Military Affairs

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Active Military Members

Topics on this page:

Office of Military Affairs

UNCW Benefits for Active Military Students

Military Tuition Assistance Programs

Testing Services

Office of Military Affairs

At UNCW, we consider all those who have served or who are currently serving in any component of the U.S. Armed Forces to be military-affiliated students. Sometimes, we use the term "student veterans" to encompass all stages of military careers, from those who are serving on active duty, to those who have separated or retired from military service, and to those who are part of a Reserve or National Guard unit. 

We are proud to report that all branches of military service--Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Army National Guard and Air National Guard--have representation in the current UNCW student population. Some of our students are local and spend time in the Military Affairs Wing when on campus, while others are distance education students stationed around the world. 

The Office of Military Affairs has three full-time staff members to assist you during your time at UNCW; staff offices are located in Veterans Hall 1029. For students in Onslow County and the Jacksonville area, the Office of Military Affairs has an office in the Base Education Center at New River Air Station, where you can connect with Joanna DeMott (, our Military Liaison and Program Coordinator.

UNCW Benefits for Active Military Members

UNCW offers the following benefits to students who are currently serving in the military: 

  • Application fee waivers
  • Priority registration
  • Parking permit discount
  • Military student payment plan
  • Military leave of absence policy
  • Facilitation of Department of Defense Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits 
  • Facilitation of VA educational benefits

You may learn more about these benefits on our Prospective Students, Newly Admitted Students, and Current Students pages. 

As a military-affiliated student at UNCW, you are always welcome to use the resources available in the Military Affairs Wing in Veterans Hall 1029 (think free snacks and coffee, a microwave and refrigerator, plus comfy places to spread out and do homework).

You'll also be part of the Military-affiliated Student Listserv, a weekly email newsletter that keeps you up-to-date on military community events, both on campus and off; scholarship opportunities, many of which are designated specifically for military members who are currently serving; internship and job listings; and UNCW support services. 

Military students who are interested in online programs at UNCW may choose from undergraduate degrees that are totally online, as well as online master's degrees or graduate certificates and licensure programs

Visit our Career Resources page for information about military transition services and career exploration tools. 

Military Tuition Assistance Programs

Students who are interested in using Tuition Assistance (TA) need to proceed to the appropriate website below to begin: 



Marine Corps

Air Force

Coast Guard 

If you do not see your academic program listed in the Tuition Assistance portal, please email Melanie Nelson at so that it may be added. 

Please review information about our Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding

If you have questions about the billing for your program, please email

Testing Services

UNCW offers testing services at the Camp Lejeune Base Education Center; tests include the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Defense Activity for Non-traditional Educational Support (DANTES) Standardized Subject Tests (DSSTs), which can replace college credit for certain courses with a single test. Testing is free for active duty and reserve service members, and testing services are also available for veterans and civilians. 

In other words, you could take a test in a standard college subject for free and have it count toward general education college credits, saving you time and allowing you to get to the required coursework for your major earlier in your college career. Learn more about CLEP and DANTES testing at Camp Lejeune, including how to register for tests. 

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