Education: The best strategy before a new career
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.
View the Veterans Welcome Mat:
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 Veteran Certifying Official 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.
**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.**
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).
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.
- 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
Also, check out these videos from the American Council of Education about How to Start a Successful Veteran Program. Two of the videos (Dedicated Space for Veterans, and Peer Mentorship) feature UMA Student Veteran, Craig Jackson, and one of the videos (Career Transitions) features Amy Line, UMA Faculty Member and Coordinator of the Veterans Program at UMA: https://vetfriendlytoolkit.acenet.edu/Pages/default.aspx (videos are at the bottom of the page).
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:
- Sheri Fraser , Director of Academic and Career Advising (207-621-3390), or any of our professional academic advisors, can walk you through the steps of becoming a student, including placement testing, choosing a degree and selecting courses.
- Laurie Krzywda, UMA’s Veterans Affairs Certifying Official (207-621-3458), and a veteran herself, can assist you with the required paperwork to access veteran educational benefits programs.
- Amy Line, Coordinator of Veteran Services and the University Military Achievement Project (U-MAP), funded by a major grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation. Her office number is (207) 621-3215. Amy is a Navy veteran, UMA alumna and adjunct faculty member, who also serves as a Family Readiness Group member for active duty military.
- Don Osier, Director of Learning Support Services (207-621-3066), can assist you with a wide array of resources to help you develop and strengthen your learning skills, so that you become a more effective, self-confident and independent learner.
- Gail Pelletier, Admissions Counselor (207-621-3528), is a liberal studies major; she 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.
- Dr. Phil Watkins, Marine Corps Reserve Retired, and Coordinator of Student Support Services (207-621-3044), provides individual counseling services and co-chairs UMA’s Military and Veteran Affairs Task Force.