Military Members

The University of Arkansas is proud to be a military-friendly institution. We highly value our students who serve their country while pursuing their goals for higher education.

The Operations Management Graduate Program has students serving in all branches of the military, as well as those separated/retired. There are two Graduate Resident Centers located on active-duty bases in Northwest Florida and Memphis TN.

While many of our military-affiliated students are connected to these bases, we also serve hundreds of military students located throughout the country and the globe.

Military personnel may be eligible for Tuition Assistance or Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits. To find out more about how we can serve your educational needs, please click on the links below. In general, USAF students are advised by the Northwest Florida site, while Army and Navy students are served by the Memphis site.

Greater Memphis Area at Naval Support Activity/Mid-South

Northwest Florida at Hurlburt Field Air Force Base

Using Your VA / GI Bill® Educational Benefits

Veterans of any service wishing to utilize their education benefits with the VA, should follow these simple steps below. However, it’s best to contact your program Advisor first, for specific instructions. In general, most will follow the steps below:

  1. Go to GIBill.va.gov, the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill® website and "Apply for Benefits" to initiate your benefit. File the VA form 22-1990 if this is the first time using your benefit, or file the VA form 22-1995 if not the first time using your benefit. Indicate that you are now attending University of Arkansas, Operations Management graduate program.
  2. Complete the VONAPP (Veterans Online Application)
  3. Save a digital copy of your VA application and then email that to your advisor or the veterans resource center at: vric@uark.edu
  4. In addition to proof of filing to activate your benefits, the VA requires that your advisor have a copy of your DD214. Send that to your student advisor at Memphis, TN or Hurlburt Field, FL or to Debra LaBounty, the University of Arkansas' VA Certifying Official. Once you have established use of your VA benefit, as above and you are enrolled in a class, all VA students (except those assigned to the TN site) must file the Request for Certification prior to each term. This is a simple online form that just takes a moment. Your advisor can further answer any questions about this. This form will ensure your tuition and fees are deferred until the payments are received from the VA.

Those students assigned to the Greater Memphis area will fill out the registration form sent to them by their advisor. This will serve as your request to use your VA Benefits.

Once you have established use of your VA benefit, as above and you are enrolled in a class, all VA students must file the Request for Certification prior to each term. This simple online form just takes a moment to complete. Your advisor can further answer any questions about this. This form will ensure your tuition and fees are deferred until the payments are received from the VA.

To inquire about using your VA benefits in general, visit veteranscenter.uark.edu or call 479-575-4585 or email to Debra LaBounty at vric@uark.edu

Students attached to the Florida site:

  • Email the form and your DD214 to Sheila Vaughen at msomhff@uark.edu. Call her at 850-884-3844 to verify the form has been received.
  • This form will ensure your tuition and fees are deferred until the payments are received from the VA.
  • In the next 12 weeks, you will receive your letter of eligibility from the VA. Please forward this letter to Debra LaBounty.
  • Though the University’s Graduate School considers 9 credit hours per semester as full-time, per directive of the VA, the number of hours that qualify for full-time status is set by each particular graduate program. This differs from requirements for undergraduate studies that are set by the VA. Because of this requirement to certify the student each enrolled term, the MSOM program, with its 8- week terms, determines six hours within a term as full-time, and three hours as half-time. Full-time or half-time status will be established each term that the student attends a course: six hours per term is full time, three hours is half time. This applies to both the Montgomery and the Post 9/11 GI Bill® programs. A VA Certifying Official of the MSOM department or the University will certify the student each term that the student is enrolled in classes.

    For all students except those attached to the Tennessee site:

    You must register your courses through the following link each term and each time you add, drop or swap a course. To register your courses each term, please go to veteranscenter.uark.edu and follow these steps:

    • Click on Current Students (left hand side of the page)
    • Scroll down until you see "All Graduate Students" and follow the link to request certification of your courses
    • Fill out the form and submit it to complete your certification. Your submission goes to the Veterans Resource and Information Center and will be certified by Debra LaBounty, the VA Certifying Official. Her contact information is vric@uark.edu and (479) 575-4585.

    For students attached to the Tennessee site

    Your certification request is part of your registration form so no additional steps are required.

    The University assumes no further responsibility for a student’s transactions with the Veterans Administration and neither the University nor the Armed Services make any guarantee as to the availability of veteran’s benefits to a particular student. A student who registers and officially withdraws from all classes in a semester will receive refund of tuition, as provided in the University of Arkansas Registrar’s Administrative Calendar. (Note: When a student who has received Tuition Assistance from the military is entitled to a refund, the refund shall be paid by the University to the Armed Service and to the student in the same ratio that each paid.) Information for students claiming VA benefits: The VA payment made for other than a complete term may be less than the tuition collected by the University in accordance with the schedule of tuition refunds given above. It is the responsibility of the student to pay all fees whether VA benefits are received or not. Upon notification by a student of his/her withdrawal from a course, the certifying official will execute VA Form 22-1999b and forward it to the appropriate Veterans’ Affairs Office.

    Military and Veterans’ Resources at the Fayetteville campus

    • Veterans Resource and Information Center

      Central point of contact for prospective or current University of Arkansas student veterans who need assistance with the admissions process, applying for military educational benefits and scholarships, and referrals to various academic departments around campus. VA Certifying Official for the Fayetteville campus is Debra LaBounty. She is located in the Arkansas Union, room 632. Her contact information is (479) 575-4585, vric@uark.edu.

    • Academic Scholarship Office – Military Scholarships

    How does one of our nation's military veterans learn to become a student again - and succeed? A student-veteran at the University of Arkansas shares his story and shows why the University of Arkansas is one of the nation's most Military Friendly institutions in this short video.