VA Benefits, Scholarships & Financial Aid

UPDATE

Veterans Benefits has Moved to MVC! 

Veterans Benefits has moved from Enrollment Services, Office of the Registrar over to the Military & Veterans Center (MVC). Please bear with us as we transition. Beginning Sept 4th, military affiliated students should contact MVC if they change their enrollment or have additional paperwork to turn in. Certification of Spring 2019 will be conducted through MVC, Psychology Bldg., Room 107. 

Active Duty Military

Active Duty Military may use VA Education Benefits and/or Tuition Assistance to pay for tuition and fees.

  • To use VA Education Benefits, please see below.
  • To use Tuition Assistance, have the course/s approved through the appropriate military tuition assistance program (GoArmyEd for Army service members; AI Portal for Air Force). Once the necessary military command signatures and dollar amount for Tuition Assistance have been obtained, take the TA Approval Letter/Statement directly to the Bursar’s Office at Enrollment Services, Rm 336 and notify MVC. Please note that your VA Benefits may need to be adjusted if you are receiving TA monies. 

VA Educational Benefits

MVC is responsible for certifying veterans and their dependents each term to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. To begin the certification process, please complete the Declaration of Intent Form and submit along with your Certificate of Eligibility to our office. To contact TU’s School Certifying Official (SCO), please call 410-704-3094 or email: . Fax documents to 410-704-8525. 

Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation Program)

Students utilizing these benefits do not need to submit a Declaration of Intent Form. Chapter 31 Veterans are evaluated through the Baltimore Regional Veterans Affairs Office. Please call their office for inquiries at 1-800-827-1000.

Contact the university's Veterans Benefits Office at least eight weeks prior to your date of enrollment to ensure timely processing of paperwork. If you withdraw from a course or stop attending after you register, you must notify the TU Veterans Benefits Office.

Maryland Army National Guard Educational Benefits

Please visit the Maryland National Guard site. 

 


Financial Aid Office

Towson University is pleased to offer you information about financial assistance. Their office is located in the Enrollment Services Building, Room 339. Their hours of operations are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can reach them by telephone at 410-704-4236 or send an e-mail at .

As a military affiliated student, you may apply for FAFSA for additional assistance. This will not disrupt or take away your VA Educational Benefits. The process of applying for aid can seem complicated and time consuming, and we want to make it go as smoothly as possible for you. When you call the office, their information specialists will answer your questions. If you need more information, they will forward your call to the processor who oversees your application. The same processor will always work with your application. The site includes an overview of the aid programs offered at the university and how to apply.  Financial aid policies may change because of federal regulation or university decision; therefore, some information at this site may change.

For more information, please click on this link, Financial Aid Office

SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS

Nicholas Ziolkowski Scholarship

A Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established by Tracy Miller in memory of her son, Corporal Nicholas L. Ziolkowski who was killed in action on November 14, 2004, serving his country with the 2nd Marine Division in the fight for Fallujah, Iraq. Ms. Miller is an academic advisor at Towson University and a part time instructor in Early Childhood Education.

To be eligible for the scholarship you must be: A current or entering full time Towson University student who has served or is serving your country through active duty in any branch of the armed forces or National Guard; alternatively you may have served as an agent for change through full time service in non-governmental or governmental organizations like the Peace Corps. Preference will be given to students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts, but all majors and programs will be considered.

In addition to the above criteria, applicants will be evaluated on the basis of overall academic performance and their commitment for national service. Finalists for the scholarship may be interviewed by the selection committee. The committee may request formal verification of your national service.

Either one $3,221 or two $1,610 scholarships will be awarded during the semester the scholarship is awarded.

An application for the Ziolkowski Scholarship can be found online or at the department of Political Science.  You should also have a letter of recommendation from someone in a supervisory position in your area of national service (commanding officer, work supervisor) who can verify your length and type of service and provide a personal recommendation.  Finally, an essay that describes the unique ways that your academic and personal values have been shaped by your service to your country. This essay must not exceed 2 double spaced typed pages.

 Please contact the Department of Political Science at 410-704-2958 or if you have any questions about this scholarship.

The Veterans United Foundation Scholarship

Veterans United Foundation, formed and fully funded by Veterans United Home Loans and its employees, strives to enhance lives by recognizing the selfless contributions of service members and their families through support of such individuals in need.

Despite the aid of benefits like the GI Bill, the ever-increasing expense of a post-secondary degree is one of the greatest challenges facing so many of our nation’s finest, and in an effort to address this need, Veterans United Foundation has established the Veterans United Foundation Scholarship program.

The program’s primary goal is to assist military service members and their families by awarding 20 bi-annual $2,000 scholarships to help pay for tuition and books.

Scholarship Eligibility
To be considered, the scholarship applicant must have a connection to the United States Military through falling into at least one of the following categories:

• A current active-duty service member
• Veteran of the United States Armed Forces
• Spouse of a service member or veteran
• Surviving spouse or child of a fallen service member
• Child of a service member or veteran

Applicants must also currently be pursuing a post-secondary degree (associates, bachelors, masters or doctorate) at an accredited college or university, OR plan to attend a college or university the following academic year.

In addition, applicants must display financial need and maintain a cumulative 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.  The Veterans United Foundation Scholarship can only be used toward school-related expenses (tuition and books).

How to Apply
To apply for the Veterans United Foundation Scholarship, these two (2) elements are required:
1. Fill out the Online Application form, made available on the given Key Dates
2. Submit a single Essay in response to one of three prompts that will be made available during the key dates.

Essays must meet all of the following criteria (essays failing to meet ALL criteria will NOT be considered):

• Essay MUST be 750 words or less
• Essay must be submitted as a Word or rich text(.docx, .doc, or .rtf) document format into the upload box that is included with the online application
• Essay prompts are now located WITHIN the scholarship application!

*Please note that no confirmation email will be sent from the Veterans United Foundation Scholarship Program upon receiving your application and essay submission.

Spring Application Period Key Dates
March 15 through April 30: Online application, essay prompts, and essay upload box will be open to applicants. On May 31st, the scholarship recipients will be announced.

Fall Application Period Key Dates
September 15 through October 31: Online application, essay prompts, and essay upload box will be open to applicants. On November 30th, the scholarship recipients will be announced.

Winners of the scholarship will be contacted directly via email or phone and asked to provide proof of enrollment (transcript or acceptance letter) to a post-secondary school and their DD-214 (or appropriate family member’s DD-214).  No direct notification will be sent to the applicants who were not chosen as a winner of the scholarship.