Frederick Community College (FCC) Veteran and Military Services (VMS) offers academic and support services for veterans, active duty personnel, National Guard and Reserve personnel, and their families. FCC participates in a variety of GI Bill® and military tuition payment options.
 
VMS provides a respectful and inclusive system of supports to help veterans and military members transition to life as a student. Our team works to help new students navigate the enrollment process to begin or continue towards education goals.
 
VMS offers comprehensive information so every new student can discover the academic and continuing education programs that align with their individual objectives.
 
All new students are required to submit the electronic VMS intake form prior to scheduling an appointment. Once you submit the intake form, we will email you a checklist of “next steps” to complete along with the link to schedule an intake appointment with a VMS staff member.



Contact

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

Services


VMS helps students distinguish and secure financial resources to pay for college, connects students with College and community services, provides academic advising, and more. We also help students adapt their service member training to the classroom. Additionally, the VMS team provides support to our students if they encounter obstacles or challenges as they are working towards their goals. Our goal is to help each veteran, active duty military, National Guard member, Reservist, and their family members achieve success in civilian and college life.
 

FCC Veteran and Military Services advisors will connect you with:

  • Veteran and Military Student Center
  • Personal counseling and referral to additional campus and community resources as needed
  • Faculty mentors
  • Veterans Club
  • Workshops, events, and activities that address issues impacting veterans and military affiliated students

FCC Veteran and Military Services advisors will help you with:

  • Academic advising and educational planning, including transfer planning
  • Evaluating the various funding options available to veterans and military affiliated students
  • Selecting an academic or continuing education program
  • Career exploration

Getting Started


All new students are required to submit the electronic VMS intake form prior to scheduling an appointment. Once you submit the intake form, we will email you a checklist of “next steps” to complete along with the link to schedule an intake appointment with a VMS staff member..  At this appointment, you will have an opportunity to discuss academic programs and the admission process at FCC, available veteran and military benefits, payment options, and College and community resources, including financial aid advising, services available to students with disabilities, career counseling, and mental health counseling.

Military affiliated students have multiple benefit options to consider. To learn more about the various programs that may be available to you, please select one of the following:

FCC Compliance with the Isakson and Roe Act of 2020 (Section 1018)


Section 1018 of Public Law 116-315, the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, adds new requirements for education institutions participating in the educational assistance programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Specifically, education institutions approved by the VA are required to provide covered individuals (those using VA education benefits) with the following information:

Federal Student Aid and Other Sources of Student Financial Assistance
Students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine their eligibility for federal student aid. Students may use VA education benefits and federal student aid at the same time. Students may also be eligible for state and institutional grants.
Students who have questions about any of these funding options should contact FCC’s Financial Aid Office for assistance.

Estimated total cost of attendance, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, and living expenses
Students can access general Cost of Attendance information and a Net Price Calculator for help determining the cost of attending FCC.

Costs Covered by VA Education Benefits
Students are encouraged to use the GI Bill Comparison Tool to compare VA education benefits across schools. Once students have applied for their VA education benefit and provided a Certificate of Eligibility, FCC Veteran and Military Services staff can explain what portion of the cost to attend FCC their particular benefit will cover. 

Chapter 33
Chapter 33 recipients are entitled to a percentage of the following VA Education benefits based on their length of service:
  • Cost of tuition and fees (paid to the school and prorated based on the eligibility percentage)
  • Monthly housing allowance equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as the school (21702) (paid to the student and prorated based on the eligibility percentage)
  • Annual book and supply stipend of up to $1000 per year (paid to the student @ $41.67 per credit and prorated based on the eligibility percentage)
Chapters 30, 35, and 1606
Students eligible for Chapters 30, 35, and 1606 receive benefit payments based on their training time. Students can view payment rates for each chapter here.

Chapter 31
Students eligible for Chapter 31 receive a subsistence allowance or, if also eligible for Chapter 33, Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH).

FCC Graduation Rates
Students can access FCC’s graduation rates here.

Awarding of Transfer Credit
FCC awards credit for coursework completed at accredited colleges and universities as recognized by the U. S. Department of Education and for military education and training. For FCC’s complete policy regarding the awarding of transfer credit, go to the Academic Standards Policy and Procedures.

Program Requirements
Students can view graduation requirements for each credit program in the Academic Catalog. Each program listing includes a Guided Pathway to Success which maps a student’s path to completion.
Students can also view their Degree Plan in PeopleSoft [Student Center – My Academics – View My Degree Plan] to track their progress toward graduation. Their Degree Plan shows their program requirements, including which requirements they’ve satisfied and which requirements they still need to satisfy to graduate.
Students can view any additional requirements, including the training, experience, or examinations required to obtain a license, certification, or approval for their chosen program on the FCC Programs page.

Withdrawal or Absences Due to Military Service
Military personnel, including members of the Reserves and National Guard, who withdraw from their courses or are temporarily unavailable because of a military transfer, active-duty deployment, or military training obligation, will be able to continue their studies at Frederick Community College upon their return.
Guidance for Students Who Need to Withdraw

Point of Contact for individuals using VA education benefits
Veterans and their family members in need of academic counseling, financial counseling, disability counseling, and other information regarding completing a program at FCC may contact FCC Veteran and Military Services Students for assistance. Students will be referred to other FCC offices as needed.

Veteran and Military Services
Veteran and Military Student Center, Annapolis Hall, room A-109
301-624-2836
[email protected]
 

Community Resources


**If you are using VA education benefits or military tuition assistance, please click here to better understand the financial and academic impact to withdrawing or changing your enrollment.

Contact Us


If you have any questions about our services, please contact us!

All new students are required to submit the electronic VMS intake form prior to scheduling an appointment. Once you submit the intake form, we will email you a checklist of “next steps” to complete along with the link to schedule an intake appointment with a VMS staff member.

Current and continuing students may schedule an academic advising appointment using Navigate Student.


Evening appointments available upon request (call 301-624-2838 during our regular office hours to schedule an evening appointment).

 

Amy Coldren
Director of Veteran and Military Services
Annapolis Hall (A-109)
Phone: 301.624.2838
Fax: 240.629.7822

Tricia Morris
School Certifying Official
Annapolis Hall (A-109)
Phone: 301.846.2632
Fax: 240.629.7822

 

VMS Office and Veteran & Military Student Center Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.