Rights and Responsibilities
College Credit for Military Training
“Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) must recognize courses and award educational credits for courses that were part of a veteran's military training or service if the courses meet the standards of the American Council on Education (ACE) or equivalent standards for awarding academic credits. Universities in Minnesota are encouraged to recognize courses and award educational credits for courses that were part of a veteran's military training or service if the courses meet the standards of the ACE or equivalent standards for awarding academic credits.” (Minnesota Statute 197.775)
Veterans who are undergraduate students at MnSCU campuses are eligible for in-state tuition rates regardless of their residency status. Veterans who are graduate students are eligible for in-state tuition rates if they enlisted as a Minnesota resident and are within two years of discharge from active duty. (Minnesota Statute 197.775) The spouse and dependents of veterans also receive in-state tuition at MnSCU colleges and universities.
Delayed Payment of Tuition
Generally, veterans can defer tuition payments while awaiting their educational benefits. In most cases, they must identify themselves as a veteran and request a deferment. Please check with the campus for details. (Minnesota Statute 197.775)
Options for Deploying
In most cases, if a student has enrolled in college courses and is called to active duty, they must be given the options to complete their course(s) under an extension, or receive a grade based on current progress, or receive a refund of their tuition. (MnSCU Procedure 5.12.1)
Other Financial Aid Resources
A student veteran is not limited to only military and veteran’s benefits; they are also encouraged to apply for Federal Student Aid. This can be done at www.fafsa.ed.gov and is a prerequisite for the MN GI Bill. Please check with the financial aid office for details.
Concurrent use of the GI Bill and Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)
Contrary to popular belief, a service member is entitled to use their GI Bill and FTA benefits at the same time. The service member should evaluate the time restraints of the GI Bill before this decision is made.
Campus Veterans Centers
“Each institution within the MnSCU system shall provide adequate space for a veteran’s assistance office to be administered by the commissioner of veteran’s affairs. This veteran’s assistance office must provide information and assistance regarding the availability of state, federal, local, and private resources to veterans or family members of veterans who are students at the school”. (Minnesota Statute 197.585)
Payment of tuition upon receipt of veteran’s benefits
Although tuition and fees may be deferred until veteran’s benefits are received, it is imperative to pay tuition and fees upon receipt of these benefits. Please check with the business office for questions.
Reporting Changes in Status
GI Bill benefits are calculated based on the number of credits taken per semester. After initial certification, the student veteran must inform the Certifying Official of any changes to their credit status.
Monthly WAVE Verification
At the end of every month, if a student is enrolled in classes and receiving GI Bill benefits, they must verify their attendance at either: https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/default.cfm or by calling 1-877-823-2378.
Inform College & Instructors of Deployments
Every effort should be made to inform instructors, advisors, and the registrar’s office in a timely mater if a student has received orders for deployment. This will ensure that the student has sufficient time to make arrangements regarding possible course extensions, tuition refunds, or a leave of absence. In addition, the student must ensure the correct procedures for withdrawal have been followed in order to avoid penalties.
Minnesota State Statutes
197.585 Higher Education Veterans Programs
197.775 Higher Education Fairness