GVSU’s Veterans Network is committed to the continued success of our students.  Our Veterans Network provides support for veterans, active service members and dependents in transitioning, successfully progressing to degree completion, and on to rewarding post-military careers.

We are pleased to announce that in addition to receiving Gold Status from Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency along with Military/Veteran Friendly recognition from U.S. News and World Report, Military Advanced Education, and Viqtory Media (publisher of GIJOBS.COM), College Factual rated Grand Valley State University as a Top 5 Veteran-Friendly in Michigan and ranked #218 out of 1,820 nationally for veteran friendliness of all colleges and universities reviewed by College Factual. GVSU is in the top 15 percent of all schools in the nation in the Best for Vets category. This ranking was meant to highlight colleges and universities who are working hard to provide quality educational outcomes to veterans, active duty military students and their families. According to College Factual, " Some of the quality factors included in the rankings are veteran affordability, veteran support services and resources available, and overall quality metrics important to any student – and especially metrics important to non-traditional students."


Veterans Network Goals:

  • Assist with the transition from military to student roles, including participation in the Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) program.
  • Provide assistance for the GI Bill and other VA benefits. 
  • Provide support through programs, activities, and initiatives that connect veterans with one another.
  • Provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for veterans, including a Student Veterans' Lounge in Kirkhof Center.
  • Assist with preparation for post-military employment or graduate studies. 
  • Provide pathways to inform and share information regarding on- and off-campus opportunities for veterans.
  • Create opportunities for peer interaction.
  • Provide and share useful information on Veterans Network website and Facebook page.
  • Our Criminal Justice department offers an accelerated Military Police Basic Training Program (MPBTP) for eligible Military Police with a minimum of 2080 hours in a specified law enforcement occupational specialty.
  • The Center for Adult and Continuing Studies offers accelerated bachelor's degree in Leadership.

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We know that COVID-19 has impacted everyone in different ways and we want to see that you get the financial support you need as quickly as possible. The federal government’s CARES Act has made grant assistance available to college students across the nation to assist them in dealing with the ramifications of COVID-19. Grand Valley State University has been awarded federal funds and the authority to direct funds to students. The University is supplementing federal assistance with Grand Valley resources made possible by generous donors. 

Recognizing the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 related to income and expenses, if you have an emergency financial need that is related to the COVID-19 pandemic, complete the online application at: www.gvsu.edu/financialaid/hardshiprequest. Regardless of whether you had ever filed for or received financial aid, have existing debt, or exhausted your lifetime caps regarding financial aid, Grand Valley State University will try to assist you! 

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Emergency Assistance Form and the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund

The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund exists to support Michigan veterans with financial hardships, including COVID-19 related issues for qualified veterans.  

To apply for emergency funds from the MVTF, contact the MVTF county committee serving the county where you reside or fill out and submit an Emergency Assistance Form or call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838).

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Join GVSU's Student Veteran Facebook pages:

Grand Valley Veterans Network Group at 


Student Veterans of America at GVSU Page at


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If you have any questions or concerns please contact: 

Steven Lipnicki

Assistant Dean of Students