A step by step guide to applying to The University of Arizona, obtaining your GI Bill ® and certifying your enrollment. Contains information about some of our specific policies and processes for our school. 

A link to the Education Benefits page on the GI Bill ® Web site at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is available at Veterans Administration Education Benefits.

Go to http://www.arizona.edu/how-apply-ua.  If you have questions about this process the following staff members work specifically with military-connected students:


Additional application information, including admission contacts for specific programs, see https://grad.arizona.edu or contact gradadmissions@grad.arizona.edu 

You can follow your admissions process by logging into How to Apply.

Skip to Step 3 if you are the service member using your own GI Bill ®.  If the student is a spouse or dependent of an active-duty service member and using the Post 9/11 GI Bill ®, the service member must transfer their benefit to the student through the Department of Defense.  Complete the Transfer of Entitlement request. Once the Transfer of Entitlement is approved the student must then apply to use their GI-Bill ® benefit.  This takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks and the VA will mail you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE).

Complete the Online Application located at www.vets.gov.

  • Active-Duty Service Members and Veterans:  Use Form 22-1990 for all benefit chapters
  • Transfer of Benefits to Dependents and Spouses: Use Form 22-1990E to apply for Post 9/11 GI Bill Transfer of Entitlement
  • Dependents and Spouses: Use Form 22-5490 for Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program OR The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (dependents or surviving spouse of service members who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001)

Complete the Request for Change of Program or Place of Training electronically with the VA at www.vets.gov

If you're a student using Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) benefits, your counselor will send an approved Purchase Order to our office, UA Bookstore, UA Parking AND the UA Bursar Office for direct billing to the VA. 

Register with VA eBenefits @ https://www.ebenefits.va.gov and make a PREMIUM account. This is where you will go to check your deposits from the VA along with the history of your certification status and months of benefit remaining, setup direct deposit or update your address. 

Check your Residency Status (for tuition purposes) and Verification of Lawful Presence (VLP: Prop 300): This can be viewed in UAccess Student Center under demographic data.  Please contact the Military-Connected Benefits and Certifications Office 520-621-9501 immediately if your residency status is incorrect or if you have any questions.  

The University of Arizona offers In-State residency for tuition purposes under some military exceptions.

To prevent delays in receiving your education benefits, you must submit your veteran academic certification request PRIOR to the beginning of EACH semester or summer session in which you will use your benefits. Submit your request through UAccess Student Center (https://uaccess.arizona.edu) log into Student Center, go to "Personal" menu and select Veteran Benefit Certification.

View instructions on this process

Military Connected Benefits and Certifications  
Student Union Memorial Center, Rm 404
Phone: 520-621-9501
Fax: 520-621-3665
Email: veterans@arizona.edu


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.