FAQs for Military-Affiliated Students
UMUC is accredited and adheres to standards set by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. UMUC is one of the 12 member institutions of the renowned University System of Maryland.
Yes. UMUC is proud to have served the U.S. Armed Forces since 1947, and we have long been recognized as one of the top universities in the country for military-affilitated students. That means our leaders, administrators, and faculty understand the military and the demands of your job. We offer a range of programs and services created specifically for military personnel and their families, and our dedicated military and veteran advising teams are here to provide the guidance and support you need no matter where your service or civilian career takes you.
Yes. UMUC offers on-site and hybrid classes (combining on-site meetings with online coursework and interactions) at more than 20 locations in the continental United States and in more than 20 countries and territories worldwide, including at military installations. In total, UMUC has more than 140 classroom and service locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and throughout the world.
At UMUC, you'll earn a degree that's respected on the job market and within the armed forces.
With more than 80,000 students and more than 50,000 military servicemembers, veterans, and military family members , we're known around the globe for our academic excellence. UMUC is one of the 12 member institutions of the renowned University System of Maryland.
UMUC has been serving veterans since 1947. We currently enroll more than 50,000 active-duty servicemembers, reservists, National Guard members, veterans, and their family members, and have earned a worldwide reputation for academic excellence.
UMUC has been recognized time and again for our dedication to serving America’s military veterans and servicemembers. Most recently, we've been listed in the 2016 Guide to Top Colleges & Universities by Military Advanced Education & Transition, ranked #1 “Best for Vets” in 2015 by Military Times, and named among the “Best of the Best: Top Veteran-Friendly Schools” by U.S. Veterans Magazine in 2015.
Yes. Learn more about how you can earn credit for your military training and education.
Pursue your associate's degree at UMUC, and we'll do everything we can to help you reach your goal as quickly as possible. This includes awarding you academic credit toward your degree for the valuable experience you've gained in the armed forces and your military education. Your credits can transfer toward general education requirements, coursework in your major, or electives. We offer many different paths to credit.
Online learning gives you the flexibility to continue your education wherever your military service takes you. Our eight-week undergraduate courses help you fit your education around training and deployments.
Additionally, our experienced and military-trusted faculty and staff are here to help you. Professors can work with you to modify deadlines around your training and deployments. If your duty status prevents you from staying in a class, then our specially trained military staff can help you create a plan to stay on track.
Tuition and Payment FAQs
We help make education more affordable by offering a discounted military tuition rate.
You may be eligible for our undergraduate or graduate military tuition rate if you are an active-duty military servicemember or a member of the Selected Reserves, National Guard, or the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
If you are a spouse or dependent child of one of these aforementioned student groups, you are eligible for the undergraduate military tuition rate. If you are a spouse of an active-duty servicemember or Commissioned Corps member of the USPHS or NOAA, you are eligible for the military graduate rate. Some dependent children are eligible for the military graduate rate as well.
Although spouses of military veterans are not eligible for the special military tuition rate, they may be able to use transferred veteran's education benefits or other payment options at UMUC.
Student veterans can qualify for the military rate if they are currently in one of the military categories listed above, or they may qualify for the in-state rate if they are residing in Maryland and meet certain other requirements. Spouses and children of veterans may also qualify for the in-state rate if they are residing in Maryland and meet certain other requirements. Please contact our Residency office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Learn all you can about our affordable tuition rates. If you know which program you're interested in, you can find ballpark costs on the degree or certificate page.
Yes. Learn more about how you can manage your payments with UMUC's interest-free monthly payment plan.
Yes. You could be eligible to participate in an interest-free monthly payment plan. This plan gives you financial flexibility by allowing you to spread out payment for tuition and fees over several months. Instead of writing one big check to cover your college costs, you can make several smaller, more manageable monthly payments—and there are absolutely no interest charges, just a small nonrefundable application fee. Talk to an admissions counselor to learn more.
Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit that pays for your tuition. Each branch of the armed forces has its own criteria for this assistance. If you qualify, your branch will pay UMUC directly, reducing your out-of-pocket costs. While Tuition Assistance pays up to 100 percent of your undergraduate tuition, it does not cover all costs, such as books or all graduate tuition. Financial aid can help meet these additional costs.
Tuition Assistance will be applied to your account within 48 hours of receipt. If your account does not reflect your tuition assistance payment after 48 hours, please contact Third-Party Billing.
No. If you’ve already earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree, the military will not pay for another bachelor’s or master’s degree. The military will only pay for one of each.
If you have already earned a bachelor's or master's degree and you have eligibility for benefits remaining, benefits are allowed for a second bachelor's or master's degree. To find out how much of your veterans benefits you have remaining, please contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Only the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can determine your eligibility for benefits.
You are required to complete the Veterans Online Application, or VONAPP, to apply for veterans benefits. You will receive an automated e-mail response confirming your application has been received. It'll take four to eight weeks to receive your certificate of eligibility, which will tell you which benefits you qualify for.
We recommend you apply to UMUC and have your military transcripts and transcripts from any other schools sent to us while your VONAPP is being processed.
As a military veteran, if you qualify for veterans education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you may be eligible for a housing allowance.
Our military and veterans admissions counselors can help you understand how the classes you take affect your housing benefit. For students interested in full-time enrollment, we recommend you pursue at least 6 credits at a time and at least 12 credits per semester for undergraduate students and at least 6 credits at a time for graduate students. We also recommend you take at least one hybrid course in each session. Hybrid classes combine online coursework with on-site meetings at our 20+ locations in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia.
We offer hybrid courses in the first and last eight-week sessions of our academic calendar. We recommend you take take 6 credits in Session 1 and 6 credits in Session 2. During each session, at least one course should be a hybrid course. This will ensure four months of uninterrupted housing allowance in the spring and fall semesters.
Yes. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, UMUC maintains a voluntary agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. We contribute funds to help make up the portion of your tuition and fees that is not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, an education benefit program for veteran student who were active-duty military personnel after September 10, 2001. The Yellow Ribbon Program enables us to contribute up to 50 percent of your unmet costs, and the Department of Veterans Affairs matches that amount. You are required to be 100 percent eligible for Post-9/11 benefits to receive Yellow Ribbon funding.
The Department of Defense determines if a military servicemember can transfer his or her Post-9/11 education benefits to a spouse or dependent. If a spouse or dependent is approved, the spouse or family member must apply to use the transferred benefits by completing VA Form 22-1990e.
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