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FAQs: Application and Discounts

Who is eligible for the Federal employee discount at UMUC? +

If you are a current Federal government civil employee, spouse, or legal dependent, and live outside of the state of Maryland, you could be eligible for a discount on all undergraduate programs and most graduate programs. This discount applies to civil Federal government employees only and does not apply to members of the military or uniformed services. Spouses and dependents are eligible if they meet IRS definitions.

The 25 percent discount will be applied to out-of-state tuition for most programs. The tuition discount will not be applied to the following graduate programs and related courses: Master of Business Administration; Master of Science in data analytics; Master of Science in digital forensics and cyber investigation; Master of Science in cybersecurity management and policy; Master of Science in cybersecurity technology; graduate certificates in cybersecurity management and policy, cybersecurity technology, foundations in business analytics, and information assurance; and all doctoral programs and specializations. The tuition for students who meet the criteria for Maryland residency will be the applicable in-state rate. Tuition for active-duty military; members of the Selected Reserves, National Guard, and the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and the spouses and dependents of these student groups will be the applicable military rate. If you are a student using Post 9/11 benefits, please contact an advisor at 800-939-UMUC to determine if you can apply both benefits.

How do I receive the Federal employee tuition discount at UMUC? +

First, complete this form. Then, e-mail cls@umuc.edu documentation of Federal employment and (for spouses and dependents) relationships to the employee, so we can verify your eligibility. Include your student ID number if you already have one. Alternatively, you can verify your employment by submitting a letter from your HR office on letterhead stating that you are an employee and including the dates of your employment.

I am a Federal employee, and I live in Maryland. Do I qualify for a tuition discount through the FED Program? +

No. UMUC offers a Federal government tuition discount only on out-of-state tuition. As an in-state student, you are already receiving the lowest possible rate offered by the state of Maryland.

I am active-duty military. Do I qualify for the tuition discount or the application fee waiver through the FED Program? +

No. Active-duty military are not considered Federal employees for purposes of the FED Program. Therefore, active-duty military and their spouses and dependents are not eligible for the tuition discount or application fee waiver. As active-duty military, you are eligible for the military tuition rate, which is lower than the discounted out-of-state tuition rate. Our military advisors can help you understand your military benefits and provide additional information. Contact Military and Veterans Advising at military.advisor@umuc.edu for assistance.

Am I able to use veterans education benefits in addition to the Federal government employee discount? +

If you are using Post-9/11 benefits, please contact a veterans admissions counselor at 800-939-UMUC to determine how this discount could impact your benefits.

FAQs: Loan Repayment

Where can I find information about the Federal Student Loan Repayment Program for Federal employees? +

The Federal Student Loan Repayment Program permits certain agencies to repay Federally insured student loans as a recruitment or retention incentive for candidates or current employees of the agency. Each participating agency has its own student loan repayment programs to attract or retain highly qualified employees.

For general information, review OPM's Pay and Leave information. You will have to speak to the appropriate contact within your agency for information on how your agency implements the plan.

What is the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program? +

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, borrowers can qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of their Direct Loans after they have made 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full-time by certain public service employers.