The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to have earned a national reputation for excellence, being named the #3 Best College for Veterans, Regional Colleges – North – 2018 by U.S. News and World Report. This category provides military veterans and active-duty service members with data on which top-ranked schools offer benefits that can help make pursuing a college education more affordable.
Veterans Benefits at UMF are approved by the Veterans Administration for the education and training of veterans, servicepersons, and dependents of disabled and deceased veterans. Students who expect to receive benefits should contact the nearest VA regional office for information concerning eligibility, counseling, and benefits. Once admitted, new students should advise the Merrill Center they wish to be certified for VA benefits. Twelve semester hours each semester are required for full-time benefits. It is the responsibility of the student and the University to notify the VA of any change in status which affects the student’s benefit amount.
Sue Enman, UMF’s Veterans Affairs Certifying Official, will assist you with required paperwork necessary to access veteran educational benefits.
Phone: (207) 778-7243
Fax: (207) 778-7555
Location: UMF Merrill Center
224 Main Street
Farmington, ME 04938
In-State Tuition for Veterans
Beginning Summer 2014, UMF will charge in-state tuition rates to Veterans and Active Duty Service members – even if they are Non-residents of Maine – if they provide one of the following documents: VA Certificate of Eligibility Award Letter, DD-214 (Honorable Discharge), or a Military ID/CAC.
Dependents of Veterans – Veterans who are eligible to receive Chapter 30 or 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill®, or Dependent beneficiaries using Post 9/11 GI Bill®, and recipients of Chapter 35, Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program, will be charged in-state tuition rates for terms starting after the Spring 2015 semester. Once the in-state tuition rate is applied to the eligible individual, it shall remain in effect until the student completes their academic program, even after GI Bill® benefits have been exhausted, transferred, or are otherwise expired.
Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits would need to be transferred to the dependent, and the dependent must begin college courses within three years after the veteran’s discharge from active duty to receive In-state tuition.
Dependents of Active Duty Military Members – Members of the armed forces, and their dependents, including spouse or domestic partner, will be granted in-state tuition during such periods of time as they are stationed on active duty within the State of Maine, or if their Military State of residency is Maine. Documentation needed to support Military State of residency would be a copy of the military members’ Leave and Earnings Statement (LES). Individuals who have been granted in-state tuition under these conditions, but then cease from active duty would continue to be granted in-state tuition. Students seeking in-state tuition based on a domestic partnership relationship must submit an approved Affidavit of Domestic Partnership.
Here at UMF, veterans and active duty military personnel and their dependents will find a wide range of courses and degrees to reach your educational goal.
Who We Serve
• Veterans who were on active duty and contributed to the “Montgomery G.I. Bill®”
• Active duty military personnel attending UMF and using the “Montgomery G.I. Bill®”
• Veterans who have served since 9/11 and will be taking advantage of the “Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®”
• Members of the active Reserve and National Guard
• Eligible dependents of 100% disabled or deceased veterans
• Dependents of 9/11 veterans who received transfer of benefits
• All other veterans that do not fall under any of the above
Veterans will receive priority registration during the registration period each semester. As long as there are no holds preventing registration (i.e. past due balance, library hold, financial responsibility statement hold), students who are Veterans will be able to register prior to the normal registration period for students.
UMF Veteran “L” Grade Policy
We are required to report “L” grades, which are assigned to students who stop attending a class but do not formally withdraw, to the Veteran Administration. This can create an “overpayment” of benefits that the student is required to pay back to the VA.
In order to keep the Veteran Administration up-to-date with your educational program, it is imperative for the veteran to complete a Veteran Request for Certification prior to the start of each semester and submit it to the UMF Certifying Official. You should also notify the UMF Certifying Official immediately of any changes to a schedule (i.e. adding/dropping a class), withdrawing from the university, change of major or change of address.
Generally, the VA can’t pay for:
• Courses you don’t attend (“L” grades)
• Courses from which you withdraw
• Courses you complete but receive a grade which will not count towards graduation