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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 and civilian life.
  • Honor contributions of military service members and recognize their academic achievement.
  • Connect students to the resources, services and programs they need to be successful at UT Dallas and beyond.
  • Inform and educate the campus and area community about the military via programs, services and events.

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.


Learn more about UT Dallas by contacting a Pre-Admissions Counselor.
Visit the Military and Veteran Center during walk-in hours, Monday-Friday, 3-4 p.m., or schedule an appointment by emailing [email protected] or calling 972-883-4915. MVC staff meet one-on-one with prospective student veterans and military-affiliated students to provide guidance and information about the admissions process.
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.
Check the compatibility of courses taken at Texas institutions. Your admissions counselor will verify which courses will transfer to UT Dallas.
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.
Apply at Veterans and military service members: your application fee will be waived when you select "Request fee waiver" on the final page of the application. Send proof of military service to [email protected] Proof of service may include DD-214 Member 4, Driver’s License with “Veteran” designation, and Military ID card. Alternatively, to upload your document(s) in Galaxy, select Orion Self-Service, then Admission Forms Folder, then the Application Fee Waiver Submission form.
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.
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.
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.
Apply for on-campus housing.
Meet with the Office of AccessAbility for accommodations, if applicable.
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.