Veterans Resources

Minnesota GI Bill Benefits

The Minnesota GI Bill program enhanced in 2013 to provide postsecondary educational assistance to eligible Minnesota Veterans, non-veterans who served in the military, and eligible spouses and children.  Full-time undergraduate or graduate students may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 per semester and part-time students can receive up to $500 per semester (up to $3,000 per academic year and $10,000 per lifetime).

Eligibility Requirements:

Must be a Minnesota resident (as defined by MN resident: 136A.101 subd. 8) enrolled at a Minnesota institution who meets the following requirements:
  • Veteran (as defined by MN statute 197.447) who is serving or has served honorably in any branch of the United States armed forces at any time, or;
  • Non-Veteran who has served honorably for a total of five years or more cumulatively as a member of the Minnesota National Guard or any other active or reserve component of the United States armed forces, and any part of that service occurred on or after September 11, 2001, or;
  • Surviving spouse or children of a person who has served in the military at any time, and who has died or has a total and permanent disability as a direct result of that military service, only if the surviving spouse or child is eligible to receive federal education benefits under Chapter 33 as amended, or Chapter 35 as amended.


Students should see a Regional Coordinator, apply online, or download the application. Return the completed form with DD214 to the Regional Coordinator.

 To Check Status:

Contact:  Laura Boden – Regional Coordinator

MDVA Higher Education Veterans Program

(320) 308-2185

Note: Students must reapply every year for the Minnesota GI Bill. Application for the Fall Semester every year opens on February 1st of the current year.

Veterans benefits and federal and state aid may impact the actual amount received. Students wishing to use the Minnesota GI Bill must first complete a FAFSA. 

MN State Statute 197.791