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Serving Those Who Serve

Welcome to the Office of Veteran & Military Student Services (VMSS)!


The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a military friendly university committed to providing service members and their families with a high-quality education, catered to their distinct needs. The VMSS represent veteran, active duty, reservist, national guard, and dependent students.

Our Mission:

“Create positive transition and support programs for student service members, veterans, and their families in order to support transitions into academics, increase their graduation success rate, and assist them in achieving placement in their chosen career field, following graduation.”


 Paused Certification Submittal

The VA had previously required that certification requests for programs that were not at an institution's home campus be paused for terms that began on or after 1 August, 2018. This means that certification requests for students on CU Anschutz and CU South were required to be paused and not submitted due to a VA system upgrade. 

The VA has not yet completed these system upgrades but are now allowing certifications to be submitted for terms beginning on or after 1 August, 2018 for courses outside of CU Denver's main downtown campus. This includes courses for CU Anschutz, CU South, and internships/clinicals. 

We will process all certification requests for students that are affected, no action is needed by the student. As the VA continues with this system update, additional updates will be posted as they are received.

If benefits are delayed due to this later submission, please stop by our office for a Short-term Loan to supplement funding until your VA BAH is received.


 Veteran/Military New Student Orientation (NSO) Dates

Wed, Jul 18, 2p-5p, Student Commons 2500

Wed, Aug 15, 2p-5p, Student Commons 2500


 Clock Hour Certification

Clock Hours are used when a student has an internship, residency, or rounds that are required for their degree plan. If the student is taking a course that also has a residency or clinical rounds component either the credit hours or the clock hours can be certified but not both. If the student chooses to have the clock hours certified instead of the credit hours, the term dates will follow the beginning and end dates of the residency or clinical rounds instead of the normal term/semester dates. The form to request Clock Hour certification can be found here. ​​​3

 Residency Changes for Dependents

For Dependents who are not eligible to petition under Section 702, you will need to petition through CU Denver. Residency must be submitted the Monday 1 week prior to the start of term. ​​​4


Full-time status is based on the length of the term and the number of enrolled credits.​
Term Length Grad Degree Seeking F/T ​​Grad Degree Seeking F/T ​​Non Degree Seeking Grad
Fall Semeste​​r​​ ​16 weeks ​12 credits ​5 credits ​12 credits
​Spring Semester ​16 weeks ​12 credits ​5 credits ​12 credits
Maymester​ ​3 weeks ​3 credits ​2.5 credits ​3 cresits
Reg Summer ​8 weeks ​6 credits​​ ​5 credits ​12 credits
Intv Summer 1 ​5 weeks ​4 credits ​3 credits ​4 credits
Intv Summer 2​ ​5 weeks ​4 credits ​3 credits ​4 credits​

You must be enrolled in the minimum credits each term to qualify for Full-Time benefits. If you are unsure if your class schedule is full-time email  with the subject "Check (Semester) for Full-Time Status" and be sure to include your name and Student ID number.​​​


 Study Abroad Guide

This is our guide to the VA's policy for what they will cover for Studying Abroad. 

Veterans Flyer - Study Abroad.pdfVeterans Flyer - Study Abroad.pdf

STUDY ABROAD RULES 33 and 31.pdfSTUDY ABROAD RULES 33 and 31.pdf ​​


 New Education/GI Bill Changes

2016 National Defense Act Contains Education and GI Bill Changes​


If a student withdraws after the add/drop period, the student must provide mitigating circumstances documentation to our office. If no mitigating circumstances are provided to our office, will submit your withdrawal without mitigating circumstances. As a result, any payments paid out for the withdraw from the beginning of the term (tuition and fees, book stipend, and housing allowance) will be considered an overpayment. The VA will require that money be paid back to them. ​8

Office of Veteran Student Services

Phone: Anschutz Office: 303.724.9649 or Denver Office: 303.315.7300

Street Address: Tivoli Student Union, Suite 124, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 173364, Campus 155, Denver, CO 80217-3364



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