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Welcome to UConn!

“The University of Connecticut’s Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs would like to welcome you and thank you for your service.  Our goal is to provide a supportive environment for all Veterans and members of the military who attend UConn, and for each of them to know that they are an important and integral part of the University.”

- Alyssa Kelleher, Director, UConn's Office of Veterans Affairs & Military Programs

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Have an Issue or Complaint?

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.

CH31 Vocational Rehabilitation checklist

CH30 MGiB and 1606 Select Guard and Reserve checklist

CH33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® Checklist (Veteran and Dependent using Transferred Benefits)

CH35 Dependent Educational Assistance 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”

Leaving/separated from the military? Not sure where to start with college applications?

For anyone who is a veteran, or who will soon be leaving active duty and doesn't know where to begin in the college application process, the Veterans Upward Bound Program can help.

Did you know? UConn waives the application fees for veterans and active military . . . .

The University of Connecticut waives the application fees for veterans and those currently serving in the military, for both the undergraduate application and the graduate school application. Please refer to the website for Undergraduate Admissions or the Graduate School for more information.


Please contact us so we can assist you!

Phone:  (860) 486-2442

E-mail:  veterans@uconn.edu

On-campus location:  Hawley Armory Rm. 100B

HUSKY VET GAZETTE – November 2023

Click Here to view the Husky Vet Gazette In particular we want to highlight the following articles:
  • Legislative Hearing for Veterans - Nov. 8th
  • Husky Run & Ruck
  • Veterans Day Ceremony
  • Spring SYE Class
  • Internship Opportunity
  • Post 9/11 Military2VA
  • And much more . . . .
If you would like to be added to the email distribution list when each issue of the Husky Vet Gazette is posted, register your email here (visitors welcome).

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UConn Veteran of the Month – Dr. Carlita Cotton

Dr. Carlita Cotton, Veteran of the Month November 2023 and keynote speaker for the 2023 UConn Veterans Day Ceremony.


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UConn Veteran of the Month – Dr. Carlita Cotton

UConn’s Veterans and Military Programs is pleased to recognize John Albanese as UConn’s Veteran of the Month. Dr. Carlita Cotton as UConn’s Veteran of the Month. Dr. Cotton is a UConn Alum and will be the keynote speaker for the Veterans Day Ceremony at UConn this month. Dr. Carlita Cotton is a native of Birminham, Alabama. She holds a B.A. in Russian Language & Literature from the State University of New York at Albany, Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling & Theological Education from Howard University, and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Cotton served in the United States Air Force for 10 years, 16 days, and 8 hours. She enlisted in the Air Force on November 16, 1980, and honorably retired as a Technical Sergeant on November 30, 2000. During this time, she served in multiple locations, including overseas in the Persian Gulf and Cold War.

When it was time for career selections, Dr. Cotton was chosent to be a translator. A colleague told her that black people don't have the aptitude to learn Russian; she became a Russian translator.In addition to being a Linguist, Dr. Cotton has experience working as a Language Analyst and Supervisor, Joint Military Awards Director, Human Resources Intelligence Strategic Debriefer, and an Interrogator.
Her personal awards include the Air Force Achievement Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal (2), Air Force Longevity Award (4), Air Force Training Award, Army Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, CT Wartime Service Medal, and she is a class of 2021 CT Veterans Hall of Fame inductee.

In her civilian career, Dr. Cotton continues to educate and lead others as she did in the Air Force. She teaches Psychology as an Online Associate Professor at Post University, is a Lead Professor and Board of Trustee Member at Charter Oak State College, and as Clergy and Pastoral Couselor at New Roots AME & Stanley Chapel AME Zion churches. She also currently serves as a Town Coucilor for Mansfield, CT.

If you would like to nominate a student, faculty, or staff member for “Veteran of the Month,” please contact Nikki Eberly at Nikki.eberly@uconn.edu with the name of the person and reasons for your nomination.

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Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World ReportU.S. News & World Report ranked UConn  No. 33 nationwide among the Best Colleges for Veterans - 2022