Veterans' Preference

In compliance with Chapter 295, Florida Statute, the University of South Florida is committed to providing preference to U.S. veterans and spouses of veterans in hiring, promotion, and retention for all qualified positions (all Staff / Non-Exempt level positions), as prescribed by the chapter. Each position that qualifies for Veterans' Preference will be identified in the posting detail.

Veterans' Preference is extended to those who fall under the specified categories:

    To claim Veterans' Preference, the applicant must:

    • Indicate your claim for Veterans' Preference on the employment application
    • Upload the corresponding supporting documentation to each posting covered under F.S. 295, as described above. Depending on the Veterans' Preference category the eligible applicant falls under, the documentation must include:
      • DD214 or military discharge papers - for more information on obtaining a DD214, please visit eVetRecs or call (866)272-6272
        • If a current member of the Reserved Component of the US Armed Forces or FNG, click here to access corresponding form
        • If an Un-remarried Widow or Widower, click here to access required certification

    Certain categories of preference may require additional documentation to be submitted by the claimant. Human Resources will contact the applicant should additional documentation beyond the listed above be required.

    For instructions on uploading necessary documents, click here

    Internal applicants: a Veteran's Preference eligible individual who is an internal applicant submitting an application for an internal job posting, cannot ask for Veteran's Preference unless entitled to Preference as a result of deployment.

    For additional assistance on claiming Veterans' Preference, please contact USF Human Resources at (813) 974-2970 or


    Apply for a position on Careers@USF

    Veterans' Preference Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Additional information concerning Veterans' Preference is available at the Florida Department of Veteran's Affairs webpage.

    Laws Relating to Veterans - Florida Statute - Chapter 295

    USF Veterans Services


    Veterans' Preference - Hiring Guidelines for USF Departments

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