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Benefits & Aid Overview

Benefits and Financial Aid

Explore your military education benefits, financial aid, scholarships, and other payment options to help you earn your degree while you serve.

Explore options for affording your education. As a military servicemember, you may be eligible for a wide range of payment options.

Tuition Assistance for Military Personnel

University of Maryland University College keeps its undergraduate and graduate tuition rates affordable, so your military benefits can go further.

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.

And if you're a graduate student and active duty, you could also qualify for reduced tuition rates for most programs. 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.

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Each branch of the military handles TA somewhat differently. If you are in the Army, you will use GoArmyEd to register for classes and have Tuition Assistance applied. If you're in the Air Force, you'll need to register through UMUC and then apply for TA through the Air Force Virtual Education Center.

If you are in the Coast Guard, Navy, or Marine Corps, you will go to your Education Center in person, fill out the form, have it signed by your education coordinator, and send it to UMUC’s Office of Student Accounts by fax to 301-985-7858 or e-mail to studentaccounts@umuc.edu.

Contact your branch for details on your eligibility and the branch's process for submitting the Tuition Assistance form:

Top-Up with Veterans Educational Benefits

You may be able to use your veterans educational benefits to help pay for your education at UMUC if you are not receiving Tuition Assistance or if your TA 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 dedicated military and veterans advisors.

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

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill—Active Duty

You receive monthly benefits payments based on your training time and can use them to help pay for tuition and books. You must complete a monthly verification of enrollment.

Undergraduate Training Time

Use the chart below to ensure that you register for enough credits based on the length of the session to maximize your monthly benefit. For instance, in an eight-week session, you must take at least 5 credits to receive your maximum benefit.

Credits 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks 5 weeks 6 weeks 7 weeks 8 weeks
1 full 3/4 1/2 <1/2 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4
2 full full full 3/4 1/2 1/2 <1/2 <1/2
3 full full full full 3/4 3/4 1/2 1/2
4 full full full full full full 3/4 3/4
5 full full full full full full full full
6 full full full full full full full full
7 full full full full full full full full
8 full full full full full full full full
9 full full full full full full full full
10 full full full full full full full full
11 full full full full full full full full
12 full full full full full full full full

Graduate Training Time

During graduate sessions that are 13 weeks or shorter, 6 credits is full training time, and 3 credits is half training time.

Chapter 33: Post‐9/11 GI Bill

Your monthly benefits are paid directly to UMUC and are based on your rate of pursuit and length of service percentage. You receive a book allowance and may also be eligible for a housing allowance based on your length of service percentage but only after separation.

Undergraduate Rate of Pursuit

Use the chart below to ensure that you register for enough credits based on the length of the session to maximize your monthly benefit. For instance, in an eight-week session, you must take at least 6 credits to receive your maximum benefit.

Credits 8-Week Sessions 17-Week Sessions
3 60% <50%
4 80% <50%
5 90% <50%
6 100% <50%
7 100% 60%
8 100% 70%
9 100% 80%
10 100% 90%
12 100% 100%

Graduate Rate of Pursuit

Use the chart below to ensure that you register for enough credits based on the length of the session to maximize your monthly benefit.

Credits 10-Week and
MBA Sessions
12-Week Sessions and
All Other Sessions
13-Week Session,
Doctor of Management
3 n/a 80% 80%
6 100% 100% 100%

Length of Service Percentage

Length of Service
(based on aggregate active-duty service after September 10, 2001)
Maximum Benefit
At least 36 months 100%
At least 30 continuous days on active duty
(Must be discharged due to service-connected disability)
100%
At least 30 months, but less than 36 months1 90%
At least 24 months, but less than 30 months1 80%
At least 18 months, but less than 24 months 70%
At least 12 months, but less than 18 months 60%
At least 6 months, but less than 12 months 50%
At least 90 days, but less than 06 months 40%

1Includes entry-level and skill training.

Chapter 33T: Transfer of Post‐9/11 GI Bill Benefits to Dependents

Your monthly benefits are paid directly to UMUC and are based on your rate of pursuit and your length of service percentage. You receive a book allowance and may also be eligible for a housing allowance based on the your length of service percentage but only after separation. Children of military servicemembers may receive the monthly housing allowance while the servicemember is on active duty, but spouses may not.

Chapter 1606: Montgomery G.I. Bill—Selected Reserve

You receive monthly benefits payments based on your training time and can use them to help pay for tuition and books. You must complete a monthly verification of enrollment.

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program

You receive monthly benefits payments based on your training time and can use them to help pay for tuition and books. You must complete a monthly verification of enrollment.

Undergraduate Training Time

Use the chart below to ensure that you register for enough credits based on the length of the session to maximize your monthly benefit. For instance, in an eight-week session, you must take at least 5 credits to receive your maximum benefit.

Credits 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks 5 weeks 6 weeks 7 weeks 8 weeks
1 full 3/4 1/2 <1/2 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4
2 full full full 3/4 1/2 1/2 <1/2 <1/2
3 full full full full 3/4 3/4 1/2 1/2
4 full full full full full full 3/4 3/4
5 full full full full full full full full
6 full full full full full full full full
7 full full full full full full full full
8 full full full full full full full full
9 full full full full full full full full
10 full full full full full full full full
11 full full full full full full full full
12 full full full full full full full full

Graduate Training Time

During graduate sessions that are 13 weeks or shorter, 6 credits is full training time, and 3 credits is half training time.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid for Military Personnel

If you're exploring more ways to pay for your education, UMUC can help. We offer a wide range of scholarships (many specifically for military) and financial aid options.

Accommodations for Accessibility

UMUC offers a wide range of accessibility accommodations for students with disabilities to reduce barriers to your education. Learn more at the Office of Accessibility Services.