We 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.
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.
A covered individual is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Any covered individual is permitted to attend or participate in the course of education beginning the date on which the individual provides a certificate of eligibility to WMU and ending on the earlier of the following dates:
- The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution.
- Ninety days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.
WMU will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes or institutional facilities or the requirement of borrowing additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33.