From Mission Excellence to Academic Excellence

Whether you’re a Soldier, Sailor, Coast Guardsman, Airman, or Marine, we’ve saved a spot for you.

At Grand Valley State University, we welcome the deep understanding of teamwork, leadership, and the value of a strong work ethic military members bring to the classroom.

Because we value your wide spectrum of experiences, we’re committed to and proud of being a veteran-inclusive university, where we help service members and their families successfully transition from military service to graduation and beyond.



Which GVSU veteran program is right for you?

We have several graduation paths for military-connected students.

High School Seniors

GVSU Veterans Promise

2-10 Years of Service

Traditional College Experience

10+ Years of Service

Accelerated Bachelor's Program (LEADS)

VA Education and Training Benefits

Learn how to apply for education benefits, manage your benefits, and other resources by visiting the VA Education Benefits page. 


VA Education Benefits


Applying for Veteran Educational Benefits

Applying for your educational benefits can be done by visiting the VA Benefits page. Once your form has been submitted, contact your VA Regional Office or a Grand Valley certifying official at (616) 331-3327


Applying for Educational Benefits

Veteran Checklist

We are here to help you complete your degree. The Center for Adult and Continuing Studies and the Veterans Network are ready to help you transition from service to student. 


Veteran Checklist

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Grand Valley does all the things that most of the other universities do for vets — waive application fees, provide in-state tuition regardless of where you live, offer priority registration, and more. But here’s what you won’t find at most other universities:

  • Two dedicated military lounges
  • Veteran-inclusive campus
  • LEADS for Vets accelerated bachelor’s program for second-career veterans
  • Nationally recognized Student Veterans of America chapter
  • MINGSTAP tuition deferment plan
  • Deployment support
  • Faculty and staff military culture training
  • GVSU Veterans Promise (guaranteed enrollment for high school grads who serve)

Ready to learn more? 

Sign up to receive your free download of “5 Ways Returning to College Can Go Wrong…So Plan, Prepare, and Perform for Success” and get updates from GVSU’s Military and Veteran Resource Center.

Financial Aid and 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

Credit transfer and testing

GVSU provides college-level equivalent credit examination opportunities for veterans and active members of the military, National Guard, or military reserves within the first semester of enrollment. We grant college credit for, or create a structure that evaluates granting college credit for, the service background and experience of veterans and members of the military, National Guard, or military reserves. To learn more, visit our Credit By Exam page.

First, you’ll need to obtain your military records. If you do not have your military records, obtain a Standard Form 180 and submit to receive military records. The SF-180 can be located at  

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