Military Affairs

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Graduate Students

Military-affiliated students at UNCW include veterans, active duty service members, National Guard members, and reservists, as well as military spouses and dependents. Graduate students who are military-affiliated are welcome to spend time in the Military Resource Lounge in Warwick Center, which offers workspace and a lounge area, a kitchen and a bathroom, free printing services and free coffee and snacks. 

In 2020, the Office of Military Affairs will be moving into a new space in Veterans Hall, which is currently under construction. The new space will feature a larger lounge, kitchen and reception area, as well as a training classroom, individual study carrels, and a quiet study room, perfect for those who are commuting to UNCW. 

Military-affiliated Student Listserv

Please email Melanie Nelson, the Military Student Services Specialist, if you would like to be added to the military-affiliated student listserv (nelsonms@uncw.edu). Weekly updates through the listserv include upcoming events, important dates on the academic calendar, job and internship opportunities, and more. 

Class Registration

Please remember to register for classes as soon as you are eligible to register each semester; remember, payment is not due at the time of registration. 

VA Benefits

If you are using VA educational or vocational benefits, you will need to apply for the benefits from the VA and you will need to turn in the VA Class Schedule Form. 

Here is the basic process for getting started with your VA benefits at UNCW: 

  1. Apply for benefits through the VA
  2. Receive Certificate of Eligibility letter from the VA
  3. Submit Certificate of Eligibility letter to the VA Certifying Officials at UNCW
  4. Submit the VA Class Schedule Form to the VA Certifying Officials at UNCW 

Note: Please submit the VA Class Schedule Form as soon as you have registered for classes, even if you have not yet received the Certificate of Eligibility from the VA. 

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the above steps:

1. Apply for benefits. You will apply for benefits through your VA eBenefits account.

*The Post-9/11 GI Bill may be transferred to dependents (note: the Montgomery GI Bill may not be transferred to dependents). The active duty service member will need to log in to their milConnect account to apply to have the benefit transferred. Next, the student (dependent) will need to create a VA eBenefits account and log in to apply for the Certificate of Eligibility. 

*Students who have used their GI Bill Benefits at another institution will need to apply through their VA eBenefits account to have the benefit transferred to UNCW. 

2. Receive Certificate of Eligibility letter from the VA. This may take between 4-6 weeks to arrive. 

3. Submit Certificate of Eligibility letter to the VA Certifying Officials at UNCW. You may drop off a copy of the letter at the service window in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid in Warwick Center, or you may scan and email the letter to veterans@uncw.edu, the address for the VA Certifying Officials. 

4. Submit VA Class Schedule Form to the VA Certifying Officials at UNCW. Each semester after you have registered for classes, complete and submit the VA Class Schedule Form to authorize your benefits usage for the coming term. You may drop off a copy of the letter at the service window in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid in Warwick Center, or you may scan and email the letter to veterans@uncw.edu, the address for the VA Certifying Officials. Here is helpful information on how to fill out the form.

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc Rehab) students should work with their Voc Rehab counselor to ensure their Certificate of Eligibility has been submitted to UNCW; Voc Rehab students are still required to submit the VA Class Schedule Form each semester. 

Here are some things to keep in mind for all users of VA benefits: 

  • Once your VA Class Schedule Form has been submitted, a "pending" payment note will be placed on your bill to indicate that payment from the VA is pending. This means that your class registration will not be dropped while UNCW waits for payment from the VA. 
  • The VA payment for tuition and fees will be paid directly to your UNCW student account. 
  • The VA payments for Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and the book stipend will be paid directly to your personal bank account. 
  • For the first semester you are at UNCW, the BAH and book stipend payments may be delayed by 6-8 weeks after the start of the semester due to VA processing times. The first payment will include back payments. 
  • You will not be paid BAH for times when classes are not in session (such as breaks between semesters). 
  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill will cover the cost of in-state tuition, mandatory fees, the campus security fee, and the student health insurance fee, if not waived by the student. 
  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill will not cover the cost of meals, parking permits, or the student ID Card/OneCard fee. 

Cost of Attendance at UNCW

Here is some information about the cost of attendance at UNCW: 

  • You may set up a military payment plan with Student Accounts through Sissy Hendricks (hendricksl@uncw.edu; 910-962-3147). 
  • Veterans and students who are currently serving in the military are eligible for a $20 discount on parking permits. You may register for a parking permit via MySeaPort after you have registered for classes. Unfortunately, UNCW is unable to offer discounted parking permits to military spouses and dependents at this time.  

Contact the Office of Military Affairs

Please reach out to Melanie Nelson, the Military Student Services Specialist, if you have questions about UNCW; email (nelsonms@uncw.edu), call (910-962-2933), or make an appointment to stop by in person in the Military Resource Lounge in Warwick Center (here's a map showing Visitor Parking Lot M and the Warwick Center, labeled WC). The Lounge is located across from the cashier windows in the Warwick Center. 

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