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West Virginia State University is always looking for ways to better serve our Veterans and Military families, offering a range of benefits and resources for our students. 

Please find the following information pertaining to available benefits. 
Veteran Students and Student Dependents of Veterans are offered a number of benefits in various programs through
  • The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
  • The U.S. Department of Defense
  • WV National Guard
  • WV Department of Veteran Assistance 
*There are additional Resources and Support links found on our Resources box below. 

For a list of Qualifications and Benefits available from the VA through a GIBILL, click the button below

GIBILL Specific Benefits (Chapters)

If you believe you are entitled to a benefit you must apply for a GI BILL at VA.GOV.

*The School Certifying Official nor WV State University have any impact on the decision of eligibility by the VA for any benefit or lack thereof.
** VA Benefits, payments, and or debts are solely maintained and authorized by the United States of Veteran Affairs and branches or Department of Defense and branches
***If you need to speak with the VA Education Branch concerning your GIBILL, you can call 1-888-GIBILL or click our Resources page for more V.A. links 




Reserve or National Guard Tuition Assistance:

Department of Defense: Military Tuition Assistance ( DoD TA):
  • Visit Department of Defense Volunteer Education programs at Dod VolEd

State of West Virginia: Department of Veterans Assistance:
  • Visits the State Agency website for information at Benefits

Student Veterans of America (SVA)
Peer support is crucial to the success of any student who is pursuing a degree so they can enjoy their academic experience along the way. As military and veteran students transition to college life, the Student Veterans of America (SVA) are there as helpful networks of experienced individuals who help new students reach their goals.
The objectives of the SVA are to: 
•             Support members as they transition from the military to civilian life,
•             Generate awareness of veterans on campus,
•             Create and promote camaraderie, and to
•             Serve as a voice for student service members and veterans on campus.

There are no dues required for membership, and the SVA is open to all veteran students at West Virginia State University who are actively registered (full or part time) and maintain an overall GPA of 2.0.
Interested students can visit this link to fill out a NEW MEMBER APPLICATION:

Expand the additional topics below for more information

Servicemember Opportunity College
WVSU is a proud institutional member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC).  SOC is an organization funded by the Department of Defense that helps to expand and improve voluntary college education opportunities for service members within all military branches and components, veterans, and their families.

As a member of SOC, WVSU has established flexible policies that limit roadblocks for those who qualify and are pursuing a college degree. Specifically, WVSU is committed to the following academic guidelines for the military student population:

Reasonable Transfer of Credit: to avoid excessive loss of previously earned credit and avoid course work duplication.

Reduced Academic Residency: limited to no more than 25% of degree requirements with no final year or semester in residence (may require 30% for undergraduate degrees offered 100% online).

Credit for Military Training and Experience: to recognize and use ACE's Guide to the Evaluation of Educational

Experiences in the Armed Services in evaluating and awarding academic credit for military training and experience.

Credit for Nationally-Recognized Testing Programs: to award credit for at least one nationally-recognized testing program such as College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DSST Examinations, and Excelsior
College Examinations (ECE).

Textbook to Veterans
At State, we recognize that there are many expenses that go into being a college student, and textbooks are one area where we try to do our part to provide assistance.

Military and Veteran students enrolled in WVSU courses are automatically eligible for our Textbooks for Veterans program, where we partner with the Student Veterans of America (SVA) to collect donated textbooks to lend to students for an entire semester.

Collected textbooks that are not for specific classes may be used as study guides (LSAT, PCAT, GRE, etc.) or sold to fund the purchase of other needed books.
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