Student Veterans

Apply for VA Education Benefits

Review this checklist for instructions on applying for VA benefits. After submitting an application, the VA sends a Certificate of Eligibility in the mail to the applicant. This is the first document required by the UNCP VA Certifying Official in order to process the student's VA benefits. You must be admitted to UNCP before the certifying official can process this, but we recommend applying for VA benefits early due to long processing times. Apply online via VA.GOV

Apply to UNCP

Visit the Office of Admissions and apply to UNCP. Pay attention to the application deadlines. The application fee is waived for active duty, veterans, reservists, and members of the National Guard. With your application, submit a copy of your DD 214 or Leave and Earnings Statement.

Be sure to submit your military transcript as well. UNCP will evaluate your prior military training and experience and may award college credit(s). Request a military transcript at these websites:

Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy
Joint Services Transcript

Air Force
Online Community College of the Air Force Transcript Request (Current Service Members)

Community College of the Air Force Transcript Request Form (Veterans)


How Do I Receive In-State Tuition?


The best way to receive in-state tuition is to meet the requirements for establishing residency laid out by the Residency Determination Service (RDS). For more information on how this process works, click here. Go to the bottom of the page, select FAQs, then scroll to Military Benefits and Veterans.

Should you receive a nonresident determination from RDS, you may be eligible for an exception, see below:


A bill has been implemented that requires universities to charge qualifying individuals in-state tuition regardless of residency status. In order to qualify, a student must either:

Be using their Post 9/11 or Montgomery Chapter 30 GI Bill®, have separated from the military within three years of beginning at the University and must be living in the state where the school is located. 


Be using the Post 9/11 Transfer of Entitlement benefits, enrolled in the school within three years of the transferor’s separation from the military, and be living in the state where the school is located.

Meeting either of these requirements will not change your overall residency status but does qualify you to be charged the in-state rate by the university. 

If you meet the above requirements, please contact our office at or call us at 910.775.4438 so we can get the process started.


If you are in a North Carolina National Guard unit, you will be charged the in-state tuition rate during the Guard member’s period of service whether reserve or active status. Again, this does not change your residency status for any other purpose but the tuition rate you are charged. However, the in-state tuition benefit does not apply to the spouse or dependents of non-resident Guard members unless the Guard member is serving in North Carolina on active duty. In many cases those who meet this requirement will still be charged out of state, in which case they will need to appeal the decision from RDS and show proof that they are in a North Carolina National Guard Unit. To begin the process visit,  to submit a residency application. If you have additional questions, you may contact our office at or call us at 910.775.4438.