Frequently Asked Questions

Applying to UNH

  • How do I apply to attend UNH?

Begin by applying for admission through the Undergraduate Admissions Office. There is a separate application for Veterans and the application fee is waived. Visit the UNH Admissions Veterans & Non-Traditional Students Page for more infomration on applying. If you are interested in attending Graduate School, you will want to visit the UNH Graduate School site. 


  • Do I need to send SAT or ACT scores with my application?

No, they are optional.


  • What are the application requirements?

Veterans and non-traditional students are considered as either first-year students or transfer students. You can view the full application requirments for first-year and transfer students here. 

If you are a student who has completed high school and never enrolled at another college or university or earned less than 16 credits for college coursework then you are considered a first-year student.

If you are a student who has been enrolled at another college/university or received more than 16 college credits then you are considered a transfer student.

  • Will I get credit for my military training?

Possibily.  Along with your application, please provide any transcripts from military schooling and prior college transcripts. The admissions staff will determine what you will be awarded as transfer credits.


  • How do I transfer my  military transcripts to UNH?

Visit the Joint Services Transcript  (JST) website or the Community College of Air Force Transcript Request (CCAR-Air Force Only),  and request an official transcript be sent to UNH Undergraduate Admissions.


  • What is the UNH Pre-Admissions Program?

The Pre-Admission Program is often an appropriate option for Veterans.  This program allows non-traditional students who may need to strengthen their academic credentials, the opportunity to begin studies through Continuing Education at UNH and to use coursework completed while in the Pre-Admission Program as a credential for admission to a UNH bachelor’s degree program.

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. 


  • Do I need to fill out a Residency Form even if I am a graduate student?

Yes, if you are claiming in-state residency you must fill out the Residency Form and provide it to the Admissions Office. 


Using Education Benefits

  • Who are the certifying officials at UNH and when do I contact them?

The School Certifying Officials at UNH are Penny Watson and Jessica Willis. Please contact the office immediately upon acceptance to UNH. 


  • Am I eligible for VA Benefits? I have Questions about VA Benefits.

Your GI Bill® eligibility is based on when you served your country and other requirements determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration.

Visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs site to learn more about educational benefits and eligibility. You may also call the VA directly at 888-442-4551. 


  • How do I obtain my benefits? 

Apply for your benefits online through the Veterans Affairs website.  The VA will then send you a benefits decision letter through traditional mail explaining the education benefit to which you are entitled.  Bring us a copy of this letter, also called a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), as soon as you recieve it in the mail.


  • Does UNH participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Yes, UNH does participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.  However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.  First, Yellow Ribbon is only available to students who are eligible for 100% Post 9/11 GI Bill®. Second, in many cases students using military education benefits qualify for in-state tuition, making participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program unnecessary.  MVS staff make residency determinations and inform the business services office.  If you are a resident, the VA covers the full UNH tuition.  If you are not a New Hampshire resident, you will want to contact Penny Watson or Jessica Willis to determine if you are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. 


  • Are third party courses/schools covered by the GI Bill?

Third party programs are never covered by the VA.  All credits covered by the GI Bill® must count toward your unmet credits for your degree program and be provided by a VA approved institution.  Contact Penny Watson or Jessica Willis for more information.


  • Are study abroad, summer, or intercession credits eligible for coverage under the GI Bill®?

You will first want to check in with your academic advisor to make sure these courses are meeting your unmet requirements.  Then follow up with our office to determine eligibility. 


  • Will the GI Bill® cover tuition on a class I need to re-take because my grade was too low?

Yes, but only if you must pass the course with a specific grade in order for it to count towards completing your degree.  The grade requirment must be in the school catalog.  For example, if you recieve a D, which is technically passing according to the univeristy, but your program requires you to recieve at least a C for the course to count towards your degree plan, then the GI Bill would cover you taking the course a second time.


  • Can I use my benefits during the Summer terms or during J-Term?

Yes, please refer to this handy sheet that explains how benefits are certified and awarded during Summer and J-terms. 


  • Can I apply for Financial Aid while using Educational Benefits? 

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a government-mandated form that determines your eligibility for low-or no-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 your 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. You may also visit the UNH Financial Aid website for more information or for assistance in completed the FAFSA. 


Life at UNH


  • Can I get credit for World Cultures because I served overseas?

Maybe.  You will want to fill out a petition to variance submitted to the Academic Dean of your department.  Your petition must show your rationale for why you believe you have fulfilled this requirement. 


    • Does UNH offer an Orientation for Veterans?

    Yes, please contact the office for information about upcoming orientations. 


    • How do I change my address?

    Visit the UNH Office of the Registrar website and fill out a 'Change of Address Form'. 


    • Where can I learn about job opportunities?

    Wildcat Careers maintains a list of all work-study positions available on campus.  Furthermore, VA work-study positions are also occasionally available in the Military & Veteran Services Office. Contact Karen Gilbert if you are interested in learning more. 


    • Are there any grant or scholarship resources available to Veterans?

    Yes, you should fill out the FAFSA form every year, as it often provides you with opportunities for scholarships. Visit the FAFSA Website to fill out and submit the application. You may also visit the UNH Financial Aid website for more information or for assistance in completed the FAFSA. You can also view a list of Military- related scholarships, fellowships, and grants here. 


    • Is there a way to find other Veterans on campus?

    Yes, please stop by the Military & Veteran Services Office and the Veterans Lounges located on the Ground Floor of Hood House, 89 Main Street, Durham!

    You can also check out the Student Armed Forces Association.  They are a recognized student organization active in the UNH Wildcat community and are always looking for new members!