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Enrollment Information for Veteran and Military Students


Recruitment Practices

The Department of Defense require institutions to refrain from high pressure recruitment tactics such as making multiple unsolicited contacts and engaging in same day recruitment and registration for the purpose of securing service member enrollments.

UMBC does not engage in high pressure recruitment tactics.

Before You Apply

If you are a servicemember, before submitting an application for admission to UMBC, please contact your Educational Services Officer (ESO) or Counselor within your military service for approval.

Select your branch of service below for additional information.

Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard
Coast Guard
Marine Corps
National Guard
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Commissioned Corps

Costs and Financial Resources

Educational Expenses

For information about tuition, fees, room and board, and other educational expenses visit the Student Business Services website.

For information about textbooks and other course materials visit the UMBC Bookstore.

For an estimated cost of attendance visit the Financial Aid graduate and undergraduate webpages.

Educational Benefits and Tuition Assistance

Benefits managed through the Veterans Administration (i.e. Chapter 30, 31, 32, 33 – Post 9/11 , 35, 1606, 1607)  are certified through the Registrar’s Office. To learn more about the educational benefits certification process, click here.

Benefits managed through the Tuition Assistance Program are processed through the Student Business Services Office. To use Tuition Assistance, have your coursework approved through the appropriate military tuition assistance program (see ‘Before Applying’ for portal information). Once approved, provide your approval letter/statement to Student Business Services.

Please be aware that the Department of Defense requires that UMBC return any unearned TA funds to the department based on how much of the course you completed and that you pay a portion of those returned funds. You may owe a portion of your tuition to UMBC and a portion to your military branch. If you are using tuition assistance, you should contact your military education counselor or education services officer before dropping or withdrawing from a course.

Below is the TA return schedule:

Regular Semester (15 weeks)
Day 1 – 5 :  100%
Day 6 – 10 :  80%
Day 11 – 15 :  60%
Day 16 – 20 :  40%
Day 20 – 45 :  20%

12 week summer session
Day 1 – 3 :  100%
Day 4 – 6 :  80%
Day 7 – 9 :  60%
Day 10 – 11 :  40%
Day 12 – 36 :  20%

8 week summer session
Day 1 – 3 :  100%
Day 4 – 6  :  80%
Day 7 – 9 :  60%
Day 10 – 11 : 40%
Day 12 – 24 :  20%

6 week summer session
Day 1 – 3 :  100%
Day 4 – 6 :  80%
Day 7 – 9 :  60%
Day 10 – 11 :  40%
Day 12 – 18 : 20%

4 week summer session

Day 1 – 3 :  100%
Day 4 – 6 :  80%
Day 7 – 9 :  60%
Day 10 – 11 :  40%
Day 12 :  20%

4 week winter session
Day 1 :  100%
Day 2 :  75%
Day 3 :  50%
Day 4 :  25%
Day 5 – 12 :  20%

Financial Aid

UMBC offers both need and merit-based aid.  To be considered for federal, state and institutional financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include UMBC (code 002105).  The FAFSA is available October 1 for the upcoming academic year.  Complete your FAFSA by February 14th for priority consideration.  For additional information and timelines, visit

Transfer Admission in Fall

Transfer Admission in Spring

Freshman Admission

Current UMBC Student

Graduate Student

Additional information about federal student aid can be found on Department of Education’s webpage.

Program and Degree Requirements

For detailed information about program and degree requirements including additional state, federal, and commercial requirements visit the Undergraduate Catalog and the Graduate Catalog

Advising and Support Team

To assist our military and veteran students with enrollment, financial, and academic planning we have a committed and dedicated team to serve you:

Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation
Lori Smith Watson
Assistant Director for Targeted Populations

Lori Smith-Watson is the Assistant Director for Special and Target Populations in the UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation. Throughout her thirty years of admissions counseling, she has enjoyed the diversity of experiences veterans and active duty military students bring with them to UMBC. She believes it is an honor to be able to give back to these students who have given so much to our country. “My mantra is: Provide the information and assistance a student needs when and where they need it. This is not a one-size-fits-all-process.

Graduate Admissions
Mike Suica
Manager, Recruitment and Admissions

Mike Suica ’13 has five years of experience in graduate admissions. As the Manager of Recruitment and Admissions at The Graduate School, Mike can help answer your questions about our programs, application processes and admissions requirements.

Financial Aid and Scholarships 
Colleen Lindbeck
Associate Director

Colleen Lindbeck holds a BS in Criminal Justice and after 3 years of social work, she transitioned to higher education. Ms. Lindbeck has served in varying capacities during her 15 years in UMBC’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, including 3 years as the VA Certifying Official. Currently, she is the Associate Director of Financial Aid and oversees the federal and state aid programs, as well as the institution’s financial need-based grants. In addition to serving students seeking financial aid assistance, Ms. Lindbeck serves on various committees, including Orientation and the Financial Literacy and Education Committee. When not serving students, Colleen can be found running on the great trail systems in Maryland, or playing with her latest foster dog.

Academic and Pre-Professional Advising
Ken Baron
Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Advising and Student Success

Dr. Ken Baron is currently Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Advising and Student Success at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He is in his 13th year of service at UMBC where he leads and manages academic advising practices as both an administrator and a practitioner. Before coming to UMBC, Dr. Baron held leadership positions at a variety of institutions including Emory University, The College of New Jersey, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the American InterContinental University in London. Dr. Baron received his bachelors and masters degrees from The University of Maryland, College Park. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Studies at the University of Surrey, Guildford, England where a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship supported his graduate study and research. Dr. Baron also holds four professional counseling certifications sponsored by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE).

Tuition Assistance (TA) Program 
Gregory Saba
Director, Student Business Services

VA Educational Benefits
Tim Rochford
Academic Program Specialist, Registrar’s Office

Tim Rochford’s father served in the Airforce for 20 years. He grew up as a military brat, and spent much of his time both overseas and in America. He is no stranger to military life and the challenges that come along with it. He is currently the VA School Certifying Official for UMBC.  In his role each semester, he sees through that all Veterans, dependents and spouse are certified to the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) for VA educational benefits.

“I am so blessed that I have a chance to help Veterans, and their family every day.  Everyday there may be a different challenge, but I love finding that solution for them. Whether it’s working with our amazing departments and colleagues here on campus at UMBC -or- with the DVA, I enjoy simplifying and making the experience a positive one for our students.”

Veterans Programs and Support Services
Antonio Silas
Director, Off-Campus Student Services

Dr. M. Antonio Silas serves as the Director of Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing programming around the support, advocacy, and retention of adult learners, veterans, commuter, and transfer students at UMBC. OCSS hosts various events throughout the semester to encourage and build community among veteran students at UMBC. While he is not a veteran, he is very intentional and deliberate in seeking to understand the needs of this population. When he is not working on behalf of students at UMBC, he can be found roller skating or practicing his photography.

Disability Services 
Tawny McManus
Assistant Vice Provost for Accessibility

Tawny McManus is the Assistant Vice Provost for Accessibility & Disability Services and the Director in the Office of Student Disability Services within the Division of Academic Affairs at UMBC. She is a member of UMBC’s Title IX Resources team, an executive board member of MD-AHEAD, a member of the University System of Maryland’s (USM) Accessible Technology & Information Workgroup, a former liaison to the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology, and serves on a number of University committees and initiatives. She has been working in postsecondary education in roles that have included disability services, advising, counseling, clinical research, and as an adjunct teaching faculty member for the past 16 years. Prior to higher education, she worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor at the International Center for the Disabled in New York City which included a working partnership with the New York State Regional Veterans Administration.

Tawny is passionate about helping students achieve their goals and greatly enjoys working with our veteran population. Her father served in the US Marine Corps and she has many active duty family and friends in the Armed Forces. Tawny holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from DePaul University, a master’s degree in forensic psychology from the City University of New York, and is completing her PhD in counseling and school psychology through Northeastern University.

Career Services
Sue Plitt
Associate Director, Career Services

Serving as the leader of the Career Center’s Employer Relations team, Sue Plitt brings nearly 20 years of experience as a member of the UMBC community. A former career advisor, Sue has a passion for connecting students to employers and assisting them with navigating the job search process, ultimately helping them achieve their career goals.

Having family members and friends who have served in the military, with some remaining on active duty, Sue relishes the opportunity to be of service to our military and veteran students.

UMBC Accreditation

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