Policy 120.00

Student Affairs

Owner: Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer

  1. Introduction

    1. UMGC conforms to the Board of Regents Policy V-1.00 Policy on Student Affairs, approved on January 11, 1990.

    2. Students' rights of participation in UMGC activities and programs shall be in conformity with all pertinent federal and state laws on nondiscrimination.

    3. UMGC provides access for all students to student handbooks or other appropriate referral materials with summaries of pertinent policies, rules, and regulations.

    4. UMGC has established UMGC Policy 151.00—Code of Student Conduct Policy to process allegations of prohibited conduct and UMGC Policy 130.70—Student Grievance Procedures Policy to process student grievances.

  2. Services to Student

    1. UMGC provides academic advising (see Policy 120.10 Academic Advising) and other services to meet the diverse needs of its student body. These other services include:

      1. Career Services

        1. All UMGC students may obtain information regarding career and employment resources on the UMGC Career Services webpage.

      2. Tutoring Services

        1. All UMGC students may obtain information regarding online effective writing services.

        2. Information on tutoring services can be obtained from the UMGC Tutoring Services webpage.

      3. Veterans Services

        1. The Veteran's Certification Office is responsible for the procedures involved in the certification of enrollments of veterans and active duty personnel and their dependents who are eligible for educational benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, under the following programs:

          1. Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty Educational Assistance Program

          2. Chapter 31: Veteran Readiness and Employment

          3. Chapter 32: Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program and the Education Assistance Pilot Program Section 903

          4. Chapter 35: Dependents' Educations Assistance Program

          5. Chapter 1606: Montgomery G.I. Bill - Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program 

          6. REPS: Restored Entitlement Program for Survivors Hostage Relief Act of 1980 

          7. Omnibus Diplomatic Veterans Affairs Tutorial Benefits Program 

          8. Department of Veterans Affairs Work Study Program 

          9. Department of Veterans Affairs Tutorial Benefits Program 

          10. Department of Veterans Affairs Educational Loan Program

        2. The procedures carried out by UMGC will be in accordance with the law (Title 38, United States Code) and regulated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations).

      4. Disabled Student Services

        1. Accessibility Services is designated to work with students requesting accommodations based on a disability. Such students must register and request accommodations. Students must provide documentation from an appropriate professional that verifies the presence and impact of the disability. The Director reviews the documentation and determines eligibility for accommodations. Appropriate accommodations are provided with assistance from UMGC faculty and staff as necessary.

        2. Students who wish to register and request accommodations should follow the Accessibility Services instructions to do so.

        3. Faculty members shall refer disabled students who request accommodations to Accessibility Services. Faculty shall not determine whether a student is eligible for accommodations or what accommodations are appropriate.

      5. Personal Counseling

        1. UMGC-Adelphi students seeking help with personal-social problems that interfere with academic progress will be referred to professional counseling services in the community following an initial consultation with an advisor on a resource team or the Staff Support Team. UMGC-Adelphi students who are members of the U.S. military are encouraged to contact the counseling facilities, or other similar agencies, available on their military base or in the community.

        2. UMGC-Europe and UMGC-Asia students who are members of the U.S. military community who seek personal counseling are encouraged to contact the counseling facilities, or other similar agencies, available on their military base or in the community.

Original Policy Approval Date 4/23/04
Substantive Revision Dates  
Technical Amendment Dates 4/17/20

FAQs: Forever GI Bill®

What is the Forever GI Bill and where can I get more information about it? +

The Forever GI Bill is a new law passed by Congress and signed by the President in 2017 that brings several changes to VA education benefits. The intent is to make more benefits available and expand eligibility, though in some cases, some students may see less benefits.

The VA also publishes information on their website and Facebook and Twitter accounts.

What new benefits am I eligible for under the Forever GI Bill? +

Call the VA directly at 1-888-442-4551 (Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Central Standard Time) to understand the new benefits you may be eligible for under the Forever GI Bill.

When do Forever GI Bill changes take effect? +

Changes to the Monthly Housing Allowance calculation method go into effect for courses that begin on or after August 1, 2018. Other changes, such as the removal of the delimiting date for benefits, went into effect immediately upon signing the bill. Additional changes will be implemented over the next several years.

I don't like these Forever GI Bill changes. How can I provide feedback? +

These changes are to conform to regulations and requirements set by the VA as a result of the new Forever GI Bill law. If you would like to voice your feedback, please feel free to contact the VA via their website and Facebook and Twitter accounts.

I requested certification and it still has not been processed. What is going on? +

The VA has implemented new certification procedures that require UMGC to defer certifications for hybrid/on-site courses until early August 2018. Online-only certifications may continue to be submitted within 10 to 15 business days. Once VA announces that certifications for hybrid/on-site enrollments may resume, we will process and submit the certification at that time.

What is the amount of the Post-9/11 Monthly Housing Allowance starting with fall 2018 courses? +

For those taking at least one hybrid/on-site course in the United States:

For an estimate of your Monthly Housing Allowance for courses beginning on or after August 1, 2018, you can take the following steps:

  • Step 1: Visit the Department of Defense Basic Allowance of Housing Calculator.
  • Step 2: Under the field, "DUTY ZIP CODE", enter the 5-digit ZIP Code of the classroom location.
  • Step 3: In the dropdown menu for "PAY GRADE," select "E5."
  • Step 4: Click on the "CALCULATE" button. If a privacy error shows up, click on the word "ADVANCED" and then click on the link to “Proceed to www.defensetravel.dod.mil (unsafe)."
  • Step 5: The dollar amount under the "E5 with DEPENDENTS" is the monthly Basic Allowance of Housing amount, which may be interpreted as the estimated value of the Monthly Housing Allowance.

Please be advised that while the Monthly Housing Allowance (calculated by the VA) and the Basic Allowance of Housing (calculated by the U.S. Department of Defense) are similar, they are not equivalent. The dollar amount shown on the Department of Defense website is for estimation purposes only. Actual payment amounts may vary. The VA does not publish a Monthly Housing Allowance calculator at this time.

For those taking online courses only:

The Monthly Housing Allowance for online-only enrollment is the same as prior to fall 2018, which is half of the national average of Monthly Housing Allowance. The current MHA rate for August 1, 2018–July 31, 2019 is approximately $825.00. Please check the VA payment rates on their website.