Application Guide: Active Duty Military and Veterans

Step 1 – Apply for VA Education Benefits

If you have not already done so, please apply for VA education benefits. If you’ve already applied, simply bring a copy of the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) with you at the time you submit your benefits request through the Office of Veteran Services.

Step 2 – Submit your Certificate of Eligibility

Once you receive your Certificate of Eligibility (COE), Federal Law requires that you provide a copy to the Institution of Higher Learning that you are attending.

Please follow instructions according to the chapter for which you qualify:

Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

This bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans. Generally, benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. The Post-9/11 GI bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after Sept. 11, 2001 as well as those discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.

Effective Aug. 1, 2009, it will pay:

  • Tuition and fees directly to the school (not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition and fees at Florida public institutions of higher learning).
  • Monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school, pro-rated based off the percentage awarded and enrollment status.
  • Annual books and supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment and percentage of award.

For Those with New VA Education Benefits

For Those with Continuing VA Education Benefits

Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (Chapter 30)

Called “MGIB” for short, this bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.

For Those with New VA Education Benefits

For Those with Continuing VA Education Benefits

Survivors‘ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA) - (Chapter 35)

This program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.

For Those with New VA Education Benefits

For Those with Continuing VA Education Benefits

Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) (Chapter 1606 or 1607)

This program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components. You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits. Your benefit entitlement ends 14 years from the date of your eligibility for the program, or on the day you leave the Selected Reserve.

For Those with New VA Education Benefits

For Those with Continuing VA Education Benefits

Step 3 – Apply to USF St. Petersburg

Apply to USF St. Petersburg as a First Time in CollegeTransfer or Non-Degree Seeking student.

Step 4 – Submit your military transcripts

Those not receiving survivors’ or dependents’ benefits, please request that a copy of your AARTS (Army), or SMARTS (Navy or Marine), or CCAF (Air Force), or Coast Guard transcript be sent to USF St. Petersburg at the address below by the end of your first semester.

USF St. Petersburg
Office of Records and Registration
140 Seventh Avenue South, BAY 102
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Have questions? Contact your Admissions Counselor at 727-873-4142.

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School Codes

ACT - 0761

SAT - 5828

TOEFL - 5828

FAFSA - 1537

Electronic transcripts - 1537

Transcripts can also be hand delivered or mailed sealed from the institution to the address below.
Undergraduate Admissions
140 Seventh Avenue South BAY 117
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Admissions Requirements

Veteran applicants will want to secure VA Educational Benefits. The Military and Veterans Success Center is here to help.  Then see  First Time in CollegeTransfer or Non-Degree Seeking requirements.