Frequently Asked Questions

About the GVSU Veteran Promise

First, register for the Veteran Promise program — this is optional but will allow us to send you updates and reminders about the program, plus let us know that you’re interested in attending.

Once you’re ready to apply for admission, Grand Valley needs a completed application, which includes our online application form, your official high school transcript, a copy of your Joint Services Transcript or CCAF Transcript (whichever is applicable), and your DD214. 

You do not need to complete a Grand Valley application until prior to the semester you wish to begin.

Grand Valley values strong high school academic achievement and considers many factors in our admission decision process, including your cumulative grade point average. We believe that students who choose to enter the military immediately after high school gain valuable intangible experience that transcends high school grades. We are confident that the skills, discipline, and motivation you gain in the military will prepare you well for a successful Grand Valley education. The GVSU Veteran Promise demonstrates our faith in veterans to thrive at Grand Valley.

GVSU’s Financial Aid Office stands ready to help you make the best use of your military educational benefits, including the Tuition Assistance Program, the GI Bill and the MINGSTAP (MI National Guard) tuition reimbursement program.

The GVSU Veteran Promise is not a financial aid program, rather it’s an assurance that Michigan’s high school graduates who serve in the military can be admitted to the university, once they’re ready to apply.

No. Standard application deadlines apply to whatever semester you plan to enroll. Registering for the Veteran Promise program is helpful but not required. Once you meet the program requirements, you’ll qualify for admission at any time.

However, you can sign up to receive updates and reminders about the program.

You’re eligible for the GVSU Veteran Promise if you’re a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard Reserves, Army National Guard, or Air National Guard, and you meet all the requirements listed below.


  • have either a 6-year service obligation (you agreed to serve 6 years) or
  • are an officer in the Selected Reserve who agreed to serve 6 years in addition to your initial service obligation, and
  • you meet all admissions requirements.

Yes, provided you meet all eligibility guidelines.

As long as you meet the requirements, we have a spot reserved for you!

The program is only open to Michigan high school graduates of public or private schools.

You must have served at least 24 months of your enlistment and have either an Honorable Discharge or General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions.

Beginning in 2021, applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores for admission to Grand Valley.

Yes. The state of Michigan’s standard CADRs (College Academic Distribution Requirements) still apply. We make offers of admission with the expectation that students will complete the standard high school academic core requirements before attending GVSU.

Yes! Admission is contingent not only on completing all the academic core courses (CADRs), but also on maintaining a solid academic performance through to graduation. Additionally, we expect students to take a meaningful academic course load their senior year. Final transcripts with senior year courses are part of the standard admission requirements.

A Medical Discharge may be given to service members who become sick or injured to the point where military duty is no longer possible. Service members who receive Medical Discharges should apply for enrollment after being discharged for service-connected medical issues, especially those that resulted in the discharge.

While entry-level separations (where a new recruit cannot complete Basic Training, adapt to the military environment, or otherwise is unable or unwilling to complete the initial phases of training) are not considered “good” or “bad” discharges, these recruits are not eligible for the GVSU Veteran Promise.

Yes. The GVSU Veteran Promise is available at all Grand Valley campuses: Allendale, Grand Rapids, Detroit Center, Meijer Campus in Holland, Muskegon Regional Center, Traverse City Regional Center, and online.

Page last modified October 27, 2020