Checklist for Military Students

Joint colorsThe UA Little Rock Office of Military Student Success is here to serve you as you have served us. We will provide you with information, guidance, and resources throughout your time at UA Little Rock. We are dedicated to ensuring that your educational experience promotes your success academically, personally, and professionally. Our office has an open door policy and you are welcome to drop by anytime!


APPLICATION PROCESS (Getting into UA Little Rock)

☐ Contact Office of Military Student Success

Connect with other military students who have been through this process.
To set up an appointment: Call us at 501.682.8387 or Email us at vavets@ualr.edu.

☐ Apply to UALR

Apply to UALR. Make sure to read each screen carefully and check the box that signifies you are a military student. (The proof of service connection is a copy of your ID Card or a copy of DD form 214. This is required to prevent from having to pay the $40 application fee. Also, make sure that the pop up blocker is set to allow pop up screens for this process or it will take you to a payment screen.)

  • Email the proof of service connection to admissions@ualr.edu
  • Submit shot records to show 2 series of Mumps, Measles, and Rubella (MMR) or titer test showing presence of antibodies. Your military shot records are fine.
☐ Apply for VA Educational Benefits by completing Veterans online application found on vets.gov (Used to be VONAPP)
  • First-time applicants will apply online at vets.gov.
  • Your military status will determine what form you fill out.

List of forms in VONAPP

You will need to gather various bits of information like your bank account information and a copy of your or your parent’s DD-214.

☐ Apply for Active-Duty Educational Benefits (Tuition Assistance-TA).

Each service branch has its own criteria for eligibility, service obligation, application process, and restrictions. See your base/camp/post education office for assistance.

☐ File for Additional Financial Aid by Submitting FAFSA

To see if you qualify for financial aid—this is in addition to VA educational benefits or TA—fill out FAFSA, the free federal financial aid application with UA Little Rock as your school. The school code for the UA Little Rock is 001101.

  • You will also need a Department of Education PIN in order to sign your FAFSA electronically.
  • You may also apply for scholarships.
  • You may combine grants, scholarships, and military educational benefits. This means you may get money back after everything is paid for.

(Note: Scholarships and Grants are “free money.” Loans are not).

☐ Provide Proof of Military Educational Benefits Eligibility

This is dependent upon what VA Chapter you are under or if you are active duty.

Examples include the following:

  • Certificate of Eligibility for VA Educational Benefits
  • TA approval form for Active Duty
  • VA form 1905 for Ch. 31
  • DD Form 2384-1 NOBE for Selected Reserve, including the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard
☐ Send all college/military transcripts to UA Little Rock

All transcripts should be sent to the following address:

    UA Little Rock
    Office of Admissions
    2801 S. University Ave
    Little Rock, AR 72204

Request transcripts from your branch of service:

  • Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard (Joint Services Transcript)
  • Air Force (Community College of the Air Force)

ENROLLMENT PROCESS (Getting into Classes)

☐ Take Math Placement/English Placement Test (*if applicable)

Go to ualr.edu/testing for details

You do not have to take the placement exam if one of the following conditions apply:

  1. You have taken any placement exam (i.e., ACT, SAT, COMPASS, Accuplacer, etc.) within the past 5 years and sent official testing results to UA Little Rock.
  2. You have already taken college-level mathematics and/or English composition classes and passed.
  3. You have taken pre-core (preparatory) college-level mathematics and/or English composition courses and passed.

Go to ualr.edu/testing for details

All the above must be annotated by official transcripts on file at UA Little Rock.

☐ Attend Orientation

At orientation, you will meet your academic advisor and learn about degree requirements, campus services, and how to register for classes.

☐ Get Advised

Send your degree plan to vavets@ualr.edu or upload with Certification Request Form.

☐ Register for classes

See our Registration Guide

☐ Complete Certification Request Form (CRF)

VA EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS (Getting School Paid For)

The Department of Veteran Affairs determines educational benefits eligibility NOT the staff at UA Little Rock. To find out what educational benefit you are eligible for, you must use the Veterans Online Applications (VONAPP). Refer to the checklist to determine what form you must fill out. The forms are all in VONAPP. Any PDF form you find online needs to be mailed and may delay your benefit determination. VONAPP is the best way to apply for your benefits.

The VA educational benefits Chapters are as follows:

  • CHAPTER 30 – The Montgomery GI Bill- This program provides educational benefits for individuals entering the military service after June 30, 1985. (Reservists and National Guard members should refer to Chapter 1606 below).
    NOTE: Any previous recipient of “old” GI Bill benefits should report them as Chapter 30 on this form.
  • CHAPTER 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation for Service-Disabled Veterans-This program is for individuals who have a compensable service connected disability, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs determines that training and rehabilitation services are needed to overcome an employment handicap. Students reporting this benefit must report monthly subsistence allowance on this form.
  • CHAPTER 33 – Post – 9/11 GI Bill- This program is for individuals who served on active duty after 09/10/2001. Individuals must have served for an aggregated period of at least 90 days or served at least 30 continuous days and received a disability discharge. NOTE: Individuals are eligible while on active duty after serving a period of 90 days.
  • CHAPTER 35 – Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA) Program- This program is for dependents (spouse or children) of individuals who die or are 100% permanently and totally disabled from service connected causes.
  • CHAPTER 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill: Selected Reserve- This program is available to members of the Selected Reserve including the National Guard.
  • CHAPTER 1607 – Reserve Educational Assistance Program-This benefit is for Reservists called to active duty to support contingency operations. Note: This chapter is being phased out. No new participants may be enrolled in this program.

UA Little Rock is a “YELLOW RIBBON” participant. (Contact our office for more details)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Getting Information)

How do I apply for my benefits?

You go to VONAPP to apply for benefits, vabenefits.vba.va.gov. For all Chapters except 35, fill out VA Form 22-1990. For Chapter 35 you need to fill out VA Form 22-5490.

If transferring from another school then you need to fill out a new application to transfer your benefits to UALR. You can use the same website as above. For all Chapters except 35, fill out VA Form 22-1995. For Chapter 35, you need to fill out VA Form 22-5495.

What benefits do I qualify for?

Only the VA Regional Office can determine what benefits you are eligible for and that determination is made by your application in VONAPP.

How many hours do I need to be full time?

This is determined by number of hours and length of term. Contact our office for more detailed information or go to our “Full-time versus Part-time” web page.

How much is my monthly stipend?

If using Post 9-11 (Chapter 33) you must take at least 1 credit hour on campus in order to qualify for the full housing rate if full time. Housing will be paid according to the number of hours you are taking. For example if you have 9 hours then you are considered % time and will only receive % of the full time housing rate. If you take all online classes then the housing rate is a set amount. Note: You must be pursuing more than 1/2 time to collect housing benefits.

Can I transfer benefits to my spouse or child? Or parent transfer benefits to me?

The member must still be on active duty to transfer benefits to a spouse or child.

Does the Gl Bill pay for tutoring and how do I get tutoring?

Yes, it does. The VA will reimburse you up to $100 per month for a maximum benefit of $1200. The student must show a deficiency in the course in order to qualify. Information on this benefit can be found at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

How much is my book stipend? How do I receive the money?

For Post 9-11 at 100% you have up to $1,000.00 for the entire academic year (August-August).

Can I get my books anywhere or do I have to get them at the bookstore?

For Chapter 33 Post 9/11, you can buy or rent books anywhere since the money is sent directly to you. Chapter 31 students must use the UALR bookstore.

Where do I get a degree plan? What is the difference between advising and degree plan?

You can obtain degree plans from your academic advisor. Our office needs an evaluated degree plan within 60 days after you have started your program. This is a degree plan, which includes your previous college work and any applicable military credits. An advising form will tell you what you need to take for the next semester. A degree plan will tell you what you need for your entire degree.

How do I get my military transcripts? Who evaluates them?

This depends on your branch of service.

  • Most military transcripts can be requested on the Joint Services Transcript website.
  • U.S. Air Force transcripts need to be requested from the Community College of the Air Force.

They are evaluated by our Director of Military Student Success, Kathy Oliverio. Ms. Oliverio can be reached at kmoliverio@ualr.edu.

Do I need to call every month to verify my enrollment? When do I do that?

If you are using Chapters 1606, 1607, or 30, you must call to verify your attendance at the end of every month. The number to call is 1-877-823-2378.

How do I make an appointment to speak with an academic advisor?

To make an appointment with your academic advisor, you need to:

  1. Find out who advises your major by going to “who is my adviser”
  2. Look for your major
  3. Email or call him/her
How do I make an appointment to speak with the military academic advisor?

Contact the Office of Military Student Success by calling 501.682.8387 or emailing vavets@ualr.edu.

Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.