SMCC Welcomes You

SMCC welcomes you and thanks you for your tremendous service and dedication to our country. We know that the transition from the military to civilian life and attending college can be challenging, and we want to make it as seamless a process as possible. We are proud to offer you and your family the services and support you need to reach your educational goals.

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Application Process for Degree-Seeking Veterans

Submit Materials

By mail to:
Southern Maine Community College
2 Fort Road,
South Portland, ME 04106
Attn: Amy Lainoff
By email to:

Veterans Education Benefit Programs

Learn more about the veterans education benefit programs SMCC offers.

Visit the following webpages on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

For information about the State of Maine Veterans Dependent Tuition Waiver Program, visit the Bureau of Veterans Services webpage. Veterans are encouraged to contact the Bureau of Veterans Services to ensure access to all the benefits to which they are entitled.

To view information from the Bureau on a broad range of benefits, services, and veterans-related organizations, download the Maine Veterans’ Benefits and Resources Guide.

Continuing Studies (non-credit) Short-Term Training

The following SMCC Continuing Studies courses are approved courses for education and training benefits for military personnel, veterans and dependents

Course Title Course Length
Energy Conservation Technician
(formerly Oil Burner Technician)
200 hours
BPI Building Analyst80 hours
High Pressure Boiler Operator36 hours
Phlebotomy 50 hours (30 classroom/20 clinical)
Propane & Natural Gas: Basic Principles & Practices20 hours
Propane & Natural Gas: Appliance Installation32 hours
Propane & Natural Gas: Appliance Service 32 hours
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning45 hours
Weatherization Technician 40 hours
To learn more, visit the Continuing Studies webpage.

College Credit for Military Experience

In many cases, veterans attending SMCC are able to receive credit based on prior work and/or training. An official transcript, Joint Services transcript or Smart Transcript with ACE recommendations should be sent for military credit consideration.

Submit Materials

By mail to:
Southern Maine Community College
Admissions Office
2 Fort Road
South Portland, ME 04106
By fax to:


Counseling Services at SMCC

SMCC offers on-site counseling services and printed counseling resources and referrals. To learn more, visit our Counseling webpage.

Additional Counseling Resources

Combat Call Center
1-866-644-5371 (open 24/7)

Lewiston Vet Center
29 Westminster Street
Lewiston, ME 04240

Portland Vet Center
475 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
To learn more, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.
Sanford Vet Center
628 Main Street
Springvale, ME 04083

Veterans Club

The SMCC Veterans Club was established to provide support and a forum for those interested in veterans’ issues. Club events include film discussions, guest speakers, community service, field trips, social events and more. Membership is open to any student, staff member or faculty member with an interest in veterans’ issues. For more information, contact the club at

Additional Veterans Resources