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Veteran and Military Services

FCC welcomes veterans, active duty personnel, National Guard and Reserve personnel, and their families.

The FCC Veteran and Military Student Center is in Annapolis Hall (A-109) We offer academic and support services for veterans, military service members and dependents using veteran/military funding and enrolling in classes at FCC.  We provide a "one-stop-shop" where veterans, military members and their 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
  • Assistance with the TA and MyCAA process
  • Processing of veteran’s educational benefits
  • Interpretation of College 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 and military student concerns
  • Connection to a faculty mentoring team & Veterans Club
  • Referrals to FCC resources and services    
  • Personal counseling and referral to additional community resources as needed
  •  Workshops, events, and activities that address issues impacting veterans and military members
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 website. 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 Veteran and Military Student Center at 301.624.2036 for the appropriate procedure.

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Learn about the detailed costs of College, including tuition, fees, and other with the Cost of Attendance calculation tool.

FCC does not offer room and board for students.

Applying for Military and Veteran Education Benefits

Veteran and Military Priority Registration

Veterans and military members may be eligible for Priority Registration. If students miss the priority registration date, students are still able to register past that date.

Those eligible for Priority Registration include:
Active duty, Reservists, and National Guard members.
Veterans who have received an honorable discharge or a certificate of satisfactory completion of military service
      • Eligibility applies only within 15 years after last active duty date

To participate in Priority Registration students must provide documentation of their service.
     •  Active duty, Reservists, and National guard students may provide a copy of their military ID or a copy of their current orders.
      • Veteran’s may provide a copy of their DD214 showing an honorable discharge or a certificate of satisfactory completion.

Application for Priority Registration

Each military service branch has an education program to help its service members reach their education goals. Visit the service branch education portals to discover the resources available for you on your educational journey. All service branch education programs are accessible here, or at the individual websites below.

Air Force:




Coast Guard:

New Students

To apply for veteran and military education benefits at FCC, students should:

 •  Apply for Admission

 • Complete the Veteran and Military Student Questionnaire

 • Schedule an appointment by calling 301.624.2836.  Bring your completed questionnaire to this meeting. At this meeting, you will discuss:

    •VA/Military Benefits

    •Placement testing: You will need to take placement tests for reading, writing, and mathematics skills if you have not met the pre-requisites elsewhere. Find out more about placement testing requirements.

    •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 of study.

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

 • Complete VA Form 22-1995 (veterans) or VA Form 22-5495 (dependents).

 • Schedule an appointment by calling 301.624.2836 or email Rachel Nachlas. Bring your completed VA Student Questionnaire. At this meeting, you 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.) Find out more about placement testing requirements.

  •  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 Records and Registration 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 made via the following link:

Joint Services Transcript (JST) for Army, Navy, USMC and Coast Gaurd
CCAF Transcript Request for Air Force

Important Reminders

VA and military benefits 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.

VA and military benefits do not pay for audited courses.

A student who must withdraw from classes should contact Veteran and Military Services immediately.
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. This program has limited funding and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

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, veterans, and their dependents who are eligible for Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) or Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill), and are within the statutory time limits, will be granted in-county tuition if the following are met: 

     •  Veteran enrolls within three years of discharge after serving 90 days or more on active duty; or 
     •  Individual using transferred entitlement enrolls within three years of the transferor’s discharge after serving 90 days or more of active duty; or
     •  Surviving spouses or children under the Fry Scholarship who enroll within three years of an active duty Service member’s death in the line of duty after serving 90 days or more; or
     •  Individuals who remain continuously enrolled after initially meeting the requirements and are using Chapter 30 or 33.

MyCAA (Military Spouse Career Advancement Account)

Spouses of active duty military personnel, National Guard and reserve members on active service, may be eligible for tuition assistance through this program. Meet with a staff member in the Veteran and Military Student Center to learn more about this program.

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 Student Accounts 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 tuition assistance. This program is treated as a billing adjustment and is handled through Student Accounts.

Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process' and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services.

Learn more about Tuition Assistance by service branch:  •  Air Force Tuition Assistance  •  Army Tuition Assistance  •  Navy Tuition Assistance  •  Marines Tuition Assistance  •  Coast Guard Tuition Assistance  •  National Guard Tuition Assistance  •  Reserve Tuition Assistance

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The FCC Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory
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Additional Information

All new students are required to set up an intake appointment with either the Director of Veteran and Military Services or the Veteran and Military Services Academic Advisor.


Rachel Nachlas
Director of Veteran and Military Services

Annapolis Hall (A-109A) 

Phone: 301.624.2836

Fax: 240.629.7822

Amy Coldren
Veteran and Military Services Academic Advisor
Annapolis Hall (A-108A)
Phone: 301.624.2838
Fax: 240.629.7822

Tricia Morris
School Certifying Official
Annapolis Hall (A-109)
Phone: 301.846.2632
Fax: 240.629.7822



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