New Veteran Students

The Staff of the Military & Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) are excited that you have chosen to attend the University of West Florida (UWF). We are here to ensure your application process and transition to our campus is as smooth as possible.


Transitioning from the military to a college campus can be tougher than you think. While the campus environment is probably much safer than what you are used to, it does offer its own set of pitfalls.

The University of West Florida has one of the fastest growing populations of veterans in the state and many of these veterans are actively involved in the events and opportunities provided by the Military & Veterans Resource Center (MVRC).

One of the challenges you might face as a veteran is paying for your college education as you will likely enter college with more financial obligations than those of the average high school student. If you plan on using your GI Bill® benefits to pay for school, you must apply for your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). You can do this via the Vets.gov or in our office which is located at Building 38, Room 147. The University does NOT evaluate your service record to determine your benefits eligibility; that is the role of the VA. However, we will assist you in the benefits application process by putting you in contact with a VA representative and providing you with the necessary forms.

Once you have received approval from the VA, you simply need to bring your certificate of eligibility or entitlement to the MVRC for verification. The University will then notify the VA of your status as an enrolled student.

Students who depend on these benefits to meet their living expenses should bring enough money to cover expenses for at least eight weeks while the first benefit check is processed.

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