Military and Veterans Services
The Senate and House passed S.3503 which will give the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) the authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies. The new law allows for VA to continue to pay benefits regardless of the fact that the program has changed from resident training to online training.
Students will continue to receive the same monthly housing allowance payments that they received for resident training until January 1, 2021, or until the school resumes normal operations of resident training. VA is working to immediately implement the new changes to address current and future school terms to ensure students continue to receive their education benefits.
There is no action required from a GI Bill student. VA has scheduled webinars for March 26 and 27 with all VA approved schools to provide further guidance.
- The DMVS will update students as soon as further guidance is given from the VA.
- If you have questions about your specific circumstance, please contact the VA Education Call Center at: 1-888-442-4551 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (ET), Monday-Friday, or the UAF Department of Military and Veteran Services at 474-7400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Military Friendly College
UAF is a military friendly college that offers in-state tuition, credits for military training, VA educational benefits advising and other resources for veteran and military students. We are also ranked as one of America’s Best Military Friendly Online Colleges.
Get Help With Educational Benefits
There are four basic ways that military-affiliated students receive financial support while attending UAF:
- UAF support
- VA educational benefits
- Tuition assistance
- Support for spouses and dependents
Explore your options and find more information below. Our advisors are ready to help you with any questions.
UAF support for military, veterans and their families
UAF offers a variety of academic programs, scholarships and waivers to veterans and eligible dependents, including in-state/resident tuition for all active duty service members, veterans and their dependents.
Learn more about UAF support for military students
VA educational benefits (veterans and dependents)
VA education and training benefits offer a variety of opportunities for veterans and service members to achieve educational goals. Military-affiliated spouses and dependents may also qualify for certain VA education benefits.Learn more about which VA education benefits you and your family can use
Tuition assistance (active duty service members, spouses and national guard)
Tuition assistance offers eligible members of the U.S. Armed Forces $250 per credit hour (with a maximum yearly benefit of $4,500 per year or 16 credit hours). Active members of the Army and Air Force Reserve members and Army National Guard can receive up to $250 per credit hour towards undergraduate or graduate tuition up to $4500 for Federal Tuition Assistance and up to an additional 12 hours each semester using State Tuition Assistance. Alaska Air National Guard can receive State Tuition Assistance up to 12 hours each semester.Learn more about tuition assistance for active duty and National Guard
Support for spouses and dependents
Tuition assistance opportunities for spouses and dependents include transferring Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, UAF and national scholarships and tuition waivers for survivors of fallen service members. Military spouses are also eligible for tuition assistance through the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program.
Find more information about tuition assistance for spouses and dependents
Transfer to UAF
You can transfer VA education benefits to UAF even after having used a portion of your benefits at another school.
Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base
Take classes and more at nearby Fort Wainwright Army Garrison and Eielson Air Force Base. Opportunities include:
- On-site evening classes and degree programs
- Academic and career advising services
- Testing services
Summer Sessions full time enrollment
Find out how many UAF Summer Sessions credit hours you need to be enrolled in to be considered a full time student for VA education benefits.
Online degree programs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
Earn your degree from anywhere in the world, on a schedule that works for you. Our online programs offer military students flexible, affordable degree options with the same quality of education and personal support you would enjoy on campus. Explore online programs at UAF.
Information for military dependents
If you are a spouse, family member or other military dependent, you may be eligible for tuition assistance and other opportunities. We are here to help you with VA education benefits for dependents, planning your academic program and more. Find more information for military dependents .