This checklist has been created for you to use as a tool to help you in the process of becoming a student at the University of New Hampshire. Please let us know if you think we are missing anything.
|1. Apply for Admission||
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions website provides guidelines for applying. Specific information for Veterans interested in applying to UNH and application requirements can be found here. Go to our website for details, www.admissions.unh.edu, or call 603-862-1360.
Your personal academic background and academic goals will be helfpul in determining how you will apply. The undergraduate application fee is waived for vets and active duty applicants.
Special Note: The Preadmission Program at UNH is often an appropriate option for veterans. The important thing to remember is that Admissions will make the final determination on whether the student's academic background is appropriate for study at UNH. While many are accepted into the pre-admit program it is not an automatic acceptance.
The Graduate Admissions process differs from that of an Undergraduate. You will apply through the Graduate School office, Thompson Hall. Check out their website at www.gradschool.unh.edu or call 603-862-3000 for further information. The graduate application fee is waived for vets and active duty applicants.
|2. Apply for FAFSA||The Free Application for Student Aid, of FAFSA, is a government-mandated form that determines your eligibility for low-orno-interest student loans as well as grants at the federal and state level. You'll want to complete this form to ensure you receive all the aid for which you are eligible, even if you plan on using veterans education benefits. To be considered for the most potential aid, complete the FAFSA by March 1, this is the University of New Hampshire's priority submission date. Visit the FAFSA website to fill out and submit the application.|
|3.Obtain Transcripts from other universities attended||
To earn transfer credit from coursework completed prior to attending the University of New Hampshire, collect your transcripts from previous colleges and any military institutions that can be considered for UNH credit. Provide copies of your military transcripts and your DD 214 discharge documents to the UNH Office of Admissions for evaluation, or, if you are still on active duty provide your 2586 military identification. Visit the appropriate site, and request that transcripts be sent directly to the UNH Admissions Office.
|4. Apply for on campus housing||If you would like to live on campus, you'll want to apply right away. The UNH Housing website and has great information about residential life, on-campus apartments, as well as summer housing. Off-campus housing can be found here.|
|5.Attend a University Orientation||Orientation is a great opportunity for you to become familiar with the campus and to meet faculty, staff and fellow students. UNH offers orientation for first year students as well as transfer students. Please check out the Orientation website to see if there is a session you may want to attend.|
6.Schedule a meeting with an academic advisor
|Meeting with an academic advisor early in the course scheduling process can save you a lot of time, energy, and mistakes. If you happen to still be on active duty when it is time to register for courses, there may be an opportunity to set up a phone appointment for you to speak with your Advisor. Advisors can help you plan a manageable course load that meets your specific academic needs. They can also assist you in ensuring that all the courses for which you will request GI Bill funding apply to your degree plan. This is a Veterans Affairs requirement in order to receive benefits.|
|7.Apply for Veterans Benefits||
Visit the official GI Bill® Web Site to go through a step-by-step process to get an idea of what benefits are best for you. You will need to complete one of the following forms online through the Veterans Affairs' VONAPP website.
Usually there is an 8 to 12 week wait before you receive your benefits. Once they arrive and you have received your certificate of eligibility (or Notice of Basic Eligibility) those documents should be turned in to the Veterans Coordinators, Lonn Sattler and Katie Romero, so that you can be certified and receive your benefits.
"GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S.government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.”
|8. Complete the UNH Benefits Request for Certification (RFC)||
Students must submit the RFC every semester to request that UNH certifies your benefits to the VA. Download the fillable PDF form below, save it on your computer, fill it out and submit the form by one of the methods below, e-mail is the preferred method.
Please make sure to submit the form early enough to allow plenty of time for processing. A minimum of two months prior to the start of the semester is strongly recommended. You may submit this form up to 4 months prior to the start of the semester. You do not need to have registered for classes to submit the form, but you are responsible for notifying us as soon as possible if your registration plans change after you have requested certification.