Military Affairs

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Parents of Military-Affiliated Students

Military-affiliated students include the children of those who have served or who are serving in the military. All military-affiliated students are welcome to spend time in the Military Resource Lounge in Warwick Center, where we offer free coffee and snacks, free printing, a kitchen and bathroom, and storage space, as well as work tables and a lounge area.

In 2020, we expect to move into a new space in Veterans Hall, which is new construction on campus. The new space will include a larger lounge and kitchen area, a training classroom, a quiet study room and individual study tables, as well as office space.

Military-affiliated Student Listserv

All new military-affiliated transfer students are added to the Military-affiliated Student Listserv after they have completed Orientation. If your student is a first-year student and would like to be added to the distribution list, the student may email Melanie Nelson at nelsonms@uncw.edu to request to be added. Parents are also welcome to request to be added to the list. Weekly updates from the Listserv include upcoming events and important dates from the university calendar, reminders about turning in VA benefits paperwork, job and internship postings, and more. 

VA Benefits

Many students who attend UNCW use VA benefits to pay tuition and fees. Here are the benefits that military dependents often use:

  • Chapter 33 (the Post-9/11 GI Bill)
  • Chapter 35 (Dependents' Educational Assistance)
  • Fry scholarship (part of Chapter 33)

If your child will be using VA educational benefits to attend UNCW, UNCW will require two documents in order to certify those benefits: The Certificate of Eligibility and the VA Class Schedule Form. Here is the basic process to get them started: 

  1. Apply for benefits from the VA 
  2. Receive Certificate of Eligibility Letter from the VA
  3. Submit Certificate of Eligibility Letter to UNCW's VA Certifying Officials
  4. Submit VA Class Schedule Form after class registration

Post-9/11 GI Bill

If you will be transferring your Post-9/11 GI Bill to your child, you will need to apply through milConnect to have the benefit transferred to the student. You may determine the percentage of the entitlement to be transferred (allowing you to transfer the benefit to multiple recipients, if desired). This is a one-time process. Please note that the Montgomery GI Bill cannot be transferred to military dependents, and the Post-9/11 GI BIll must be transferred while the service member is still on active duty.

After the student has been designated as a beneficiary, the student will need to create a VA eBenefits account to apply for the benefits to be used at UNCW. This is a one-time process.

If the student is transferring to UNCW from another school where they used the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the student needs to apply to the VA to transfer the benefits to UNCW. This is a one-time process. 

Here is a detailed overview of the process, including links, for accessing Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for military dependents

Other VA Benefits

Students who are using the Dependents Education Assistance or Fry Scholarship programs also need to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility through the VA eBenefits portal

All VA Educational Programs 

Once the Certificate of Eligibility letter for any program has been received, the student needs to submit the Certificate of Eligibility to the VA Certifying Officials at UNCW. The VA Certifying Officials work in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid in the Warwick Center. The Certificate of Eligibility may be dropped off in person or may be scanned and emailed to veterans@uncw.edu, the address for the VA Certifying Officials. 

After the student has registered for classes during orientation and in each subsequent semester, the student needs to submit the VA Class Schedule Form to the VA Certifying Officials, either by dropping the form off at the service window in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid or by scanning and emailing the form to veterans@uncw.edu. If changes are made to the student's schedule after submitting the form, the student should email the changes to veterans@uncw.edu (do not submit another form). Here is helpful information on how to complete the VA Class Schedule Form

All students who are using VA educational benefits are encouraged to contact the VA to check on the status of their documents and payments as necessary by calling the VA at 1-888-442-4551. 

UNCW Cost of Attendance

Please keep in mind the following items concerning the cost of attendance at UNCW: 

  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill only covers tuition and fees at the in-state tuition rate. 
  • Costs of attendance that are covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill are tuition, mandatory fees, the health insurance fee, and the campus security fee. 
  • Costs of attendance that are not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill are meals, parking permits, the student ID card/OneCard fee, the application fee, the enrollment fee, and the orientation fee. 
  • The tuition and fees payments will be paid directly to the student's UNCW account. 
  • The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and the book stipend will be paid directly to the student's personal bank account; the student is responsible for paying campus/off-campus housing fees and books. In other words, even if the student is living on campus, the BAH will not be routed to the student's UNCW account.
  • The BAH payment and book stipend for the first semester that the student enrolls at UNCW will be delayed by about 6-8 weeks after the start of the semester due to processing times with the VA. The first payment will include back pay. In subsequent semesters, students will see their payments earlier in the term, as long as they submitted the VA Class Schedule Form to the VA Certifying Officials at UNCW before the end of the previous term. 
  • UNCW offers military payment plans to help offset up front costs. Please contact Sissy Hendricks in Student Accounts (hendricksl@uncw.edu; 910-962-3147) if you have questions about setting up a payment plan. 
  • All students are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), regardless of other kinds of financial support the student is using, such as VA educational benefits. A FAFSA is required for each school year, and an additional FAFSA is required for the summer terms. 

Please remember that if you have questions about your student's account, you may always reach out to Student Accounts or to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for assistance. Additionally, representatives of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will be available for questions during your student's Orientation. VA Certifying Officials will be on hand at the military and veteran services lunch during Transfer Student Orientations. 

The Office of Military Affairs recommends having students check their financial accounts in SeaNet often throughout the semester. 

Scholarships

The UNCW scholarship application is available from Dec. 1-Mar. 1 of each year, and all students are encouraged to apply. 

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

North Carolina Residency 

Once the student has been admitted to UNCW, check the acceptance letter or the student's SeaNet account for the residency determination (log in to SeaNet and then search "residency"). Residency status (in-state or out-of-state) for tuition purposes is decided by the North Carolina Residency Service (RDS). Please note that UNCW does not determine residency status, and changing your address with UNCW will not update your residency status. 

Residency Determination Service Appeals

If your student was awarded out-of-state status, but you believe that your student should have in-state status based on the residency requirements, then you may appeal the determination by calling RDS at 844-319-3640. 

Veteran's Choice Act

If your student is not eligible for in-state residency, the student 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. Dependents who are using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, as well as the Fry scholarship, and student veterans who are using the Montgomery GI Bill or the Post-9/11 GI Bill should review the eligibility requirements for the Veteran's Choice Act. The student must submit an application for the Veteran's Choice Act waiver; the waiver will not be applied automatically, regardless of eligibility. 

Support Services and Events

Please visit our Support Services and Events pages to learn more about how the Office of Military Affairs supports military-affiliated students.  

Contact the Office of Military Affairs

If you have questions about UNCW, please contact the Military Student Services Specialist by email (nelsonms@uncw.edu) or phone (910-962-2933). You may also make an appointment to visit the Military Resource Lounge in Warwick Center, which is a short walk from visitor parking (here's a map showing Visitor Parking, Lot M, and Warwick Center, labeled WC). 

Please continue to explore Military Affairs at UNCW and UNCW.edu. We look forward to having your student as a Military Seahawk! 

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