UMBC logo

FAQ

I am a new student to UMBC.  Where do I go to get help starting my benefits?

How long does it take once I’m certified for the VA to start processing the certification?

What happens with my bill if I’m a Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) VA Student and the VA says they will cover my tuition and fees?

Will the VA send me the Book Stipend or will they send it to the school?

If I hand in my Semester Certification Request form and then add or drop classes what should I do to let the VA know that my schedule has changes?

Do I need to fill out a Semester Certification Request form every semester?

If I change my benefits from Chapter 30 to Chapter 33 what do I need to do for the school to know?

Do I need to let the VA know if I change my major?

Do I have to declare a major right away?

I am Chapter 30 and my monthly check didn’t come this month.  What’s wrong?

I can’t come to campus to get the Semester Certification Request form.  Is it online?
Do I still need to take a Physical Education class since I am a military veteran?
How does the Yellow Ribbon Program operate at UMBC?

 

I am a new student to UMBC.  Where do I go to get help starting my benefits?

 

The Registrar's Office is responsible for certifying your attendance to the VA. The office has a VA Certification Offiical available to assist you with inquiries regarding your benefits certification. Students can call 410-455-8163 or 410-455-2500 to schedule an appointment or drop in to the Registrar's Office and speak with the Certifying Official Monday through Friday 9:30 am - 3:30 pm.

 (Return to top)

 

How long does it take once I’m certified for the VA to start processing the certification?
 

The VA takes between 6-9 weeks to process your certification once the school files it electronically. 

 

 

What happens with my bill if I’m a Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) VA Student and the VA says they will cover my tuition and fees?

 

Once the Office of the Registrar certifies your semester to the VA the Bursar’s Office will receive a copy of the certification and hold your bill for tuition and fees pending payment by the VA.  You will not be charged late fees.

(Return to top)

 

Will the VA send me the Book Stipend or will they send it to the school?

 

The VA will send the student the Book Stipend and, if applicable, the Housing allowance.  The VA will send the school the tuition and fees.

 

 

If I hand in my Semester Certification Request form and then add or drop classes what should I do to let the VA know that my schedule has changes?

 

If you have made any changes to your schedule you must complete the VA Add/Drop form. The VA Certifying Official will report the change to the VA. Please click on the hyperlink and you will be directed to this form.

(Return to top)

 

Do I need to fill out a Semester Certification Request form every semester?

 

Yes, each semester that you want reported to the VA for payment you must complete the Semester Certification Request form.

 

 

If I change my benefits from Chapter 30 to Chapter 33 what do I need to do for the school to know?

 

If you change your benefits from Chapter 30 to 33 you must stop by the Office of the Registrar and give the Certifying Official a copy of the VA Letter of Eligibility for the new Chapter.  This letter is sent to the student approving the change in Chapter.

 

(Return to top)

 

Do I need to let the VA know if I change my major?

 

Yes. If you wish to change your major at UMBC you must submit a Change of Major Form to the Registrar's Office. The VA Certifying Official will use the major that is declared in our records system to report to the VA. Please click on the hyperlink and you will be directed to this form.

 

Do I have to declare a major right away?

 

You may stay undeclared for two semesters.  After two semesters the VA requires you to choose a major.

 

 

I am Chapter 30 and my monthly check didn’t come this month.  What’s wrong?

 

All Chapter 30 students must report their attendance using the WAVE system at the end of every month during the semester.  Did you report on WAVE on time?

 

(Return to top)

 

I can’t come to campus to get the Semester Certification Request form.  Is it online?

 

Yes, the Semester Certification Request form and the Student Responsibility Checklist can both be found online. Please click on the hyperlinks and you will be directed to these forms.

 

Do I still need to take a Physical Education class since I am a military veteran?

 

No, all veterans who can provide proof of military service should visit the Veteran Certifying Official in the Registrar's Office to obtain a waiver for the physical education credit.

 

How does the Yellow Ribbon Program operate at UMBC?

 

UMBC actively supports our veterans and their families by proudly participating in the Veterans Administration Yellow Ribbon Program. UMBC's participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program provides additional funding to nonresident, 100% eligible Post-9/11 GI Bill recipients who are not on active duty. To be eligible for award consideration, students must have a VA Certificate of Eligibility and a UMBC Semester Certification Form on file in the Registrar's Office.

Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis; a maximum of five (5) participants (four undergrad and one graduate) are provided up to $500 per semester, which is matched by the VA (for a total benefit of up to $1000 per semester). Yellow Ribbon funding is only available for the fall and spring semesters at UMBC.

To apply for the UMBC Yellow Ribbon Program, submit a request at http://registrar.umbc.edu/contact. In the "Select a Topic" drop down menu, choose "Veterans Certification" and click "Create a Ticket." Please type "Yellow Ribbon Program" in the subject box. Requests must be made during the registration period for the upcoming semester. Requesting participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program through this process does not guarantee funding. A waitlist will be kept each semester until all funding has been awarded.

If you have questions about this or other veterans programs and services, please email veterans@umbc.edu.

 

 

(Return to top)