Western Kentucky University

Veterans Affairs

General Information

 

Changes

You MUST notify the VA Office at WKU if you:

  • change your major
  • change your course load
  • withdraw from classes
  • change your address
  • have depleted your VA educational benefits


Drop/Add/Withdrawal

A Change in Status form should be submitted to the VA Office at WKU when you add a class or classes.  If you drop or withdraw, the VA Office at WKU will automatically be notified of those changes; however, any additional classes that you add must be submitted through this form.  VA will not pay benefits to an individual for a course from which the individual withdraws or receives a nonpunitive grade which is not used in computing the requirements for graduation (38 USC 3680).

University policies regarding medical withdrawals or military withdrawals can be found on the Registrar's website.   

Chapters

  • Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB)

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.

  • Chapter 35-Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course.

  • Chapter 1606-Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses.

  • Chapter 1607-Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve and have spent at least 90 consecutive days under a contingency operation. The reserve components consist of Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard, Army IRR, Air Force IRR, Navy IRR and Marine Corps IRR. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses.

  • Chapter 33 (Post 9/11)

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay your tuition based upon the highest in-state tuition charged by a public educational institution in the state where the school is located. The amount of support that an individual may qualify for depends on where they live and what type of degree they are pursuing.

  • Chapter 31-Vocational Rehabilitation

The Vocational Rehabilitation program is for service-disabled veterans who require further education to attain suitable, stable employment. This program may provide vocational and other training services and assistance including tutorial assistance, tuition, books, fees, supplies, handling charges, licensing fees and equipment and other training materials necessary.

 

Course Load/Training Time 

See training-time under the PAYMENT INFORMATION link.

 

Repeating A Course

If a veteran fails a required course, he/she may repeat that course with pay. However, he/she cannot repeat a course in which a "passing grade" is received. Unless specified otherwise by the university, a "passing grade" is a D or higher.

 

Academic Progress

Veterans must attend classes regularly and continue to show satisfactory progress. Benefit payments will not be made for courses in which you withdraw unless mitigating circumstances exist.  Probation and/or suspensions are reported to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

VA Terminology

Definitions of terms used frequently by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Affairs office at WKU.

 

 Last Modified 10/16/13