Due to the University's response to the COVID-19 Virus, the UConn Veterans Affairs and Military Programs office will be teleworking until further notice. Our team will be answering email and checking phone messages during this time. All of us are committed to the support of military affiliated students. Please email us at email@example.com or leave us a message at 860-486-2442.
Please read through the latest email update regarding GI Bill Benefits and access to VA Services sent out March 23, 2020 from Alyssa Kelleher, Director of UConn's Office of Veterans Affairs & Military Programs.
Welcome to UConn!
"The University of Connecticut is an institution where those who serve our nation in uniform can thrive, as it has been since our earliest days. We at UConn take pride in the welcoming and supportive environment we create for veterans and active duty military personnel and their families as part of our core mission of academic excellence, personal development and serving societal needs through scholarship and health care.”
- President Thomas Katsouleas, UConn
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
New VA Benefit!
The Rogers STEM Scholarship application is now available! Eligible Post-9/11 GI Bill® students must be enrolled in a STEM program and must have exhausted/are close to exhausting their VA Benefits.
Where do I start? Applying to UConn? Want to request Information?
If you are applying to the University of Connecticut and are planning on using your benefits, we have put together these handy checklists for you to follow. It will guide you from start to finish and ensure you are squared away -click on the appropriate checklist.
Just want more information? Want us to contact you? Fill out the Information Request with some basic information to get us started, and we will contact you.
UConn Veterans Community
The Veteran Community at UConn is an open, welcoming, supportive community of people who have sacrificed in service to our great nation. The Veteran Community encompasses nearly 1,500 students, staff and faculty who are:
• Current Active Duty military and members of any of the uniformed services
• Current members of the Air or Army National Guard
• Current active or inactive Reservists of any of the armed services
• Those who have previously served in any capacity in the uniformed services
• Spouses, children, and any other dependents of any current or prior member of the uniformed services
Using Benefits? Submit Your Form D!!
Each semester you are a student at the University of Connecticut and are planning on using your benefits, you need to submit your Form D to UConn's Office of Veterans Affairs & Military Programs. Whether you are using Benefits from the VA, the Connecticut Veterans Tuition Waiver, or the National Guard Tuition Waiver, you need to submit your Form D. We recommend you submit the Form D immediately after registering for classes. The Form D is available online, so you can complete it anywhere.
Important Updates! Tuition Waivers at UConn
Important Updates: National Guard & State Veterans Tuition Waiver and NEW FORM D, AMENDED FORM D, and STATE VETERANS TUITION WAIVER FORMS
Since May Term 2017, both the National Guard tuition waiver and the State Veterans tuition waiver can be used for ALL academic terms (including summer and winter sessions). Also, they can both be used for all approved degree and certificate programs. More information about eligibility requirements and how to apply for these tuition waivers can be found under “Benefits” and the “National Guard & State Veterans Tuition Waiver”
Did you know? UConn waives the application fees for veterans and active military . . . .
HUSKY VET GAZETTE – March/April 2020
- VA Updates
- Message from the Director
- Veteran of the Month
- And much more . . . .
Please contact us so we can assist you!
Phone: (860) 486-2442
On-campus location: Hawley Armory Rm. 100B
UConn Veteran of the Month – Benji Buchanan
- Karen Brazell to Perform Duties of Assistant Secretary for VA Office of Enterprise Integration 9 Apr 2020
- CARES Act helping VA boost protections for Veterans 8 Apr 2020
- VA appeals production at all time high 8 Apr 2020
- President Trump tasks VA Chief of Staff Pamela J. Powers to perform duties of Deputy Secretary 7 Apr 2020
UConn Veteran of the Month – Benji Buchanan
The Office of Veterans Affairs & Military Programs is pleased to announce Benji Buchanan as the Veteran of the Month. Benji is also the recent recipient of the Willis N. Hawley Service and Leadership Award, which is recognized by the University of Connecticut through the Student Life Awards. The Hawley Award recognizes a student veteran each year who has made significant contributions to the UConn Community.
Benji is a Senior Computer Science major in the School of Engineering who is graduating in May. He served two years in the Navy, mostly on the USS Wasp (LHD-1) as a firefighter, or a member of “Crash.” Benji has been very active in the VSO (Veteran Students Organization) at UConn, serving as the Secretary for the VSO. He has also been a mentor in the FYE (First Year Experience) program, assisting new student Veterans with their transition to UConn and student life. Additionally, Benji has been an integral part of the Veterans Community at UConn, often providing guidance and support to his fellow student Veterans in regards to motivating others to live a healthier lifestyle, providing study tips and in-depth resources for effective studying, and sharing his past struggles with mental health to help other Veterans who are struggling.
Please congratulate Benji on his upcoming graduation and on receiving the Hawley Award!
We are always looking for nominations for Veteran of the Month. If you know someone you’d like to nominate (including a student, faculty, or staff member), please contact Nikki Eberly at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the person and reasons for your nomination.
Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report ranked UConn No. 37 nationwide among the Best Colleges for Veterans - 2020