Using Military Tuition Assistance
Armed Forces Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. The Department of Defense has directed a uniform tuition assistance fiscal policy across all military services. Currently, the established semester hour cap is $250, and each soldier has an annual ceiling of $4,500. Military services will pay 100 percent of the tuition and authorized fees charged by a college up to the established semester hour cap and annual ceiling.
Each branch of the military handles Tuition Assistance a little differently. If you are in the Army, you will use GoArmyEd to register for courses and have Tuition Assistance applied. If you are in the Air Force, you will need to register through UB and then apply for Tuition Assistance through the Air Force Virtual Education Center. If you are in the Coast Guard, Navy, or Marine Corps, you will need to contact your Education Center to request a tuition assistance form. Once you have the tuition assistance form signed by your education coordinator, submit it at the time of registration using one of the following methods:
Tuition assistance forms that are not received within the allotted semester (fall, spring, or summer) will not be posted. Exceptions will be made for deployed soldiers or corrections. If you are using Tuition Assistance and withdraw from a course prior to completing 60 percent of the course, you may be required to pay a portion of the tuition, in accordance with Department of Defense regulations.
For more information, contact your military branch for details on your eligibility and the branch's process for submitting the tuition assistance forms.
- Air Force / Air Force Reserve / Air National Guard
- Army / Army Reserve / Army National Guard
- Coast Guard
- Marine Corps / Marine Corps Reserve
- Navy / Navy Reserve
- National Guard
- Air National Guard
- U.S. Public Health Services
- Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Submitting Tuition Assistance Forms
Fax your Tuition Assistance forms to the Office of the Bursar at 410.837.6532 or scan them and send them to email@example.com by the last day to drop and add for the semester. If you have unusual circumstances, contact us as soon as possible.
Tuition assistance forms that are not received within the allotted semester (fall, spring, or summer) will not be posted. Exceptions will be made for deployed soldiers or corrections.
If you are using Tuition Assistance and withdraw from a course prior to completing 60 percent of the course, you may be required to pay a portion of the tuition, in accordance with Department of Defense regulations.
Students eligible for tuition waivers include:
- USM employees, their spouses and dependents
- senior citizens (law classes not eligible)
- graduate assistants
- Maryland National Guard (law classes not eligible)
Tuition remission and graduate assistant waivers are applied only to tuition costs. If one waiver does not satisfy the full tuition cost, the other waiver will be applied to cover the remaining tuition balance. A waiver may not be applied to cover student fees. Any waiver submitted for a semester that has ended may not be eligible for processing.
Any waiver will not be applied until after the last day to drop and add for the semester has passed.
Is Someone Else Paying Your Bill?
If an outside employer, agency or organization is paying your bill, bring, email or fax the third-party billing authorization form (available through the organization/employer paying your bill) to the Office of the Bursar by the last day to drop and add for the term. We must have this information so we can bill your employer/organization. Please note that until the payment is received in full, your account will be treated as your account. This means that if the payment is not paid by the date service indicators are being placed, your account will be subject to receiving a service indicator, which will prevent future registration and transcripts and/or degrees release, and your account will be subject to all collection activity, including being forwarded to the Maryland Central Collection Unit.
Documentation received after the last day to drop and add will be processed within 30 days of submission. Any holds will remain until the account balances are paid in full. We may not accept any third-party paperwork submitted for a semester after it has ended.
It is important to review your student account on a regular basis until payment is received in full.
Questions? Contact us.