Getting Started at Murray State

Murray State University welcomes veterans who have served and continue to serve our country. US News has ranked Murray State University 9th in 2022-23 as the Best Colleges for Veterans. Also as a G.I. Job's Military Friendly School, we are ready to support our military families during their transition to student life. We work hard to help you get the education you deserve and plan for the future you want. Let us help you prepare for the next chapter of your life. When you are ready for this all-important step, we are ready for you.

Applying for Education Benefits

Eligibility for veteran and dependent education benefits is determined by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA). The, Murray State University office of Veterans Affairs will help you complete the application and certify your enrollment to the DVA so you can receive benefits.

Apply for education benefits

Benefit Resources

  • Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill™

  • Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship - A program for students training in high demand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.

  • Fry Scholarship - A scholarship for children and dependents of a veteran who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001

  • Chapter 31 - Veteran Readiness & Employment Program

  • Chapter 35 - Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

  • Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill- Selected Reserves (MGIB_SR)

  • Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill- Active Duty (MGIB_AD)

  • Tutorial Assistance - Reimbursement for paid tutoring

Eligible veterans, service members, and dependents will need to follow the checklist for the chapter for which they are going to be receiving benefits to ensure timely payment of benefits.

Certification Request Form (CRF)

Each semester after registration, students eligible for benefits must complete the certification request form. This is a form specific to Murray State and not a VA form. A student will be certified during a semester only after completing the CRF and turning in any required documentation. Generally, it takes the Office of Veteran & Military Student Success a week to submit a certification to the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Operation Graduation Scholarship

Murray State University offers a renewable fund to aid student veterans with purchasing text books needed to pursue their Murray State degree. Students must buy text books from the Murray State bookstore only. The guidelines and requirements for eligibility of this scholarship can be found on the Murray State Scholarship website. For more information, contact us at 270.809.3754 or

If you would like to donate to this fund, please visit the Development website. Select the "Give Now" button and fill in all required information. Select "Other" for Gift Designation and type "Operation Graduation" in the comments box. This will allow the funds to be set aside for this specific purpose.

Note: GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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