UALR releases new tuition policy for all military

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has announced a new tuition policy regarding military students.

All active duty, National Guard/Reserve or honorably separated veterans will be charged in-state tuition rates and minimal fees regardless of residence or whether enrolled in traditional or online courses.

Two such online programs include the B.A. and the M.S. in Criminal Justice. Through these two accelerated options, military students can earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree entirely online in as little as 12 months.

“The opportunities the accelerated online Criminal Justice programs provide are flexible and convenient, and students can take comfort in knowing they are receiving instruction from some of the best scholars in the state,” said Dr. Jeff Walker, chair of the UALR Department of Criminal Justice.

“One of the challenges of returning to school for service men and women is the uncertainty of residency — you sometimes have to move on short notice — so the fact that UALR offers in-state tuition no matter where you reside is an exceptional benefit for those wishing to further their education,” said Kathy Oliverio, military ombudsman at UALR.

In addition to receiving in-state tuition rates, the application fee is waived for military students, and in some instances the student can get academic credit for military training.

“We are very excited to be able to offer these incentives to military students. While every military student has different challenges and experiences, these options can help even more students reach their specific educational goals,” said Oliverio.

The online criminal justice program prepares students for a wide range of career options including cyber security, juvenile justice, law enforcement and law school.

Some of the highlights of the accelerated online Criminal Justice program include:
1. With new courses starting every nine weeks, a degree is possible within 12-24 months for those with an associate degree or 18-24 months for those pursuing master’s degrees
2. Scholarships, flexible payment and financial aid options
3. Option to complete an 18-credit hour security certificate
Academic advisers are available to answers questions students may have about each program. For the B.A. in Criminal Justice, visit or call 1.877.651.3750.

To speak with an adviser for the M.S. in Criminal Justice, visit or call 1.877.651.3760.

UALR is a designated Military Friendly School, a distinction that lands it in the top tier of institutions with leading opportunities for military service members and spouses. The university provides assistance to military members through support from the UALR Veteran Student Success office.

The university is also a Servicemembers Opportunity College, a consortium of schools that have been selected to provide quality educational opportunities to service men and women.