There are a number of resources available to you to help pay for your college expenses. Many are listed below.
VA Educational Benefits
One of the first things you will want to do is apply for your VA education benefit. The VA certifying officials are located in the Veterans Center and they are a great resource to guide you through the complex process of receiving your benefits – from answering questions about the various education benefits, the application and certification process, and advocating on your behalf with the VA. If your education benefits are going to be delayed, the Veterans Center staff will work with you to avoid late fees or registration holds and provide options for financial support during the delay.
As a Veteran you may also qualify for additional tuition assistance through one of the state waiver programs. If eligible, these state waivers can supplement your VA education benefit by apying the portion of tuition that is not covered by the VA. Even if you have exhausted your VA benefits you may still qualify for a state tuition waiver of up to 50%.
Review the information on the Benefits tab to get started and learn about all the benefit programs available to you.
In addition to utilizing your VA Education Benefits, you will also want to apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA will determine your eligibility for all federal, state and institutional funding. More information about completing the FAFSA, the Husky Promise Program, student loans, and important deadlines can be found at the Office of Student Financial Aid’s website.
Scholarships for Military Veterans and Families
Staff in the Veterans Center have put together a handout listing various resources available to veterans to assist them with their educational expenses. Click here to view or download the form.
The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards has developed a listing of scholarships for military veterans and their families. It can be downloaded here.
Short Term Emergency Loans
If you find yourself in a situation where there is a time lag between your VA benefits being applied and/or your financial aid is pending, you can go online to your UW account and appply for a Short Term Emergency Loan (STL) under the Personal Services tab. Information about the STL can be found at the Office of Student Financial Aid’s website.
VA Work Study
If you are a full time or 3/4 time student in a degree program, you can “earn while you learn” with a VA work study allowance. Additional information about VA Work Study can be found on the VA website.
Tutorial Assistance Program
Tutorial Assistance is available if you are receiving VA educational assistance (except REAP) at the half-time or more rate and have a deficiency in a subject making tutoring necessary. If you have questions about this program, please contact the VA at 888-442-4551.