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FAQs: Application and Discounts
Follow these steps to apply for Federal employees.
If you are a Federal employee or the spouse or eligible dependent of a Federal employee, you may qualify for a 25 percent discount on out-of-state tuition for most programs or a 5 percent tuition discount on specialty graduate programs. These tuitions discounts do not apply to doctoral 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 of Federal employees are eligible if they meet IRS definitions.
For complete details, please visit Federal Employee Tuition Discount Details and Eligibility.
I am a Federal employee, and I live in Maryland. Do I qualify for a tuition discount through the FED Program? +
The tuition for undergraduate and standard graduate programs for students who meet the criteria for Maryland residency will be the applicable in-state rate. As an in-state student, you are already receiving the lowest possible rate offered by the state of Maryland.
Because the tuition rate for graduate specialty programs does not differ based on residency, Maryland residents who are enrolled in specialty graduate programs may be eligible for a 5 percent Federal employee tuition discount.
The following graduate programs and related courses are included in the specialty tuition rate category: Cybersecurity Management and Policy Master's Degree, Cybersecurity Technology Master's Degree, Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation Master's Degree, Data Analytics, and Business Administration.
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, so they are not eligible for any tuition discount or application fee waiver through the FED Program.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 advisor at 800-939-UMUC to determine how this discount could impact your benefits.
We use the IRS definitions of these terms.
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.
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.