Now that you are enrolled at GVSU

GI Bill © Certification

Our Registrar's Office certifies GI Bill © enrollment to the VA and can assist with related information.

The following individuals have been designated as primary contacts based on last names but you are encouraged to seek assistance from anyone else if the assigned person is not available.

Registrar's Office | GI Bill © Certification 
Mary Russo; Kaitlin Penney; Cheryl Bronner; Kim Paruch.
[email protected]
(616) 331-3327

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Scholarships and Financial Aid are available. To learn more and to view the FAQ's, visit the Veteran Scholarship Help page. 

Veteran Scholarship Help


Emergency Funds


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Recognizing the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 related to income and expenses, if you have an emergency financial need that is related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Grand Valley's Office of Financial Aid asks you to visit the section on Special Circumstance & Financial Hardship Requests resources at     


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As a service to students, the Financial Aid Office provides short-term loans to students when tuition arrangements have already been made for the upcoming semester. These limited loans ($500 maximum) are typically used for the purchase of textbooks and supplies.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid or the Regional Center that you are attending to obtain an application for a Short Term Emergency Loan, along with eligibility requirements and repayment information.


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The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund exists to support Michigan veterans with financial hardships, including COVID-19 related issues for qualified veterans.  

To apply for emergency funds from the MVTF, contact the MVTF county committee serving the county where you reside or fill out and submit an Emergency Assistance Form or call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838)


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The West Michigan Veterans Coalition Military Family Assistance fund is a limited financial assistance program, established to address the immediate “quality of life” needs of military-connected families during a time of an unanticipated and temporary financial hardship.


  • Furnish proof that you live within Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Lake, Kent, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, or Ottawa county.
  • Be a current or former member of the U. S. Armed Forces or the spouse of a current or former member of the Armed Forces.

Required Documentation:

  • Supply a copy of your DD-214, Retirement Letter, NGB-22, Letter of discharge, or letter from a current unit commander if still serving, or current orders.
  • Provide proof of residence ( Current driver’s license, voter registration, state ID).
  • Present invoices, bills, or account statement regarding the items for which you are seeking assistance. If this is for a repair, at least 2 estimates must be submitted.
  • Marriage and /or death certificate if you are a spouse who is applying.

How to apply

  • Apply online OR Email Debra Unseld at [email protected] to request an application
  • The West Michigan Veterans Coalition reserves the right to deny any request, or at its discretion, only approve a portion of the requested amount.
  • All payments will be made directly to the vendor that is completing the service or to whom the funds are due.
  • An individual/family may only receive funds one time through the West Michigan Veterans Coalition Military Family Assistance Fund.


Case of Veteran Medals

On October 8, 2016, the Grand Valley State University community was stunned and saddened to learn that Joseph (Joe) D. Early, one of its own military-connected students, had suddenly passed away at just 32 years of age. 

Joe graduated from Jenison High School in 2002, joined the U.S. Army in 2003 and served three tours of duty in Iraq as an M.P. After separating from Army, Joe enrolled at Grand Valley State University where he received his bachelor's degree, posthumously.

His parents, Judy and Tim Early, launched an emergency relief fund in his honor and loving memory which they continue to support financially. The purpose of this fund is to assist military-connected students at Grand Valley who may encounter unexpected financial hardships while completing their degree. 

To apply for emergency funding or to contribute to the rolling fund, questions can be directed to the SVA-GVSU chapter.

Learn More and Apply for the Joseph D. Early Emergency Fund Application

Due to the numerous requests for emergency funding and the limited funds that are available through the Joseph Early Emergency Fund, GVSU's Student Veterans of America will expect all applicants to apply for assistance through Grand Valley State University's newly announced COVID-19 emergency fund (made available through the CARES Act) prior to submitting an application to the Joseph Early Emergency Fund.

Getting Involved

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The purpose of the Student Veterans of America - GVSU Chapter is to provide an environment for Veterans and family members to gain support and guidance to continue a successful academic journey and to provide outreach to surrounding communities and the university.

Meeting Times

  • For information regarding meetings, please join our Facebook Page. The SVA Facebook page is a general source of information for Veterans attending Grand Valley, and contains information such as meeting times and locations, information regarding changes that affect veterans, or general information about events being conducted by the SVA.

To become a member, visit the Join SVA page on LakerLink

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Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) is a peer support program that connects incoming student veterans on college campuses with student veterans who are trained as Peer Advisors who can help them navigate college life, address challenges they may face, refer them to appropriate resources on and off-campus, and provide ongoing support. PAVE builds on the camaraderie veterans experience in the military to create a sense of community and connectedness that contributes to academic and personal success.

The main goals of the program are to:

  • Ease the transition from the military to academia
  • Improve student veterans’ sense of connectedness to their school
  • Create a safe haven and source of support
  • Identify mental health issues and other concerns in a timely manner and connect student veterans with appropriate resources
  • Improve student veteran academic performance
  • Increase student veteran retention rates

Meet our current P.A.V.E. Peer Advisors

For additional information on the P.A.V.E program, please contact Jill Wolfe at  (616) 331-2369 or [email protected]

ROTC Partnership

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Army ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It gives you the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition. Because Army ROTC is an elective, you can participate during your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation to join the U.S. Army. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army.  

Benefits of ROTC

  • Gain valuable leadership experience
  • Receive additional tuition assistance
  • Earn your undergraduate degree while preparing for an officer career in the United States Army
  • Enhanced incentives for those currently in the National Guard or Army Reserves
  • Train with cadets from nine other colleges and universities in Southwest Michigan

Eligibility for ROTC

  • Must have at least 4 full semesters remaining at GVSU (for Junior and Senior level and Graduate Students).  Summer semester does not count. 
  • Must be free of legal restrictions. 
  • No major physical ailments that would prevent military service 
  • Must be a US citizen 

Commitment after completing ROTC program

  • If selected for Active duty, you will serve full time in the active Army for 3 years (4 years for scholarship winners) 
  • If selected or you choose for Reserve Duty, you may choose to serve part-time the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career for 6 years (8 years for scholarship winners) 

Page last modified April 21, 2022