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 9 University College outreach centers, and through 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. Since 2011, UMA has been recognized as a top military friendly school from various national organizations.
Our School Certifying Official (SCO) is located in the Office of the Registrar on the Augusta campus and all veterans seeking VA funding must complete the Veterans Request for Certification prior to the beginning of each term.
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.
Getting Started: Veterans & Military Personnel at UMA
This checklist is a guide to assist you with your veteran educational benefits. Some of the steps below can be done simultaneously.
**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.**
- Choose a degree program. For help, contact Enrollment Services at 1-877-UMA-1234
- Complete an application and send it to Application Processing. The application fee is waived for active duty military and veterans:
- 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
- Check to see if you are a candidate for Prior Learning Assessment.
- Schedule placement tests if required.
- Complete the Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP) for education benefits. The VA will send you a Letter of Entitlement
- Forward a copy of your Letter of Entitlement to the UMA Registrar’s Office.
- Complete the UMA Request for Certification form for the UMA Certifying Official. To be completed by student every semester, which they wish to receive benefits.
- Apply for financial aid on your own (optional). UMA’s Title IV School Code is 006760
- Talk with a UMA academic advisor.
- Register for courses.
- Purchase books and materials at the UMA Bookstore.
- Attend new student orientation.
- Attend classes!
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 VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Education program
- Eligible dependents of 100% disabled or deceased veterans
- All other veterans that do not fall under any of the above
Get to Know UMA’s Veterans Program
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. http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Walmart-Success-for-Veterans-Grants.aspx
Veteran and Military Support Leadership Team
Support for veterans is augmented by a task force composed of UMA alumni, local community members, faculty, and staff. Key members provide the following support:
- Brandy Finck, Dean of Admissions, (207-621-3037) understands the strengths and skills that our military and veterans bring to UMA.
- Laurie Krzywda, UMA’s Veterans Affairs School Certifying Official (SCO), (207-621-3458) can assist you with the required paperwork to access veteran educational benefit programs.
- Amy Line, Coordinator of Military & Veteran Services (207-621-3215). Amy is a Navy veteran, UMA alum and adjunct faculty member. She can help you navigate veteran benefits and resources.
- Don Osier, Director of Effective Learning & Student Success (207-621-3066) can assist you with a wide array of resources to help you develop and strengthen your learning skills.
- Gail Pelletier, Admissions Counselor (207-621-3528) can update you on the status of your application for admission.
- Beth Vigue, Transfer Credit Evaluator (207-621-3291) can assist you with the transfer process.
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.
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 L Grade Policy
The VA closely monitors students’ grades in classes. The Registrar’s Office is required to report L grades, which are assigned to students who stop attending a class but don’t formally withdraw, to the Veterans Administration. This can create an “overpayment” of benefits that the student is required to pay back to the VA.
Before we notify the VA of L grades, we will attempt to get the last date of attendance.
If a student earns L grades, UMA will not certify future semesters the student until grades are posted for that semester. If UMA has already certified the future semester, it will be de-certified until grades are posted for that semester.
A letter notifying the student that they will not be certified will be sent to the student.