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Veteran and Military Students

Wor-Wic Community College is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)External Link to participate in the Veterans Educational Benefits Program. All associate degree and certificate programs are approved for VA Educational Benefits. Several of Wor-Wic’s Continuing Education courses are approved for GI-Bill® benefits. Students must contact the Director of Veterans Services to discuss their applicable VA education eligibility.

Wor-Wic complies with Public Law 114-315 Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016, which modifies 38 U.S.C. 3679(c).

Wor-Wic Community College has been selected “Military Friendly” for seven years in a row.

TRiO - Veterans Upward Bound (VUB)

Veterans Upward Bound is designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a program of postsecondary education. The program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs.
The TRiO Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program at Wor-Wic Community College helps prepare eligible veterans to enter and successfully complete college.  VUB offers a personalized range of services, based on an individual’s self-identified needs assessment, academic testing and career plans.  VUB offers an extensive variety of services to help veterans. All services are free.  Services include:

  • Transition into college and academic advising
  • Academic instruction (Math, English, Computer Literacy)
  • Study Skills preparation & Time Management skills workshops
  • Career exploration workshops
  • Personal Money Management workshops
  • Assistance in applying for VA educational and health benefits
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application assistance
  • Evaluating military transcripts (earning college credits for military service)
  • Referrals to regional veterans service providers
  • Educational and Cultural Field Trips
Veterans Upward Bound

Wor-Wic Chapter of the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society

SALUTE is the only national honor society recognizing and honoring the service and the scholastic achievements of student veterans. Over 270 colleges nationwide have a SALUTE chapter on their campus.

SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society was made possible by an ACE/Wal-Mart Foundation Success for Veterans Grant, and is headquartered out of Colorado State University.

SALUTE = Service – Academics – Leadership – Unity – Tribute - Excellence

To SALUTE is to acknowledge, congratulate, pay respects, and recognize. These terms are synonymous with what SALUTE National hopes to do for our members who have shown courage, strength, leadership, excellence, and perseverance in their military endeavors and now are showing that same commitment to their academic careers.

The students who are inducted into SALUTE represent every slice of American military and veterans in higher education, at two and four year institutions. Members include retirees, disabled veterans, active duty military, National Guard and reservists returning to higher education, starting second careers, or helping fund their college careers with military service.

See the Director of Veterans Services in BH-316 for additional information.

VA Designated Chapters

The VA established several educational programs known as chapters:

  • Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation veterans with a medical disability rating)
  • Chapter 33 (Post 9-11 veterans, active duty, reservists and National Guard who have deployed)
  • Chapter 35 (eligible dependents of a 100% disabled veteran or a deceased veteran)
  • Chapter 1606 (reservists and National Guard who have not deployed)

To Apply for Benefits

  • Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation students must apply for educational benefits through a VA Vocational Rehabilitation counselor. See the Wor-Wic Director of Veterans Services for the contact information of the regional VA Vocational Rehabilitation counselor. For more information visit the VA Vocational Rehabilitation websiteExternal Link.
    Chapter 31 Veterans Education Benefits FormAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) icon
  • Chapter 33: The Post 9-11 GI-Bill® is the educational benefits program for individuals who served on active duty after September 11, 2001. Veterans may be eligible if they served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001. Students must submit the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) VA Form 22-1990External Link  to determine eligibility. The VA’s regional processing office determines Veteran’s eligibility. Additional information may be found on the GI-Bill® WebsiteExternal Link.
    Chapter 33 Veterans Education Benefits FormAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) icon
  • Chapter 35: Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance (DEA) students must complete and submit VA Form 22-5490External Link. The VA’s regional processing office determines the applicable dependent’s eligibility. Additional information may be found on the GI-Bill® WebsiteExternal Link.
    Chapter 35 Veterans Education Benefits FormAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) icon
  • Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI-Bill® Selected Reserve students must complete and submit the VA Form 22-1990External Link. The VA’s regional processing office determines reservist’s eligibility. Additional information may be found on the GI-Bill® WebsiteExternal Link.
    Chapter 1606 Veterans Education Benefits FormAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) icon
  • Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy (ESCJA). Cadets eligible for the Post 9-11 GI-Bill® or the Montgomery GI-Bill® Selected Reserves may use their educational benefits while enrolled in the academy. Cadets must complete the ESCJA Education Benefits Request FormAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) icon.

Military Tuition Assistance (TA)

Military members (active duty and reservists) who plan to use tuition assistance (TA) while attending Wor-Wic must request TA through their applicable military chain-of-command. Students planning to use TA while attending Wor-Wic must submit the Department of Defense (DoD) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) FormAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) icon  to the Wor-Wic Director of Veterans Services.

Maryland National Guard Members

Members of the Maryland National Guard are eligible for a 50 percent tuition waiver if all eligibility requirements are met. Guard members must have two or more years of service remaining to be eligible for the waiver. An official command or unit State Tuition Waiver Letter and a copy of the member’s military identification card must be submitted to the Director of Veterans Services. National Guard members may also be eligible for the Chapter 1606 Montgomery Selected Reserve GI-Bill®. More info may be found at The Maryland National GuardExternal Link.

Terms of Payment

Students must comply with Wor-Wic’s payment policies. Students eligible for the Post 9-11 GI-Bill®, the Vocational Rehabilitation program or tuition assistance (TA) may have their tuition and fees payment deferred. See the Director of Veterans Services for more information regarding payment procedures and policy.

If eligible, monthly GI-Bill® education stipends are sent directly to the student. The VA is not responsible for tuition and fees payment to the college except in the case of eligible Chapter 33 (Post 9-11) and Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation) students.

Important Notes

  • The VA will only pay for classes that are required for the student’s associate’s degree or program of study.
  • Students are required to contact the Wor-Wic Director of Veterans Services if they add, drop or withdraw from classes or change their degree or program of study.
  • An official military transcript must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office for credit evaluation. Transcript websites are provided below under Useful Links.
  • All transfer students who have previously used their GI-Bill® at another institution must submit the Change of Program or Place of Training form VA Form 22-1995External Link.
  • Students receiving monthly education benefits under Chapter 1606 must verify their enrollment each month while attending college. Students must verify their monthly enrollment either on or after the last day of each month. The VA will not release monthly Chapter 1606 payments until the verification process is completed. The monthly enrollment verification must be submitted by logging onto the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE)External Link or by calling 1-877-823-2378.
  • GI-Bill® eligible students and military students may also apply for financial assistance from the various federal, state and institutional financial aid programs. To apply for financial aid, visit the FAFSA websiteExternal Link. Contact the Director of Veterans Services or Financial Aid Office for more information.

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