Veterans Services

Welcome, veterans!

Our goal at Veterans Services is to make sure M State service members, veterans and their families have the information they need to make informed decisions concerning their federal education benefits.

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Notify us of your interest in using veterans benefits, and then visit our online Military-to-M State checklist to get started.

Learn how to apply for admission, submit transcripts, obtain benefits and financial aid, and more.



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Higher education regional coordinators

Higher education regional coordinators provide information about military education benefits to service members and/or their families. Veterans can meet with a campus or program advisor for academic questions, but are encouraged to meet with a regional coordinator regarding benefits.

The regional coordinator serving M State is Aaron Johnson. He can be reached at 218.329.6040. Please call for campus availability. His office locations at M State's four campuses are:

  • Detroit Lakes: Room A106
  • Fergus Falls: Room L139
  • Moorhead: Room C123
  • Wadena: Room M26H

Click here to see a map of all Minnesota higher education regional coordinators.

County Veterans Service Officers (CVSOs)

If you are a service member or family of a service member, your County Veterans Service Officer can assist with understanding military benefits. To locate your CVSO, visit the Minnesota Association of County Veterans Services Officers website.


  • Collaborate with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and veterans service organizations in securing veterans benefits.
  • Disseminate information on veterans benefits.
  • Assist in applying for state and federal benefits.
  • Facilitate the referral process to appropriate outside agencies.
  • Help obtain needed military records.


In our work with veterans, M State:

  • Provides information on educational benefits that may be available.
  • Informs eligible students of available federal financial aid before arranging for private and/or alternative aid.
  • Does not employ fraudulent and unduly aggressive recruiting techniques.
  • Obtains the Higher Learning Commission's approval for new course or program offerings before enrolling students.
  • Allows service members and reservists to be readmitted to a program if interrupted by service requirements and accommodates short absences due to service obligations as long as the student is in good academic standing prior to the suspension of studies.
  • Agrees to an institutional refund policy aligned with the refund of unearned student aid as required under section 484B of the HEA of 1965.
  • Provides educational plans that detail how to complete degree requirements within the expected timeline of completion.
  • Designates a point of contact for academic and financial aid advising (including access to disability counseling) to assist with degree completion and job searches.

M State fully complies with the 2012 Executive Order - Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses and Other Family Members.

M State complies with Minnesota Statute 197.775 which exceeds all criteria of Title 38 United States Code Section 3679(e).