Accessing financial assistance
As a veteran, many different financial assistance opportunities are available to you. Veteran student services at Missouri State commits to helping you:
- Navigate the paperwork process to receive your VA benefits
- Meet the continuation requirements to receive your aid
- Find and apply for additional scholarship opportunities
GI Bill benefits
Many of our veteran students qualify for educational benefits through the GI Bill. The Steps to Receive GI Benefits page provides more information on how to apply for these benefits.
The Army and the Air National Guard offers tuition assistance to its members. All other branches of the military must be on active duty to qualify for tuition assistance. Talk with your education officer for more information.
TA requests must be submitted to your respective military branch of the military (refer to links above) and approved before the start date of the class(es).
Missouri State offers two scholarships specifically for its veteran students:
- The John and Fredna Mahaffey (Operation Promise) Scholarship
- The Charles and Lisa Slavens Endowed Scholarship
You or your dependent may also be eligible for the Fisher House Foundation Scholarship for Military Children.
Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act
Passed in 2008, this act provides reduced tuition to combat veterans. For more information about how to qualify for this tuition reduction, visit the Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act page.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Missouri State also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which makes additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement.
Generally, veterans with 36 months of service or more on active duty who qualify for the 100% benefit rate may qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program. To determine eligibility, you must apply for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits with the VA. The VA will issue a Certificate of Eligibility, which includes your Yellow Ribbon eligibility.