FAQs for Veterans and Military Students

Answering common questions about how to use your military, spouse and veteran education benefits at UMass Global. 

How to Use Your Education Benefits

Committed to serving those who have faithfully defended our nation, our team of experts with military experience will be in the trenches with you every step of the way. Explore common questions others in the military community have asked and see how UMass Global can help you achieve your goals - for your family and your future. 

Military and Veteran Education Benefits

  • Although choosing the right degree program depends on your unique goals, there are military-friendly pathways. Those pursuing a bachelor’s may consider psychology, criminal justice or even a customizable degree like applied studies. Popular grad programs include our MBA or master’s in leadership, which UMass Global specifically designed to transfer in military training.
  • No. UMass Global does not charge for applying for admission. Reduced tuition rates are available for military students and dependents and fees may vary for every student based on their academic journey and program of choice.
  • You’ll first work with the VA to determine the benefits you are eligible for, then submit your request through their system. It generally takes 30 days to receive a decision and certificate of eligibility (COE) from the VA. Submit this document upon applying to maximize your education benefit at UMass Global.
  • Your military coursework, training and experience can convert to academic credit utilizing the American Council on Education (ACE) Credit Evaluation guidelines. We also designed our master’s in organizational leadership to allow military leaders to transfer up to 15 credits toward the degree. Full Details
  • The VA has it’s own process for leveraging and tracking fund requests and disbursements. If you signed up for direct deposit, then they will pay directly to your bank account 7 to 10 days after you verify enrollment with UMass Global. View all VA education benefits FAQs
  • If you’re eligible for 100% of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, the VA will cover the full cost of your tuition and fees up to the current national maximum amount. To determine your allowance, multiply the percentage of benefits you’re eligible for by this number. Get current rates to calculate yours.
  • Yes. If you need to supplement financing over the national maximum amount for VA education benefits, you can still apply for scholarships and federal funding through our financial aid resources. Your One Stop specialist will help you with the best options for you and your family. 
  • Depending on when you discharged from the military, the GI Bill allows you to leverage funding for 10-15 years. But there are exceptions which may qualify you for an extension of these education benefits. See if this applies to you.
  • UMass Global proudly participates in multiple spouse and dependent programs including MyCAA, Survivors’ and Dependents Education Assistance (Chapter 35) and Troops to Teachers. We also encourage you to research scholarship opportunities such as the Fry Scholarship which awards up to 36 months of benefits at 100%. See all programs.

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University of Massachusetts Global has been serving students since 1958. In that time, we have helped thousands of nontraditional students with busy lives reach their educational goals.

Top Questions About UMass Global

  • Yes. University of Massachusetts Global is regionally accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda California, 94501; (510) 748-9001. Additional industry and program specific accreditations apply to select degrees. See all

  • Yes! Students who enroll in an undergraduate or graduate degree program may apply for financial aid to help finance their education. Explore a variety of financial aid options including frequently asked questions and learn how University of Massachusetts Global will help support you through the process. Your best resource for financial aid answers are the One Stop specialists, available online and at your local campus

  • Yes. At UMass Global, we focus on students first. An academic advisor will stay with you throughout your degree program and a One Stop Specialist will be there to help you finance your education. Our helpful career coaches can also work with you to align your studies with your career goals. Learn more about our dedicated student services:  

  • At UMass Global, two classes per eight-week session is a full-time schedule, with one being part-time for term-based programs. Self-paced degrees are also available for those who want to take as many credits as they want within a six month billing period. Your advisor can help determine a workload that fits your life.

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