Military Affairs

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Current Students

VA Benefits

If you are using VA benefits, please remember to turn in your VA Class Schedule Form each semester as soon as you have registered for classes. You may turn the form in to the service window at the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid in Warwick Center, or you may scan and email the form to

If you make changes to your class schedule after you have submitted the form, please email the changes to

Here is information on how to fill out the VA Class Schedule Form

If you have questions about payments from the VA, please call the VA's educational hotline at 1-888-442-4551, Monday-Friday between 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. 

Priority Registration

Students who are veterans or who are currently serving in the military are eligible for priority class registration. The priority registration date is announced each semester, and it is usually one full business day prior to the registration date that is published on the university's academic calendar. You can verify your registration time ticket in your SeaNet account. If your time ticket does not reflect a time on the priority registration date, please email Melanie Nelson (, the Military Student Services Specialist, with your 850-# so that your time ticket can be updated. Unfortunately, UNCW does not offer priority registration to military spouses or dependents at this time. 

Parking Services

Students who are veterans or who are currently serving in the military are eligible for a $20 discount on UNCW parking permits and Zone 1 parking, when available. You are eligible to apply for a parking permit via MySeaPort after you have registered for classes; check the appropriate box on the application to indicate your military service status. Parking Services will contact you with your zone assignment and information about when to pick up your parking permit at the OneCard office in Warwick Center. Unfortunately, UNCW does not offer the parking permit discount nor Zone 1 eligibility to military spouses or dependents at this time. 

Military Resource Lounge

All military-affiliated students (active duty service members, reservists, National Guard members, veterans, military spouses and dependents) are welcome in the Military Resource Lounge in Warwick Center, located across from the cashier windows. The Lounge offers workspace, a lounge area, a kitchen, a bathroom, storage lockers, free coffee and snacks, computers and FREE PRINTING. The Military Resource Lounge is open from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. daily when the Warwick Center is open; UNCW OneCard access is required between 5-11 p.m.

UNCW Bookstore

All military-affiliated students are encouraged to make personal shopping appointments at the UNCW bookstore to avoid crowds and long lines; please email Craig at to set up an appointment. 


All students may apply for general UNCW scholarships; the application is open December 1-March 1. Three scholarships are designated specifically for military-affiliated students; the general application is used as the application for these scholarships. 

A variety of local, state, regional, and national organizations offer scholarships for military-affiliated students; eligibility requirements and application deadlines vary.

Job and Internship Opportunities

Set up an account on Handshake, UNCW's online jobs portal for students, to search listings for jobs and internships. Anything from part-time student employment to full-time work for graduates may be found in Handshake. 

University Learning Center

The University Learning Center is an important resource that provides services to all UNCW students free of charge. Options are customizable. It is best to begin working with the University Learning Center early in the semester if you are concerned about a class. Some students who use VA benefits may be eligible for the VA's tutorial assistance program, which will reimburse time spent with a certified tutor at the University Learning Center. 

Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is free to UNCW students who have a disability per the definition of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The DRC helps students get accommodations, or modifications that can make it easier and more comfortable for a student to take an exam or complete an assignment. An example of an accommodation would be arranging for a student to take an exam in a quiet, private space, rather than in a lecture hall. If you would like more information about getting connected to the DRC, please contact the DRC or visit in person in DePaolo Hall. 

Counseling Center

All UNCW students are able to access services at the Counseling Center for free. Drop-in hours are from 1-4 p.m. daily on weekdays. The Counseling Center is located on the second floor of DePaolo Hall. 

Randall Library

The library at UNCW is another space on campus where students can take a break between classes. Computers, dry erase boards, charging stations, iPrint, group study rooms (which can be reserved online), an entire floor reserved for QUIET study, the Technology Assistance Center (TAC), the Digital Makerspace, books (!), librarians, and most importantly, COFFEE at Port City Java are all there for students. Plus, the library is currently undergoing renovations based on student feedback on how they actually use the library. 

Von Yeager is the Student Support Librarian liaison to military students; email him at, or visit him in person in Randall Library Room 2056.

Deployment and Military Absences

If you are called to active duty or to deploy while on active duty, you may follow the Office of the Registrar's process for requesting a leave of absence. The leave of absence is good for up to three years after the completion of the period of military service. 

Here is the basic process for taking a leave of absence: 

  1. Notify the Office of the Registrar of your request
  2. Submit official documentation of your military orders, if available, to the Office of the Registrar
  3. Notify the Office of the Registrar when you intend to return to your studies at UNCW

Your account will be credited 100% of tuition and fees for that period of enrollment and you will be eligible to return to classes without submitting a new UNCW application. 

If you will be activated for a short time during the semester, such as for drill or training, but you plan to complete the semester, it is your responsibility to communicate with each of your instructors individually concerning how you plan to handle the workload. You will want to discuss your class participation (your absences will be excused, though you will need to show documentation), rescheduling tests or exams, and other issues related to class assignments, group work, and deadlines. 

If you will be absent from a class due to a military deployment family day or homecoming event, please work with your instructor to have the absence excused; provide documentation, such as a letter from the service member's supervisor or a family readiness liaison. 

Withdrawal from Academic Coursework

Withdrawals may be necessary for a number of reasons. However, withdrawing from a course (or from all courses) may have financial and academic consequences, depending on the nature of the withdrawal and the timeline of the withdrawal. Please refer to the Office of the Registrar for more information about the process of withdrawing. Keep in mind that if you are using VA benefits, the timing of the withdrawal may cause you to owe a repayment to the VA. It is best to give careful consideration to the potential outcomes of the decision to withdraw by talking it over with the VA Certifying Officials and/or the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, as well as your academic advisor. 

VA Appointments

If you will miss class due to an appointment at the VA, please provide documentation to the instructor and work with the instructor to have the absence excused. 

Student Veterans Organization 

UNCW hosts a registered chapter of Student Veterans of America

Military-affiliated Student Listserv

All new military-affiliated transfer students are added to the distribution list for the military-affiliated student listserv after they have completed orientation. Weekly updates via the listserv include information about upcoming events, important dates on the academic calendar, job and internship postings, and more. If you would like to be included on the distribution list, please email to request to be added. 

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