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ATTENTION ALL CSM USERS OF VA POST- 9/11 GIBILL BENEFITS
Effective Fall 2018:

Per Public Law 115-48-Section 107, the VA is required to calculate the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on the location (zip code) where the individual physically attends the majority of their classes.

MHA will no longer be based on the “Institution” location of the school where the individual is enrolled. This means, for example, that students attending CSM at the La Plata campus may receive a different MHA than a student attending CSM at the Prince Frederick campus. The MHA is based on the military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) at the E-5 with Dependents rate. The zip codes for CSM locations are: La Plata (20646), Leonardtown (20650), Prince Frederick (20678), Hughesville (20637), and Waldorf (20602).

Please contact us for more information.

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 '18The 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.