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Veterans & Military Affiliated


Find a Network of Support at UCR.

As a student veteran or service member, you'll receive dedicated support from the moment you apply to UCR. Get assistance from an admissions counselor during the application process. Connect with our Financial Aid office to maximize your education benefits. Discover opportunities and build community at the Veterans Resource Center (VRC).  

UCR is proud to be recognized as one of the best universities in the United States for student veterans. UCR is a Yellow Ribbon Program campus, which means that the university and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provide funds to cover all nonresident supplemental tuition and fees for eligible students in all majors, with no limit.

Attend a university committed to your success. Apply to UCR today! 


Applying to UCR

Prospective freshman students can only apply for fall admission to UCR, while prospective transfer students can apply for either winter or fall admission. The winter application period is July 1–31 and the fall application period is Nov. 1–30.

Learn more about applying to UCR as a freshman

Learn more about applying to UCR as a transfer

Contact Us First!

Before you apply to UCR, contact an admissions counselor! They can review your transcripts to determine if you should apply as a freshman or transfer.

Download a Military/Veteran Checklist
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Prepare for admission to UCR with the Military/Veteran Admission Checklist.

Download the Transfer Student Experience Brochure
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Learn about the programs, resources and opportunities available to UCR students in the Transfer Student Experience Brochure.

Marine Corps veteran, William Vasquez relaxes at the Veteran Resource Center
“UCR fosters a great learning environment. The campus is kept clean and it feels like springtime throughout the year. The professors are very knowledgeable in their respective fields and show enthusiasm for teaching, which makes learning more fun.”


William Vasquez
Marine Corps

Financial Aid

Learn how affordable a UCR degree can be!

UCR's Financial Aid office is here to help you maximize the educational benefits you earned through your military service.

Follow these steps to access your benefits:


Apply to and be admitted to UCR. 


Apply for Financial Aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the March 2 deadline.


Establish your educational benefits eligibility through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


Once you've enrolled in classes at UCR, certify your enrollment with the Financial Aid office.

Learn more about how Financial Aid works with student veterans and servicemembers.


UCR Federal School Code: 001316

To qualify for financial aid, you need to complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) each year by March 2.


As a student veteran or servicemember, you may be eligible for exemption from the Deferred Payment Plan (DPP)  application fee and the first late fee each quarter. Through DPP, you can pay your tuition and fees in three installments each quarter with no interest.

If you were disabled while on active duty after Sept. 11, 2001, you could qualify for the Operation Education Scholarship program at UCR. Get financial assistance for tuition, fees, books and living expenses, as well as academic, home and social support. The application deadline is May 15.


Marine Corps veteran, Edward Blodgett stands on the UCR campus
“The Student Veterans Organization is a great tool for us on campus. It has provided me the camaraderie that has been missing since leaving the military and has helped with planning my future and figuring out programs offered on campus that help me succeed in that endeavor.”


Edward Blodgett
Marine Corps

For Military/Veteran Students

Tami Thacker

Veterans Services Coordinator
(951) 827-2099

Blason Taon

VA School Certifying Official/Financial Aid
(951) 827-6162



Resources & Support

UCR offers dedicated programs and resources for student veterans and servicemembers. Get the support you need to earn your degree and start a new career.


Our Housing office can help you find a military roommate (if desired) and will work with you if your GI Bill payment is late.

Operation Education Scholarship

In addition to financial assistance, students who receive the Operation Education Scholarship are also provided with academic, home and social support.

Operation VETS

Operation VETS (Veteran, Employment, Transition, Success) is a career-development program designed for student veterans and servicemembers of all majors and class levels.

Priority Enrollment

Enjoy priority enrollment beginning your second quarter at UCR so that you can get the classes you need.

Student Organizations

UCR is home to more than 500 student organizations, including the Student Veterans Organization, a group offering community and support to student veterans and service members on campus and through social activities.

Veterans Resource Center (VRC)

The VRC is the go-to support center for you and your dependents at UCR. Located in Bannockburn H-108, the center is where you can find resources, get referrals, use computers and printers for classwork, get free Scantrons and blue books at exam time, connect with other student veterans and servicemembers and just hang out between classes.


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Veterans Resource Brochure
Read more about how UCR supports student veterans and servicemembers.


Learn more about applying to UCR as veteran or servicemember, contact Undergraduate Admissions today!

Learn more about the resources available at UCR to all first-year, transfer, out-of-state and international students.

For Military/Veteran Students

Tami Thacker

Veterans Services Coordinator
(951) 827-2099

Blason Taon

VA School Certifying Official/Financial Aid
(951) 827-6162