Office of Student Veteran Services

Division of Enrollment Management

Important Announcements:



POST-9/11 GI BILL® RECIPIENTS MONTHLY ENROLLMENT VERIFICATION REQUIREMENT

  • If you use Chapter 33, you are now required to verify your enrollment at the end of each month to receive your Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) and/or kicker payments.
  • We encourage students to opt-in to text messaging, which is a simple, quick option for verifying monthly enrollment and ensuring you receive your MHA/kicker payments uninterrupted.
  • All impacted students with a US mobile phone number on file with the VA should receive an opt-in text message after being certified for their courses by their institution at the start of a term. You must respond to that text within 14 days. After opting-in, you simply reply to a VA text message each month to verify your enrollment.
  • If you opt-out of text message verification or do not respond to the opt-in text, you will be automatically enrolled in email verification with the email address on file with VA.
  • If you fail to submit enrollment verification for two consecutive months, your MHA and/or kicker payments will be put on hold until you verify your enrollment.

QUESTIONS?

For more information on this new requirement, refer to the enrollment verification webpage where many helpful resources are highlighted, including Frequently Asked Questions.

Who we are

The Office of Student Veteran Services serves as the liaison between the University of Florida, its students, and the various federal, state, and local agencies concerned with veterans benefits. We want to ensure that our veterans and dependents are set up for success.


Activate Your Benefit

  • VA.gov is the online portal you will use to request to activate your VA Educational Benefit with the Dept. of Veteran Affairs.
  • This step should be completed AFTER admittance but PRIOR to course registration.
  • If you have previously filed a claim for educational benefits, use VA.gov only if you are filing for a different educational benefit, or if you are changing schools or programs under your current benefit type.

Apply For Term Certification

  • To receive your VA Educational Benefit, you must complete the UF Enrollment Certification form.
  • This form is for students to notify UF they would like to be certified.
  • You must submit a new form for every term you wish to utilize your VA Educational Benefits.
  • This form is available no less than one month prior to the beginning of each term.
  • If you need to make changes to the form after submission, contact military-benefits@ufl.edu

Out-of-State Tuition and Fee Waiver

  • Out-of-State Tuition and Fees shall be waived for persons who meet any one of the following categories.
    • Honorably discharged veteran of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Reserve Forces, or the National Guard- who physically resides in the State of Florida- while enrolled in the institution.
    • Student who is entitled to and using educational assistance provided by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs who physically resides in the State of Florida while enrolled in the institution.
    • Active-duty members of the Armed Forces of the United States- either residing in OR stationed outside the State of Florida.
    • Individual using educational assistance under Chapter 31, Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)- who physically resides in the State of Florida- while enrolled in the institution.
  • For additional information regarding eligibility, please contact military-benefits@ufl.edu


Transcript Fee Waiver

In accordance with F.S. 1009.26 (17a), students who are an active-duty member or an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Armed Forces, and their spouse and dependents, are eligible for a waiver of the transcript fee.

If proof of military status is not on file with the Office of the Registrar, documentation will be required before the transcript fee will be waived.

To receive the waiver, do NOT submit an order through ONE.UF. Initiate your official transcript order by contacting Student Veteran Services at military-benefits@ufl.edu.


The Forever GI Bill®

In 2017, President Trump signed into law the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, also known as the Forever GI Bill®, which will bring significant changes to Veterans education benefits. Learn more


Yellow Ribbon Program Comes to University of Florida

Beginning Fall 2020, the University of Florida has been approved to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program for eligible Post 9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The Yellow Ribbon program is a provision of the Post 9/11 GI Bill® to help defray the cost of out-of-state fees. The University of Florida will contribute up to $6500 per academic year towards these charges. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will then match the amount of the UF contribution.

Applications will be accepted on a first come-first served basis. Funding is available for 20 undergraduate students and 10 graduate students. For more information, contact Student Veteran Services by email at military-benefits@ufl.edu.

For additional information and eligibility requirements about the program, refer to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Complete the Yellow Ribbon Application

Priority Registration

Students using VA educational benefits will receive a priority registration appointment time.