Kansas Military and Veterans Benefits

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Education Benefits
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Unemployment Compensation
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Kansas Military Resource Locator

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Summary of Kansas Military and Veterans Benefits: Kansas offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Kansas National Guard and Reserve Service member Emergency Assistance, Kansas Public Employees Retirement System Military Benefits, Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance Program, Special Vehicle License Plates and Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism benefits. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status. The state, through the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs (KCVA), provides 17 different service office locations which provide individual assistance to Veterans in completing the paperwork necessary to receive benefits. For assistance in applying for benefits please call 785-296-3976 or send an email to Kansas Commission of Veterans Affairs Central Office .

Kansas Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are my Kansas Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Kansas Retired Military Pay Income Taxes: Amounts received as retirement benefits in whatever form which were earned for being employed by the federal government or for service in the Armed Forces of the United States are a subtraction modification from federal adjusted gross income. Use Part “A’ on the front of Schedule S, Form K-40 to subtract (exempt) military retirement benefits from Kansas Income Tax.
Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Taxation, Kansas Individual Income Frequently Asked Questions Webpage

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Kansas State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You were entitled to receive a disability payment before September 25, 1975;

  • You were a member of the military (active or reserves) or were under a binding written commitment to become a member on September 24, 1975;

  • You receive disability payments for a combat-related injury. This is a personal injury or sickness that:

    • Resulted directly from armed conflict,

    • Took place while you were engaged in extra-hazardous service,

    • Took place under conditions simulating, including training exercises such as maneuvers, or

    • Was caused by an instrumentality of war.

  • You would be entitled to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you filed an application for it (the exclusion under this condition equals the amount you would be entitled to from the VA).

Learn more about Kansas State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay

Kansas State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

Learn more about Kansas State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Kansas State Tax Benefits: Military survivor benefit plans are not taxed in Kansas.

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Kansas Homestead Refund: The Homestead Refund is a rebate of a portion of the property taxes paid on a Kansas resident's homestead. Your refund percentage is based on your total household income. The refund is a percentage of your general property tax excluding specials. Tax on property valued at more than $350,000 does not qualify. The maximum refund is $700. Filers eligible for the Kansas Property Tax Relief claim receive 75% of their property tax with no maximum limit. Individuals are only eligible for one claim. WebFile determines the claim that is most beneficial to the household.
Who is eligible for the Kansas Homestead Refund? The Homestead Refund Program is for homeowners who were residents of Kansas ALL of 2018. As a Kansas resident the entire year, you are eligible if your total household income is $34,450 or less and you:

  • Were born before January 1, 1962, or

  • Were blind or totally and permanently disabled all of 2018, or

  • Have a dependent Child who lived with you the entire year who was born before January 1, 2018 and was under the age of 18 all of 2018.

The Kansas Property Tax Relief claim is for homeowners with countable household income of $19,500 or less and born before January 1, 1952.

Veterans must be Kansas residents, honorably discharged, and certified to have 50 percent or more permanent disability sustained through military actions. Surviving Spouses of deceased disabled Veterans are also eligible to claim a Homestead refund and remain eligible until they remarry. An original Veterans Disability Determination Letter or Letter from a Regional V.A. that includes the disability date verifying the disability occurred prior to January 1, 2018 and percentage of permanent disability must be filed with the Homestead Refund Claim (K-40H).

The Surviving Spouse of an active duty Service member who died in the line of duty is also eligible to claim a Homestead refund and remain eligible until such time as they remarry.
Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Taxation, Homestead Refund Online Claim Application Webpage

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What are my Kansas Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Kansas Tuition Assistance for Dependents of Deceased Resident Service Members and former Prisoners of War : ( K.S.A. 75-4364 ) Every Kansas educational institution shall provide for enrollment without charge of tuition or fees for any dependent or Spouse of any resident of Kansas who died on or after September 11, 2001, while, and as a result of, serving in military service; and any prisoner of war. Any such dependent or Spouse and any prisoner of war shall be eligible for enrollment at a Kansas educational institution without charge of tuition or fees for not to exceed 10 semesters of undergraduate instruction, or the equivalent thereof, at all such institutions.

Learn more about Kansas Tuition Assistance for Dependents of Deceased Service Members and former Prisoners of War

Kansas Resident Tuition Rates for Eligible Veterans, Service Members and Dependents: All Veterans eligible for federal education benefits, along with all current members of the Armed Forces are charged in-state tuition rates at all 32 public postsecondary colleges and universities in Kansas, effective July 1, 2015, regardless of time spent in the state. Eligible Spouses and dependent Children also qualify for in-state tuition rates. The Veteran, Veteran’s Spouse or dependent Children, must live in Kansas at the time of enrollment.

Kansas has also declared all current members of the Armed Forces residents of the state for tuition and fee purposes (including Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Kansas Army or Air National Guard, or any branch of the military reserves of the United States), along with the Spouses and dependent Children of current members of the Armed Forces, who are enrolled or have been accepted for admission at a Kansas public postsecondary educational institution.

To confirm your eligibility, contact the Office of the Registrar at the institution at which you intend to apply or are currently enrolled.
Kansas Public Institutions of Higher Learning
Kansas Board of Regents, Residency FAQ Webpage

Learn more about Kansas Resident Tuition Rates for Eligible Veterans, Service Members and Dependents

Refund or Credit for Tuition for Activated Service Member Attending Kansas Regent Institution: The Board of Regents has enacted a system-wide policy stating that when a member of the United States Armed Forces who is a student in a Kansas regent institution is activated and must leave school, that person will be given a refund or credit for the tuition paid.

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Kansas Military Service Scholarship: The Kansas Military Service Scholarship is available for the payment of tuition and fees at a public Kansas institution for students who are a resident of Kansas and has:

  • Served in military service in international waters or on foreign soil in support of military operations for which the person received hostile fire pay at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, or served less than such 90 days because of injuries during such military service;

  • Has received an honorable discharge or under honorable conditions (general) discharge from military service or is still in military service; and

  • Has provided copies of military discharge papers (DD214) or active duty orders whichever such paper or order indicate the location of such person's deployment and indicate the person has served after September 11, 2001, in any military operation for which the person received hostile fire pay.

Because financial need is a priority in awarding this scholarship, students will need to file a FAFSA form. Once your school considers you as a graduate status student, you are not eligible for this scholarship.

Priority Deadline: May 1.
Kansas Board of Regents, State of Kansas Student Aid Online Application
Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas Military Service Scholarship 2019-2020 Fact Sheet

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Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance Program: The Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance provides a percentage of tuition and fees paid; up to a maximum rate not to exceed the maximum rate that would be charged by the state educational institutions for enrollment and that percentage is determined by the number of eligible students and available appropriations. Students may be pursuing a certificate, diploma or degree program and must be an enlisted member of a Kansas Air/Army National Guard unit. Full-time enrollment not required. Student must have a GED or high school diploma to qualify for this assistance. The member must have less than 20 years of service with the National Guard and not already have obtained a bachelor's degree.
Who is eligible for Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance? The following National Guard Service members are eligible:

  • Current member of the Kansas National Guard and in good standing

  • After last semester of assistance, will serve at least 24 months in Kansas National Guard

  • Student must have GED or high school diploma

  • Enrolled in a Kansas educational institution and maintain a 2.0 GPA

  • Not already have obtained a bachelor’s degree

  • Must have FAFSA on file at institution

  • Must apply for Federal Tuition Assistance, if applicable

  • Will pay up to 15 credit hours per semester of assistance

  • Must submit transcript to National Guard unit at the end of each semester

Fall 19 semester deadline - August 31, 2019
Spring 20 semester deadline - January 31, 2020
Kansas Board of Regents, State of Kansas Student Aid Online Application
Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance Scholarship 2019-2020 Fact Sheet
Kansas National Guard Education Assistance, Unit Commanders Signature Form 6006A

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Kansas Educational Benefits for Dependents of Veterans of the Vietnam War: ( K.S.A. 73-1218 ) The state board of regents, the board of trustees of every community college, the board of regents of Washburn University of Topeka, the governing board of every technical college and the governing body of every other institution of post-high school education which is supported by any state moneys shall provide for enrollment without charge of tuition or fees for any dependent so long as such dependent is eligible, but not to exceed 12 semesters of instruction or the equivalent thereof at all such institutions. Once a person qualifies as a dependent under the terms and provisions of this act, no occurrence shall disqualify the dependent from receipt of the benefits.
Who is eligible for Kansas Educational Benefits for Dependents of Veterans of the Vietnam War? Any Child born to, legally adopted by, or in the legal custody of a person who was a resident of the state of Kansas at the time such person entered service of the United States Armed Forces and who, while serving in the Vietnam conflict, died as the result of a service-connected disability suffered during the Vietnam conflict.

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“Operation Recognition”, Highschool Diplomas for Kansas Wartime Veterans: The State of Kansas sponsors "Operation Recognition" to honor World War II and Korean era Veterans who left school to join the military and never received a high school diploma.

In recognition of their outstanding contribution, The Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Office, through a program called "Operation Recognition" for WW II and Korean War Veterans, is working with schools, cities, and service organizations to award Honorary High School Diplomas to qualifying WW II and Korean War Veterans. This is a small, overdue gesture of our society's gratitude for the sacrifice these individuals made in the name of freedom.
Who is eligible for “Operation Recognition”, Highschool Diplomas for Kansas Wartime Veterans? The following Veterans are eligible:

  • All "Honorably" Discharged Veterans who served in WWII between September 16, 1940 and December 31, 1946, and Korean War Veterans who served between June 27, 1950 and January 31, 1955, who did not graduate from High School are eligible.

  • Those who have obtained their diploma but entered service before they could participate in their graduation ceremonies, are also encouraged to apply.

  • Diplomas can be awarded posthumously.

Kansas “Operation Recognition” Application

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Kansas Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age req