1. Establish eligibility for tuition and fee payment:
If you are still on active duty and want to use Tuition Assistance (TA), please see your unit education office counselor about getting started. It is usually in the best interest of the service member to use TA first before using VA education benefits.
You can use your education benefit for Top-Up. Please contact your base/post education office for further instructions.
Veteran or family member using VA education benefits?
If you have not yet applied for your benefit, please go to the Vets.gov website where you will find instructions on eligibility and the application process.
Please contact our office to get a check sheet that will assist you through this process.
Once you have applied, expect at least 8 weeks to receive your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by mail. It is very important that you do not delay. The VA processes benefits on a first-come first-serve basis and it can take 8 weeks or more to receive your COE.
2. Apply for Admission to UCCS:
Go the the UCCS Admissions website to make sure you meet the admission requirements.
Prepare and apply early.
Please note: Admission's requires scanned copies only of your documents - no photo copies allowed.
Pay your application fee.
The VA does not cover the application fee, which is due when you submit your UCCS application
3. Evaluation of Military Credit:
Obtain your military transcripts for the UCCS admissions office.
You will want to explore academic credit for military service. Each service produces a transcript listing academic equivalency for military training and experience based on guidelines established by the American Council on Education (ACE).
The Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs will evaluate your transcripts and make recommendations based on the Military Transfer Credit Policy.
Please go to our Military Transfer Credit link (located under the Continuing Students tab) for more specific instructions.
4. FAFSA / Financial Aid:
Apply to Financial Aid for grants, loans and scholarship opportunities.
If approved, you do not have to accept any of the offered loans, grants or scholarships, but it is important to have those approved and waiting in case you need them.
Please note: If you are receiving resident rates, you must apply for the College Opportunity Fund (COF) and authorize it in your student portal. The VA does not pay this difference.
Please review Bursar Office/ Cashiering - Frequently Asked Questions webpage for COF and other pertinent financial information.
5. Vet/Military Orientation:
Once you've been accepted to UCCS you'll receive a welcome packet, including how to register for orientation.
It is important to attend the earliest possible orientation that you can. The same day that you complete orientation you are eligible to register for classes.
Please note: Waiting until just before the term can result in not getting the classes you want, and cause delays in benefit payment.
6. Complete New Student Intake at the OVMSA
Once you have completed the above steps you should bring proof of your eligibility to our office. At that time we will verify your paperwork and gather additional information needed to create your file.
This is particularly important as we cannot certify your enrollment for payment, if we do not know you are here.
At the end of your visit you will complete the Request for Enrollment Verification (REV), a form you must turn in every term you wish to use your benefit.
Thank you for considering UCCS. We look forward to meeting with you. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any further questions.