University of Vermont

UVM Student Veteran Services


New Student Veterans Start Here:

UVM Student Veteran Services is here to make sure your student experience is the best it can be.  We strive to make sure that your VA education benefits are correctly certified and you have the support you need to be successful.  The UVM Community is overwhelmingly grateful for your service.  Stop by the Student Information Center in the Waterman Building, email, or see the Contact Us page for more information.  

Step 1 -  Apply for admission to UVM and VA Benefits
  • Apply for admission to UVM
    • If you don't have SAT scores, or don't meet admission requirements you can look into the Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP)
    • It is important to note if you are classified as an In-State or Out-of-State student
      • Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill can pay up to all eligible tuition and fees for In-State students
  • Complete the appropriate VA form through Veterans Online Application (VONAPP)
    • If you have never used education benefits, select the Application for VA Education Benefits - VA Form 22-1990
    • If you are changing schools, programs, or your major, fill out a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training - VA Form 22-1995
Step 2 - Apply for financial aid
Step 3 - Prepare to come to campus
  • New students are invited to come to an orientation. Most student veterans attend a transfer orientation because they have previously earned credit or are non-traditional students.
  • Learn about Orientation - this is where you learn about all of the administrative things you need to know and how to find fit at UVM
    • Make sure to read your UVM email everyday - it's how professors or UVM staff members will contact you - you can have it forwarded to another account or set it up on your smartphone to stay connected
  • Research any other VA benefits you may be eligible for, including:
    • Compensation and/or Pension if a potential disability was incurred or aggravated in the military
    • Veterans Health Administration healthcare, make sure you have healthcare coverage before arriving on campus and stay well
Step 4 - Register for classes and transfer credits
  • Meet with your academic advisor, they can help you stay on track for graduation
    • As a military veteran you are eligible for priority within class registration
      • That means you can register for classes at 6:30am rather than 7:00am on your registration day
    • Remember, all classes you take must count toward your degree requirement
    • If you add, drop, or change classes you must submit a new Request for Enrollment Certification with the change
  • Make sure you have access to your myUVM Portal - that's where you register for classes
  • Contact Transfer Affairs,, in the Registrar's Office to receive credit for military service 
Step 5 - Submit your Request for Enrollment Certification
  • Submit a Request for Enrollment Certification form through the myUVM Portal Veterans Page
    • **You must submit a Request for Enrollment Certification EACH semester you wish to use VA education benefits**
  • Understand that this is how UVM communicates with VA so you receive your benefits
    • **It is important that you register for classes before submitting this form**
    • **It may take 6-8 weeks to receive your first payment, please plan accordingly**
 Step 6 - Learn where to access support resources while you are a student
  • Meet the School Certifying Official, start going to classes and attend a Student Veterans Organization meeting
  • Look into the support services available to you before your first exams so you can be prepared
  • Create an account with GI Bill Customer Help so you can ask questions at any time
    • Remember to forward all information to the School Certifying Official

Have fun!
UVM is a great place to enjoy your education, decompress after military service and learn to translate your military skills into the civilian workforce.

Last modified October 07 2016 08:19 AM