Veterans Affairs Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for admission?
The application for admission is available online. Once the application has been submitted,
the prospective student should send supporting information required for admission.
For persons who have never attended college, an official copy of your high school
transcript showing completion of the program is required or proof of GED completion.
Depending upon the length of time an applicant has been out of school, the ACT or
SAT test scores may be required. For persons with previous college work, transcripts
from each college attended need to be provided by the issuing institution. The same is true
of persons applying to graduate programs even though a transcript may contain coursework
from multiple institutions. Depending on the specific graduate program, test scores
(e.g., GRE, GMAT) may be required either at the point of application or within a specified
period of time after admission.
How do I pay for my education at the University of New Orleans?
Third Party Billing
Depending upon the chapter under which a student is enrolled, will depend upon whether
funds are sent directly to the student or to the institution. The University will
directly bill the VA for persons enrolling under the Post 9/11 GI Bill based on information
available at the time of this publication. Billing the applies to the Post 9/11 legislation
is handled through the Bursar’s Office, Third Party Billing.
Before most veterans assistance programs can be activated for an individual, all forms
must be completed. A list specific program information along with the specific forms
related to the program can be found on the Veterans Affairs Office homepage. In instances
other than for students enrolling under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, students may have to
come up with the funds to cover tuition and fees until their benefits are in place.
The University does have a limited payment plan (EPPO) available for Spring and Fall
What kinds of Student Financial Aid are available?
Most student financial aid (loans, grants and/or scholarships) is need based, however
depending upon some variables such as grade point average and test scores of individuals
applying as freshmen, academic interest, and timing of application for admission (the
earlier the receipt of the admission application, the more opportunities that may
be available.) Prospective graduate students should also contact the academic department
of their proposed major as graduate and/or teaching assistantships may be available.
It is highly recommended that any person seeking student financial assistance complete
the FAFSA form found at fafsa.ed.gov. No federal awards can be made without the completion of this form. FAFSA processing
can take up to eight weeks. For more information about opportunities available through
the UNO Student Financial Aid Office.
What is Satisfactory Academic Progress?
The Federal Government requires each institution to review student’s Satisfactory
Academic Progress (SAP). To be considered for Federal Aid, students must be in "good
standing" academically, and enrolled in an eligible curriculum. This is to assure
recipients are maintaining the required cumulative overall GPA level, and the total
ratio of earned/pursued hours, in accordance with the institution’s policy. Students
must meet SAP in order to retain financial aid eligibility.
Are Work Study Opportunities Available?
Both the Federal Work Study Program administered through the UNO Student Financial
Aid Office and the Veterans Work Study Opportunity are available at UNO. The Veterans
Work Study Opportunity is administered by the Veterans Affairs area within the Office
of the Registrar.
If I am a VA Dependent or Spouse and Qualify for Assistance, where do I go?
Once you have made application for admission, contact the Veterans Affairs Coordinator
in the Office of the Registrar to work through the applicable chapter or program requirements
How Do I Know if I am Eligible to Receive Credit for My Military Experiences?
Persons who have received military credit through study while in-service (mostly officer
or specialized training), should supply transcripts of said credit to the Office of
Admissions at the beginning of the admissions process. Admissions will verify if credit
may be awarded and what should be awarded through collaboration with the American
Council on Education and in accordance with University of New Orleans policies. More
information may be obtained by contacting the Office of Admissions.
I Need Academic Advising – Where Do I Go?
The Admissions Counselor working with service personnel, their dependents and spouses
will be glad to set up an advising appointment with a faculty member or academic counselor
in your area of interest. Contact the Office of Admissions to set up an appointment
at 504/280-6595 or 800/256-5UNO.
I’m a member of the National Guard. How do I get a National Guard Tuition waiver?
National Guard Tuition Waivers are available at UNO, however, authorization for eligibility
and benefits must be processed through the appointing authority within your National
I’m on active duty. What if my unit is deployed?
Any service person whose unit is deployed should provide a copy of their orders indicating
deployment to the University Registrar, Administration Building 112. A family member
who has been legally authorized by the service person to act on his/her behalf can
provide that documentation should the individual not be able to do so prior to deployment.
In accordance with state and federal laws, the student will be withdrawn from the
semester/term and any monies owed to the student will be refunded.
I’ve been out of school for awhile and some of my skills are rusty. What services
are available to me to help me with my classes?
The University makes available to all students a comprehensive Writing Center, a Math
Tutor Center and tutoring in a variety of other subjects including but not limited
to foreign languages, biology, chemistry and accounting. All these forms of assistance
are administered through the Learning Resource Center, located in 334 Liberal Arts
The University has a variety of on-campus living options.
What other programs and services are available to me?
The University of New Orleans offers a wide variety of non-academic and academic support
programs that supports students and their interests. They include a state-of-the-art
recreation center, intramural sports, services for students with disabilities, student
health services, a variety of student activities from lectures, concerts, special
observances, counseling services, career counseling and more.
The University of New Orleans, which provides high-quality education to all of its
students, is particularly committed to working with present and former military personnel
and their families. Please consider the excellent educational opportunities we offer.
We hope to see you on our campus soon.