Get Started

With hands-on training, quality online education, and apprenticeship programs at Drake State, you can step into a career that will serve you well, no matter where you are. All new Veteran and veteran dependent students must complete a Drake State admission application before utilizing their education benefits through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Follow our step-by-step Admission Checklist to get started.

  1. Apply
  2. Financial Aid
  3. New Student Orientation
  4. Register for Classes
  5. Testing & Placement

Utilize Your Benefits

After enrolling as a Drake State student, Veteran and veteran dependents must complete the following steps to take advantage of their education benefits. Returning Veteran students should update their contact information (Step 4) if there has been a change to personal information. 

  • All new students using VA educational benefits must submit the intake form to ensure your information is properly shared with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

  • In order to receive your education benefit funds, this form must be submitted and reviewed by a Drake State School Certifying Official (SCO). You will not receive your housing or stipend without completing this form.

  • The Joint Service Transcript (JST) is an academically accepted document approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) to validate a service member’s military occupational experience and training along with the corresponding ACE college credit recommendations, according to the U.S. Military. This is a required document for Veteran students only, not veteran dependent students.

    Army, Coast Guard, National Guard, Navy, and Marine Veterans
    Click here to create an account or register for your Joint Services Transcript.

    Air Force Veterans Only 
    Click here to create an account or register for your Joint Services Transcript.

  • Keeping your Drake State School Certifying Official (SCO) up to date on all contact information is essential in order to better serve you. If your contact information changes from your initial enrollment please complete this form so that your records remain accurate.

Congratulations! You've completed your admission and education benefit form requirements. We're looking forward to serving you. There are alternative ways to pay for college as a Veteran or veteran dependent student. Benefits and financial aid opportunities are available to qualified students. Explore options that can help pay for college.

Veteran & Military Affairs
Building 700 – Room 703
3421 Meridian St. North
Huntsville, AL 38811
(256) 551-3127
veterans@drakestate.edu