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Veterans and Military Community Services

Veterans Day Event in 2019

Providing support for service members and veterans

Thank you for your service! At HCC we are proud to help active duty military personnel and their families, members of the Maryland National Guard, reservists and veterans achieve their academic goals. Whatever your post-military life plans, you can get there from here!

As a military and veteran-friendly institution, HCC offers the following:

  • Waived application and transcript evaluation fees
  • Resident tuition rates where eligible
  • Credit awarded for military experience
  • Deferred payment plan for GI Bill® and tuition assistance recipients
  • A dedicated military and veteran student lounge
  • Refunds for military who receive orders to deploy during the academic term

Deployment during an academic term
Members of the military, including active-duty military, reservists and members of the National Guard who receive orders to deploy during an academic term are eligible to receive 100 percent refunds for tuition, fees, and books or petition for an incomplete grade. Submit a copy of your military orders or a letter from your commanding officer to the Office of Records, Registrations, and Veterans' Affairs.

  • Are you a veteran using GI Bill® benefits?

    Step 1: Complete the VA application for educational benefits.

    Step 2: Apply for admission and take your English and math placement test. Make sure you declare an official area of study when you apply!

    Step 3: Submit all your official transcripts (including military transcripts) for evaluation to the Office of Admissions and Advising, and complete the Official Transcript Evaluation Request form. The transcript evaluation fee is waived for you.

    Step 4: Register for classes at MyHCC.

    Step 5: Email veteransaffairs@howardcc.edu to let us know you will be using education benefits.

    Step 6: Upload your documentation in Self Service at MyHCC. You will have a notification requesting your Veterans Education Benefits Promissory Note, your DD-214, and your Certificate of Eligibility or Statement of Benefits. If you’re a veteran using Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) educational benefits, you will need to contact your VR&E Counselor to submit an electronic authorization.

    Are you a visiting or transfer student? 
    Check out our FAQs to see what you need to do!

  • Are you active duty military?

    Step 1: Request military tuition assistance from your branch. 

    Step 2: Apply for admission, take your English and math placement test, and register for classes. Make sure you declare an official area of study when you apply!

    Step 3: Submit all your official transcripts (including military transcripts) for evaluation to the Office of Admissions and Advising, and complete the Official Transcript Evaluation Request form. The transcript evaluation fee is waived for you.

    Step 4: Register for classes at MyHCC.

    Step 5: Email veteransaffairs@howardcc.edu to let us know you will be using education benefits.

    Step 6: Upload your documentation in Self Service at MyHCC. You will have a notification requesting your Veterans Education Benefits Promissory Note and a copy of your military orders. 

    Step 7: Submit your approved tuition assistance form to the Cashier’s Office to cashiersoffice@howardcc.edu once you receive it from your branch’s education office.

    Did you know that active-duty military personnel stationed in Maryland receive in-county tuition?  Submit the tuition adjustment application  each term you enroll.

    Deployment during an academic term
    Members of the military, including active-duty military, reservists and members of the National Guard who receive orders to deploy during an academic term are eligible to receive 100 percent refunds for tuition, fees, and books or petition for an incomplete grade. Submit a copy of your military orders or a letter from your commanding officer to the Office of Records, Registrations, and Veterans' Affairs at register@howardcc.edu

  • Are you a military spouse using MyCAA?

    Step 1: Determine eligibility for the MyCAA scholarship program.

    Step 2: Apply for admission and take your English and math placement test. Make sure you declare an official area of study when you apply!

    Step 3: Contact one of HCC’s School Certifying Officials in RRVA to set up an education plan.

    Step 4: Register for classes at MyHCC.

    Step 5: Upload your documentation in Self Service at MyHCC. You will have a notification requesting your Veterans Education Benefits Promissory Note 

    Step 6: Submit your approved tuition assistance form to the Cashier's Office to cashiersoffice@howardcc.edu, once your tuition assistance is approved.

    Is your sponsor active duty? If so, you may qualify for in-county tuition by submitting the Tuition Adjustment Application for
    Eligible Military & Veterans
    each term you enroll.

  • Are you a dependent using GI Bill® benefits?

    Step 1: Complete the VA application for educational benefits.

    Step 2: Apply for admission and take your English and math placement test. Make sure you declare an official area of study when you apply!

    Step 3: Submit all your official transcripts (including military transcripts) for evaluation to the Office of Admissions and Advising and complete the official Transcript Evaluation Request form. The transcript evaluation fee is waived for you.

    Step 4: Register for classes at MyHCC.

    Step 5: Email veteransaffairs@howardcc.edu to let us know you will be using education benefits.

    Step 6: Upload your documentation in Self Service at MyHCC. You will have a notification requesting your Veterans Education Benefits Promissory Note and your Certificate of Eligibility or Statement of Benefits.

    Is your sponsor active duty? If so, you may qualify for in-county tuition! Submit the Tuition Adjustment Application for
    Eligible Military & Veterans
     each term you enroll.

  • Are you a National Guard member?

    Step 1: Apply for admission and take your English and math placement test. Make sure you declare an official area of study when you apply!

    Step 2: Submit all your official transcripts (including military transcripts) for evaluation to the Office of Admissions and Advising and complete the official Transcript Evaluation Request form. The transcript evaluation fee is waived for you.

    Step 3: Register for classes at MyHCC.

    Step 4: Email veteransaffairs@howardcc.edu to let us know you will be submitting a Maryland National Guard State Tuition Waiver.

    Step 5: Upload your documentation in Self Service at MyHCC. You will have a notification requesting your Maryland National Guard State Tuition Waiver.

    Step 6: Make your payment arrangements. As a member of the National Guard, you will receive the following reduced tuition costs:

    • Howard County residents: 50 percent tuition discount based on the in-county rate.
    • Maryland residents: 25 percent tuition discount based on the in-county rate.
    • Out-of-state residents: 25 percent tuition discount based on the in-county rate.

    Deployment during an academic term
    Members of the military, including active-duty military, reservists and members of the National Guard who receive orders to deploy during an academic term are eligible to receive 100 percent refunds for tuition, fees, and books or petition for an incomplete grade. Submit a copy of your military orders or a letter from your commanding officer to the Office of Records, Registrations, and Veterans' Affairs at register@howardcc.edu. 

  • Military and VA FAQ

    Can I use my benefits at two institutions simultaneously?
    Yes! You may use your benefits at another institution as long as the courses apply to your degree. Before visiting at another school, get permission from your HCC advisor and an HCC VA School Certifying Official

    I am transferring to HCC and want to use my VA benefits. What do I do?
    If you’re a Veteran or service member, you’ll need to submit a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-1995 online). If you’re the dependent of a Veteran or service member, you’ll need to submit a Dependent’s Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-5495 online). Then follow the steps to use your GI Bill® benefits.  

    What areas of study can I use my benefits for and for which courses will the VA pay?
    All associate degree and certificate programs at HCC are approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission to be eligible for the use of VA Educational Benefits. You can only declare one program at a time. Courses required for your program of study, including developmental courses, will be paid for by the VA.

    Which continuing education programs can I use my VA benefits for?
    Project Management Professional Certification and Certified Nursing Assistant. Learn more about these programs at howardcc.edu/coned.

    Can I apply for financial aid in addition to using my VA benefits?
    Yes! Start by completing the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). HCC’s school code is 008175. Applying for financial aid is required step for veterans and dependents to ensure that you receive a breakdown of all forms of financial aid available to you.  Financial planning tools and resources, such as the College Scorecard and College Navigator, are available on our Financial Aid Services website.

    Do I have to pay up front if I’m using my benefits?
    No way!  HCC provides service members, veterans, and dependents special financial arrangements.  To use this incentive, complete the Veterans Education Benefits Promissory Note

    How do I find out how much of my benefits I have left?
    You can see how many benefits you’ve used and what benefits remain by visiting your eBenefits account.

    Are there scholarships for the military community?
    You bet!  Scholarships for the military community are available in addition to the full complement of scholarships for all HCC students.  

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