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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Veterans

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/campushub/programs/special/veterans/

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Veteran Status for Financial Aid Purposes

Students who have been discharged from any regular branch of the United States military; Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard, with a discharge reason of other than dishonorable, are considered veterans for financial aid purposes.  Veterans are automatically independent regardless of age.  A student who checks the Veteran’s box on the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has his record compared with the Veteran’s Administration database.  It sometimes takes as high as six months between a veteran’s discharge and inclusion on this database.  If the student’s record does not match with the VA database,  the student should furnish a copy of their DD214 to Student Financial Services at the Campus Hub to expedite award processing.  

Students who are members of the National Guard or Reserves are not considered veterans for financial aid purposes unless the student has completed active duty exclusive of training purposes.  All National Guard or Reserve members who have completed active duty either in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the United States or active duty in a foreign country and have been discharged with a discharge reason other than dishonarable are considered veterans, and therefore, independent students regardless of age.   National Guard and Reserve members records do not get sent to the Veteran’s Administration database.  Therefore, these students must submit a copy of their DD214 to Student Financial Services at the Campus Hub to confirm veteran status and expedite award processing. 

All veteran’s educational benefits, regardless of the chapter under which they are paid, are considered a resource for financial aid purposes and must be reported to Student Financial Services on the Response Form that accompanies the student’s award letter.


Deferment Eligibility

  • Veterans and those being deployed and returning from deployment:
    • You are eligible for a deferment during the time that you are called up for active duty on your federal student loans.  Please contact your Guarantor and/or lender for information and forms needed for this deferment opportunity
  • After your deployment:
    • You are eligible for a deferment of 180-days on your federal student loans when you return from active duty.  Please contact your Guarantor and /or Lender for information and forms necessary to take advantage of this deferment opportunity.
    • If you were in school or in your grace period when you were called up, you have the ability to take a 13-month deferment on your federal student loans following your return.  Please contact your Guarantor and /or Lender for information and forms necessary to take advantage of this deferment opportunity.

Attention Active Duty Veterans: 

If you withdrew from college during a term because you were called up for active duty military service after December 31, 2002, and you were eligible for MN Grant, please inform the Campus Hub of the semester you were required to withdraw.  Provide a copy of your orders or your DD214, and we will evaluate your eligibility to receive an additional semester of MN Grant to replace the semester lost due to active duty.


Scholarship Opportunities


MSU Registrar's Veterans Information


Veterans' Resource Center (SU192)

Additional Financial Benefits Opportunities

  • Those considered veterans, in the National Guard or Army Reserves are able to receive additional financial benefits if they wish to become an officer and are also eligible for certain scholarships.
  • MSU's ROTC