• Military Benefits

    We provide comprehensive information and services for members of the military.

    Military veterans who attend the University of Charleston will soon feel at home among the faculty, staff, and fellow classmates. UC's commitment to current and former service personnel is reflected in the many benefits available to military students:

    VA Vets.gov Education Benefits

    Learn more about the education benefits at vets.gov.

    Apply for VA educational benefits here.

    • Form 22-1990 is completed for those students with military service
    • Form 22-1990e is completed for those students who have had benefits transferred to them (TOE, DEA).

    Please contact the UC Office of Military Programs at 304-357-4946 with any questions.

    • ACE Recommendations for Transfer Military Credit. UC accepts military transfer credit based on the standards of the American Council on Education (ACE) for military training and previous college coursework
    • Credit by examination:
      • Veteran students may apply for credit by alternative means such as transfer credit from previous college work, and nationally standardized tests including College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), or through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolio assessment.
      • The maximum combined credits granted by UC for CLEP, DANTES, and PLA portfolio assessment is 30 credit hours.
    • Affiliation with SOC, DANTES, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission:
      • UC is a member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and DANTES.
      • UC also is an active participant in the WVHEPC, Veteran Education and Training Programs.
    • Re-admission of military service members. The University of Charleston will promptly readmit with the same academic status a service member who was previously admitted to the institution but who did not attend, or did not continue to attend, because of service in the uniformed services. This policy is in compliance with section 484C of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, or 20 U.S.C. 1091c. The U.S. Department of Education published regulations that further implemented the law on October 29, 2009. Many parts of the law and regulations are based on the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) (38 U.S.C. 4301-4334) which establishes the process for service members to return to employment after serving on active duty. The United States Code (U.S.C.) can be accessed at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionUScode.action?collectionCode=USCODE.

    Many of you may not know how to apply for and receive all the outstanding benefits available to active duty servicemembers and veterans, but we do and we are ready to help. Our military specialists are available to guide you through the application process for various types of financial aid including:

    Forever GI Bill Update - Removal of Delimiting Date

    This is to make you aware that you may be impacted by recent legislation, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-48, Section 112), commonly known as the “Forever GI Bill”. This law removes the time-limit for using the Post-9/11 GI Bill for certain Veterans and dependents. If you are currently using your education benefits, please be aware that letters produced by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) automated systems may incorrectly advise you that you have an end date to use your benefits. We are working to update our automated systems in order to resolve this issue in the coming months.

    Individuals who no longer have a time limit to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill:

    • Veterans with a last discharge or release from active duty on or after January 1, 2013, provided such discharge was from a period of service of at least 90 days in length.
    • Spouses utilizing transfer of entitlement (TOE) benefits when the transferor has a last discharge or release from active duty on or after January 1, 2013, provided such discharge was from a period of service of at least 90 days in length.
    • Children of deceased Servicemembers who first became entitled to the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry scholarship on or after January 1, 2013.
    • Any spouse entitled to the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship.

    Note: Children utilizing TOE are not impacted by Section 112 of Public Law 115-48. 

    If You Have Questions or Need Assistance

    If you have questions or need assistance, contact VA at 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551). If you use the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), the Federal number is 711. 

    Further information may also be found on our website at https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/

    Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Residency Requirement

    The University of Charleston limits academic residency to no more than twenty-five percent of the degree requirements for all undergraduate degrees for active-duty servicemembers. Academic residency can be completed at any time while active-duty servicemembers are enrolled at the University subject to stated specific major requirements. Reservists and National Guardsmen on active-duty are covered in the same manner.