USM is currently waiving our application fee and is also pleased to offer in-state tuition rates to all U.S. Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers, regardless of state of residency.  One of the following documents is necessary for eligibility: VA Certificate of Eligibility, DD-214 (Honorable Discharge), or a Military ID/CAC. Learn about our online programs at


Thank you for your service!

Veterans Services at the University of Southern Maine (USM) serves veterans, servicemembers, and their families, who are accessing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits, often referred to as the GI Bill. Services are provided on all three campuses (Portland, Gorham and Lewiston/Auburn).

USM is a military-friendly campus and a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program.  USM is also a Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC).

There are multiple chapters of the GI Bill and navigating the benefits process can be confusing. Transitioning from combat to the classroom can be a challenge, and USM Veterans Services is here to help.

News & Events

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On Friday, members of the 133rd Engineer Battalion of the Maine Army National Guard, their friends and family, and students and faculty from the University of Southern Maine came together in a room in the Wishcamper Center on USM’s Portland campus...
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The man known as the "Cowboy Hat Hero" from the Boston Marathon is saying thank you to a former Marine and current University of Southern Maine student.
Beginning next year, the U.S. Army will place new restrictions on its Tuition Assistance program to ensure officers and enlisted personnel are focusing more on soldiering than higher education.
October 30, 2014 to October 31, 2014
11:45 PM to 2:00 AM
Talbot Hall, Luther Bonney
November 11, 2014
8:45 AM to 10:00 AM
Flag Pole, Payson Smith Hall - Portland Campus
November 12, 2014
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Brunswick, Maine
November 12, 2014
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fireside Inn & Suites
November 13, 2014
12:00 PM
Veterans Resource Center

2014 Military Friendly School


"Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named USM to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus." Check out USM's profile here!

Student Veteran Organizations

Student Veteran Organizations