Programs and Benefits | Kent State University

Programs and Benefits

If you're a veteran returning from recent conflicts, we welcome you. At Kent State, you have access to all of our resources specialized to military students. Use the vast resources on campus to enhance your transition back to school. Our center provides VA benefit certification and other services to enhance your mission at college.

Explore a few samples of the programs and services we have offered:

  • A one stop shop for VA educational benefits processing for veterans, service members, and dependents.
  • Kent State University offers priority registration and scheduling for service members and veterans. Students may schedule on day two of early registration, right after students registered with Student Accessibility Services. Please see a CAVS staff member or your academic adviser for details.
  • Open jouse for recently returning veterans
  • KSU kickoff veteran track
  • Veteran student study skills training
  • Kent State Veterans Club
  • VA brochures and information
  • Family swim and pizza nights
  • Veteran’s Day programs

Veterans Benefits

The Post 9/11 GI Bill® provides military service men and women with significant educational benefits, empowering you to earn an education. Kent State is here to support the program for veteran students.

If you've served in active duty for at least 90 days after September 10, 2001, are still on active duty, or have been honorably discharged (or discharged with a service-connected disability) you could be eligible for benefits.

You can receive up to three years of education benefits after your release from active duty. This GI Bill® for veterans can also include payments for housing, books, and supplies. 

Other bills and benefits can be explored on the VA's website.

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 the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Your Benefits as a Student Veteran

If you're a veteran or reservist enrolling at Kent State University, it's important that you understand your rights and opportunities. We are committed to serving our military students so be sure to explore your resources. Follow these steps to get started:

  • Submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from active duty, Notice of Basic Eligibility (DD-2384), and any kicker contracts to the Veterans Certifying Official at the campus you will be attending (for Kent campus, see Contacts page. For regional campuses, see Regional Campuses page).
  • Complete the necessary Veterans Administration forms to obtain educational benefits.
  • Submit an Intent of Enrollment form at the beginning of each semester you utilize benefits.
  • Students must be enrolled in a degree program to receive benefits.
  • Students who have a parent or spouse who is 100% disabled, deceased, or a P.O.W. from a service-connected incident may also be eligible for educational benefits.

For any additional questions regarding the GI Bill® and your educational benefits, please contact the Veterans Certifying Official at your school.