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Military & Veterans

We want to ease the transition from military life to college life. The University of West Florida ranks 5th in the nation on the 2018 Military Friendly® Schools list for large public institutions. This is the 11th consecutive year that the University of West Florida has been named a Military Friendly® School. The University of West Florida welcomes U.S. military service members and veterans, their spouses and their dependent children.

We have a full-time VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) counselor who will assist you with all of your military educational benefit needs. The VSOC can help you discover various benefits available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Through our Education and Career Counseling Program, you can also receive personalized support to help you get on the right path to achieve your goals.

Military and Veterans Educational Benefits

Overview of the GI Bill®

Those who are serving active duty in the U.S. military or are veterans can receive educational benefits from the VA. Now known as the Forever GI Bill, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 had significant changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Forever GI Bill features:

  • Increased benefit levels
  • No more 15-year time limit for using benefits if discharged after Jan. 1, 2013
  • National Guard and Reserve members can receive Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits
  • For up to 36 months, military members who received a Purple Heart on or after Sept. 11, 2001, can receive Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at the 100 % level
  • Purple Heart and Fry Scholarship recipients are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Active duty members are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, effective Aug. 1, 2022

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program provides educational benefits to eligible U.S. military members and veterans who have served since Sept. 10, 2001. The payments received through the program can be applied to tuition and fees and includes a books and supplies stipend. A proud participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program, UWF has agreed to match benefits with the VA to help military students pay for their education.

GI Bill Educational Benefits Eligibility

To receive educational benefits through the GI Bill, you must meet certain criteria.

  • Be a veteran who served at least 30 days of continuous active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and be discharged because of a service-connected disability or have served 90 days of active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, and received honorable discharge
  • Have received a Purple Heart or Fry Scholarship
  • Are serving in the National Guard or Reserve

How Military Educational Benefits Work

Bachelor’s Degrees
Full-Time Tuition100%
Post-9/11 GI Bill Academic Year Cap35%
Remaining Balance65%
Yellow Ribbon Program32.5%
UWF’s Yellow Ribbon Program Match32.5%
Final Balance0%
Master’s Degrees
Full-Time Tuition100%
Post-9/11 GI Bill Academic Year Cap82%
Remaining Balance18%
Yellow Ribbon Program9%
UWF’s Yellow Ribbon Program Match9%
Final Balance0%

Military Credit

You may be able to apply credits from military training (including basic training) toward your online degree program. To do so, request a copy of your Joint Services Transcript to be sent to UWF. If you are in the U.S. Air Force, contact the Community College of the Air Force to request your transcripts.

Additional Resources

For information about military educational benefits, you may visit some of these links.

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