Military Students & Dependents

Military Friendly School

Thank you for your interest in Appalachian State University, a designated a military-friendly school since 2010. We are committed to the educational success of service-members, veterans, and their dependents. Appalachian continues to be recognized as a Military Friendly School® by Victory Media, which compiles the annual Military Friendly Schools list.

How to apply

All active duty, national guard, reservists, veterans and retired military should apply online as a transfer student.

Benefits and financial aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid administers VA Education Benefits at Appalachian State University. While attending Appalachian, a VA benefits specialist will help you navigate the process. For more information, please visit Veterans/Military Education.

The North Carolina Military and Veterans Affairs also offers North Carolina Veterans and Dependents Scholarships.

Student Veteran Resource Center

Student Veteran Services at Appalachian is here to help provide a smooth transition for student veterans and their families as they are moving from the military mindset to a higher education setting.  Student VeteranServices provides information for on- and off-campus resources within the Student Veteran Resource Center, located in Plemmons Student Union, Suite 251. The Coordinator for Student Veteran Services facilitates many of the programs on campus for the student veterans, and is also the advisor for the Student Veterans Association.  Learn more about the resources for student veterans, from Orientation sessions for veterans to priority course registration to exclusive honor cords at graduation.

Residency for military

The North Carolina General Statutes provides a military tuition rate to qualified service members of the U.S. armed forces and their qualified dependents that is less than the non-resident tuition rate. Applicants must meet the criteria established for qualification in order to be eligible. Learn more (PDF, 96KB).

Additionally, veterans and dependents may qualify for in-state residency after initial classification of out-of-state by providing additional information through Section 702 of the Choice Act. To qualify under this act, the student must be a veteran or dependent of veteran; must enroll in an institution of higher learning within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more and be eligible for and receiving the Montgomery GI Bill or Post 9/11 GI Bill. Finally, the student must reside in North Carolina while enrolled in courses. Learn more

Helpful resources

The Student Veterans of Appalachian are Mountaineers who have served our nation honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States and now are serving as students and faculty of Appalachian.

Through the classes and field training with Appalachian Army ROTC, you will learn first-hand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and conduct missions as an Officer in the Army. Upon graduation from Army ROTC, you will earn the bar of a Second Lieutenant and become a leader for life

Off-Campus Relations will point you to local, reasonable housing options in Boone and the surrounding area, as well as off-campus transportation and parking availability.

This resource guide is produced and published by the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs in conjunction with the NC Department of Health and Human Services and The Department of Commerce to assist and educate veterans in learning about state and federal veteran benefits.

Frequently asked questions

Check our list of frequently asked questions. You can also contact our office to speak with an admission counselor!

Contact information

Jayne Dowdy, Admissions, admission and transfer credit

Jennifer Coffey, Financial Aid, veteran benefits

Bob Gibbard, Veterans Academic Advisor

Eric Gormly, Student Veteran Services Coordinator

Joint Service Transcript contacts

COAST GUARD: U.S. Coast Guard Institute
5900 SW 64th Street, Room 235
Oklahoma City, OK 73169-6990
(405) 954-7236

ARMY: AARTS Operations Center
415 McPherson Avenue
Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027-1373
1-866-297-4427 (913) 684-3269
FAX (913) 684-2011 or DSN 552-2011

Navy/Marine Corps: Smart Commanding Officer
Center for Personal and Professional Development ATTN: VOLED Detachment (Navy College Center)
6490 Saufley Field Rd
Pensacola, FL 32509-5204
FAX TO: (850) 452-1281 or (850) 452-1051
DSN FAX: 922-1281 or 922-1051; SMART Request Form