Research career options, schools and education options to narrow down what you want to do and
where you want to go using the tools from the VA at: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/get_started.asp
Do the career quiz using CareerScope.
Compare VA benefit programs; you may be eligible for more than one and will have to choose.
Apply to SouthArk. http://www.southark.edu/index.php/home-apply-to-southark
You will also need the following:
Official copies of your high school transcripts or GED scores
Copy of your childhood immunization records
Copy of placement test scores (ACT, SAT) or
you can take the COMPASS in our Testing Center. Ask your adviser for information.
Copy of your DD214
Official copies of any other college or military transcripts.
Meet with an adviser at SouthArk as soon as possible to discuss majors, degree plans, and success
Include in your talk any issues or situations that might interfere with your academic success such as
work, family, medical visits, injuries and/or disabilities.
The adviser will refer you to a VA Peer Mentor. Meet with the VA Peer Mentor to discuss some of the
processes and review your progress.
Apply for benefits through VONAPP, Veterans Online Application found on the VA website
at:www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal When you are finished, there is a form that you will print
out and bring to the VA Rep at SouthArk.
Apply for Federal Financial Aid (Pell Grant, etc.) at: www.fafsa.gov (SouthArk's school code is 013858)
Turn in any additional documents requested by the school or the VA as soon as possible. If you need help finding them or turning them in, let us know.
The VONAPP (Veterans On Line Application) Click on Apply for Benefits and you will be brought here. This is an official U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website that enables service members, veterans and their beneficiaries, and other designated individuals to apply for benefits using the Internet.
FIND the VONAPP!
At the top right corner of the page there is a Register button. Click there to set up your eBenefits account.
Or – click on the tab apply for BENEFITS. Here you will find links to eBenefits, VONAPP, Disability and other benefits.
Give yourself plenty of time to complete the application, it will take awhile.
It is helpful to have a copy of your DD214 handy. If you need one, you can find it here http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
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After completing the steps above, bring the following completed documents to the VA representative at SouthArk located in Student Services office;
You MUST notify your VA Rep of any changes in your schedule. Immediately upon enrolling in classes and/or changing your schedule (adding/dropping courses or completely withdrawing), send or bring a copy of your detailed statement to your VA Rep.
A detailed statement can be obtained from the campus bookstore or the school business office. The VA Rep will certify your classes accordingly. Always keep a copy for your records.
Students receiving benefits under Chapter 30, 1606, and 1607 must request payment at the end of each month using the following website. https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do Set up your account on WAVE as soon as possible.
We understand the value of your training and experience. Our institution strives to accept military credit for academic credit whenever possible.
Our Registrar reviews all military transcripts to see whether anything can be counted as academic credit. Your adviser will explain the process and provide you with the forms you need.
We also understand that you may have credit from other institutions. We do not want you to have to repeat courses, so we will evaluate any credit that you earned from a regionally accredited university.
Please request your transcript from the following sources and have it sent to the address below:
Send all transcripts, both military and civilian, to the following address:
Office of Admissions
South Arkansas Community College
P. O. Box 7010
El Dorado, AR 71730
National Scholarships and Grants
Imagine America Foundation: Military Award Program
Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship information:
MilitaryScholar.org: This site offers a scholarship for children of military members.
National Military Family Association: This site has useful information for military families as well as a scholarship program for spouses of military members.
Veteran Related Scholarship Information:
Arkansas Specific Scholarships
Arkansas Community Foundation http://arcf.org/Scholarships/OurScholarships/tabid/426/Default.aspx
Arkansas Service Memorial Scholarship Endowment
AT&T War Memorial Scholarship Fund
Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) www.adhe.edu. Application deadline is June 1. By applying at this site, you may qualify for the following:
Provides funding for veterans to increase opportunities for assessment, training, supportive services, employment, and retained employment in Arkansas. Our local contact is Ms. Tammie McKinnon tmckinnonATsouthark.edu 864-8459
What is the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program?
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program is authorized by Congress and is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program.
The program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. This includes completing a degree program that will help the veteran do that.
Services that may be provided by the VR&E Program include
Go to the VA website for more information.
http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/comparison_tool.asp follow this link for more information
To find your VA Regional Office, go to:
1. SouthArk Payment Plan: VA checks may take time to process. Students can set up a payment plan to
hold classes until the VA begins to pay.
A. Once classes are scheduled, students can start a payment plan from their student account under
B. Down payments and enrollment fees are processed immediately.
C. Once VA payments begin, students must contact SouthArk's business office to switch payment
2. Students who are receiving benefits under Chapter 30, 1606, and 1607 must request payment at the
end of each month by using one of the following:
A. By calling 1-(877)823-2378, Automated Verification of Enrollment (W.A.V.E.)
B. Going online at www.gibill.va.gov Click on verify attendance (W.A.V.E.) Tab then create account and
submit enrollment for payment. https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do
3. The Veterans Regional Office will not pay for the following:
A. A course that does not pertain to the degree you are seeking
B. On-line developmental (remedial) courses
C. A course already passed at an acceptable level at SouthArk or any other school
Check with your adviser: a grade of "D" may be an acceptable grade for your degree requirement.
4. SouthArk reports regularly to the Veterans Regional Office. If any of the following actions result in your
having been paid more than what you are eligible for, you may have to repay the amount in
excess of your eligibility:
A. Dropped class
B. Term withdrawal
C. NC (no-credit) grade in a non-developmental course
D. Non-attendance grade (grade of F)
E. Incomplete grade that is subsequently replaced with an NC (no-credit) grade
5. SouthArk also reports the following information to the Veterans Regional Office:
A. Academic probation
Military OneSource is a confidential Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve Component members, and their families. Information includes, but is not limited to, deployment, reunion, relationship, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and child care, and much more.
Military OneSource also offers confidential non-medical counseling services on-line, via telephone, or face to face. Eligible individuals may receive confidential non-medical counseling addressing issues requiring short-term attention, including everyday stressors, deployment and reintegration concerns, parenting, grief and loss, and marital problems as well as assistance with financial management, taxes, career services, health and wellness, and other issues. This personalized support is available 24/7 no matter where you live or serve.
Veteran's employment resources. This site provides employment resources for veterans. It includes links to job search sites specific to veterans as well as other tools such as translating military skills into work related skills and creating resumes.
The Guard Tuition Incentive Program (GTIP) is a state-funded award to assist soldiers with their educational expenses.
Application requirements have changed beginning with the Fall 2013 semester.
You may send an email to: (ng.ar.ararng.list.education-officialATmail.mil ) for the NEW Application dated 1 July or contact your Unit.
GTIP approval process:
For more information, visit the AR National Guard Education website or call the Education Services Officer at (501) 212-4021.
South Arkansas Community College
300 South West Avenue
El Dorado, AR 71730
870-862-8131 / 800-955-2289