Dependent Parent Checklist

  1. If you are still actively serving in the U.S. armed services, you may be able to transfer your educational benefits to your dependent(s).

  2. Fill out and submit a FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid) on behalf of your dependent (student).

  3. If your student is not a Florida resident, contact the FSU Student Veterans Center to see whether they qualify for an out-of-state tuition waiver.

  4. Look for scholarships for veteran dependents that your student might qualify for.

  5. Make sure your student has health insurance. Note that students who use VA Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Chapter 33) benefits AND purchase their health insurance through FSU may be able to get their health insurance costs covered by the VA.

  6. Note that you can only access your student’s information – or get your questions answered about it – if your student has authorized that access (and you have completed all the steps to accept that authorization).

  7. Veteran-dependents who receive VA educational benefits get priority course registration, which means they can register for classes ahead of other students. Urge your student to register as soon as the priority registration window opens up.

  8. Encourage your student to meet with their academic advisor every semester. 

  9. After your student has registered for classes, complete the Request for Benefits form (a new RFB form must be submitted each semester).

  10. Students who participate in activities and organizations outside the classroom show higher levels of academic achievement. Encourage your dependent to explore FSU’s 600+ registered student organizations (RSOs).

  11. Be aware that FSU Veteran Liaisons are in administrative and academic units throughout campus to assist veteran, military and dependent students.

  12. Know that students can get free academic tutoring through both the FSU Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and the University Libraries.

  13. Suggest that your student follow the FSU Student Veterans Center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; other FSU social media are listed at