Veterans and Dependents Educational Benefits
Ball State University is proud to have been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine, putting us in the top 15 percent of schools nationwide. We assist and support our veterans in a number of different ways at Ball State. Learn more about our online degree programs and financial options for military personnel, veterans, and their families.
Ball State University has earned four national rankings from U.S. News & World Report
in its 2014 list of Best
Online Programs for Veterans.
The rankings are:
- No. 2-online
- No. 4-online
- No. 6-online
- No. 11-online
To be ranked, an institution must:
have received a numerical ranking in the
2014 U.S. News
Best Online Education Programs rankings, released earlier this year.
Schools who were ranked were assessed for various factors, including
affordability, faculty credentials, student services, and reputation. Only
regionally accredited degree-granting programs that were predominantly online
- belong to the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
Consortium, which enables for a smoother transfer of progress toward a degree
between member institutions.
- offer at least one credit-granting course in the Defense
Activities for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) catalog, which meet
federal guidelines for quality.
- be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow
Ribbon Program, which offer financial aid for veterans, spouses, or dependents.
If this is your first semester at Ball State, we encourage you to visit the Student Veteran Orientation Program web page. This page includes access to four pre-college modules that provide information for student veterans to review prior to arrival on campus about the transition to college life.
In addition, please visit our Student Veteran Resource Center web page for valuable information and resources to use while attending Ball State. You may also wish to join Ball State's Student Veteran Organization (SVO). Learn more about the SVO and the upcoming events they have planned.
Certification of Veterans Educational Benefits-Every Semester
After registering for classes, each student is required to complete a Request for Enrollment Certification Form. This form is available online or in the Ball State Veterans' Affairs Office located in Lucina Hall, room 236. After completion, Veterans Affairs will certify you on the VA-Once online system for VA educational benefits. It is important that this form be completed at the beginning of each semester because the VA Regional Office requires up to 10 weeks to complete the certification process.
Monthly Verification of Enrollment
Veterans receiving Chapter 1606, Chapter 1607 must verify their enrollment at the end of each month. All other recipients are not required to verify. You can verify your enrollment online or call 877-823-2378. You will not receive payment until you have verified your enrollment each month.
Reporting Changes in Enrollment
You must notify the Veterans Affairs office whenever you add or drop a class. Failure to report changes is viewed as a serious matter by the Department of Veterans Affairs. You will be required to pay back any benefits that you received as a result of overpayment.
Reporting Changes In Programs or Majors
You must notify Veterans' Affairs of any change in program or major by logging on to the Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP) website and completing a 'Form 1995-Request for Change of Program' form. You will also need to notify the Ball State Veterans' Affairs office of your change in program or major. You may do so in person at Lucina Hall, room 236, by phone (765-285-5736), or by e-mail (email@example.com).
Important Veterans Contact Information
VA Certifying Official at Ball State University:
Kristi Hoerst 765-285-5736, Fax: 765-285-2173, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Veterans Affairs Regional Office/Information:
1-888-442-4551 (press "1" then "0" to be connected to a telephone professional)
Veterans Affairs Monthly Certification:
1-877-823-2378 or http://www.gibill.va.gov/wave
Indiana Veterans Affairs Office:
Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation/Indianapolis Office/Chapter 31 Recipients:
317-916-3746 or email@example.com
Go Army Ed Help Desk:
Note: It is the responsibility of the student to provide a copy of their Go Army Ed Tuition Assistance (TA) Authorization to our office.
Reserves Called to Active Duty & Military Withdrawal Policy Concerning Students Called to Active Military Duty
All students called to active duty during the first half of semester will be officially withdrawn, and a full refund of fees will be made. All students called to active duty after the first half of the semester may:
- withdraw and receive a full refund of tuition (issuance of grades would be at the discretion of the instructor) or
- request incomplete grades, and if granted, complete the course upon return to the university
Graduate students will be granted an extension of time to complete degree requirements equivalent to the period of active duty, but in no event to exceed four years.
How to Transfer Your Military Credit to Ball State University
Please contact Jennifer Lawson in North Quad, Room 364 for questions regarding the transfer of military credit. Ms. Lawson can be reached at 765-285-5488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Guard Supplemental Grant Form
All guardsmen need to complete and submit to the Veterans Affairs office a National Guard Supplemental Grant Form for the Fall 2014 semester. Paper copies are also available at the Ball State Veterans Affairs office in Lucina Hall, room 236.