Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act : Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act?

The Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act is a Missouri law that requires public postsecondary institutions to limit eligible combat veterans' tuition to $50 per credit hour.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • A veteran must have served in an armed combat zone anytime between September 11, 2001 and the present. The combat zone is designated by the U.S. Department of Defense and can typically be found on a veteran's DD-214.
  • When first entering the military, a veteran must have been a Missouri resident.
  • A veteran must have been honorably discharged from military service.
  • A veteran must be enrolled in a program that is leading to an undergraduate certificate, or an associate or baccalaureate degree.

Can a member of the Reserves or National Guard be considered for tuition reduction?

Yes, if he/she served in an armed combat zone under a call of active service and in a full-time capacity for more than 30 consecutive days.

How do I apply for Missouri Returning Heroes?

Print and complete the application and return to the Veteran Student Center.

What is the value of Missouri Returning Heroes?

The value is determined for each individual based on current enrollment and other financial assistance. We will subtract from the veteran’s tuition any military benefits designated for tuition and fees, such as, Tuition Assistance or tuition payments paid through Post 9-11 GI Bill or Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation. From the balance, we will subtract the number of credit hours multiplied by $50 (the tuition limit established by the legislation). Any remaining amount will be credited to the veterans account unless that amount, when combined with other financial aid (including grants and scholarships) exceeds the cost of attendance. The following is an example of how the University will determine benefits.

Example:

Jacob is enrolled in 15 credit hours for the fall 2016 semester and tuition is $205 per credit hour. He is receiving Chapter 33 GI Bill benefit at 60% that is designated solely for tuition and fees. His Returning Heroes tuition waiver will be $480.

  • 15 x $205 = $3,075 tuition
  • (less) $1,845 Chapter 33 benefit ($3,075 x 60%)
  • $1,230 Amount of tuition after subtracting the benefit that is required to be subtracted
  • (less) $750 (15 x $50)
  • $480 Amount of tuition waiver unless it exceeds total cost of attendance

Examples of gift aid, but not limited to, that will be applied to the veterans account before determining the amount of Missouri Returning Heroes for which he/she may be eligible.

  • Tuition Assistance
  • Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Post 9-11 (Ch.33) Tuition Payments

Examples of gift aid that will not be applied to the veterans account before determining the amount of Missouri Returning Heroes for which he/she may be eligible.

  • Federal Stafford Loans
  • Pell Grant
  • Access Missouri
  • GI Bill benefits not designated solely for tuition and fees

How will the tuition reduction be applied?

Once a veteran is determined to be eligible for the Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act by the Veteran Student Center, the Office of Student Financial Aid will determine the amount of the waiver. The waiver will then be applied to the veterans account no sooner than the second week of the semester.

Is the amount of the benefit subject to change?

Yes. Because the final amount is based on enrollment and determined after financial assistance is considered. A Returning Heroes tuition waiver may be adjusted due to enrollment adjustments and/or as additional applicable financial assistance is awarded.

Is a veteran required to apply for financial aid or GI Bill benefits?

No, the state does not require a veteran to apply for either.

Is there a GPA requirement to be eligible?

Although there is no initial GPA requirement, a veteran must maintain a 2.50 cumulative, University GPA in order to be eligible for the following semester.