Military Students

Newsletter March 2022 Edition

Education for Military Students That Exceeds Expectations

You can earn a powerful degree at the University of the Potomac without breaking the bank. In collaboration with industry experts, University of the Potomac offers a curriculum designed to provide our students with the tools they need for professional success. Our educators combine industry experience and real-world scenarios into each class, fostering a collaborative learning environment that is both challenging and rewarding.

Whether you are an active duty servicemember, veteran, or a military spouse or dependent child, you may be eligible for options to make your education more affordable. Explore benefit options, such as military Tuition Assistance, veterans education benefits, and Military Spouse Career Advancement, better known as MyCAA. As a member of the military community, you could be eligible for a wide range of payment options. You may also be eligible for scholarship and financial aid.

University of the Potomac offers academic programs services for active duty military servicemembers, veterans, and military spouses and dependents. UOTP students

  • Study wherever the military takes you with online or hybrid classes.
  • A staff dedicated to helping military students and veterans get started using their education benefits.
  • The ability to earn credit for military experience and training.
  • Reduced tuition rates and tuition assistance that covers up to 100 percent of undergraduate tuition. Scholarships are available for graduate students.

Steps to Apply

We welcome you to apply today. Our admissions counsellors are standing by to help you achieve your goals through a quality education. We look forward to helping you gain the skills that can help you succeed.

Financing Your Education

  • Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Ch. 35) (dependents, survivors). Monthly educational benefit entitlement for dependents and survivors of veterans who are 100-percent disabled or who died of a service-connected cause or were a POW or MIA.
  • John David Fry Scholarship (Post-9/11 GI Bill) (dependents) – Tuition and fees (with limits), monthly living stipend and book allowance to include children of those who died in line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001.
  • Montgomery GI Bill (Ch. 30) (active duty, reservists, veterans) – A monthly educational benefit entitlement dependent on length of military service and student status.
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33) (active duty, reservists, veterans) – Tuition and fees (with limits), monthly living stipend and book allowance based on length of service after Sept. 10, 2001.
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP – Ch. 1607) (reservists) – Monthly educational benefit entitlement available to reservists activated after Sept. 11, 2001.
  • Reserve GI Bill (Ch. 1606) (reservists) – Monthly educational benefit entitlement available to reservists.
  • Transfer of Post-9/11 GI-Bill Benefits to Dependents (TEB) (dependents, survivors) – Educational benefits transferred to spouses or children by eligible service members enrolled in Post-9/11 GI Bill program.
  • Tuition Assistance (active duty, reservists) – Tuition assistance resources specific to the major military branches and select National Guard and Reserves.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation (Ch. 31) (veterans) – Tuition and fee benefits for those with specific disability ratings by the Department of Veterans Affairs due to service-related injury.

Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit offered to service members to assist with the cost of tuition. Military Tuition Assistance typically covers 100 percent of tuition, up to the $250 cap per credit hour. UOTP’s undergraduate tuition rate is $240 per credit hour and the University offers some scholarships for military personnel in the graduate program. Tuition Assistance only applies to tuition; students still need to pay semester fees.

Each military branch has its own TA application form and procedures.To find out how to get started, visit your local installation education center, go online to a virtual education center, or click on the following links for each service branch:

  • UOTP does not impose a FAFSA priority application deadline, however it is recommended that students who wish to pursue federal aid submit their FAFSA by June 15 and December 15.
  • Military Tuition Assistance does not pay for fees unless a base education office or branch service portal specifies on a TA authorization form or request a willingness to do so.
  • Students will be responsible for grades that are not deemed successful. The following grades are acceptable:
    • Undergraduate: C grade or higher
    • Graduate: B grade or higher (- and + will be treated as just a letter grade).
  • Unearned TA policy: UOTP will return any unearned TA funds to the service member’s branch of service on a proportional basis through the 60 percent portion of the enrollment period for which the funds were provided. Any unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending. In instances when a service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, UOTP will offer a 100 percent tuition refund upon receipt of an academic petition from the service member documenting proof of the service obligation.
  • Anyone wishing to utilize TA, please speak with your Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within your military service prior to enrolling.
  • Important Dates & Deadlines – Tuition assistance authorization forms must be submitted to the School Certifying Official (SCO) by the semester payment deadline each semester. Students are encouraged to submit authorization forms at least two weeks prior to the deadline to allow adequate processing time. UOTP does not impose a FAFSA priority application deadline, however it is recommended that students who wish to pursue federal aid submit their FAFSA at least two weeks prior to the payment deadline. It is normal for some FASFA applications to require additional student paperwork with the institution and early submission allows the student time to understand, collect, and submit any follow up document items to complete their application. Cost statements can be requested in the Student Financial Services Department by calling 202-274-2327 or via email- [email protected].

You can use your veterans education benefits to help pay for your education at UOTP. Your eligibility depends on a number of factors. If you have questions about your benefits or how they will, please contact our School Certifying Official (SCO).If you have specific questions about your eligibility or are trying to decide between benefits, please contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss your specific situation.

  • Benefits available to veterans include;

o   Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty Increased Educational Benefits

o   Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)

o   Chapter 32: Veterans Educational Assistance Program

o   Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill

o   Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve

  • Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts – The U.S. Department of Defense offers Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts, MyCAA, a program that provides as much as $4,000 in financial assistance to eligible military spouses toward an Associate of Arts or any of our undergraduate and graduate certificates. The program is capped at $2,000 a year and is available to spouses of active-duty military personnel in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2.
  • Veterans Education Benefits for Military Spouses and Dependent Children – If you qualify for veterans education benefits as a spouse or dependent child of an active-duty servicemember or veteran, you can use those benefits to help pay for your education at UMGC. Your eligibility depends on a number of factors.
  • Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • Chapter 35: Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
  • University of the Potomac has well-trained and dedicated Financial Aid Administrators. The Student Financial Services office evaluates, approves, and awards financial aid to students in accordance with federal, state, and University regulations, policies, and guidelines.
  • You may be eligible for several types of financial aid that will help pay for college. You should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)even if you are receiving VA educational benefits. Some GI Bill® benefits are not impacted by the FAFSA.

Qualifications

University of the Potomac provides tuition assistanceGI Bill®, and credit transfers for Active Duty Military, families of service members, and Veterans. This institution is approved to offer GI Bill® educational benefits by the Virginia State Approving Agency.

Any veteran who has served at least 90 days of active duty after September 11, 2001, and received an honorable discharge is eligible to take advantage of the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. Veterans who served 30 days but were honorably discharged for a service-related disability also qualify for the new GI Bill® benefits.

Request Military Transcripts

This site provides active veteran and retired Army, National Guard and Reserve members the capability to view a personal copy of their Army American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS) transcript.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to enter voluntarily into an agreement with Veterans Affairs to fund tuition expenses.  The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and Veterans Affairs will match the same amount as the institution.

Private or Foreign School: Up to $24,476.79 per academic year National Maximum.

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Military Benefits

  • Tuition is paid directly to schools
  • There is a housing allowance
  • You can receive funds for books and school supplies
  • There is a $500 incentive for individuals relocating from highly rural areas to attend college
  • Dedicated support is provided

Why Choose University of the Potomac for your Education?

We take pride in our military members, their spouses, and veterans. All military students are eligible to receive the dedicated support from a Military Liaison to assist in the enrollment process. We also offer academic advisors and financial aid advisors.

 

Military Liaison

As a military student transitioning into school, you will have unique concerns and questions about specific benefits. To help answer your questions and ensure a smooth transition, a knowledgeable counselor with an understanding of your situation is available during the admissions process. University of the Potomac employs military liaisons who are fully dedicated to assisting students like you.

Military liaisons are contact persons you can call or email with any questions or concerns throughout your academic career. Your liaison may be a critical factor in your college success and career advancement. Below is the contact information for University of the Potomac’s Military Liaisons.

Military connected students bring unique and valuable perspectives to their university experience. Whether you are transitioning from the military to school for the first time or a returning student, you may have questions or concerns regarding your education benefits or an academic question. To facilitate your needs, UOTP has a dedicated team of professionals to ensure a smooth transition and answer all your questions. Our team consists of former military and civilian personnel with an understanding of military life, educational benefits, and academic support. Our military liaisons are available to aid or answer questions throughout your academic career and can play a critical factor in your college success and career advancement.

Dr. Ignatius B. (Nate) Perry Sr is the Military Academic Advisor and Adjunct Professor at the University. Dr. Perry is a retired United States Marine who served 22 ½ years in the Marine Corps. He has held multiple leadership positions in the U.S. Marines and the workforce as Manager, Director, and Operation Officer of a multi- million Dollar Company. He is currently Chief Executive Officer for Core Mission Solutions, Inc. a small federal government intelligence contracting company in Washington D.C. Dr. Perry has been working in the acquisitions and contracting field for 14 plus years and has held positions as Senior Capture Manager, Business Development Manager, Operations Officer, Deputy Program Manager and Program Manager. Dr. Perry has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Potomac since 2013. He has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Acquisitions and Contract Management, and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Acquisitions and Contract Management.  Dr. Perry also holds a Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Global Business and Leadership from and is now pursuing a Masters of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Cyber Security.

Ciciley Allen is the Associate Director of Financial Aid and the School Certifying Official. She has a Bachelors in Business, a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Management and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration with concentration in Finance. Ms. Allen has more than 15 years experience in financial aid and 10 years experience as a military SCO. She has completed several Department of Education approved training, most recently the NASFAA Directors Training. As the Associate Director of Financial Aid and School Certifying Official, she understands the importance of serving the needs of students and remaining compliant with all regulatory agencies. She understands how the progress, conduct, registration, and attendance reporting can impact our students.

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