Veteran & Military Support Services

Veterans Benefits Orientation

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At the College of Southern Maryland, we take pride in partnering with veterans and military-dependent students to make sure you get the most of the veterans benefits available to you.

Military Advanced Education Top Colleges and Universities 2017Military Friendly School, MF '19-20The commitment is so important to us that we have been identified as a veteran- and military-friendly institution.

If you’re a veteran and are curious about what benefits are available to you or how to apply for them, you’re in the right place.

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Important Information for Students Using VA Education Benefits

All students desiring to use VA Education Benefits must submit a Benefits Request Form (BRF) after registering for classes.  CSM typically receives more than 500 BRF’s each semester.  It can take CSM up to 30 days to process the requests during peak enrollment periods and the VA can take another 30 days after that so do not delay registering for classes and submitting your BRF.  BRF’s are processed in the order received.

  • All monthly payments/stipends from the VA, including the Post 9/11 Monthly Housing Allowance, are paid the month following classes (Students attending classes in February receive payments in March, etc.).
  • All monthly payments/stipends are prorated on the length of the term/semester.
  • The VA only provides monthly payments/stipends during the time period a student is enrolled in classes. There are no monthly payments/stipends during breaks between terms/semesters.

CSM is approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Maryland Higher Education Commission, so that eligible veterans, servicepersons, and certain dependents of veterans can receive VA educational benefits. We do not determine your eligibility for veterans benefits. We do, however, provide you with the appropriate paperwork to apply to the VA for benefits. We are responsible for certifying your enrollment status to the VA, which is what gets you paid.

CSM Veterans Affairs offers 2 new resources for our CSM veteran students during our 2019/2020 school year: The Mobile Vet Center and Maryland Dept. of Labor

The Mobile Vet Center:

The Mobile Vet Center from the Department of Veterans Affairs, will now offer PTSD & Readjustment counseling to Veterans and their families free of charge.

La Plata Campus:

  • 1st Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. 
  • Lot 2 and tabling and additional resources will be available in building CC100

Leonardtown Campus:

  • 3rd Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. 
  • Building D parking lot, and tabling resources will be available in building C 104

The Mobile vet center can assist with:

  • DVA disabilities claims
  • Employment assessments & referrals
  • Individual, group, & Family counseling
  • Community Outreach & events
  • And various other resources, and counseling which is completely confidential.


Department of Labor:

George Hawley with the Maryland Department of Labor, will offer a vast amount of community resources for veterans, dependents, and the regular population. 

Veterans will learn about current community events in the tri-county,

  • Unemployment & underemployment assistance
  • Disability priority of service
  • Job Source
  • Resume & career choice assistance

His services will be offered on the rotation schedule below, stop by between 9:00am-1:00pm for information:

  • La Plata 1st Tuesday of each month CC100
  • Leonardtown 2nd Tuesday of each month C 104
  • Prince Frederick 3rd Tuesday of each month PFA Lobby