Application Checklist

Preparing for Admission 

  1. If you are a military service member and plan to use Federal Tuition Assistance, please speak with your Educational Services Officer (ESO) or an education counselor within your branch of service prior to starting the application process.
  2. If you plan to use VA Educational Benefits, determine which federal VA educational program(s) you qualify for.
  3. Compare the monetary assistance provided by each VA educational benefit program.
  4. Gather the information and paperwork needed for your benefit program.
  5. Follow this link to request copies of your discharge papers / separation documents (DD214)
  6. Find your Education Benefits form to start the VA application process
  7. Have official copies of your military transcripts sent to Florida State. (When clicking this link, you may receive a notification that the military transcript site is unsecured. However, if you are accessing this site through a device and network you trust, it should be safe to proceed). 

Applying for Admission 

  1. Review the information on the FSU Admissions website for the student category that applies to you (freshman, transfer, graduate, etc.).
  2. Review the policy on Florida residency and complete the online form, if applicable.
  3. Complete the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for all types of financial aid.
  4. Review the costs, scholarships and financial assistance available to all Florida State students, and student veterans in particular.
  5. Review the FSU Financial Aid information for veterans.
  6. Apply for admission to Florida State University.

Managing Your Admissions Decision and Information 

  1. Pay your Admissions Deposit by the deadline (freshmen only).
  2. Use the Online Status Check frequently to verify your residency status, major, health immunization & insurance compliance, and more. 
  3. Update your records - major, email, contact information, etc. - as needed.
  4. Become familiar with what academic life is like at FSU.
  5. Review the list of Veteran Liaisons in academic and administrative units throughout campus. 
  6. If denied admission, contact the Admissions office or the Mapping Coordinator for the college you applied to

After Being Accepted for Admission 

  1. Prepare for orientation by reviewing the Pre-orientation Checklist.
  2. Register for either undergraduate orientation (all categories of students) or graduate-student orientation.
  3. Activate your permanent FSU ID, email account, and access to the myFSU portal.
  4. All students are required to have health insurance, and the Post 9/11 GI Bill may cover its cost; complete the FSU Health Insurance Application.
  5. Explore the housing options available, both on-campus and off-campus, to FSU students.
  6. Follow the Student Veterans Center on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for information on activities, events and opportunities.
  7. Visit or contact the FSU Student Veterans Center for additional information on resources and services.
  8. Get to know Florida’s capital city, Tallahassee.
  9. Note that FSU requires graduate and undergraduate students to take a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to be classified as a full-time student.