Military Student

Degree Programs For Military Personnel & Veterans

At the University of Mount Olive, we recognize the unique nature of the military lifestyle. That’s why we are committed to fostering an academic environment that facilitates the easy transfer of course credits, provides flexible residency requirements, and credits learning from appropriate military training and experience for military students across North Carolina. The University of Mount Olive is designated as a Military Friendly School, honoring the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools which are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

The University of Mount Olive offers degree programs for military students, dependents, and civilians in a variety of accelerated formats at the associate, bachelor and master degree levels. Click here to learn more about degree options. Military personnel will find our convenient programs and locations very accommodating to their busy lifestyles and work schedules.

All UMO students are required to complete 25% of their degree with the University of Mount Olive:

  • Associates Degree – At least 18 semester hours
  • Baccalaureate Degree – At least 32 semester hours with at least 18 semester hours in the major at the 300-400 level

How to Apply

Step 1—Contact Your Military Education Office

  • Before applying to UMO, you must consult with your Educational Services Officer (ESO) or Counselor within your military service.

Step 2—Choose a Degree Program

  • To be eligible for military benefits, such as Tuition Assistance, you will need to select an academic program on the UMO application.

Step 3—Apply to UMO

Step 4—Secure the Active Duty Military Tuition Rate

  • To receive the reduced active duty military tuition rate, send one of the following documents by email to your admissions representative
    • Copy of your proof of service statement or letter that includes current service status
    • Copy of your most recent enlistment or commissioning contract
    • Copy of your most recent Leave and Earnings Statement
    • Copy of your most recent Tuition Assistance form, if the form contains the expiration of term of service (ETS) date
    • We do not accept copies of military identification cards as proof of military status

Apply for Veterans Education Benefits if applicable

  • If you would like to use your VA benefits click here to learn more.  Make sure to keep a copy of your VA benefits for your records.

Step 5—Submit School & Military Transcripts

  • School Transcripts—You will need to submit final official transcript(s) from every college/university you have registered or attended.
  • Military Transcripts—Learn how to get your service evaluated for UMO credit.

Transfer Credit Opportunities

UMO recognizes that learning takes place in settings other than the traditional classroom and through other educational opportunities.  Such experiences may be evaluated for possible academic credit or Experiential Learning Credit (ELC).

Military Deployment and Relocation

For more information about how UMO will help you during deployment and relocation, please click here.

Tuition & Fees

For the 24-25 year, tuition is billed at the rate of $250 per credit hour for SJAFB campus students who are active military, and $455 per credit hour for all civilians who are enrolled at this location.

Non-active duty military students who receive VA Benefits will be charged at the rate of $455 per credit hour.

Military retirees, military affiliated students (defined as reservist or national guard status, or immediate family members of AD military stationed at Seymour Johnson Air force Base (SJAFB), or Department of Defense (DoD) employees enrolled at the University of Mount Olive-Seymour Johnson Air force Base location will also be billed at the active duty military rate of $250 per credit hour. All students enrolled at the SJAFB location must have, or be able to obtain, a valid Base pass granting access to SJAFB.

A student receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not eligible to receive a refund of any TA funds.  Any refund received by the student should not exceed the amount of the other aid awarded to the student for that period of enrollment.

+ Students Receiving VA Benefits Under Chapter 31 & 33

In accordance with the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of  2018, any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under Chapter 31 or 33 that has provided a certificate of eligibility will not have any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of a payment from the VA.


​Military Tuition Assistance is a U.S. Department of Defense program. Tuition Assistance rules vary by branch of service and even vary between different units within the same branch depending on whether the unit is active, reserve, or National Guard. Tuition Assistance funds will be applied to tuition costs only.

Military Tuition Assistance Recipients

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded. To comply with the U.S. Department of Defense policy, the University of Mount Olive will return any unearned TA funds on a proportional basis through at least 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. If a service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, the University of Mount Olive Director of Student Accounts will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion.


A student’s official withdrawal date is used as the last date of attendance and to calculate earned percentage of TA. A student’s official withdrawal date is determined by using the last date of attendance that is documented and submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

Once the last date of attendance has been determined, the University of Mount Olive will recalculate a student’s TA eligibility based on the following formula:

Number of days completed / Total Days of the course (start to end date) = Percent of TA earned

The amount of TA funding that is earned is determined on a pro-rata basis. For example, if a student completed 30% of the course, s/he earned 30% of the TA funds that s/he was originally scheduled to receive. The remainder of the unearned funds (70%) would be returned to the TA program. If this results in an unpaid tuition balance, payment would be the responsibility of the student. Once a student has attended at least 60% of the period for which TA funds were approved, the student is considered to have earned 100% of the TA funds.

Veteran's Affairs

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Military TA Refund Policy

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Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance is a military program that provides financial assistance to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Space Force for their education. Each branch of the military handles Tuition Assistance a little differently.

All active-duty servicemembers (including Guard and Reserve) must contact their Education Service Officer (ESO) or Education Counselor within their branch of service prior to enrolling in any college or university.

Each branch of the military handles Tuition Assistance a little differently.

Please contact your military branch for details regarding your eligibility and the branch’s process for submitting the Tuition Assistance forms.