Military & Veteran Support

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mfs21_bronze_150x150.pngmilitary friendly spouse awardAt the College of Southern Maryland, we take pride in partnering with active-duty military, veterans, and military-dependent students to make sure you get the most of the benefits available to you.

The commitment is so important to us that we have been identified as a veteran- and military-friendly institution.

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

Learn How to Apply for Benefits


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Rebecca Collins, Veterans Affairs Advisor
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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.

Notice: The Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020  Public Law 116-315 Section 1018

This law requires that new and transfer-in students using the Veterans Education benefits be notified of certain financial and academic information. Students must complete the steps below and then verify that they have received and reviewed this information before any enrollment certification can be submitted to the VA.

Students may access a personalized data sheet by clicking here.

Additional financial information can be found at the NCES College Navigator site: select: College of Southern Maryland

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

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