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Veterans Assistance Fund

Veterans enrolled at UMGC can apply for financial assistance from the Veterans Assistance Fund.

The Veterans Assistance Fund is designed to help military and veteran students enrolled at University of Maryland Global Campus cover costs related to their 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 UMGC
  • Be a veteran of the U.S. military or using VA educational benefits
  • 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 completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and received a Student Aid Report
  • Demonstrate financial hardship
  • Other eligibility requirements may apply. Contact for further information.

Financial need will be calculated by subtracting the expected family contribution, scholarships, grants, and estimated veterans benefits from the cost of attendance. Student loans (subsidized and unsubsidized) may be included in this calculation or considered as a contributing factor to financial need if EFC is above the Pell Grant threshold for current academic year.

If you are applying for the Accessibility category under the Completion pillar (see below), 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

You can apply for a total of up to $3,000 per academic year. As part of your application, you will need to complete the following steps.

Applications are reviewed throughout the year, so there is no application deadline or window.

Award categories are divided into categories called "pillars." You will choose a pillar/category to apply for in the application form. Please see the maximum award amounts included next to each pillar/category.


Award Details

Veterans Assistance Fund grants are awarded on an annual basis unless noted otherwise, and you must reapply each year if you want to continue receiving assistance.

Once you complete and send in your application and supplemental documentation, it will be reviewed by the Veterans Assistance Fund selection committee within 10 business days and you will be informed of your application's acceptance, acceptance with modified award amount, or denial. There is no appeal 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.

Contributing to the Veterans Assistance Fund

If you are a student, graduate, staff member, or faculty member or are otherwise interested in contributing to the educational experience of our student veterans, you can make a donation to the Veterans Assistance Fund by visiting the UMGC Veterans Donation Campaign webpage. All proceeds will go toward our goal of ensuring the academic and professional success of student veterans at UMGC.

The number of students who can be served by the Veterans Assistance Fund is subject to the availability of funds. The fund is sustained by continual contributions from students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of UMGC. Those who benefit from the fund are encouraged to contribute to the fund once they complete their education, assisting those who may face similar struggles.

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