Military Veterans Information

With MBA@UNC, service members leverage their leadership, management and relationship skills to advance in the global business world.

Active duty personnel and veterans of the U.S. armed forces know that their military experience has taught them leadership and conflict management. At the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, we recognize that those same skills are needed for success in business.

UNC Kenan-Flagler's online MBA program was designed by a world-class research faculty to provide students with a global organizational perspective. Through MBA@UNC, military students will gain expertise in functional areas such as global marketing strategy, corporate finance and data analytics. After successfully completing the program, they can harness their leadership experience and business knowledge to excel in the civilian workforce.

Military-Friendly and Committed to Serving Students

UNC Kenan-Flagler is dedicated to helping veterans take their skills as leaders to the next level. Veterans represent a significant percentage of our enrolled MBA@UNC students, hailing from every branch of the military as well as Foreign Service.

MBA@UNC makes it possible to earn an MBA from a top-ranked business school, no matter where students currently reside, without having to relocate or disrupt their current lifestyle. In addition to a superior education and an immersive academic experience, UNC Kenan-Flagler waives the application fee for applicants who serve or have served.

Service Member Student Spotlights

"The program helped me step back and see the big picture: operating strategically, not just tactically. I also acquired tangible benefits like honing my writing and communication skills."

Christopher Osborn, MBA@UNC Class of 2013
Commanding Officer, U.S. Navy

Read Chris's story.

"Now that I have an MBA from MBA@UNC, I'm uniquely poised above my contemporaries to be able to have a voice in appropriations in the budgetary discussions in the Navy."

Fiona McFarland, MBA@UNC Class of 2013
Active Duty Naval Officer, U.S. Navy

Hear Fiona's story.

"As a direct result of my online experience in MBA@UNC, I am leading a shift to use an innovative technology approach in the Marine Corps. This new thought process is a big return on my MBA investment!"

Russ Pool, MBA@UNC Class of 2013
Aviation Combat Element Instructor, U.S. Marine Corps

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MBA@UNC: Veteran Benefits

UNC-Chapel Hill is approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a training facility for students receiving military education benefits.

To receive VA benefits for the MBA@UNC program, students must:

  • Be admitted to the university.
  • Be registered for courses.
  • Provide a copy of their Certificate of Eligibility letter from the VA. If students have used the benefits at a previous college, they must also submit a Change of Place of Training Form 22-1995 (or form 22-5495 for Chapter 35 students).
  • Provide admit documents (copy of UNC application, admit letter, copies of prior college transcripts) from their undergraduate institution. Students can request that this information be sent directly from MBA@UNC Admissions Department to UNC's VA Certifying Official.
  • Complete and submit the MBA@UNC Veterans Enrollment Form (PDF) once registered for classes. Submit the hard copy form directly to our office by using the email address below.

After completion, all documents may be emailed, mailed or faxed to the MBA@UNC VA Certifying Official.

Attn: Certifying Official
1205 Environ Way
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Telephone: Phone Number: 919-962-0117
Fax: 919-962-0159

Please note: The VA currently does not cover program costs associated with each immersion (two immersions are required at $1,000 each). Program costs account for transportation, food and lodging during the immersions and the VA will not pay for those expenses. Learn more about program costs on the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Independent and Distance Learning Training and FAQ pages.

The VA Application Process

Where do I start?

To receive benefits, you must apply through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. For instructions and application forms, please visit the VA website. The submission of electronic applications using the process is strongly encouraged.

What happens next?

The VA will process your application and send you a letter notifying you of its decision. Please be aware that it may take the VA several weeks to process your claim. If you are approved to receive benefits, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) letter from the VA. Once you have received your COE, please submit a copy to the MBA@UNC VA Certifying Official along with copies of any high school and previous college transcripts and the MBA@UNC Veterans Enrollment Form (PDF).

After all of the required documents are received, the VA Certifying Official will submit a 22-1999 enrollment certification to the VA to initiate payments. This is submitted electronically, and you will receive an email confirmation.

What benefits are available?

  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33): For individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.
  • The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30): Active Duty Educational Assistance Program, generally for individuals who entered active duty after June 30, 1985, and served continuously for three years or by serving two years on active duty followed by four years of Selected Reserve. To be eligible, veterans must have contributed $1,200 during their first year of military service. Veterans or service personnel cannot withdraw money paid into the fund.
  • The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 1606): Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program, for members of the Reserve elements of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and the Air National Guard. To be eligible, reservists must have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. No contribution is required.
  • Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (Chapter 35): Educational assistance available to spouses and children of veterans who died or are permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-related disability.
  • Disabled Veterans Assistance (Chapter 31): Vocational Rehabilitation for service-connected disability of 20 percent or greater. Benefit provides a monthly stipend and covers the cost of tuition, books and supplies. Eligibility is determined on an individual case basis.
  • Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP Chapter 32): For individuals who entered active duty service between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985, and served a continuous period of 181 days or more plus contributed toward the education program.
  • Vietnam Era GI Bill (Chapter 34): For individuals who entered active duty prior to December 31, 1976, and served a minimum of 181 days of active duty after January 31, 1955. Benefits must have been used by January 1, 1990.

View the GI Bill Comparison Tool.

VA Enrollment Certification Renewal

VA Enrollment Certification renewal is automatic. Students must notify our VA Certifying Official if they withdraw from the program or add or drop classes.

The VA will be notified of failure to maintain standards of attendance, progress or conduct. When a student has failed to maintain the prescribed standard of attendance, progress or conduct, the school must promptly notify the VA so that the VA can discontinue benefit payments in accordance with the law. If a student's progress or conduct becomes unsatisfactory, the termination date assigned by the school will be the last day of the term or other evaluation period in which the student's progress or conduct became unsatisfactory. In situations involving unsatisfactory attendance, benefits will be discontinued based on the student's last date of attendance as reported by the school.

Chapter 30, 1606 and 1607 veterans will not receive payment until they have also verified their monthly attendance directly with the VA.. Enrollment can be verified starting on the last calendar day of the month by using the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE).

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