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Veterans

Know Before You Go

Veterans must apply for benefits online with the Department of Veterans Affair via Vets.gov. After completing this step, contact the IUK School Certifying Official by e-mail or by calling (765) 455-9216.

Please visit GI Bill Benefits Comparison Tool for more information.

To self-certify your Chapter 30 or 1606 monthly verification of attendance with the V.A., you can go to the V.A. Web site to access WAVE (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment). If you do not have Internet access, you can call (877) 823-2378 to verify your monthly attendance.

For information on how to obtain transcripts from military service, click on the appropriate link below:

Educational Benefits

Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill

Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of educational benefits toward your IU degree or certificate program. Benefits are available to you for 15 years after ending active duty. Under this program, you are entitled to funds based on the length of time you were active duty. Dependents may also use Chapter 33 benefits transferred to them by their sponsor.

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

IU Kokomo Post 9/11 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program

IU Kokomo Post 9/11 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program

IU Kokomo is participating in Yellow Ribbon program for one out of state veteran. For a maximum of $1,500 per academic year ($750 per regular term), with the Department of Veterans Affairs matching the dollar amount up to our maximum of $1,500 for first qualified applicants.  We have two such awards per academic year. For information regarding the Yellow Ribbon Program click Yellow Ribbon Info

Criteria:

  • Eligible for Ch 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® education benefits at the 100% level
  • Maintain good academic standing at IU Kokomo
  • Be admitted as a degree-seeking student with tuition and fee charges above the VA's maximum in-state undergraduate rate as posted at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/.

If you believe you are eligible, you should apply immediately. Awards to the qualified applicant is on a first-come basis established by the date and time your application is received by the Veterans Representative in the Financial Aid office.

The Yellow Ribbon program under the Post 9/11 GI Bill provides additional financial assistance to nonresident or graduate students whose costs are not fully covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. To qualify, you must be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill at the 100% tier and be charged non-resident tuition rates.

Veteran's can also apply for other types of financial aid by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

For GI Bill® information, please visit the United States Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Web site. This site includes a helpful question and answer section.

Chapter 30, Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)—Active Duty

Chapter 30, Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)—Active Duty

This program provides up to 36 months of educational benefits toward your IU degree or certificate program. Benefits are available to you for 10 years after ending active duty. You must have contributed $1,200 to the MGIB during your first year on active duty to be eligible.

Chapter 31, Disabled Veterans Qualified for Vocational Rehabilitation

Chapter 31, Disabled Veterans Qualified for Vocational Rehabilitation

In most cases, in order to receive Chapter 31 education benefits, you must receive monthly VA disability payments. However, exceptions are made in some cases. This award will cover tuition, books, supplies, and other education-related expenses. Application is separate and distinct from the education benefit applications. Contact Veterans Support Services for further information.

Chapter 35, Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance

Chapter 35, Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance

To receive funds toward your education under this program, you must be the son, daughter, or spouse of a deceased, disabled, or captive veteran. Limitations for receiving benefits vary with age, and the circumstances surrounding the veteran’s discharge.

Chapter 1606, Montgomery GI Bill—Selected Reserve

Chapter 1606, Montgomery GI Bill—Selected Reserve

The Montgomery GI Bill—Selected Reserve benefits are available to members of the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, or Air National Guard. Funding will be provided toward your IU degree or certificate program.

Residency

Indiana University Kokomo values the sacrifice put forth by our vast population of student veterans and we continue to do all that we can to aid them in pursuing a higher education.

If you are serving on active duty stationed in Indiana on permanent change of station (PCS) orders, you and your spouse may be considered non-residents of the state of Indiana for university tuition purposes.  However, your military status entitles you to a remission of the non-resident portion of your credit hour fees. This does not change your residency classification, but provides a reduction in tuition charges down to the resident (in-state) rate.  You must provide a copy of the military orders and a photo ID to the VA School Certifying Official.  Spouses of military personnel must provide a military-issued ID card in addition to military orders. 

If you are a veteran with an honorable discharge who is enrolling as a non-resident student within 12 months of separation from service, you may qualify for a residency exception under Senate Enrolled Act 177 or 434.  Current members of the Indiana National Guard are also eligible.

You must present a copy of your DD214 or proof of current NG membership to the Veterans School Certifying Official.  You are also required to show intent to establish residency by providing an IN driver’s license, IN automobile registration, or IN voter registration within your first 12 months at IU.  This does not change your residency classification, but provides a reduction in tuition charges down to the resident (in-state) rate.

If you are a veteran or dependent using Post 9/11 or Montgomery GI Bill® benefits within three years after final discharge or on terminal leave, you may qualify to receive the resident tuition rates under the Choice Act. 

Section 702, The Choice Act

Beginning July 1, 2015: Section 702, The Choice Act, requires public institutions of higher learning to charge resident tuition rates to veterans and dependents of veterans who are using Post 9/11, Montgomery GI Bill® or Fry Scholarship benefits and are within 3 years after their final discharge from active service. You must be discharged or complete terminal leave during the semester to qualify.

Other Veteran Benefits

VA Healthcare System

VA Seamless Transition Units  for OEF/OIF/OND veterans the seamless transition program is designed to help you access care you need within the VA Healthcare system.

Read the PDF version of the information

Indiana Purple Heart

Indiana Purple Heart

Indiana Purple Heart recipients may qualify for a state tuition fee remission. The Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs has applications for this program online. In some instances, veterans attending college are eligible for unemployment benefits. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development offers detailed information concerning jobless benefits for student veterans.

Children of Disabled Indiana Veterans

 Children of Disabled Indiana Veterans

Children of disabled Indiana veterans may qualify for a state tuition fee remission. The Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs has applications for this program online.

eBenefits

 eBenefits

The eBenefits web portal is an online resource for tools and benefits-related information. The portal serves Veterans, Service members , their families, and their caregivers. Register for a Premium account at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal. See below for the eBenefits fact sheet and tips for using the eBenefits portal.

For general information about veterans benefits, see the following links:

If you are called to active duty while enrolled at IU Kokomo, please visit the official IU Reserves Called to Active Duty policy in regard to course withdrawal and refund of tuition and fees.

For information about financial aid to attend Indiana University Kokomo, contact email the veteran representative, or by calling (765) 455-9216.

Please note: GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

Support Services for Veteran Students

Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Mental Health support for students which includes coping with the stress of school and outside issues.

Support Group - Veterans Only

Mental Health America

MHA Howard County

406 E. Sycamore St

Kokomo, IN 46901

(765) 459-0309

Veterans Crisis Line

Veterans Crisis Line

Confidential help for Veterans and their families.

1-800-273-8255, press 1

confidential chat at VeteransCrisisLine.net

United Way 2-1-1

United Way 2-1-1

One Call. Tons of Information. Find Help or Volunteer. Get Connected. Get Answers. Dial 2-1-1.

United Way of Howard County Website

County Veterans Service Officer

Go to the following website and click on your county to find your County Veterans Service Officer.

http://www.in.gov/dva/2370.htm

Cougar Cupboard

Food Pantry for IU Kokomo students.

Located in the Kelley Student Center, Room 250

Operating Hours are Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm.

No paperwork and no identification required.

Military Foundation

Military Foundation, Inc. Mission Statement:

To recognize and support all military personnel, veterans, their families, and military organizations in Kokomo/Howard County and surrounding areas.

Military Foundation Website

Military Foundation Facebook

Last updated: 06/23/2017