These steps are for students who have never used VA Educational Benefits at UF or any other institution before.
Note: You will need to complete this electronic form if you are activating your benefits for the first time, or if you are transferring to or from another institution or if you are moving programs from undergraduate to graduate or if you are moving programs from graduate to professional.
About 30 days after completing the electronic form on VA.gov, you will receive a new Certificate of Eligibility (COE) in the mail. You will need to provide a copy of just the front page to the UF Student Veteran Services Office (via email to firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have already received a Certificate of Eligibility and have sent it to us, you may skip this step.
Note: You do not need to have a COE on file to continue to the next steps.
After VA.gov, you will still need to apply for your benefits to be processed here at UF. This electronic request form will open a minimum of 30 days before the start of a new term. Complete the following UF specific steps after you have a GatorLink username and password:
Note: You do not need to be registered in order to complete the above.
Ensure you press the final submission button. If you do not press submit, we will not process your request. It is the responsibility of the student to press submit.
You will want to complete the UF Apply for Term Certification Request form every term in order to receive your benefits. It is the responsibility of the student to complete this request. We will not carry over benefits automatically.
If you need to update any of the information on the form after it has been submitted, contact the Veteran Services Office.
Note: It MAY NOT cover all book-related costs.
Note: For those who use benefits to pay for a UF dorm, you may contact UF Housing to receive a deferment on your due date to allow time to collect some VA BAH payments to put toward the cost.
Note: This is only for students who have a tuition-component to their VA Educational Benefit, and who are using that benefit in the first term of their MBA/DBA program.