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for Active Duty Military, Veterans & military families
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If you are a...

  • veteran member of the United States Armed Forces, Selected Reserve or National Guard; or
  • son, daughter or spouse of an active duty or veteran member of the US Armed Forces, Selected Reserve or National Guard

…we’d like to familiarize you with a few of the helpful resources Western Washington University provides to service members, veterans and their families who are interested in joining the Western community.

Office of Veteran Affairs

The Office of Veteran Affairs can answer any questions you have about applying for educational benefits.

Your personal resource is:

Wendy Gegenhuber
Veteran Affairs Program Coordinator
360.650.3324
Wendy.Gegenhuber@wwu.edu

Wendy is very familiar with the new Post 9/11 GI Bill and has knowledge of the various educational benefits for which you may be eligible. In addition, Wendy serves as Western's residency specialist, and can answer your questions about residency status. Military members, spouses and their college-aged dependents are guaranteed in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in the state where they reside or are permanently stationed.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by Western’s February 15 priority deadline. In addition to being considered for federal student loans, filing the FAFSA will allow you to be considered for grant, tuition waiver, work study, and other financial aid programs. If you have questions about financial aid at Western, contact the Financial Aid Services Center at financialaid@wwu.edu.

Additional information about scholarship opportunities can be found on the admissions website.

Military.com’s free membership connects servicemembers, military families and veterans to all the benefits of service — government benefits, scholarships, discounts, lifelong friends, mentors, great stories of military life or missions, and much more.

Academic Options & Interests

With over 160 academic programs, you’re sure to find one that interests you. By taking time to explore the information in our major guides and contacting an academic advisor in your intended major, you can acquaint yourself with our outstanding academic opportunities. Academic advisors for majors can be found in the Major Guides.

Campus Connections

Feel free to contact these organizations & offices to familiarize yourself with Western and get your questions answered.

  • Student Veterans of Western Club is a service-based organization for veterans, by veterans (and their supporters). This club holds a non-partisan viewpoint and is dedicated to veterans, their families, and the community in which they live.
     
  • Veteran’s Outreach Center (VOC) is dedicated to advocating for US Armed Forces Veterans and their families for a positive Western experience. The VOC is a source for campus life information and a networking haven for veterans and military supporters. The center also coordinates the annual Veterans Day Ceremony, plans socials, informational fairs and workshops, and invites military representatives to speak during campus events and provides transitional assistance for new student veterans.
     
  • DisAbility Resources for Students provides prospective and admitted Western students with disAbilities an equal opportunity to access all aspects of University life through services and programs designed to foster intellectual, emotional, physical, and social development.
     
  • Student Employment Center is a free resource available to Western students in search of part-time employment to pay for college expenses. The online job board contains on-campus and off-campus employment opportunities as well as work-study and non-work study positions.
     
  • Virtual Transfer Center is an online transfer student resource will help you better understand Western’s transfer admission process, academic requirements and expectations, student resources and programs.
Contact an Admissions Counselor

If you haven’t yet applied for admission, we invite you to apply online. Admissions information for freshman, transfer, returning and postbaccalaureate students is available on our website. The freshman FAQ and transfer FAQ pages may be especially helpful.

For more specific questions and inquiries, your personal Admissions counselor contact is:

Jeanne Gaffney
Associate Director of Admissions
360.650.3966
Jeanne.Gaffney@wwu.edu

Jeanne works specifically with active service members and their families to ensure a smooth transition to Western Washington University. Contact Jeanne directly with questions on how to apply for admission, how any credits you've earned will transfer, or any other general enrollment questions.

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