Veteran and Military Services (VMS) is a one-stop resource to serve, support, and honor veterans, service members, and their families as they transition to and navigate through Frederick Community College in pursuit of their goals.
To be an innovative leader in veteran and military-affiliated student services in higher education by continuing to develop and model best practices.
FCC participates in a variety of education programs administered by the VA, including the GI Bill®, Veteran Readiness and Employment, and Dependents’ Educational Assistance, and is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) for the training of eligible veterans, their dependents, and active duty personnel for approved programs of study. In addition, FCC maintains a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Defense that allows active duty personnel from every service branch (including members of the National Guard and Reserve components) to use military tuition assistance at FCC.
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.va.gov/education/
VMS provides the following services and programs for veterans, service members (including National Guard and Reserves personnel), and their family members:
- Help identifying which VA and/or military education benefit/s they may be eligible for and navigating benefit processes
- Help navigating the College enrollment process
- Student enrollment certification with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
- Referrals to a variety of campus and community resources
- Programs that support students’ transition to college and overall success, including New Student Orientation
- Ongoing individualized support
- The Veteran and Military Student Center in Annapolis Hall, room A109; a welcoming campus space for all veterans and military-affiliated students
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 recipients are entitled to a percentage of the following VA Education benefits based on their length of service:
Chapters 30, 35, and 1606
- 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)
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
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
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
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