Veteran & Military Students

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). The MVRC supplements recruitment and retention efforts by providing transition assistance counseling, program and application information, and certifying eligible students to receive VA educational benefits while maintaining productive relations with the VA and other agencies serving veterans.

Tuition Assistance

General Tuition Assistance Information

Service members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for the Tuition Assistance (TA) program which pays for civilian, voluntary higher education. General military tuition assistance information is available from the MVRC's Military TA page. 


UWF Tuition Assistance Information

Return completed and approved Tuition Assistance Vouchers to the MVRC before the end of regular registration (day before classes begin). You may submit the TA voucher by:
Fax: 850-474-2671, Attn: David Hirras
Mail: UWF Military and Veterans Resource Center
         Attn: David Hirras
        11000 University Parkway
        Pensacola, FL 32514


Withdrawals and Return of Military Tuition Assistance

As a participant in the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Program the University of West Florida is required to return any unearned TA funds on a proportional basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending. 

Unearned TA funds that are returned to the appropriate military branch of service will become a debt that the student owes the university. This amount will be placed on the student’s account and a hold will be placed on the student account preventing registration, grades and transcripts. If a student is eligible to receive a refund from the University for tuition and fees or other charges, the University will apply the refund against the debt that results from the unearned TA.

Official Withdraw Date – The date the student officially withdrew from a course.

Unofficial Withdraw Date – Students who stop attending and receive NF grades, or a combination of NF, W, and I (Incomplete) grades, are considered to have unofficially withdrawn. UWF will use the last date of participation to determine if the service member completed at least 60% of the course.


Return of Unearned TA Official Withdrawal Calculation

The calculation for Return of Unearned TA is based on the percent of TA Earned using the following formula, which mirrors the Federal Return of Title IV funds formula:                                     

Percent of TA earned = Number of days completed ÷ Total number of days in semester (excluding breaks of five days or more)

If greater than 60%, then 100% of the TA is earned and the return to the military service is zero.

If 60% or less, then funds are returned to the appropriate TA program based on the following formula:

Percent of TA earned x Total TA dollars received = Total TA dollars earned

Unearned TA to be returned = Total TA dollars received Total TA dollars earned = Total unearned TA to be returned

Veterans Deferments

Deferral eligibility is granted to students receiving veterans’ education benefits from federal programs if benefits are delayed through circumstances beyond the student’s control.

Veterans and other eligible students receiving veterans' education benefits on active duty and under Chapters 30, 32, 33, 35, 1606, and 1607, U.S.C., are eligible for one deferment each academic term. A 90-day deferment may be issued for the fall and spring terms and a 30-day deferment may be issued for the summer and mini-terms. An additional deferment extension may be issued if there is a delay in the receipt of benefits provided the extension is requested prior to the deferment due date.

A veteran may request a deferment (promissory note) through the VA Enrollment Certification in MyUWF or at the MVRC for the amount of tuition and fees. The MVRC will submit the approved promissory note to the Cashier's Office prior to the fee payment due date. Failure to request a deferment and/or make payment by the deferment due date will result in the assessment of a $100 late payment fee. Students who do not make payment or request a deferment may have their registration canceled. Students whose registration is canceled due to non-payment may appeal for reinstatement and will be assessed a $200 reinstatement fee. If a student has available financial aid, it will be used prior to the posting of the deferment to pay tuition, fees and other charges. 

The University reserves the right to deny deferments to students with delinquent balances.


Congressman C.W. “Bill” Young Veteran Tuition Waiver

Honorably discharged veterans of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Reserve Forces, or the National Guard who physically reside in Florida while enrolled in the institution are eligible for a waiver of out-of-state fees. The veteran must present to the University a copy of the Department of Defense Form 214 (DD-214) and documentation as proof that the veteran physically resides in Florida. Application is required at the beginning of each academic year. Submit the Veteran Out of State Waiver application online through MyUWF. Dependents using VA education benefits will need to submit the Veteran Dependent Out of State Waiver application online through MyUWF.

Active Duty Military Waiver

Active duty members of the United States Armed Forces residing or stationed outside of the state are eligible for a waiver of out-of-state fees. The student must submit a copy of their military ID card and current orders with the completed waiver application. Submit the Active Duty Military Waiver application online through MyUWF.

Military Honor Waiver

Recipients of the Purple Heart or other combat decoration superior in precedence may receive a tuition and fees waiver. The student must be enrolled in an undergraduate program of study leading to a degree or certificate. The waiver is applicable for 110 percent of the number of required credit hours of the degree or certificate program for which the student is enrolled. The student must submit a copy of the Department of Defense form 214 (DD-214) as documentation that the student received the Purple Heart or other combat decoration superior in precedence. The student must have been a resident of Florida at the time of the award or currently reside in Florida whose home of record at the time of the award was in another state. Submit the Military Honor Waiver application online through MyUWF.