Veterans and Military Education Benefits

First and foremost, your service to our country is appreciated!

If you have not yet connected with the University’s Military and Veteran Success Coordinator, we encourage you to visit the Veterans Resource Center location in the Centennial Student Union, Room 167, to introduce yourself and learn more about the support available to you as a veteran or active military student.

A variety of educational benefit programs have been established to assist students who have served or are currently serving in the military. There are other individuals designated to assist you with all the questions that can arise about these benefits, to guide you through the application process, and to ensure you receive all the benefits and for which you are eligible.

Applying for Federal Student Aid

The annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process determines a student’s eligibility for a number of Federal and State financial aid program resources.

Students who have been discharged from any regular branch of the United States military; Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard, with a discharge reason of other than dishonorable, are considered veterans for financial aid purposes. Veterans are automatically independent regardless of age; checking the Veteran’s box on the FAFSA initiates a comparison with the Veteran’s Administration database. It sometimes takes up to six months between a veteran’s discharge and inclusion on this database. If your FAFSA record does not match with the VA database, you can furnish a copy of your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214), to Student Financial Services at the Campus Hub to expedite the processing of your financial aid application.

Students who are members of the National Guard or Reserves are not considered veterans for financial aid purposes unless the student has completed active duty exclusive of training purposes. All National Guard or Reserve members who have completed active duty either in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the United States or active duty in a foreign country and have been discharged with a discharge reason other than dishonorable are considered veterans, and therefore, independent students regardless of age. National Guard and Reserve members records do not get sent to the Veteran’s Administration database; therefore, you can furnish a copy of your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214), to Student Financial Services at the Campus Hub to confirm veteran status and expedite award processing. 

All veteran’s educational benefits, regardless of the chapter under which they are paid, are considered a resource for financial aid purposes and must be reported to Student Financial Services. Benefits may be reported through the online financial aid award acceptance step on E-services within the Financial Aid menu.

More information about tuition costs and financial aid is provided online. Feel free to contact us at the Campus Hub if you have any questions.

Minnesota GI Bill

Minnesota State University, Mankato participates in the Minnesota GI Bill Program offered through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. For information about eligibility requirements and a link to the application, visit the MN GI Bill page.

Service-Related Protections: Deployment, Disability, Medical Conditions

Certain rights and protections are available to students ordered into active military service or who have a service-connected medical condition or medical treatment requirements. For more information, refer to 

Minnesota State System Procedure 5.12.1 Military Service and Veterans with Disabilities

Minnesota Statute 192.502 Protections

Specifically, if you are called up for active duty military services during the semester, you have options regarding your enrollment status. Refer to the Deployment / Re-enrollment Checklist page for detailed guidance to smoothly navigate both your departure and return to the University.

Please also note that if you withdrew from college during a term because you were called up for active duty military service after December 31, 2002, and you were eligible for Minnesota State Grant funds, please inform the Campus Hub of the semester you were required to withdraw. Provide a copy of your orders or your DD214, and we will evaluate your eligibility to receive an additional semester of Minnesota State Grant funds to replace the semester lost due to active duty.

Military Service Benefit for Loans

  • Veterans and those being deployed and returning from deployment:
    • You are eligible for a deferment during the time that you are called up for active duty on your federal student loans.  Please contact your Guarantor and/or lender for information and forms needed for this deferment opportunity
  • After your deployment:
    • You are eligible for a deferment of 180-days on your federal student loans when you return from active duty.  Please contact your Guarantor and /or Lender for information and forms necessary to take advantage of this deferment opportunity.
    • If you were in school or in your grace period when you were called up, you have the ability to take a 13-month deferment on your federal student loans following your return.  Please contact your Guarantor and /or Lender for information and forms necessary to take advantage of this deferment opportunity.

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