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Here at the Veteran and Military Resource Center at the University of Washington Tacoma, we recognize that the adjustment veterans deal with after being discharged from the military is stressful enough on its own without thinking about how you’re going to get into college. That’s why we created this new student checklist to help you begin your journey here.

  1. Apply for VA Education Benefits

If you’re an active-duty Servicemember or Veteran, a member of the National Guard or Reserves, or a qualified survivor or dependent, you may qualify to get help from the VA to pay your tuition. Using the following link, apply for benefits with the Veterans Administration under the Apply for Benefits tab. the VA will determine your eligibility and notify you by mail with a Certificate of Eligibility. Once you receive the Certificate of Eligibility, bring the letter into the Veteran and Military Resource Center, TLB room 307A.

Veterans applying for Chapter 31 Vocational Benefits will need a education plan for the program to which you are seeking admission and will require advance planning before pursuing admission.

Using the GI Bill® comparison tool, determine which benefits you are eligible for based on your time in service and military status. The benefit estimator can give you information such as how much of your tuition and fees will be paid, how much you will receive for your housing allowance and book stipend.

  1. Contact the UW Tacoma Admissions Office

You can call the Admissions Office at 253-692-4742 to make either a phone or in person appointment with Jorge M Martinez, Marine Corps Veteran and Admissions Advisor,

It is recommended that you bring unofficial transcripts from your high school, any other attended colleges, and a Joint Service Transcript (JST).

Request your JST by visiting the Joint Service Transcript (JST) website and creating a login:

  1. Apply to UW Tacoma

You apply to UW Tacoma using CollegeNET, which requires you to create an account and submit a nonrefundable application fee. Your application does not have to be completed in one session; you can log in and work on your application whenever you want. You do not pay the application fee until you have completed your application. A credit or debit card is required to pay the fee.

If you have any questions about completing your application, please contact the Office of Admissions at 253-692-4742 or via email at

  1. Create your UW NetID:

After submitting your application you will need to set up a MyUW account as well as a UW email address. All official communication from UW will come to your UW email address. If you haven't already done so, create your UW Net ID and set up your email account. The university has information about how to set up your MyUW account and how to set up your UW email.

  1. "Offer of Admission" letter

You should expect to receive an admissions decision within 4-6 weeks of completing your application with official transcripts. Once admitted, you will need to complete the steps below.

  1. Pay the New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee or request a Deferral:

We encourage all students to pay the nonrefundable New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee (NSEOF) within two weeks of receiving your offer of admission. Freshmen admitted for Autumn quarter must pay by May 1st. The NSEOF can be paid online. The NSEOF reserves your place at UW Tacoma. You will not be able to attend orientation and register for classes until the NSEOF has been paid or deferred.

Post 9/11 benefit recipients may defer the NSEOF and it will be paid with your first quarter's tuition. If paying the NSEOF is a hardship and you have other resources supporting your enrollment, you are encouraged to complete the NSEOF Deferral form.

  1. Visit or call the UW Tacoma Veteran Military Resource Center (VMRC)

Visit the VMRC and Vet Corps Navigator for assistance with any of the steps above, or if you have any questions or concerns.

Location: Tioga Library Building (TLB) 307A, Front Desk Phone: 253-692-5723

  1. Proof of Immunization:

All newly enrolled students are required to provide proof of measles (rubeola) immunity by submitting a Measles Immunity Verification form. The Health Sciences Immunization Program (HSIP) ensures students enrolled in health sciences academic programs comply with the requirements detailed in the University’s affiliation agreements with clinical and practicum training sites.

  1. Attend orientation

As a new student, you are required to participate in an orientation program prior to the start of your first quarter at UW Tacoma and before getting your UW Husky ID card. Husky ID cards are issued at orientation on the day of attendance.  An online option exists for transfer students. Sign up for Orientation.

  1. Contact your academic advisor

Academic advising is required for all freshmen undergraduate students and though optional for transfer undergraduate students, is highly recommended. Your academic advisor will partner with you to support your academic plans and goals. To identify your advisor see the Undergraduate Advising Directory to get started. Graduate students will receive advising through their academic program.

  1. Register for classes

The Time Schedule — or a list of courses offered — is available approximately three weeks before registration opens for a quarter. First-year students must meet with their academic advisor before registration while transfer students have the option to register before meeting with an advisor but are encouraged to meet regularly with your assigned academic advisor. Every quarter, using your MyUW account, you will register for classes using the registration tab and following the directions. If you haven't registered before or need a reminder on the process, these UW webcasts will walk you through the registration process.

  1. Start your classes

The Veteran and Military Resource Center is here to help UW Tacoma students with their military educational benefits. Keep us updated on any changes to your enrollment for the quarter to ensure that your benefits continue while pursuing your education.

  1. Complete the online certification request

To receive your VA educational benefits, each quarter you will need to request certification at the following site: Certification Request. Login with your MYUW login name and password. The form will ask you a series of questions in addition to the classes you’re requesting to be certified. You are also able to login to the website to request adjustments to your certification at any time during the quarter and to check the current status of your certification request. You will receive a confirmation email from the VA upon your initial certification.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at