Veteran Services

FCC welcomes veterans, active duty personnel, National Guard and Reserve personnel and their families. FCC is a Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium member, participates in a variety of GI Bill and military tuition payment options and is approved for the Yellow Ribbon Program.Students and Service Dog
 
FCC’s Veteran Services office (A-109) offers academic and support services for Veterans enrolling in classes at FCC.  We strive to provide a respectful and inclusive link for our returning veterans to become successful in civilian and college life.  Our focus is on wellness and helping guide veterans in adapting the skills they developed from military training and combat experience to the classroom.  We provide a “one-stop-shop” where veterans and families can get all needed information and assistance in one place.
 
Services to veterans, active duty, and dependents include:
 
  • Navigation through the admissions process - completing the application, understanding regulations, knowing deadlines, and identifying required supporting documents
  • Interpretation of VA regulations to ensure compliance
  • Processing of veteran’s educational benefits
  • Interpretation of campus policies and procedures
  • Academic advising & educational planning, including transfer planning
  • Change of major and job placement/career exploration activities
  • Liaison/consultant to faculty and staff on veteran student concerns
  • Connection to a faculty mentoring team & Veterans Club
  • Campus referrals      
  • Personal counseling and referral to additional resources as needed
  •  Workshops, events, and activities that address issues impacting veterans
 
FCC is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) for the training of eligible veterans, their dependents, and active duty personnel. FCC may certify enrollment to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for approved programs of study. The benefit recipient may be responsible for paying their own tuition and fees each semester.
 
If you are unsure which type of VA education benefit you qualify for, you may contact the VA Call Center by phone at 1-888-442-4551 or visit the VA Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill. You will need to provide your social security number (or that of your sponsor, if applying for benefits under a parent or spouse) when you make the call.
 
If you have a question about Go Army Ed/Tuition Assistance, National Guard Waiver, or MyCAA, please contact the Welcome Center at 301.846.2431 for the appropriate procedure.
 


Applying for Veteran Education Benefits


New Students


To apply for Veteran education benefits at FCC, students should:

 • Apply for admission to FCC (Choose an approved program)

 • Complete the Veterans Online Application  (VONAPP)

 • Complete the VA Student Questionnaire.

 • Schedule an appointment with the Coordinator of Veteran Services by calling 301.624.2836 or email Rachel Nachlas (link to rnachlas@frederick.edu). Bring your completed VA Student Questionnaire to this meeting. At this meeting, you and the coordinator will discuss:

    •VA requirements

    •Placement testing (You will need to take placement tests for reading, writing and mathematics skills if you have not met the pre-requisites elsewhere. To find out more about placement testing requirements, click here.) Link to placement testing page)

    •Academic programs

    •College resources and services

After you have submitted transcripts and/or completed placement tests you will select courses and register for classes


Transfer Students


Students who have attended other institutions of higher education prior to attending FCC must complete the following steps.

 • Apply for admission to FCC Choose an approved program

 • Have official copies of all prior college transcripts submitted to the Welcome & Registration Center for evaluation.

 • Complete the VA Student Questionnaire. (link to PDF VA Student Questionnaire 2-25-2014)

 • Completed VA Form 22-1995  or VA Form 22-5495

 • Schedule an appointment with the Coordinator of Veteran Services by calling 301.624.2836 or email Rachel Nachlas. Bring your completed VA Student Questionnaire. At this meeting, you and the coordinator will discuss:
  •  VA requirements

  •  Placement testing (You will need to take placement tests for reading, writing and mathematics skills if you have not met the pre-requisites elsewhere. To find out more about placement testing requirements, click here.) (link to Placement Test page)

  •  Academic programs

  •  College resources and services
After you have submitted transcripts and/or completed placement tests you will select courses and register for classes


Evaluation of Military Credit


All veterans must have their official military transcripts submitted to the Records and Registration Center for evaluation of transferrable credit. FCC will accept up to 45 credits in military and other transfer credits toward an FCC program of study. Official military transcript requests may be requested via the following links:

Joint Services Transcript (JST)


Important Reminders


The VA will only pay for courses required by the student's current approved program of study. Please refer to the College Catalog  for courses required under each program. If the student enrolls in non-approved courses, they are responsible for payment of the tuition and fees on their own.

 • The VA does not currently pay for any continuing education courses or Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) courses at FCC.

 • The VA also does not pay for audited courses.

 • The VA does pay for a repeated course IF the student received an unsuccessful grade on the previous attempt and the repeat is required for graduation from FCC.

 • The VA does pay for courses designated as remedial, online, practicum, clinical, independent study, and internship/externship.

If a student ceases attendance in a course, does not officially withdraw and receives a failing grade, the student may be required to repay some or all of the education benefits received for that course.

 • A student who must withdraw due to mitigating circumstances should contact Rachel Nachlas (link to email), FCC coordinator of veteran services, immediately.

 • The student must notify (in person or by their FCC email) the FCC Coordinator of Veteran Services if they change their program of study or change a course to audit.

 • Program of study changes require submission of a completed VA Form 22-1995  or VA Form 22-5495.

 • Students receiving education benefits through Chapter 30, 1606 or 1607 will not receive their monthly payment until they have certified their enrollment via Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE).  This must be done monthly.


Education Benefit Chapters


Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty) 
Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation 
Chapter 32 - Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill 
Chapter 35 - Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program 
Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill (Selected Reserve)
Chapter 1607 - Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
 


Yellow Ribbon Program


Students who are under the 100% eligibility tier of Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) GI Bill and who are paying the out-of-state tuition rate may be eligible for assistance under the Yellow Ribbon Program (link to http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon.asp). This program has limited funding and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Please complete the FCC Yellow Ribbon Application.


Guest Students


Students who are attending FCC as their host institution to obtain credit for a degree program at their primary institution must complete the following steps:
 
 • Apply for admission to FCC.

 • Register for classes.

 • Complete the Guest Student Declaration of Intent.


In-State Tuition Rate


Military personnel and their dependents stationed, living or domiciled in Maryland and who are entering college for the first time are considered Maryland residents for the purposes of FCC tuition charges. If the military member moves out of the state, the dependent may maintain the in-state rate as long as the dependent remains continuously enrolled. The student should provide the Welcome & Registration Center with a copy of the active duty member's orders.


MyCAA (Military Spouse Career Advancement Account)


Spouses of active duty military personnel, as well as National Guard and reserve members on active service, may be eligible for tuition assistance through this program. Please visit aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa/default. Aspx for more information. This program is treated as a billing adjustment and is handled through the Student Accounts Office.


National Guard Waiver


Members of the Maryland National Guard are eligible to receive a waiver of 50% of their FCC tuition. The student must bring a copy of their waiver eligibility letter to the Welcome & Registration Center each semester.


Tuition Assistance


Military personnel should consult their education specialist on the installation at which they are stationed to determine whether they are eligible to use TA. This program is treated as a billing adjustment and is handled through the Student Accounts Office.





Contact Information

Rachel Nachlas
Coordinator of Veteran Services

Administration Building 
Room 109A 

Phone: 301.624.2836

Fax: 301.624.2778



Call for appointment to ensure meeting with Coordinator of Veteran Services

Hours

Monday
12.-7:00 pm.


Tuesday - Friday
8:30 am -4:30 pm

Downloads and Links
United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Military Personnel Records 

Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship Program 

VA News

Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs 

Healthcare and Educational information from Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

Traumatic Brain Injury 

PTSD Awareness