Military Affairs

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UNCW serves more than 2,300 military-affiliated students, including those who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces and their family members. All branches of the Armed Forces are represented at UNCW.

Select a topic from the sidebar to the right to learn more about what to expect at UNCW. 

How to Apply to UNCW 

Veterans and Active Military Service Members (including National Guard and Reserve service members)

Military/Veteran Spouses and Dependents

  • Apply as a first-year student (students who are currently attending high school or have graduated, but have not completed any college-level coursework since high school graduation)
  • OR
  • Apply as a transfer student (students who have graduated from high school/obtained a GED and attended or are currently enrolled in a degree program at a different college/university)

Military-affiliated students may indicate their interest in applying for the Honors College at UNCW on either the first-year or transfer application. 

Graduate students apply through the Graduate School

Academic Programs

UNCW offers academic programs to meet a wide range of interests. Check out the list of majors, minors, and degree requirements, as well as the list of online degree programs. 

Military College or Commissioning Programs

Learn more about how to apply to UNCW as a candidate for a military degree completion program or enlisted commissioning program.  

UNCW does not offer ROTC programs for any branch of service. 

The Post-9/11 GI Bill and Other VA Benefits

Learn more about how to use VA benefits at UNCW.  

Military Tuition Assistance Programs

Learn more about how to use military Tuition Assistance (TA) at UNCW.

Cost of Attendance

Learn more about the annual cost of attendance at UNCW

Scholarships and Financial Aid 

All students are encouraged to apply for scholarships.

Students should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for fall/spring and an additional FAFSA for the summer term, if taking classes during the summer.

UNCW offers a military-affiliated student payment plan, which allows the bill to be divided into 3 payments over the course of the fall or spring semester. 

Transfer Credit

Learn more about transfer credits for military students and student veterans

Honors College

Learn more about the benefits of being a student in the Honors College

Housing and Meal Plans

On-campus housing is available at UNCW for both first-year students and transfer students.

Off-campus housing is also available. For those who choose to live off-campus close to the university, UNCW offers a free shuttle service

Meal plans are available for both on-campus and off-campus students. 


Visitors may park for free in visitor parking.

Students must pay for parking permits to park on campus at UNCW. Learn more about parking permit options and pricing.

Veterans and active military members are eligible for a $20 discount on their parking permit

Testing Services

UNCW offers the following testing services at the Camp Lejeune Base Education Center: 

  • CLEP (College Level Examination Program) 
  • DANTES/DSST (Defense Activity for Non-traditional Educational Support Standardized Subject Tests) 

These tests can replace college credit for certain courses.

Testing is free for active duty and reserve service members, and testing services are also available for veterans and civilians. 

Learn more about how to register for CLEP and DANTES testing at Camp Lejeune.

Office of Military Affairs

The staff of the Office of Military Affairs is here to answer your questions. You may email for more information.  

Please continue exploring the Military Affairs website, as well as the rest of the website

Thank you for considering UNCW, and we look forward to helping you begin your academic journey here!


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