Veteran or Family Member

  • 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 strategies.
  • 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.

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