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Veteran/Service Member

Benefit Category: Federal

Resident Student Status Defined (Service Member/Veteran)

In accordance with ND Century Code 15-10-19.1, para 2.d. 

A "resident student" for tuition purposes means: 

  1. A full-time active duty member of the armed forces;
  2. A member of the North Dakota national guard;
  3. A member of the armed forces reserve component stationed in this state; or
  4. A veteran, as defined in NDCC 37-01-40, is a North Dakota resident and US Citizen who has served on continuous federalized active military duty for;
  • One hundred eighty days; or
  • The full period for which the individual was called; or
  • Ordered to active military duty for reasons other than training; and
  • Was discharged or released under other than dishonorable conditions.
  • A discharge reflecting:
    • "Expiration of term of service"; or
    • "Completion of required service"; or
    • Words to that effect qualifies the shorter term of service as making the individual a veteran.

Attendance Verification

It has been reported that some Veterans are not able to successfully verify their attendance through the WAVE system due to a glitch.  There are two options available for those students that have to verify attendance.  

  1. Using the GI Bill Website
  2. Or via phone:  1-877-823-2378

If the student cannot verify with either system due to glitches, they can reach the call center at 1-888-442-4551 and receive assistance.

Things to consider

Find a VA approved institution of higher learning.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a School: A guide before using the GI Bill®

Taking courses online?  Find out if your school has been accredited by visiting AccreditedOnlineColleges.org!

Is your school military/veteran friendly and accredited? Check out Accredited Schools Online to find out!

Contact Rhonda Schauer, Director of the State Approving Agency, for more information on education benefits.

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Discharge Requests

Most Veteran’s benefits require that applicants provide a copy of their Form DD 214 or discharge record, which is evidence of their veteran status. This is an important document and must be safeguarded. In the State of North Dakota separation documents are considered confidential and privileged NDCC 37-18-11 (13). National Guard members may receive a NGB22 and /or NGB23 upon obtaining 20 years of satisfactory service (20 year letter).