The University of Maryland University College Office of Veterans Initiatives and Outreach has begun a pilot program with to provide UMUC student veterans with no-cost online tutoring in statistics and algebra. Students who are using VA benefits can sign up for eight hours of tutoring in specially selected sections of College Algebra (MATH 107) and Introduction to Statistics (STAT 200) during Online Session 4 of the spring 2018 term. Spouses and dependents are also eligible for this service if they are using VA benefits.

Students are re-assigned to selected sections of MATH 107 and STAT 200 and are notified of their selection to the pilot program via e-mail once they are moved into these new sections. Students may opt out of this pilot program by contacting the Vessey Veterans Resource Center. Students do not need to adjust their VA Request for Certification in their MyUMUC portal; the Veterans Certification Office will manually adjust and update their VA certifications. offers fully online tutoring services 24/7, 361 days a year, in more than 40 subjects. During the pilot program, offerings of no-cost tutoring for UMUC students are limited to MATH 107 and STAT 200. Tutoring sessions take place in online classrooms where tutors and students communicate via chat, interactive whiteboard, or directly via live audio.

Tutors at are vetted through a rigorous screening process with subject exams, mock tutoring sessions, mentor review, and third-party background checks. The tutor network includes certified teachers, college professors, graduate students, and professionals with master's degrees and PhD credentials. services are also available at no cost to active-duty servicemembers and their families as part of a program funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

About the Author

Kristin Schrader is the associate director of InternPLUS and military career programs at UMUC. She has a background in human resources and has worked in career services at four universities. Most recently, she was the lead trainer in Europe for the U.S. Department of Labor Employment Workshop, where she taught transitioning servicemembers about the civilian job search. Kristin is a proud military spouse, and she is passionate about helping others achieve their goals.