Military Affairs

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Newly admitted to UNCW?

Congratulations, Seahawk!

We are so excited that you will be joining us as a Military Seahawk! Let's get started by reviewing the processes you will need to complete before you can enroll in classes here.

First, here are the items to be completed by all new students: 

  • Access your TealTicket through your MySeaPort account. The TealTicket lists necessary action items. Not all items will apply to your situation. 
  • Pay the $100 non-refundable enrollment deposit in MySeaPort. This deposit holds your place in the upcoming class. You will not be able to register for orientation until the deposit is processed, and you will not be able to register for classes until you have completed orientation. This deposit is not covered, either up front or by reimbursement, by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, Dependents Education Assistance, the Fry Scholarship, Tuition Assistance (TA), or military college or commissioning programs. 
  • Send updated transcripts if you are currently enrolled in another institution (send to the Office of Admissions at UNCW). 
  • Register for the mandatory Transfer Student Orientation and pay the $100 orientation fee. This fee is necessary to hold your place in the orientation session, and it helps pay the student Orientation Leaders. Parents and guests of transfer students may also register for the orientation sessions for a fee of $85. You will not be able to register for classes until you have completed orientation (the exception is for RIBN or RN-BSN programs, which do not require orientation). This fee is not covered, either up front or by reimbursement, by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, Dependents Education Assistance, the Fry Scholarship, Tuition Assistance (TA), or military college or commissioning programs. 
  • Complete your Degree Audit so that you are prepared for orientation, when you will meet with your academic advisor. Note that recently completed coursework may not yet appear on the audit. 
  • Submit your Immunizations and Medical History form. This form is required for all students except for online-only students. You will not be able to attend classes if this form is not on file. 
  • Complete the Health Insurance informationStudents on university campuses are required to have health insurance. Students may accept UNCW's student health insurance or may waive the student health insurance if they have proof of other health insurance. Student health insurance will be listed as an additional fee on the student's bill. The Post-9/11 GI Bill 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). For access to Tricare proof of health coverage, visit milConnect. 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 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and/or the Summer FAFSA. All students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA, regardless of other types of financial support the student may be receiving, such as military or VA educational benefits. 
  • Review your residency determination via your SeaNet account (search "residency"). If you are listed as an in-state resident, no further action is required. If you are listed as an out-of-state resident, but you think you meet the requirements for in-state residency, you may begin the appeals process by calling the North Carolina Residency Determination Service at 844-319-3640. 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. Transfer students will be able to meet with a representative of the Office of the Registrar to discuss residency status at the military-affiliated student lunch during Transfer Student Orientation. 
  • Review the cost of attendance. Transfer students will be able to meet with representatives from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and Student Accounts at the military-affiliated student lunch during Transfer Student Orientation. 

Next, here are the items to be completed by those who will be using VA benefits. 

  The basic process for activating VA educational benefits at UNCW is as follows: 

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

Apply for VA benefits for the first time or to have the benefits transferred from another school. This process will be completed by you on the VA's eBenefits web portal. Select one of the options below for a detailed process, including links, for the Post-9/11 GI Bill; users of other VA benefits will follow a similar process, but submit different applications in the eBenefits portal. Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc Rehab) students will work with their assigned Voc Rehab counselor to have their enrollment documents submitted to the school. 

We recommend that this process is started before you attend orientation. 

Access GI Bill-Veterans                                Access GI Bill-Dependents

Submit the VA Class Schedule Form after you have completed orientation and registered for classes. Here is information on how to fill out and submit the VA Class Schedule Form.      

Here are the next steps for those who are using military educational programs. 

  • For those who are using Tuition Assistance (TA), please work with your unit's education coordinator to ensure you have submitted the necessary paperwork. 
  • For questions pertaining to billing and which costs are covered by TA, please contact our Third Party Billing coordinator, Sissy Hendricks, in Student Accounts at (910) 962-3147 or hendricksl@uncw.edu. 
  • For those who are enrolling in military college or commissioning programs, please contact militaryadmissions@uncw.edu for assistance with completing necessary paperwork for your program. 

Housing

UNCW offers on-campus housing to both first-year and transfer students, although transfer students have a more limited selection. If you wish to live on campus as a transfer student, you will need to submit the housing deposit via MySeaPort as soon as possible. If you are using the Post-9/11 GI Bill, remember that the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) payment will not be paid directly to the school, even if you are living on campus. The BAH payment will be paid directly to your personal bank account, and you will be responsible for paying the bill for your housing arrangements. 

Off-campus housing is also available to UNCW students; the PERCH offers more information about off-campus housing options.

UNCW Bookstore

After you have completed orientation and registered for classes, you will be ready to purchase or rent your textbooks. You may set up a personal shopping appointment at the UNCW Bookstore to help you avoid crowds at the UNCW bookstore; email ctr-hewettc@uncw.edu to make the appointment. 

Please keep in mind that if you are using the Post-9/11 or Forever GI Bill, your first book stipend payment may be delayed for several weeks after the start of the term during the first semester you are using the benefit. The first payment usually comes in around October 1 for the fall semester and around March 1 for the spring semester. You may pay for your books out-of-pocket or by credit card; you also have the option of signing up for the Bookstore Dollars program, which will add bookstore purchases to your UNCW bill via your OneCard. Payment for Bookstore Dollars is due when the bill is due.

You may also consider setting up a military payment plan through your student account once your bill is available, which will divide the payments for your bill and delay the first payment. Please contact Sissy Hendricks in Student Accounts to set up the military payment plan through your eBill (910-962-3147 or hendricksl@uncw.edu). 

Scholarships 

All students may apply for general UNCW scholarships; the application is open December 1-March 1. This category includes three scholarships that are designated for military-affiliated students; students apply for these scholarships through the general UNCW scholarship application found in the link above. 

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

Need help? 

Let's break it down to the basics: 

  1. Complete the items on your TealTicket in MySeaPort (enrollment fee, orientation fee, immunizations records, health insurance options). 
  2. Verify your residency status and take action as described above.
  3. Complete the items to launch your VA or military program educational benefits. 
  4. Make plans for housing (as applicable). 
  5. Attend orientation. 

If you have questions, please call (910-962-2933); email Melanie Nelson, Military Student Services Specialist (nelsonms@uncw.edu); or drop by the Military Resource Lounge in Warwick Center in person (here's a map showing visitor's parking and the Warwick Center, labeled WC). The Lounge is located across from the cashier windows in the Warwick Center.

Best of luck getting started, and again, congratulations, Seahawk! Check us out on social media for information about current events (Facebook and Twitter: @uncwmilitaryaffairs; Instagram: @uncw_oma). 

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