About BRAC Waivers

As a military servicemember, government employee or civilian employee of the U.S. Armed Forces, you may be eligible for a BRAC waiver of the 12-month Maryland residency requirement. Review the frequently asked questions below to find out more information about BRAC and how it could benefit you and your family.

BRAC Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does the BRAC acronym stand for?
  2. How does BRAC affect me?
  3. Who is eligible?
  4. How do I identify myself as BRAC on the admissions application?
  5. What documentation is required for BRAC?
  6. As a current student how do I change my residency status?
  7. What if I have not yet changed all my documentation to reflect Maryland residency?
  8. What if I meet all BRAC requirements but my base hasn’t closed yet?
  9. Can my residency be changed retroactively?
  10. I missed the BRAC question on the residency questionnaire at the time of application. Who do I contact?

1. What does the BRAC acronym stand  for?

Base Realignment and Closure Commission. The commission was established by Congress in an effort to cut costs by reducing the size  of the national defense infrastructure. This was to be accomplished by  closing and realigning military bases.

2. How does BRAC affect me?

Individuals affected by BRAC receive a waiver of  the 12-month  Maryland  residency requirement. This means that a student must reside in Maryland and meet all other requirements, but the 12-month period is not mandatory. This waiver does not affect any other provisions of the USM policy regarding residency.

3. Who is eligible?

Civilian employees of the U.S. Armed Forces or students employed by the government in defense contractor positions are eligible for a BRAC waiver. Dependents of these students are eligible for a BRAC waiver as well.

4. How do I identify myself as BRAC eligible on the UMUC admissions application?

One of the questions in the residency section of the admissions application asks applicants if they have been relocated to Maryland as a result of BRAC.

5. What documentation is required for BRAC?

New Students

  • Completion of the residency questionnaire indicating all requirements for Maryland residency have been met
  • DD form 1614 or adequate supporting documentation by the employer

Current Students

  • Copy  of Maryland driver’s license, voter registration and motor vehicle registration, if applicable
  • DD  form 1614 or adequate supporting documentation by the employer

All documentation should be faxed or e-mailed to the attention of Residency Staff at240-684-2153 or to residency@umuc.edu.

6. As a current student, how do I change my residency status?

Current students who are relocated to Maryland as a result of BRAC will need to change their address in the system and provide a copy of their driver’s license, voter registration and motor vehicle  registration to UMUC's residency staff. BRAC documentation must also be provided.

7. What if I have not yet changed all of my documentation to reflect Maryland residency?

You are not eligible for in-state residency until all Maryland residency requirements are met. In order to be granted in-state residency for a given term, you must supply proof of Maryland residency prior to the end of that term.

8. What if I meet all BRAC requirements but my base hasn’t closed yet?

You may be eligible for in-state residency if you have physically moved to Maryland and meet all residency requirements. Please contact a residency staff member at 1-800-888- 8682, extension 2107, or at residency@umuc.edu.

9. Can my residency be changed retroactively?

A student's residency status can be changed for a term up to the last day of that term. If documentation is submitted after the last day of the term, you will be changed for the next term.

10. I missed the BRAC question on the residency questionnaire at the time of application. Who do I contact?

Simply contact a residency staff member at 1-800-888- 8682, extension 2107, or at residency@umuc.edu, and they will inform you of the necessary documentation to submit.  Once documentation is submitted and approved, your residency will be updated.