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How to Access Your GI Bill Benefits

Accessing your GI Bill benefits is a process that could take up to four weeks, so it’s best to start as soon as possible. Here’s how it works:
GI Benefits Explained


1. Once you’ve determined the program or course(s) in which you’d like to enroll, decide which GI Bill benefit is best for you using this online GI Bill comparison tool.

2. To apply for the benefit you’ve chosen, complete the online application and include the following information in the “School” field:
Grantham University
16025 W. 113th Street
Lenexa, KS 66219

3. If you are using additional funding sources (such as Federal Student Aid or military grants), your Grantham student financial services officer will work with you to ensure everything is in place.

4. Once your eligibility is determined, you’ll receive a funding plan outlining the cost of attendance and eligible funds for the academic year.

5. Your enrollment should be certified with the VA after the drop period for the term has passed (typically at day 10 of the term).

Eligibility

You may be eligible for GI Bill education benefits if you meet at least one of the following requirements:


  • Served at least 90 days on active duty on or after the attacks on September 11th, 2001 (must be still active or honorably discharged)

  • Received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service

  • Served for at least 30 continuous days (all at once, without a break in service) on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged with a service-connected disability

  • Are a dependent child using benefits transferred by a qualifying veteran or service member


Once a military member completes at least three months of service, they will be eligible for a benefit covering 40% of tuition expenses. This rises by 10% for every six months served until the maximum of 100% over a span of 36 months is reached.
Yellow Ribbon Program

Veterans needing additional funding not covered by their GI Bill benefits may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, an initiative designed by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to pay the difference between what is covered by GI Bill benefits and the total cost of the program. Grantham University is a Yellow Ribbon-approved school. For more information, visit the VA website.

Get (Transfer) Credit Where Credit is Due

Grantham is one of the few online colleges for military and veterans that will evaluate the experience you already have for comparable course credit at no cost. By maximizing military training, life experience and prior college coursework, you can shorten your path to graduation by up to 75% and avoid taking unnecessary courses. To get the credit evaluation process started, order your transcripts using the appropriate military branch link below.
Please note: Many DoD websites have security certificates that most personal computers will not automatically accept. To access the links below, you will likely be prompted to manually accept their security certificates.
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Veteran Support Services

The Veteran Support Team (VST) is a group of Grantham staff and military veterans dedicated to providing support to veteran students and their families. The VST offers an array of services, including comprehensive career planning, ADA accommodations, mentorship, support for our local chapter of the Student Veterans of America (SVA), resources to maximize your military benefits, a military educational resource network and more.

Advantages of Returning to School as a Veteran

After completing your military service, you may feel lost or uncertain about your next chapter in life. But by deciding to go back to school and earn a college degree, you can create new opportunities for yourself in the civilian world. Higher education allows veterans to discover new passions, reestablish themselves back into society and put their unique skillsets to use in rewarding careers.
Maximize Your Military Skills

The skills you acquired during your time in the military—in tandem with the new skills you’ll learn while completing your degree program—make you especially desirable on the job market. Employers seek candidates with discipline and a strong work ethic, skills most veterans mastered during their time in the service. By adding a college degree to your resume, you’re sure to stand out among the competition when it comes time for a job search.

New Opportunities

During active duty service, many service members pick up skills that can be directly translated to a civilian career, such as logistics, office administration or vehicle maintenance. But if you’re not interested in pursuing a career in a field you were exposed to in the military, college is an excellent opportunity to explore a new path. Grantham offers more than 60 exclusively online programs across healthcare, engineering, business, criminal justice and more.

Educational Options

The beauty of going back to school today is the number of options you have to make your educational experience exactly what you want it to be. If you’re unsure about committing to a full degree program or just don’t want to make the time commitment, consider a certificate program. These programs are shorter than typical undergraduate programs (typically 18 credit hours) and can easily be transferred into a more advanced program later down the road. Grantham also offers a variety of programs at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels.

GI Bill

As a veteran, the financial burden of higher education is lessened with your GI Bill benefits. These benefits are not available forever, however, so it’s important to take advantage of them before they’re gone. For more information about GI Bill benefits and how to use them, see the GI Bill sections on this page.

Rebecca Riddle

Rebecca Riddle, MS, Information Technology

Military veteran Rebecca Riddle knew that advancing her civilian career depended on advancing her education. Since earning her master's degree in information technology, Rebecca has been promoted to a leadership position in the field she loves.

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