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Even if you receive Veteran's Benefits, you can still file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We encourage all students, especially Veterans, to file the FAFSA to take advantage of federal and state grants.
Students eligible for benefits through the Veterans Administration (VA) should contact the Office of Financial Aid before registration to make sure all VA paperwork is in order.
If you are considering financial aid options, your financial aid counselor can help you make an informed decision by providing insight on the following topics:
- The College Scorecard
- The College Navigator
- The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
- The Paying for College webpage
- Title IV funding relating to the Higher Education Act of 1965
- Private vs. Federal student loans
- Cohort Default Rate (CDR)
- The right to refuse all or borrow less than the maximum student loan amount awarded
VA determines your eligibility for benefits. The VA will pay tuition and fee benefits to the University on your behalf. Other payments are paid directly to you after the semester begins and certification is complete.
DoD personnel are entitled to consideration for all forms of financial aid that educational institutions make available to students at their home campus. Educational institution financial aid officers will provide information and application processes for Title IV student aid programs, scholarships, fellowships, grants, loans, etc., to DoD TA recipients.
Service members identified as eligible DoD TA recipients, who qualify for Pell Grants through ED’s student aid program, will have their TA benefits applied to their educational institution’s account prior to the application of their Pell Grant funds to their account. Unlike TA funds, which are tuition-restricted, Pell Grant funds are not tuition-restricted and may be applied to other allowable charges on the account.
For specific information and "to do" lists based upon status, click on the appropriate link in the left-hand menu.
Note: We strongly recommend that you meet with Academic Advising and Financial Aid before starting your enrollment. This will ensure you are enrolled for classes required toward your degree as well as you have an understanding of your eligibility for financial aid (Title IV funding). You are also encouraged to discuss your VA benefits with your Education Services Officer at the VA before enrolling with UB.
Certifications for the Spring 2020 semester will begin January 3rd, 2020.
**We will not accept any documents for certification until all required documents for certification have been submitted**
While attending UB and receiving VA Education Benefits, you should be aware of the following Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) regulations and student responsibilities:
- Complete all forms accurately and completely. The VA new veteran application process can take up to 9-12 weeks where peak processing time and errors may delay the process.
- You are required to pursue a degree/certificate program available at UB and approved for VA Educational benefits.
- Your declared degree program must match with both the DVA and UB.
- You are expected to make Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress toward completion of a degree, and you must comply with the academic standards of UB. To view the SAP Policy click SAP Policy.
- You are responsible for reporting changes in enrollment that includes drops, adds, withdrawals, changes to audit, and changes degree objectives.
- You are responsible for any UB account balances and/or debts with the DVA.
- You are responsible to verify your enrollment on the last calendar day of the month with DVA, except for Chapters 31, 33 and 35.
- Payment of benefits will not be allowed for repeating a course for which transfer or a passing grade has been granted.
- Payment of benefits will not be allowed for courses not required in a degree program, course drops or for audited courses.
- You are required to have an evaluation of your prior college credits by submitting Official Transcripts to UB. The DVA may deny benefits if you do not comply.
- Maryland Higher Education Commission; www.mhec.state.md.us
- Welcome to Your Source for Armed Forces; www.aerhq.org
- Horatio Alger Association; www.horatioalger.com/scholarships
- Scholarships for Military Children; http://militaryscholar.org
- National Military Family Association; www.nmfa.org
- AFCEA Military Family Association; www.afcea.org/education/scholarships/military
Yellow Ribbon Program
UB actively supports our veterans and their families by participating in the Veterans Administration Yellow Ribbon Program. UB's participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program provides additional funding to out-of-state students, 100% eligible Post-9/11 GI Bill recipients who are not on active duty.
Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis; a maximum of 10 participants for the 2014-2015 aid year are provided up to $1000 per year which is matched by the VA (for a total benefit of up to $2000 per year).
To apply for the UB Yellow Ribbon Program, please fill out an application.
VA Contact Information
Veterans Benefit Programs
Max # of Benefits (months)
How Payments Are Made
Duration of Benefits
90 days active
aggregate service (after 9/10/01) or
Tuition: Paid to School Housing Stipend: Paid to Student Generally, 15 years from last day of active duty
2 year continuous enlistment
(minimum duty varies by service date, branch, etc.)
Paid to Student Generally, 10 years from last day of active duty
6 year commitment (after 6/30/85) 36 Paid to Student Generally ends the day you leave the Selected Reserve
90 days active continuous service
36 Paid to Student Generally, 10 years from the day you leave the Selected Reserve or the day you leave the IRR
181 continuous days active service (between 12/31/76 and 7/1/85) 36 Paid to Student 10 years from last day of active duty
Not Applicable 36 Paid to Student Spouse: 10/20 years
Child: Ages 18/26
All Programs Include:
Degree Training ✓ Tuition Assistance ✓ (*Except VEAP (Chapter 32)) Non College Degree Training ✓ Work-Study Program ✓ National Testing Programs ✓ On-the-Job and Apprenticeship Training ✓ Flight Training ✓ Licensing and Certification Tests ✓ Correspondence Courses ✓
For any questions regarding Veteran's benefits, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org.