Financial Aid: Military & Veteran Information

This page is dedicated to providing information, assistance, and resources to our military, veterans, and family members. The School of Law has primary contacts available for active and former military service members and their families and strives to achieve the highest level of customer service to all students.


Resources for Active and Former Military Service Members and Their Families

If you are a U.S. veteran or a dependent of a veteran and will be using VA education benefits, visit the Veterans Affairs department website for details on which programs the University of Miami participates in and how you can initiate the process to receive your benefits.

You may also contact our Veterans Affairs team at or 305-284-8682. Please note that the veteran or dependent must initiate VA benefits. If you are not clear on which benefits you are eligible for, call the VA Education Hotline at 1-888-442-4551.

If you are interested in connecting with current members, please email your name, contact information, and military branch to the Veteran Students Organization at


Applying for Financial Aid

Active and former military service members and their families who choose to apply for financial aid should review Guide to Completing the FAFSA. Those who complete the Free Application for Federal Student aid (FAFSA) will receive both a Shopping Sheet and Award notification once the Office of Financial Aid has determined eligibility for financial aid. To help understand the information being provided upon notification of the shopping sheet and/or financial aid award please review the links below.


Military Withdrawal/Readmission Information

Any enrolled law student who is called to active military duty should contact the Dean of Students. Depending on the timing of the activation, the Dean of Students in consultation with the faculty members will determine whether it is feasible for the student to complete the current semester with reasonable accommodations.

In the alternative, the student will be granted a leave of absence for the duration of the active service. In the event of a leave of absence, tuition will be refunded to the student. At such time as the student has concluded active military duty, she or he should contact the Dean of Students to coordinate a plan to resume studies as soon as feasible.

Students are encouraged to review federal student loan borrower benefits available to military service members. The Office of Financial Aid is also available to assist in providing military service members resources to clarify borrower benefits for federal student loans.


University of Miami VA Pending Payment Compliance

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), this school adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA. This school will not:

  • Prevent the student's enrollment
  • Assess a late penalty fee to the student
  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding
  • Deny the student access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

  • Produce the VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class
  • Provide a written request to be certified
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies


Primary Contacts

Veteran's Affairs - UM

Law School 
Lidiette E. Esquivel, Senior Accountant, Finance and Budget

Office of Student Account Services (payments, billing, etc.)
Bowman Foster Ashe Building
Room 158
P.O. Box 249146
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Other Miami Law Resources

Helpful Links

Veterans Affairs/GI Bill

DoD Education

Other Resources