Military Affairs

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Current Students

VA Benefits

Please visit our VA Benefits Resources page for more information about how to use your VA educational benefits at UNCW. 

Veteran's Choice Act and NC Residency

If you are not eligible for North Carolina state residency, you may be eligible to apply for the Veteran's Choice Act, which will grant a waiver for the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition rates. If you have questions about the Veteran's Choice Act, please contact Freeman Whitney in the Office of the Registrar (  

Tuition Assistance

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

You are eligible to apply for financial aid and scholarships. If you have questions about billing and which costs are covered by TA, please contact our Third Party Billing office at Learn more about the UNCW Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Defense

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 receive a $20 discount on UNCW parking permits. 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. Permits are assigned "first come, first served" based upon time of registration, with no advantage by class standing (i.e. Senior, Junior, Sophomore, Freshman). 

Payment for the parking permit is not due at time of application; the fee is added to the OneCard and payment will be due when the bill is due. For example, if you register in April for classes for the following fall semester, you may also register for a parking permit in April, then pay for the parking permit when the bill is due in July.

The parking permit discount is not available for military spouses or dependents at this time. 

Please visit the Parking Services website for more information, maps of parking zones, and shuttle schedules.

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. 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; UNCW OneCard access is required between 5-11 p.m. Currently, the Warwick Center is closed to students. 

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. 

Health Insurance

Students on university campuses are required to have health insurance. Each semester, students must choose whether to enroll in the student health insurance plan or to waive the plan and provide proof of another form of health insurance. Students enrolled on in on-campus courses for fewer than 6 credit hours per semester and online-only students do not pay the health fee or use the UNCW health center, but must submit the waiver each semester. Complete the Health Insurance enrollment/waiver process

Students may opt to have more than one kind of health insurance. Student health insurance will be listed as an additional fee on the student's bill.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) will cover the student health insurance fee, if not waived (students will check the appropriate box on the VA Class Schedule Form after registering for classes). Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) will NOT cover the student health insurance fee. ALL UNCW STUDENTS MUST EITHER ENROLL IN THE STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN OR WAIVE IT EACH SEMESTER.  

For access to Tricare proof of health coverage, visit milConnect

For proof of enrollment for insurance purposes, email the Registrar's Office ( to request a letter of enrollment verification. 


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.

Student veterans and other military-affiliated students are often good candidates for competitive national scholarships and fellowships because of their life experience, leadership skills, and global perspective. Learn more about some of these national scholarships through the Center for the Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CSURF). Additional opportunities are listed with the International Studies program

Honors College

Military-affiliated students often find that they are a good fit for the UNCW Honors College. The Honors College allows students to participate in small classes with dedicated faculty mentorship. The honors designation on your transcript and diploma may help you be a more competitive candidate for graduate programs and jobs. Learn more about student veterans' experiences in the UNCW Honors College.  

Jobs and Career Resources 

It's never too early or too late for students to investigate new career paths; the resources we've curated will help you get started with career exploration, as well as with job searches for part-time jobs, full-time positions and more. 

University Learning Center

The University Learning Center is an important resource that provides services to all UNCW students free of charge. Options are customizable, from group sessions in support of certain classes to drop-in sessions to appointments for individualized tutoring. It is best to begin working with the University Learning Center early in the semester if you are concerned about a class. 

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. 

John Osinski is the Student Support Librarian liaison to military students; email him at, or visit him in person in Randall Library Room 2059.

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. 

Proof of Enrollment or Enrollment Verification

If you need a letter verifying your enrollment at UNCW (for example, in order to update your military ID card or for insurance purposes), please email to request an enrollment verification letter. 

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. 

Veteran Services Office

UNCW students may access the New Hanover County Veteran Services Office, which is located close to campus.

Graduation Cords

The Office of Military Affairs is pleased to offer free cords for all military-affiliated students to wear at graduation. We have red, white and blue cords for military members and veterans and gold and white cords for military spouses or military dependents. You may pick up a cord in the Military Resource Lounge beginning one month prior to your graduation date. 

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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