General Education Mobile (GEM)

What is GEM? GEM is an exciting partnership between CCAF and civilian academic institutions


General Education Mobile

Welcome to the University of West Florida's (UWF) general education programs in support of the CCAF GEM program. The GEM program is a partnership between the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) and approved academic institutions. GEM courses offered by UWF are in a distance learning format to provide worldwide access reducing the impact of deployments, PCS and family commitments.  List of Approved GEM Courses

This program is specifically for those Air Force students who desire to complete their CCAF degree and meet the 15 semester hour general education degree requirements with by successfully completing UWF Air Force approved GEM general education courses. (For a list of approved courses, select above link).

To participate in the program, first apply to UWF as a non-degree seeking student using the online application, and also register for the GEM Program in the AFVEC.   After you have created your UWF account and been accepted as a non-degree student, enroll in the UWF GEM approved course(s) from within your UWF account.  The course enrolled in must also be listed as GEM in the AFVEC.

From within the AFVEC, apply for your Air Force military Tuition Assistance (TA). Once your TA has been approved, please download and provide a pdf copy to mvrcta@uwf.edu.  After providing your military TA to the MVRC, monitor your UWF CashNet account for when your account is credited for the TA voucher and the TA Fee Waiver that the Cashier applies.  In most cases, this will leave a balance of $38.88 per semester hour that will be the student’s responsibility to pay. (See below tuition NOTE regarding the Florida Tuition Differential $38.88).

Tuition for GEM/UWF online courses: Tuition and fees for GEM courses is the same as UWF's online courses.  Service members stationed in Florida, and who have a driver license and LES block indicating taxes are paid to a state other than Florida, will need to submit the “Active Duty out of State Waiver (ADOW) form”.   To locate the ADOW form, you must log in to your UWF account and be enrolled in a course. 

Tuition NOTE: In 2017, the Air Force made a policy decision to no longer fund the Florida Tuition Differential ($38.88 per semester hour).  Like the Base Tuition Fee of $105.07 per semester hour for undergraduate courses, the Florida Tuition Differential is a Tuition Fee within the course cost, and therefore not included in the non-tuition fee waiver that the Cashier applies for servicemembers using military TA.  This results in an out-of-pocket expense for service members using Air Force TA of $38.88 per semester hour.

Additionally, non-degree seeking students are not eligible for FAFSA funding.  For additional information, please visit the UWF Financial Aid website.

For assistance, contact the Military and Veterans Resource Center, 850-474-2550 or mvrcta@uwf.edu.