You can earn a powerful degree at University of Maryland University College without breaking the bank.

Whether you are an active-duty servicemember, veteran, or a military spouse or family member, you may be eligible for options to make your education more affordable. Explore these benefits, such as military Tuition Assistance, veterans education benefits, scholarships, and Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts, better known as MyCAA. As a member of the military community, you could be eligible for a wide range of payment options.

Military Servicemembers

Tuition Assistance for Military Personnel

UMUC keeps its undergraduate and graduate tuition rates affordable so your military benefits can go farther.

We offer a special undergraduate military rate for active-duty military servicemembers and members of the National Guard and Reserves, so Tuition Assistance covers up to 100 percent of tuition.

Plus, we've outlined a straightforward process for you to get started on your education whether you're in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard, Navy, or Reserves.

Veterans Education Benefits

You may be eligible to use your veterans education benefits to help pay for your education at UMUC if you are not receiving Tuition Assistance or if it does not pay the full cost of your tuition.

Your eligibility depends on a number of factors. If you have specific questions about your eligibility or are trying to decide between benefits, please contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss your specific situation. If you have questions about how your benefits will work at UMUC, please contact our military and veterans admissions counselors.

The following veterans education benefits may be available to you while you are active duty.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill—Active-Duty

Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill benefits are paid directly to you in monthly benefits based on your training time. If eligible, a book allowance will also be paid directly to you. If you are using Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill benefits, you are responsible for paying your tuition and fees directly to the university and are required to complete a monthly verification of enrollment.

Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill

Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are paid based on your percent of eligibility and the rate at which you pursue your degree. Tuition and fee payments are disbursed directly to UMUC. If eligible, book allowance and housing allowance are paid directly to you.

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program

Chapter 1607 benefits are paid directly to you as monthly benefits based on your training time. If eligible, a book allowance will also be paid directly to you. You are responsible for paying your tuition and fees directly to the university and are required to complete a  monthly verification of enrollment.

Veterans

Veterans Education Benefits

You can use your veterans education benefits to help pay for your education at UMUC. Your eligibility depends on a number of factors.

If you have questions about how your benefits will work at UMUC, please contact our specially trained veterans admissions counselors.

If you have specific questions about your eligibility or are trying to decide between benefits, please contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss your specific situation.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill—Active Duty

Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bil benefits are paid directly to you in monthly benefits based on your training time. If eligible, a book allowance will also be paid directly to you. If you are using Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill benefits, you are responsible for paying your tuition and fees directly to the university and are required to complete a monthly verification of enrollment.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

Chapter 31 benefits for tuition and fees are paid directly to UMUC. You will receive monthly benefits or subsistence allowances based on your training time for assistance with purchasing textbooks and supplies. If eligible, you may also have your application fee paid. Your VA case manager must forward VA form 28-1905 to UMUC to authorize your enrollment.

Chapter 32: Veterans Educational Assistance Program

Chapter 32 benefits are paid directly to you in monthly benefits based on your training time. If eligible, book allowances are also paid directly to you. If you are using Chapter 32 benefits, you are responsible for paying your tuition and fees directly to the university and are required to complete a monthly verification of enrollment.

Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill

Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are paid based on your percent of eligibility and the rate at which you pursue your degree. Tuition and fee payments are disbursed directly to UMUC. If eligible, book allowance and housing allowance are paid directly to you.

Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill—Selected Reserve

Chapter 1606 benefits are paid directly to you as monthly benefits based on your training time. If eligible, a book allowance will also be paid directly to you. You are responsible for paying your tuition and fees directly to the university and are required to complete a  monthly verification of enrollment.

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program

Chapter 1607 benefits are paid directly to you as monthly benefits based on your training time. If eligible, a book allowance will also be paid directly to you. You are responsible for paying your tuition and fees directly to the university and are required to complete a  monthly verification of enrollment.

National Call to Service Program

If you are eligible for the National Call to Service Program, you have a choice of the following benefits: a cash bonus, repayment of student loans, entitlement to education benefits equal to the three-year monthly Chapter 30 rate for 12 months, or entitlement to education benefits to 50 percent of the less than three-year monthly Chapter 30 rate for 36 months.

Veterans Assistance Fund

Veterans enrolled at UMUC can apply for financial assistance from the Veterans Assistance Fund.

In-State Tuition

Veterans who reside in Maryland may qualify for the in-state rate even if they do not meet all nine of the Maryland residency requirements for at least 12 months.

Maryland state law requires public institutions of higher education in Maryland to classify a veteran as in-state if he or she was honorably discharged and resides in or is domiciled in Maryland.

The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 requires public institutions of higher education to classify veterans and their spouses and children as in-state if all of the following requirements are met:

  • The veteran or his or her spouse or child lives in the state in which the institution is headquartered.
  • The veteran served at least 90 days in the military.
  • The veteran was discharged less than three years prior to when the student enrolls.
  • The student is using veterans benefits.

For additional information regarding in-state eligibility or to find out what documentation is required to verify eligibility, contact admissions@umuc.edu if you are a new or prospective student or residency@umuc.edu if you are a current student.

Spouses & Family Members

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts

The U.S. Department of Defense offers Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts, known as MyCAA, a program that provides as much as $4,000 in financial assistance to eligible military spouses toward an Associate of Arts or any of our undergraduate and graduate certificates. The program is capped at $2,000 a year and is available to spouses of active-duty military personnel in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2.

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MyCAA Eligible Programs

UMUC's Associate of Arts and each of the specialized curricula are eligible for MyCAA financial assistance.

Plus, UMUC offers undergraduate and graduate certificate programs that are eligible for MyCAA financial assistance. You can apply all of the credits you earn in one of these undergraduate certificate programs to a bachelor's degree.

You can also enroll in a graduate certificate program in the following areas:

Get Started in the MyCAA Program

Getting started using your MyCAA benefit at UMUC is easy.

  1. Set up a profile in MyCAA.
  2. Review and digitally sign the MyCAA online Statement of Understanding Terms and Conditions.
  3. Develop a career and training plan. MyCAA does not reimburse for classes that have already started.
  4. Search for UMUC using the School Search function under the Resources tab.
  5. Apply to UMUC.

Veterans Education Benefits for Military Spouses and Families

If you qualify for veterans education benefits as a spouse or dependent of an active-duty servicemember or veteran, you can use those benefits to help pay for your education at UMUC. Your eligibility depends on a number of factors.

If you have specific questions about your eligibility or are trying to decide between benefits, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss your specific situation. If you have questions about how your benefits will work at UMUC, please contact our specially trained military and veterans admissions counselors.

Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill

Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are paid based on your sponsor's percent of eligibility and at the rate at which you pursue your degree. Tuition and fee payments are disbursed directly to UMUC. If eligible, book allowances are paid directly to you. Dependent children of active-duty servicemembers are eligible to receive the monthly housing allowance. Spouses are not eligible.

Chapter 35: Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program

Chapter 35 benefits are paid directly to you in monthly benefits based on your training time. If you are using Chapter 35 benefits, you are responsible for paying your tuition and fees directly to the university. If eligible, book allowances are also paid directly to you.

Fry Scholarship

Fry Scholarship benefits include tuition and fees paid directly to UMUC at the in-state rate only. Book and supply allowances are based on the number or credit hours enrolled and housing allowances are based on your rate of pursuit.

UMUC is a Yellow Ribbon Program School

Spouses and dependents of veterans with 100 percent eligibility under the Post-9/11 GI Bill who are paying out-of-state tuition may qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program, decreasing out-of-pocket costs.

More Military and Veterans Benefits

Find out if you qualify to save money through reduced tuition.

Explore how your degree can be more affordable with Tuition Assistance.

Maximize your allowance with our class options.

Read about scholarships specifically for you.

Learn how you can combine your benefits with financial aid.

Get help applying your benefits toward a degree.