Arkansas National Guard Students

We are proud of our citizen soldiers and airmen. Let UALR be your university of choice when you go back to school. Visit the Arkansas National Guard main page for helpful information.

Visit the Arkansas National Guard Education & Training webpage for up-to-date information.

Getting Started

The following is the process:

  1. Apply for admissions to UALR.
  2. Send all transcripts to the following address:

      University of Arkansas at Little Rock
      Office of Admissions
      2801 South University
      Little Rock, AR 72204

  3. Contact your base/camp education office for tuition assistance information.

National Guard Tuition Waiver

Effective Fall 2017, Arkansas National Guard members are eligible for a tuition waiver at UA Little Rock. Please read below to find answers to your questions.

FAQ About the National Guard Tuition Waiver (NGTW)

Who qualifies for the NGTW?

The NGTW program is open to all enlisted and officer personnel of the Arkansas Army and Air National Guard, who do not already have a bachelor’s degree, are residents of the State of Arkansas, are in “Good Standing” with their unit, who have completed Initial Active Duty Training (Basic Training or had the Basic Training requirement waived by the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps/ROTC), and are in a degree seeking program. If you have been discharged, you may have a continuation of eligibility.

What is meant by in “Good Standing?”

In “Good Standing” means you are NOT under a Suspension of Favorable Actions (Flag) at the time of application for, but not limited to, absent without leave (AWOL), substance abuse violations, or any other serious adverse actions at the time of application. See Army Regulation 135-178, Chapters 12 and 13 or Air Force Instructions 36-3208 and 3209. Basically if you go to drill and Annual Training like you are supposed to and are not in any trouble, you are in Good Standing.

I’m out of the Guard now. Can I still get NGTW?

It depends. If you were discharged for non-medical reasons or medical reasons that are not service connected, you are eligible for the semester in which you were enrolled at the time of discharge. If you were medically discharge due to a service connected condition, you will remain eligible for up to 5 years from the date of discharge, or you have received the benefit for 120 credit hours, or until completion of the degree program.

What if I had to withdraw from classes?

In the event that a mobilization or deployment interrupts your enrollment and you are currently receiving the NGTW, you will remain eligible for a period of time equal to the semester in which you were enrolled. It is your responsibility to notify the university as soon as possible and provide copies of the orders for mobilization or deployment. The university will handle the mobilization in accordance with Arkansas Code § 6-61-112. If you are discharged following a mobilization, which interrupted enrollment in the university, you may be eligible to receive the NGTW for a length of time equal to the deployment.

What does Arkansas Code § 6-61-112 say?

UA Little Rock’s web site has information regarding Arkansas Code § 6-61-112 on our policy website. You can also read the text of Arkansas Code § 6-61-112 at one of the following sites:

What if I do not notify or withdraw from classes before I leave?

This will be between you and the university. Provide a copy of your orders as soon as possible. If you are already deployed, you can send a copy via mail, email, or fax. (Visit our “Contact Us” page for that information.)

By law, you are required to provide a copy to the university prior to deployment; however, we will work with you if you provide a copy later. The key is to cooperate with the university by communicating with us and providing the requested documentation as soon as possible.

What is meant by “a degree seeking program”?

If you have declared a major and are working towards a degree (associate’s or bachelor’s), you are in a degree seeking program.

Can I use NGTW to get a second bachelor’s?

No. To qualify for NGTW, you cannot have previously been awarded a Bachelor’s Degree.

What does NGTW cover?

The NGTW will cover tuition for all approved courses. You are responsible for all other costs, such as fees, room and board, textbooks, etc.

How do I apply for the NGTW?

  1. You must submit an application online, each semester, through the Arkansas National Guard Education web site.
  2. You must sign the statement of understanding, and should keep a copy for their records.
  3. You must complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  4. You must complete a YOUniversal application for state financial aid.

May I use the NGTW for summer classes?

Yes. The NGTW can be used for ALL semesters, including fall, spring, summer I and II, and winter and May intercessions.

When can I turn in the applications?

Applications may be submitted up to 60 days, but no less than 30 days, prior to the start of the course / semester. Applications submitted after the deadline WILL NOT BE granted the NGTW for that semester without an approved Exception to Policy (ETP)

How do I get an appeal or Exception to Policy (ETP)?

You appeal/request an ETP in writing to your Air Wing or the Education Services Office, within 60 days from the date of denial/termination/recoupment. Appeals/ETP’s must contain, at a minimum, your name, unit/wing of assignment, university name and location, semester and year in question, and the reason for the appeal/ETP.

Can I become ineligible for NGTW? If so, how?

You will become ineligible for the NGTW for, but not limited to the following reasons:

  1. You fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by college / university in which you are enrolled.
  2. You are dismissed from the university for academic or disciplinary reasons.
  3. If your service in the Arkansas National Guard is terminated or becomes unsatisfactory.
  4. You commit fraud or misrepresentation on the application.
  5. Failure to complete the semester in which NGTW was awarded.
  6. If you engage in misconduct or fail. to remain a satisfactory participant in active drilling status with the Arkansas Army or Air National Guard (as defined in Chapter 12 and Chapter 13 of AR 135-178 and AFI 36-3208 and 3209 that governs misconduct.).

Can the NGTW be recouped if I lose eligibility?

Yes. You may be subject to recoupment (reimburse the Arkansas National Guard) for that semester, if you are dismissed from the university for academic or disciplinary reasons, if your service in the Arkansas National Guard is terminated or becomes unsatisfactory, fraud or misrepresentation of the application, or failure to complete the semester in which NGTW was awarded.

The Adjutant General may initiate recoupment of ALL funds paid on a Guardsman’s behalf using the NGTW when the Guardsman engages in misconduct or fails to remain a satisfactory participant in active drilling status with the Arkansas National Guard (as defined in Chapter 12 and Chapter 13 of AR 135-178 and AFI 36-3208 and 3209 that governs misconduct.) Any funds recouped will be returned to the State of Arkansas.

What can I use the NGTW for?

The NGTW will only be awarded for programs leading to an undergraduate degree, up to a bachelor’s degree, in a state supported public two (2) or four (4) year college/university within the State of Arkansas. You cannot have previously been awarded a Bachelor’s Degree.

Which schools can I use the NGTW at?

Eligible universities may be found on the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Basic rule of thumb is you must go to a state school like UA Little Rock. No private college/university or out of state college / university is eligible for use this program (i.e. Central Baptist College, Harding University, or University of Phoenix). You may be enrolled in more than one college/university concurrently; however, a separate application must be submitted for each college/university.

Do I have to be a full time student?

There are no minimum or maximum credit hours, per semester, for this program.

Is there a limit to how many credit hours I can use the NGTW for?

There are no minimum or maximum credit hours, per semester, for this program. The NGTW will not pay for more than a total of 120 credit hours, or after you have received a bachelor’s degree. Only credit hours waived by the NGTW, to include remedial classes, count towards the 120 credit hour limit.

What if I drop a class?

Classes dropped after the drop/add date may not be covered by the waiver and you may be responsible for paying for those classes directly to the university. To maintain eligibility, you must not drop more than 6 credit hours during a course of study; however, this does not include courses dropped before the add/drop date, or courses paid for by you. A course of study is defined as the time during which a student is continuously enrolled in pursuit of a degree.

What if I add a class after I submit the NGTW application?

You should address this question to your college / university’s financial aid office to see how they wish to address the issue. However, you should be fine. Since this is a “last dollar” benefit, your college/university does not submit the number of hours waived until the end of the semester.

What is meant by “last dollar” benefit?

This means that all other scholarships and grants are applied first. If there is any tuition left to waive at that point, it will be waived. The GI Bill, is an exception, it is applied towards college costs after the NGTW.

What if I fail a class? Do I have to pay it back?

You may not have to pay it back. If at the end of the semester, the college / university determines that you have not maintained satisfactory academic progress, tuition may not be waived. If that happens, the college/university will bill you for the tuition for all of your classes for the semester. If at the end of the semester, the college / university determines that you have maintained satisfactory academic progress, tuition will be waived and you will not be billed.

Will my grades affect my eligibility for the NGTW?

They can. You must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) as determined by the university.

Is the NGTW be refundable to students at all?

No. It is a tuition waiver, which means that any tuition that you owe has been waived. Your college/university will only be reimbursed by the state for the amount of tuition waived. There is nothing to refund. Additionally, depending on funds available, your college/university may not be reimbursed for all of the tuition waived under this program.

Do I have to use Tuition Assistance and/or GI Bill with NGTW?

No. You may, but are not required to use Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) or the Montgomery GI Bill (all Chapters) and the Kicker. FTA and the GI Bill cannot be used together. If you use your FTA for a single undergraduate class, current rules require you to wait 10 years before using it for graduate level classes.

Can the NGTW be applied to courses completed in a prior semester?

No. The NGTW cannot applied to courses completed in a previous semester.

Can I get the NGTW if I’m still in high school?

No. If you are enrolled in high school and college at the same time, you are not eligible for the NGTW.

Who makes the final decision regarding an exception to policy?

If you are in the Arkansas Army National Guard, the Army National Guard Education Services Office will coordinating with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, the college/university, and you to resolve any Exception to Policy requests or grievances.

If you are in the Arkansas Air National Guard, your Air Wing will coordinate with the Army National Guard Education Services Office and you. The Army National Guard Education Services Office will coordinating with Arkansas Department of Higher Education, the college / university, your Air Wing, and you to resolve any Exception to Policy requests or grievances.