VA Education Benefits Information

Overview

The UMSON Scholarship & Grants Office is available to assist students with Veterans Administration (VA) education benefits. All new students interested in using VA education benefits must submit the following documentation and forms to Tara Byrd prior to the start of the semester enrolled. 

  • VA Declaration of Intent must be submitted every semester
  • Copy of Certificate of Eligibility
  • Copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty: Form DD214*
  • Copy of Change of Program/Place of Training: Form 22-1995 or 22-5495.* Student should submit form to the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to requesting certification.
  • Authorization of Certification of Entrance/Reentrance Form 28-1905 (if Chapter 31) with case manager's approval. Request for Supplies Form 28-1905m*

* if applicable

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a variety of informational pamphlets, factsheets, scholarship details, etc. available to students.  Click here to view this information.   

The Maryland Higher Education Commission has several scholarship programs available to veterans and their family members. To view these opportunities, click here. 

FAQs

Where can I find more information about the education benefits available to veterans?

You can visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website, http://www.gibill.va.gov, or contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551 (1-888-GI-Bill-1) and speak with a veterans benefits counselor.

What VA Benefit Program should I choose and what is the payment rate? 

A comparison of VA education benefit programs and their payment rates can be found at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/comparison_tool.asp. It is recommended that before choosing a program you consult with your veterans benefits counselor through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  

How do I apply for VA education benefits?

After consulting with your veterans benefits counselor, apply for benefits online at http://www.gibill.va.gov.

If I will be using Chapter 31 benefits (Vocational Rehabilitation program), what guidelines must I follow? 

Chapter 31 veterans are evaluated through the Baltimore Regional Veterans Office. Upon completion of the evaluation and determination of eligibility is established, a purchase order, VA Form 28-1905 (Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Re-entrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status Form), will be provided to the school and the student. The school can only certify the student for the specific program and dates listed on the VA Form 28-1905. Please call the Baltimore Regional Veterans Affairs Office at 1-800-827-1000 for inquiries.

How will I know if my enrollment certification has been approved by UMSON?

You will receive an email from Tara Byrd confirming the date of your certification.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) hasn’t received my VA payment yet. What should I do about my student bill? 

Tara Byrd will notify UMB Student Accounting of your pending VA payment. Kia Partlow, UMB accountant, is available to assist with questions about your bill and VA payment.  You can contact Kia at 410-706-1337. 

How long does it take for the VA to submit payment to UMB once I’m certified? 

The VA takes 6-9 weeks to process your certification once the School of Nursing files it electronically.

Who do I notify if I add or drop classes?

You must notify Tara Byrd any time your enrollment status changes. 

How can non-residents qualify for in-state status? 

Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marines are eligible for in-state tuition. If you are an active, full-time member of the Armed Forces, are stationed in the state of Maryland, and have the appropriate documentation, you are eligible for in-state tuition charges. The UMB Office of the Registrar determines in-state status. For more information on how in-state status is determined, visit the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Who will provide me with my book stipend?

The VA will pay you directly for the book stipend and, if applicable, the housing allowance. 

How will I receive my “kicker” if I am eligible?

The VA will automatically pay the “kicker” funds once they have processed your semester enrollment certification. Please contact the VA directly if you have any questions concerning this funding. 

How many months of VA education benefits do I have remaining?

You must contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551 (1-888-GI-Bill-1) or http://www.gibill.va.gov.   

Where do I submit my Tuition Assistance forms?

The Tuition Assistance forms must be submitted to UMB Accountant Kia Partlow. You can contact Kia at 410-706-1337.

Please visit the VA FAQ page for more information specific to your benefits.