Veterans and Military Family Members

Veterans and Military

We seek to support those who served our country, students who have been assigned military benefits and students who are currently getting military benefits.

Some institutional grant and waiver funds are reserved for in-state students, determined by domicile. These awards cannot be granted to students with in-state tuition exceptions, such as: 

  • Students whose parent is employed in Virginia
  • Students receiving in-state tuition via Veteran’s Choice
  • Students receiving in-state tuition and VMSDEP
  • Veterans employed or residing in Virginia, but not domiciled in Virginia
  • Active duty service members receiving in-state tuition

For Veteran’s benefits, contact Office of Veteran's Affairs. They can help with all Chapter 33 Post 9/11, Chapter 35 and Fry Scholarship, Chapter 30 and 1606 information, active duty and reserves.

For ROTC benefits, please contact the Corp of Cadets

Other Veteran benefits:

Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program

The Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (VMSDEP) provides education benefits to spouses and children of military service members killed, missing in action, taken prisoner, or who served in covered military combat and has been rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as totally and permanently disabled or at least 90 percent permanently disabled as a result of such service. Military service includes service in the United States Armed Forces, United States Armed Forces Reserves, the Virginia National Guard, or the Reserves. Armed conflict includes military operations against terrorism, on a peace-keeping mission, as the result of a terrorist act, or any armed conflict.

The purpose of VMSDEP is to promote access to high-quality education at Virginia’s public colleges and universities for survivors and dependents of qualified Veterans. Benefits are available for up to 4 academic years. Download the VMSDEP flyer.

Fallen Heroes  On March 23, 2018, the President signed Public Law 115-141, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, which included an amendment to Section 473(b) of the Higher Education Act, authorizing the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship. Under this scholarship, beginning with the 2018-2019 award year, a Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer is eligible to receive a maximum Pell Grant for the award year for which the determination of eligibility is made. Contact our office for more details.

View frequently asked questions about military and veteran's benefits.