • Present or former reservist or National Guard member
  • Surviving spouse, child or parent of a deceased veteran
  • Uniformed service member
  • Veteran, veteran's dependent

Veterans certifying official

The role of the VA Certifying Official is to certify semester enrollment and monitor academic progress that is reported to the VA. The Certifying Official is knowledgeable on each educational chapter offered through the VA and can provide general information but is not an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs and does not have access to veteran records. If you have specific questions or require specific information please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at (888) 442-4551.

Military and Veterans Affairs

The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs—located in Ellsworth Hall, room 1255—assists in creating a smooth transition from service to student.

Tuition

Western Michigan University will grant in-state tuition to all individuals who are eligible for VA educational benefits. Additionally, in-state tuition is granted to dependents of those individuals who have honorably served or are serving in the Reserve or Active components of the US Armed Forces and who would otherwise not be eligible for VA educational benefits. 

  • If the student is a child of the Veteran, we require a copy of the Veteran’s DD214 and a copy of the student’s birth certificate as documentation for our records. 
  • If the student is a stepchild, we require a copy of the Veteran’s DD214, a copy of the student’s birth certificate and a copy of the marriage license as documentation for our records. 
  • If the student is a spouse of the Veteran, we require a copy of the Veteran’s DD214 and a copy of the marriage license as documentation.

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