Veterans & Military


  • Prince George's Community College welcomes the opportunity to assist active duty personnel, veterans and their families in reaching their academic, career goals and personal advancement goals. The College has been designated by the American Association of Community Colleges as a Servicemember's Opportunity College (SOC). Therefore, we provide a range of services to active duty service members to facilitate their academic goals while still in the military.  Please see below for further information:

    Active Duty Military 

    Active duty members of the United States Armed Forces are eligible for reduced tuition rates based on the following criteria: 

    1. Active duty military personnel and their dependents who are domiciliaries of the state of Maryland at the time of entrance into the armed forces and who are stationed outside the state may retain Maryland domicile as long as they do not establish domicile elsewhere.
    2. Military personnel stationed in Maryland who were not Maryland domiciliaries at the time of entrance into the armed forcces, and their dependents may be considered state resident for tuition purposes as long as they remain on active duty in the state. Those who reside and/or are stationed in Prince George's County will be immediately considered county residents for tuition purposes. 

    Veterans

    The College's Veterans Services Office, located in 122 Bladen Hall offers former military personnel and dependents of disabled or deceased veterans assistance with applying for veterans benefits, obtaining tutorial services, academic and occupational advising. The College is approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Maryland Higher Education Commission, so that eligible veterans, servicepersons, and certain dependents of veterans can receive VA educational benefits. 

    Only the Veterans Administration can determine your eligibility for Veterans benefits, however the College's Veterans Services Office can provide you with the guidance and appropriate paperwork to apply to the VA for benefits. We are responsible for certifying your enrollment status to the VA, which is what gets you paid. The VA will not pay for continuing education courses, audited courses or courses that do not count toward your program of study at Prince George's Community College. Please see our list of approved programs of study to select a qualified academic program.

    Eligible persons may receive benefits under one of several types of GI Bill:  

    Effective August 1, 2009 visit http://www.gibill.va.gov for information. Learn more about applying for veterans benefits.  

    Credit for Military Experience

     Please be sure to have all of your prior credits and military training evaluated for your program of study here at Prince George's Community College.  The Department of Veterans Affairs requires all GI Bill recipients to have all of their prior education and training, military and civilian, evaluated for possible transfer credit when they first enroll at Prince George's Community College. 

    The VA gives you up to two semesters of enrollment to obtain official transcripts from your prior schools or military training. If we do not receive and evaluate your transcripts by the end of your second semester of enrollment with us, the VA will terminate all benefits paid to you and may require that all previously paid benefits be repaid!  

    Only official transcripts are accepted for evaluation.  Please click xxherexx (tran eval process page) to learn how to have your transcripts evaluated. Source documents for military education are armed forces official transcripts. You may use the information in the following chart to request a transcript directly from the appropriate branch of service: 

    Branch of Service

    Transcript Name

    Contact

    Air Force

    AF Form 2099

    Air Force Web site

    Army

    Request for Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript form DA Form 5454-R (AARTS)

    Army Web site

    Navy/Marine Corps

    Request for Sailors/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript Draft NAVMC Form (SMART)

    Navy/Marine Corps Web site  

     

    Coast Guard

    CGI form 1560/09

    Coast Guard Web site 

     

     Deployed Military

    Active duty members of the United States Armed Forces who are ordered to deploy during a semester are eligible to receive a full refund of tuition and fees, OR and opportunity to request an incomplete grade to complete their coursework at a later date. Please ensure the following steps are taken:
     
    • Contact your instructor and academic adviser within the Veterans Services Office (time permitting) to discuss your options, AND
    • Notify the Office of Admissions and Records in writing; please also provide a copy of your military orders or letter from your commanding unit/officer      

     Base Realignment and Closure - BRAC 

     Individuals (military and non military) relocating to Prince George's County or to the State as the result of a BRAC initiative will have the three-month residency requirement waived, provided that a copy of the official notice of reassignment or reloation is submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records (126 Bladen Hall) prior to the start of their first semester.