The Veterans Assistance Fund at University of Maryland University College is designed to help student veterans enrolled at UMUC cover costs related to education when Federal financial aid, tuition assistance, and VA benefits are unavailable or exhausted. The purpose of the fund is to offset costs related to academics, completion, or transition for individuals who demonstrate financial hardship.
To apply for the Veterans Assistance Fund, you must
- Be currently enrolled at UMUC
- Be currently serving or a veteran of the U.S. Military
- Have completed at least 9 undergraduate credits or 6 graduate credits
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 as an undergraduate student or 3.0 as a graduate student
- Have a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file and reviewed by UMUC Financial Aid
- Demonstrate financial hardship
- Financial need will be calculated by subtracting the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), scholarships, grants, and estimated veterans' benefits from the Cost of Attendance (COA). Student loans will not be included in this calculation, nor will they be considered as a contributing factor to a student's financial need. If you are applying for the Accessibility category under the Completion pillar (see About the Fund), you do not have to meet the minimum credits requirement. However, you must contact the Office of Accessibility and complete a student intake form prior to applying for assistance under that category.
How to Apply
If you meet all eligibility requirements to apply for the fund, you can e-mail the Vessey Veterans Resource Center at email@example.com to request an application. You can apply for up to $3,000 per academic year, across multiple pillars and categories. Complete the application and send it back to the same e-mail address, along with any supporting documentation requested. As part of your application, you will need to complete the following steps:
- Step 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Step 2: Complete the Veterans Assistance Fund Application.
- Step 3: Submit documentation of your military affiliation. Options include DD Form 214, LES, enlistment contract, etc.
- Step 4: Write a brief statement demonstrating your financial hardship and its relation to the category or categories you select in your application.
- Step 5: Provide supporting documentation, such as a bill or invoice.
Applications are reviewed throughout the year, and will be considered for the current or previous two semesters only.
Review and Disbursement Process
Once you complete and submit your application, it will be reviewed by the Veterans Assistance Fund selection committee within 10 business days of submission, and you will be informed of your application's acceptance, acceptance with modified award amount, or denial. There is no appeals process once you receive your decision, but you may apply again if your circumstances have changed or in the next academic year.
If you are chosen to receive an award, you will be informed when the funds are disbursed to your student account.
About the Fund
Grants are awarded on an annual basis, unless noted otherwise, and you must reapply each year if you want to continue receiving grant assistance. Each category carries a maximum amount for funds you can request.
Pillar 1: Academics
This pillar provides grant assistance for unexpected or uncovered costs associated with academic coursework, in the following categories:
- Prior Learning: For partial or full credit charges awarded through a prior learning assessment, you can apply for up to $1,000.
- Remedial Math: For VA Post 9/11 GI Bill Recipients, tuition, and charges associated with Introductory Algebra (3 Credits, MATH 009) or Intermediate Algebra (3 Credits, MATH 012), if taken in an online format, you can apply for up to $1,000.
Note: VA benefits do not cover the costs associated with transferring experiential learning credits awarded after a portfolio assessment or remedial classes taken in an online format. UMUC will recoup award funds for any dropped classes or 'FN' grades.
Pillar 2: Completion
This pillar provides grant assistance for unexpected or uncovered costs associated with completing your UMUC degree, in the following categories:
- Out-of-State Chapter 30: To cover the cost difference relative to in-state tuition if you are a student veteran who is enrolled in a graduate program, pays out-of-state tuition, and receives Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill® benefits, you can apply for up to $1,700.
- Out of State Chapter 33: To cover the cost difference relative to in-state tuition if you are a student veteran who pays out-of-state tuition, receives Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits, and is not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, you can apply for up to $2,200.
- Final Semester: For costs associated with your last semester if you have exhausted your Federal financial aid and VA entitlement and are enrolled in the final courses you need to complete your program, you can apply for up to $3,000.
- Accessibility: For fees and tuition recoupment and/or housing allowance benefit recoupment by the VA, if you are a student veteran who withdrew or will be withdrawing from a course due to reasons of mental health or other issues associated with accessibility, you can apply for up to $3,000. This is a one-time only award.
Note: UMUC will recoup award funds for any dropped classes or 'FN' grades, with possible exceptions for those applying under the Accessibility category.
Pillar 3: Transition
This pillar provides grant assistance for unexpected or uncovered costs associated with transitioning to a new career, in the following category:
- Internship: For supplementary income if you are actively participating in an unpaid, or underpaid, internship program, you can apply for up to $3,000.
Please email any questions to VRC@UMUC.edu.