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Why UT Dallas?

The University of Texas at Dallas offers exceptional academic programs and is invested in the success of student veterans and military-affiliated students. Explore what we have to offer:

Military and Veteran Center

The veteran and military-affiliated student population at UT Dallas continues to grow each year. Recognizing the importance of community for veterans, the University established the Military and Veteran Center (MVC) in September 2012. Since that time, the MVC's role has continued to identify ways to support our students.

The MVC has four goals:

  • Foster community among students during their transition to campus life and with the UTD alumni veteran network.
  • Honor contributions within the UTD community & recognize academic achievements.
  • Connect students to the resources, services and programs they need to be successful at UT Dallas and beyond.
  • Inform and educate the campus, community and prospective students.

Veteran and Military-Affiliated Student Checklist

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We are pleased that you are considering UT Dallas. This checklist will guide you through several stages: pre-admissions, applying, and admittance.

Please contact the MVC if we can provide additional information or assistance.

Before You Apply (Optional Checklist)

(Optional) Learn more about UT Dallas by contacting a Pre-Admissions Counselor.
(Optional) Contact the Military and Veteran Center. Schedule a virtual appointment by emailing [email protected]. MVC staff meet one-on-one with prospective student veterans and military-affiliated students to provide guidance and information about the admissions process.
(Optional) Visit the campus: Preview Friday, Scholars' Day, campus tour.
Determine your eligibility for federal education benefits. Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs - Benefits website for information and apply online for VA benefits. Examine the housing stipend (ZIP code: 75080) and the book stipend for Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Determine your eligibility for Texas education benefits for veterans and their dependents. Visit the Texas Veterans Commission website to determine eligibility for the Hazlewood Act.
Understand residency requirements if using veteran benefits at UT Dallas: VA benefits or Hazlewood. Email [email protected] for questions.
Explore additional veteran and military family exemptions and waivers in Texas.
Planning to enroll while on active duty or actively drilling? Contact your installation’s education office/counselor or Educational Services Officer (ESO) for additional assistance.
(Optional) Search the Transfer Equivalencies by the institutions you have previously attended to see if there is potential transfer credit. You can also check the compatibility of courses taken at Texas institutions. Your admissions counselor will verify which courses will transfer to UT Dallas. If you are prompted to enter a password when using the Transfer Equivalency System, please refresh your cache and retry the link. Click here to learn how to refresh your browser’s cache.
(Optional) Explore the transfer plans for UT Dallas.


Be sure to apply by the Transfer Student or Freshman deadline to guarantee a decision is made on your application in time to register for classes.
Visit the admission pages for Transfer Students or Freshmen for more information regarding admission requirements.
Undergraduates complete online application at Graduates apply at the online graduate admission webpage. Before submitting your application, please select "Request fee waiver" on the final page of the ApplyTexas application or select that you will pay by cash/check. Veteran and military service members may be eligible for a $50 application fee waiver by providing one of the following documents:
  • Valid military ID
  • DD214, including character of service
  • Driver's license indicating veteran designation
Documents to verify your military service can be uploaded using the Application Fee Waiver Submission form in Galaxy, under Orion Self-Service, Admission Forms Folder. For additional application fee/waiver related questions, please contact [email protected].
Submit all required documents (transcripts, etc.) to complete your application.
Apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), even if you are receiving veteran benefits.
If you have a total or permanent disability, you may be eligible for loan forgiveness. Go to the Federal Student Aid webpage for more information.
After applying, check your personal email for instructions on how to set up your Galaxy account.
Check your admission status online using your Galaxy account. Please allow 4-6 weeks to receive a decision on your application.

Admitted Students

See the steps after admission for Transfer Student or Freshman.
Schedule to attend an orientation: Transfer Student or Freshman.
During Transfer Orientation, attend the "Veteran Breakout Session" where you will tour the Military and Veteran Center, learn about MVC programs and meet VA/Hazlewood coordinators.
Register for classes when you meet with your academic advisor during orientation.
(Optional) Submit petition to receive transfer credit for military training once you’ve met with your academic advisor. The Petition to Use Military Credit is located on the Registrar’s forms page or download at this link.
Contact the Office of Financial Aid to process your veteran benefits. Required paperwork will depend on the type of benefit (VA or Hazlewood).
If your income has changed from what was reported on the FAFSA, consider filling out the Special Circumstances Cover Sheet. For example, when leaving military employment to return to school, your income changes and the situation can be reviewed by UT Dallas financial aid administrators. Download the form from the forms webpage for the corresponding aid year.
Explore scholarships offered to UT Dallas students.
(Optional) Apply for on-campus housing.
(Optional) Meet with the Office of AccessAbility.
Get your Comet Card ID at the Comet Card Office in the Student Services Addition Building after registering for classes.
Purchase your UT Dallas parking permit(s) or obtain a free DART Pass. Note the provision for disabled veteran (DV) plates in Texas.
Visit the Military and Veteran Center's Resources webpage.
Undergraduate veterans receiving VA or Hazlewood benefits will automatically receive priority registration. If you served in the military but are not on benefits, apply for priority registration (pdf).
Attend the MVC's Welcome Lunch at the beginning of the Fall/Spring Semester.