In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are veterans’ benefits programs provided by the states. The following are the Missouri veterans’ benefits programs for education in 2018.
Missouri National Guard Tuition Assistance
The Missouri State Tuition Assistance Program was established in 1998 by Missouri House Bills 1519 & 1165, section 173.239. State Tuition Assistance pays for any Missouri in-state school.
Missouri Wartime Veterans Survivors Grant Program
These grants are available annually to children and spouses of Veterans whose deaths or injuries were: a result of combat action or were attributed to an illness that was contracted while serving in combat action, or who became 80 percent disabled as a result of injuries or accidents sustained in combat action since Sept. 11, 2001. The total number of students that may receive a grant in any year is limited by statute to 25. The veteran must have been a Missouri resident when first entering the military service or at the time of death or injury.
Your maximum grant amount each semester will be the sum of the following:
- The lesser of the actual tuition charged for the number of hours in which you are enrolled OR the amount of tuition charged a Missouri resident enrolled in the same number of hours at the University of Missouri Columbia.
- An allowance of up to $2,000 per semester for room and board; and
- The lesser of the actual cost for your books OR $500.
Missouri Returning Heroes Act
The Missouri Returning Heroes Act, established August 28, 2008, provides reduced tuition for certain combat veterans attending public institutions of higher education. To be eligible for assistance you must meet the following requirements:
- Was a veteran who served in armed combat in the military after September 11, 2001.
- To meet this requirement you must have served in a combat zone as designated by the U.S. Department of Defense and as documented on field 13 of your DD214.
- If you were a member of the Reserves or National Guard you are considered to be a veteran who served in the military as long as you served in armed combat in a full-time capacity under a call to active service authorized by the President of the United States or the Secretary of Defense for a period of more than 30 consecutive days.
The Returning Heroes Act limits the tuition rate charged to qualifying veterans to $50 per credit hour. If you are attending an institution that measures coursework in clock hours rather than credit hours, your institution will apply a credit hour to clock hour conversion formula to determine the amount of the tuition limitation. The tuition limitation expires 10 years from the date of your last discharge from service. You may receive the reduced tuition through the end of the tenth year.
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For more information regarding Missouri veterans’ benefits, please visit – Missouri Veterans Commission
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