Veteran and Military Connected Students
Impacts of Veterans Benefits on Financial Aid
Students may use both veterans benefits and financial aid to pay for their education. Upon completing the free application, a student will be considered for grants, work-study and student loans. Learn more about the types of aid we offer.
Reporting Veterans Benefits on the FAFSA
Most veterans education benefits will not impact a student’s eligibility for financial aid and should not be reported on the FAFSA. Learn more about the benefits that shouldn't be reported on the FAFSA. You do need to report non-education veterans benefits on the FAFSA. Non-education benefits include: disability, death pension, dependency indemnity compensation and/or VA work-study allowances.
Reporting Combat Pay on the FAFSA
Do not report untaxed combat pay on your FAFSA. Combat pay should be zero for enlisted persons and warrant officers (including commission officers) because their combact pay is entirely non-taxable. For commissioned officers generally, combat pay in excess of the highest enlisted persons' pay (plus imminent danger/hostile pay) is taxable. Combat pay that was taxable in your adjusted gross income should be reported on the FAFSA so it will not be used to calculate your aid eligibility. For more information about reporting combat pay on the FAFSA visit the Armed Forces' Tax Guide.
Veteran Status and Financial Aid Dependency Status
For Financial Aid Purposes, You're Considered a Veteran If:
- You engaged in active duty (including basic training) in the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard), or are a National Guard or Reserve enlistee who was called to active duty for other than state or training purposes (e.g., called to duty by executive/presidential order), or were a cadet or midshipman at one of the service academies, and
- You were released under a condition other than dishonorable.
You Aren't Considered a Veteran If:
- You have never engaged in active duty (including basic training) in the U.S. Armed Forces,
- Are currently an ROTC student, a cadet or midshipman at a service academy,
- Are a National Guard or Reserves enlistee activated only for state or training purposes, or
- Were engaged in active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces but released under dishonorable conditions
- You are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and will continue to serve through June 30 of the applicable FAFSA year.
Changes to Financial Circumstances
Selective Service Registration
To be eligible for federal student aid, male citizens and male immigrants residing in the U.S. aged 18 through 25 are required to register with the Selective Service System, with limited exceptions. The Selective Service System and the registration requirement applies to any person assigned the sex of male at birth. To learn more, visit www.sss.gov/Registration-Info/Who-Registration. Upon completion of the FAFSA, service registrations are confirmed with the Selective Service by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Selective Service System and the registration requirement for males preserves America’s ability to provide resources in an emergency to the U.S. Armed Forces. Males currently in the armed services and on active duty are not required to register with the Selective Service (this exception does not apply to members of the Reserve and National Guard who are not on active duty). Individuals may register by visiting SSS.gov. To learn more, visit the Selective Service webpage or student aid on the web.
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