Admission Information for Veterans
Attention Veterans!

In recognition of your service to our country, Ridgewater College is waiving the $20 application fee for student vets. When you fill out the application for admission, enter the promo code "VETS" and answer "yes" to the question, "Are you now serving, or have you ever served, in the United States Armed Forces?" The application fee will then be waived.​

​We have great resources on campus for veterans, current military and their family members. You are encouraged to stop by either of our Veteran Resource Centers and visit with our assigned Regional Coordinator:

Kari Johnson
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, Higher Education Veterans Programs
Central Regional Coordinator
Willmar - Room A241 
Hutchinson - Room 405
Cell: (320) 491-2734
Tel:  (320) 762-4467
Fax: (320) 222-5216​​ 

Note: Ridgewater College is approved by the Minnesota State Approving Agency for Veterans Education Benefits.

Veterans, dependents of veterans, National Guardsmen, or Reservists who are eligible for educational benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs must contact the VA Certifying Official on campus for certification. Recipients will be given instructions and the forms necessary to apply for benefits. Contact should be made at least 45 days prior to the first day of attendance as processing time may take six to eight weeks.

A person applying for VA benefits needs to complete a 22-1990 form. Along with this form, a certified copy of the DD-214 for prior active duty and a NOBE for National Guard is required to process the application.

Once you are an enrolled student, you will be required to verify your enrollment each month that you attend class for payment purposes. This can be done by phone or internet. If your enrollment status changes at any time during the semester, it is imperative that you notify the VA Certifying Official immediately. For more information about veteran benefits visit

Please contact the VA Certifying Official in the Financial Aid Office, Student Services Building for further information.  Because certain veterans and their children may be eligible for benefits under the GI Bill and other laws, all veterans, war orphans, and children of disabled veterans must notify the Admissions/Counseling Office of their status at the time of their application. (For more information on these benefits, see Financial Aid.)

Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.