Education: The best strategy before a new career

Veteran working with UMA Admission Counselor

Here at UMA, veterans and active duty military personnel will find a wide range of courses, degrees, and services available to them at both our campuses, our statewide UMA centers, and through online and distance delivery.

Since our founding in 1965 when a simple “Welcome UMA” sign encouraged Vietnam-era Veterans to enroll, we have continued a rich tradition of supporting military-experienced students. This commitment was recognized in June 2009 when UMA was awarded one of only twenty $100,000 grants from the American Council on Education/Wal-Mart Foundation to support success for veterans. In 2017, with the support of the Windover Foundation, UMA was able to renovate an existing space on campus to provide a state-of-the-art Veteran Academic Center. UMA has been recognized throughout the years as a top military friendly school from various national organizations.

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Hundreds of Veterans, National Guard members, and active military personnel are enrolled in courses and degrees while still serving, many of those courses taken via distance education.  All of our Admissions Staff work with veteran and military students.  Don’t hesitate to contact us by email or phone if you have any questions – and thank you for your service to our nation.

Our School Certifying Official (SCO) is located in the Office of the Registrar on the Augusta campus and all veterans seeking VA funding (regardless of location) must complete the Veterans Request for Certification prior to the beginning of each term.


Get to Know UMA’s Veterans Program

Who We Serve

  • Veterans who were on active duty and contributed to the “Montgomery G.I. Bill®*”
  • Active duty military personnel attending UMA and using the “Montgomery G.I. Bill®*”
  • Veterans who have served since 9/11 and will be taking advantage of the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®*
  • Members of the active Reserve and National Guard
  • Disabled veterans retraining through VBA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment program
  • Eligible dependents of 100% disabled or deceased veterans
  • All other veterans that do not fall under any of the above

*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.vets.gov/.

ACE released a report entitled, “Promising Practices in Veterans Education,” detailing the outcomes and recommendations that emerged from the two-year Success for Veterans award grants.

Military and Veterans Leadership Team

Support for veterans is augmented by the Military & Veterans Advisory Council composed of UMA alumni, local community members, faculty, and staff. Key members provide the following support:

Brandy FinckBrandy Finck
Dean of Admissions

Brandy understands the strengths and skills that our military and veterans bring to UMA. She can assist with any questions about admissions, degree programs, enrollment, financial aid, life at UMA, and more.


Laurie KrzywdaLaurie Krzywda
UMA’s Veterans Affairs School Certifying Official (SCO)

Laurie can assist you with the required paperwork to access veteran educational benefit programs.


Amy LineAmy Line
Director of Military & Veteran Services

Amy is a Navy veteran, UMA alum and adjunct faculty member. She can help you navigate veteran benefits and resources.


Don OsierDon Osier
Director, Department of Learning Success

Don can assist you with a wide array of resources to help you develop and strengthen your learning skills. He can assist with any questions about online learning resources, tutoring, classroom accommodations, and disability services.


Gail PelletierGail Pelletier
Admissions Counselor

Gail can update you on the status of your application for admission.


Bethany VigueBeth Vigue
Transfer Credit Evaluator

Beth can assist you with the transfer process.


Resources for Veterans & Military Personnel at UMA

This checklist is a guide to assist you with your veteran educational benefits.

**For first semester student veterans accessing benefits, please allow ample time for processing benefits. At peak time, it can take six to eight weeks for the VA Buffalo Regional Office to process requests.**

  • Apply for an eligibility determination from the VA for education benefits at Vets.gov. The VA will send you a Letter/Certificate of Entitlement.
  • Remember to forward a copy of your Letter/Certificate of Entitlement to the UMA Registrar’s Office.
  • Below are the websites to review and order your military transcripts. To have your transcripts sent directly to UMA, please address them to Transfer Evaluator, ATTN: Bethany Vigue, 46 University Drive, Augusta, ME 04330.
  • All veterans seeking VA funding must complete the Veterans Request for Certification prior to the beginning of each term. To be completed by student every semester, which they wish to receive benefits. Our School Certifying Official (SCO) is located in the Office of the Registrar on the Augusta campus.

SOC (Service Member Opportunity College) Agreement

UMA is a Service member Opportunity College and these services are administered by Beth Vigue, Transfer Credit Evaluator in our Registrar’s Office (207-621-3291) The University is committed to improving educational opportunities for veterans as well as for active duty military personnel, reservists, National Guardsmen and women, widows and widowers of veterans, and war orphans. UMA provides pre-service and post-service educational and financial advising and referral, will act as coordinator for local students while in the service, and will arrange for transfer of credit to the students’ home institutions. Service Personnel may receive college credits for their learning acquired in military life based upon the recommendations from the Guides to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.

Military Activation

Students with inquiries regarding military activation and the effect on their enrollment in a traditional, compressed video, or interactive television class on a campus or at a center should send a copy of their orders and contact the UMA Student Accounts Office (207-621-3412).

UMA Veterans Attendance Policy

The Veterans Administration (VA) closely monitors student grades and attendance while they are taking classes. The Registrar’s Office is required to report non-attendance which can be indicated by an L grade to the VA. L grades are assigned to students who stopped or never attended a class but don’t officially withdraw from that class. To officially withdraw from a class, the student must take action either by communicating with the Registrar’s office / Enrollment Services or by self dis-enrolling in Mainestreet.

Before notifying the VA of any non-attendance, an attempt will be made to get the last date of participation. If there is no date available, the mid-point date of the semester will be used when notifying the VA. Failure to notify the Schools Certifying Official that you have withdrawn from a class can create an “overpayment” of benefits from the VA. Students will be required to pay back any over-payments to the VA.

If a student is reported as not in attendance, UMA will not certify future semesters for the student until a grade is posted for that semester. If UMA has already certified any future semesters, they will be de-certified until grades are posted for that semester. Communication will be sent notifying the student that they will not be certified until this situation has been resolved.

Any questions on this policy please contact the School Certifying Official located in the Registrar’s Office.