Military and Veteran Students

UMES is committed to providing quality services and programs for veterans. We recognize and appreciate your service to and sacrifice for our country, and we look forward to assisting you as you achieve your educational and career goals. We also appreciate the skills and life experiences that you will bring to our campus community, and we encourage you to get involved in programs, activities, and clubs that will enrich and broaden your college experience.

UMES is fully accredited for accepting Veteran students and assisting you in your needs for education certification.  Credit is given for military experiences relative to your field of study.

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore welcome veterans, their spouses, and their dependents!


For a Guide to your Military Affiliated Admissions Process, please click here

Veterans Certification

UMES Veterans Education Benefits Request

Veterans are certified on a per semester basis (i.e., benefits do not automatically roll over from one semester to another). All returning students must complete the UMES Veterans Education Benefits Request Form prior to the beginning of each semester (fall and spring; winter and summer are optional) so that benefits will not be interrupted. The office serves a large group of students; to avoid delays in processing claims it is extremely important to submit all the requested supporting documents in a timely manner, immediately upon registering for the upcoming term.

To prevent delays in receipt of benefits, the University is required to notify the Department of Veteran Affairs of the following changes:
•Credit level or grading option change
•Change of major
•Change of address
•Term of graduation
•Academic probation or dismissal
•Intent to transfer from the UMES campus

Veterans Benefits

It is recommended that all Veterans review the GI Bill© website. For comprehensive VA Education benefits counseling, call the VA at 1-888-GIBILL1. If you have questions pertaining to payment, availability of benefits, or approval, please call the regional VA Office at: 410-219-7256.

Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty – MGIB-AD)

Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation (VR&E)

Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill (Active Duty or Veteran)

Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill (Spouse or Dependent)

Chapter 35 – Survivors and Dependents Assistance (Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance – DEA)

Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill (Selected Reserve – MGIB-SR)

Chapter 1607 – Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

Survivors and Dependents Assistance (Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship)

Yellow Ribbon Program (Provision of Post 9/11 GI Bill)

Tuition Assistance Top Up (Only Available for Recipients of MGIB-AD and Post 9/11 GI Bill)

Veteran Student Resources

Please feel free to view the following important information:

Learn more about the UMES Yellow Ribbon Program

Financial Aid:

Center for Access and Academic Success:

Office of the Registrar:


Department of Veterans Affairs: About GI Bill® Education Benefits 

Department of Veterans Affairs: How to Apply for the GI Bill® 

Department of Veterans Affairs: GI Bill® Comparison Tool 

Restoration of Benefits After School Closure or if a​ School is Disapproved for GI Bill® Benefits


Note: Scholarships and grants are facilitated by the Office of Student Financial Assistance. Please send all scholarship and grant related inquiries to or call (800) 974-0203.



 Scholarship Resources

Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) 

Edith Nourse Rogers Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Scholarship

​        Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC)

        Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)

Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA)

MDVA – State Resource Guide

Maryland National Guard Education Partners​ 

Join the Hawk Vets! ( see information below )

For all questions and concerns, please contact:
Office of Admissions
Telephone:  (410) 651-6410

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