Military Service Members and Veterans

We are glad you have chosen to continue your education at North Carolina’s designated liberal arts institution! We appreciate the hard work and sacrifice all Student Veterans have made, and we deem it an honor to provide support, guidance, and information to assist you in being successful at UNC Asheville.

We make every possible effort to assist all Student Veterans in having a smooth transition from military to academic life. These efforts are offered by various departments and offices at UNC Asheville along with other resources to support your unique transition.

Getting Started

  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs: The US Department of Veterans Affairs offers a variety of information including information on the GI Bill and how to apply.
  • Benefits & Enrollment: Visit the Office of the Registrar to learn more about available benefits, frequently asked questions and to complete the application for benefits.
  • Admissions: Visit the Admissions Office in order to apply to UNC Asheville or for any questions or concerns you may have in regards to the university.
  • Financial Aid Office: The Financial Aid Office at UNC Asheville can help you in completing all necessary steps in order to be eligible for financial aid including information on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Joint Services Transcript: A Joint Services Transcript must be completed in order to receive credit for your military training; this applies to all current and former members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
  • Health & Counseling Center: The Health and Counseling Center has professional staff dedicated to the health and wellness of all UNC Asheville students and take great precautions to ensure your privacy.
  • Office of Academic Accessibility: This office functions as a source of information, educational outreach, and advice, as well as a communication link among individuals, faculty, and staff
  • Asheville VA Medical Center outreach flyer 2021

Student Life at UNC Asheville

Student Veterans have a very special place here at UNC Asheville, and we encourage you to look into the various opportunities available for you to connect with our campus community, as well as our community of Student Veterans. Some of these opportunities include (but are not limited to):

All new veteran students transitioning into UNC Asheville are invited to a Veteran Student Meet and Greet which typically takes place during the first week of classes for both the fall and spring semesters. Here you will have the opportunity to meet the staff and students from the Office of Transition and Parent Programs, as well as other campus and area community members to learn more about the opportunities available to you at UNC Asheville and in the larger Asheville community.

  • The first two weeks of the fall semester are always packed with events and opportunities for you to get connected to the campus community through activities such as student organization fairs, socials, and activities you won’t find anywhere else! Check out the calendar for Weeks of Welcome on the Highsmith Student Union and Student Activities website.
  • The mission of the University Veterans Alliance is to bring Student Veterans at UNC Asheville together with each other and with other students to build camaraderie and to develop relationships with the university and the city of Asheville. This organization works to raise awareness of veterans on campus and the challenges they face along with the unique strengths that they bring to the university environment. Through service, this organization seeks to develop a culture of citizenship in the local community. The University Veteran Alliance is a student organization open to all veteran and non-veteran students interested in veteran affairs at UNC Asheville. Email transition@unca.edu for more information.

Scholarship Opportunities

U.S. Veterans Magazine provides a comprehensive list of scholarship opportunities for military veterans, spouses and dependents.

Check out the list by clicking on the following link:

https://www.usveteransmagazine.com/list-of-military-scholarships-for-service-members-spouses-and-dependents/