15 Military Friendly Colleges in Arkansas

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Funding for Military Friendly Colleges in Arkansas

There are many military friendly colleges in Arkansas. According to the VA, in 2017, 118 AK schools received Post 9/11 GI bill funds for over 416 students totaling over $2 million dollars.

There are six active programs offering benefits for veterans’ education. If eligible, all of these may be used to help fund a college education.

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • All Volunteer Force Educational Assistance Program (MGIB-AD)
  • Educational Assistance for Members of the Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
  • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA)
  • Post Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

 

The most-used benefit program is the Post 9/11 GI Bill. At Arkansas colleges, 61% of the beneficiaries used the Post 9/11 GI Bill to help fund their education.

Military Program# of 2019 veterans eaRNING aid at Arkansas colleges
Post 9 / 1172,123
MGIB – AD1,175
MIGB – SR1,54
REAP5
DEA10,353
VEAP0
TOTAL85,200

 

2020 15 Military Friendly Colleges in Arkansas

These 15 military friendly colleges in Arkansas are listed based on the total amount of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits awarded in the 2017 / 2018 school year. All of the data cited from the National Center for Education Statistics. Many of these schools take part in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, the colleges and the VA pay the tuition and mandatory fees not paid for by the GI Bill.

1 University of Arkansas
640 N. Garland Avenue | Fayetteville, AR 72701


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $2.74M

University of AK is the first military friendly college in Arkansas on our list. They are a is proud of its support for the military and offers many groups for support while at school and after graduation. The Veterans Resource and Information Center (VRIC) is the central point of contact for prospective or current University of Arkansas student veterans. Razorback Student Veterans is a registered student organization in which students who are veterans or supporters of veterans can join. There is also an organization for alumni.

UA offers many military and veteran scholarships and credit for military training is available. More funds to pay tuition and mandatory fees are available through the Yellow Ribbon program. The school offers up to 40 students each year with a maximum annual school contribution of $2,000.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $6,970
Grad: $4,123

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 341
Grad: 90

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 84%
Part Time: 50%

2 University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 S University Ave | Little Rock, AR 72204


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.61M

UA at Little Rock has the honor or being a Purple Heart University. The UA Little Rock Military Student Success Center serves as a place where military students can socialize, study, and get information about available resources. It has a computer area, a lounge area, and a break room. Graduation honors for active military and veterans include red, white, and blue Military Honor Cords and Trojan Troop Coins.

UA Little Rock accepts military credit for academic credit whenever possible. The school is part of the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $4,579
Grad: $5,401

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 291
Grad: 52

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 66%
Part Time: 39%

 

3 University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Ave | Conway, AR 72035


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.33M

UCA Veteran Services Office’s mission is to help veterans, current service members, and dependents utilize their VA Benefits. The Student Veteran Resource Center brings service members together to help them transition to student and civilian life. There are special programs available for female active duty members and veterans.

In addition to several military and veteran scholarships, military training can be used for credit.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $6,242
Grad: $6,362

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 184
Grad: 30

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 75%
Part Time: 40%

4 Arkansas Tech University
1509 N Boulder | Russellville, AR 72801


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.06M

The Arkansas Tech Office of Veteran Services assists veterans, guardsmen, reservists, and their dependents in transitioning to student life. Arkansas Tech is a member of Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) and this program is individually tailored to the needs of each veteran. Military training can be used for credit.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $5,981
Grad: $3,637

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 169
Grad: 15

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 70%
Part Time: 37%

5 Harding University
915 E. Market Ave | Searcy, AR 72149


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.03M

Harding is approved by the Arkansas State Approving agency for Veterans, allowing veterans and their beneficiaries to utilize military educational benefits to fund their studies. There is a Veteran’s Association on campus to help military members and veterans.

Harding is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and offers an unlimited number of undergrad students per year an unlimited school contribution each year.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $14,833
Grad: $10,185

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 63
Grad: 10

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 85%
Part Time: 100%

6 Arkansas State University-Main Campus


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.96M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $4,800
Grad: $3,795

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 157
Grad: 56

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 75%
Part Time: 35%

7 University of Arkansas-Fort Smith


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.75M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $4,019
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 187
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 65%
Part Time: 29%

8 University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.67M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $3,616
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 187
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 52%
Part Time: 40%

9 NorthWest Arkansas Community College


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.39M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $2,813
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 142
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 52%
Part Time: 40%

10 Arkansas State University-Beebe


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.31M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $2,082
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 151
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 58%
Part Time: 33%

11 Henderson State University


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.3M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $5,789
Grad: $6,517

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 51
Grad: 2

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 62%
Part Time: 29%

12 University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.22M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $7,323
Grad: $6,550

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 30
Grad: 1

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 72%
Part Time: 40%

13 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
100 E. University | Magnolia, AR 71753


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.22M

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus waives out of State tuition for veterans and active-duty service members. Veterans may be eligible for transfer credit for Basic Training and Military Education Courses.

Southern Arkansas University offers the Yellow Ribbon Program offers an unlimited number of students an unlimited school contribution each year.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $7,542
Grad: $2,471

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 28
Grad: 6

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 67%
Part Time: 70%

14 National Park College


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.18M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $2,103
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 87
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 59%
Part Time: 26%

15 Arkansas State University-Mountain Home


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.16M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $2,384
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 69
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 69%
Part Time: 49%

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