Frequently Asked Questions
Get answers to questions that student veterans ask about University of Maryland University College.
Yes, we specialize in helping you achieve your educational goals. UMUC is one of the top military- and veteran-friendly universities in the country. We've steadfastly served the U.S. armed forces since 1947, and we enroll more than 55,000 military personnel, student veterans, and military spouses and family members.
At UMUC, you'll earn a degree that's respected on the job market and within the armed forces.
With more than 90,000 students, we're the largest public university in the country. We're a proud member of the University System of Maryland, and we're regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, one of six regional accreditation agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Taking courses from a regionally accredited school makes transferring credits easier. More importantly, regional accreditation ensures your degree will be credible and respected. To earn accreditation, we must pass a peer review by faculty and administrators from similar institutions.
Some schools are also nationally accredited, but national accreditation may not be federally recognized.
We have courses to fit your life. In addition to online classes, you can take hybrid courses at more than 20 regional locations in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area. Hybrid classes blend online learning with the traditional classroom. They meet on-site less often and can affect your housing allowance.
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's not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, an educational benefit program for student veterans who were active-duty military personnel after September 10, 2001.
The Yellow Program enables us to contribute up to 50 percent of your unmet costs, and the Department of Veterans Affairs matches that amount.
You must be 100 percent eligible for Post-9/11 benefits to receive Yellow Ribbon funding.
Our experienced veterans advisors 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 a 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 on-site meetings at our 20+ regional locations with online coursework.
We offer hybrid courses in the first and last eight-week sessions of our academic calendar. We recommend you take take two courses in Session 1 and two courses in Session 4. 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. Learn more about your housing allowance.
Only the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can determine your eligibility for benefits.
We suggest you review benefits information on the department's website or call 888-442-4551.
Then, complete the Veterans On-Line Application, or VONAPP, to apply for veterans benefits. You'll 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.
Yes and yes. UMUC follows guidelines from the American Council on Education for awarding credit for your military or other professional experience, training, and prior learning at other colleges or through your military education.
Your credits can transfer toward general education requirements, coursework in your major, or electives.
For many student veterans, this is a difficult question to answer. It takes thoughtful consideration to determine your next steps in your career and life.
We're here to help. Our specially trained veterans advisors will talk with you to learn your interests and understand your goals. We're experienced at translating your military occupation into a career plan, and we'll give you the information you need to start moving your civilian career forward.
"I love when the students call in and they're so grateful to get answers quickly or to hear a friendly voice, especially if they're overseas. I chose this job because I like the feeling of satisfaction I get from helping people. I'm not only assisting students achieve their academic goals, but I'm also helping my fellow veterans and active-duty servicemembers."
1 GI Bill is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.
Our dedicated military and veterans advisors can provide a tentative evaluation of your transcript to assess your transfer credits, develop a customized map to your degree, and help you select your first classes before you even apply. Your official transcript evaluation will be completed in four to six weeks.