Veteran Student Services

Getting started...

Welcome to Missouri State! If you have any questions or would like to set up a time to talk with someone on our staff regarding the process listed on this page, please contact the Office for Veteran Student Services at 417-836-6199. Please review the the steps outlined below to be admitted to Missouri State and to receive your applicable benefits in a timely manner.

Currently on active duty or deployed? Email We can help you coordinate the process below.  

1. Apply for GI Bill benefits by completing your VONAPP as early as possible.

You may complete this step while on active duty. We suggest filing your form at least 16 weeks prior to your intended start date at MSU.

2. Schedule a campus visit and/or take a virtual tour.

3. Apply online for admission and pay the application fee.

  1. Apply as an undergraduate student (freshman/transfer)

  2. Apply as a graduate student

  3. Non-degree student (Taking classes without seeking a degree)

4. Request transcripts from each institution where you have earned college credit, including your military training transcript.

*If you have less than 24 college/military training hours to transfer, request a copy of your high school transcript. ACT or SAT test scores are not required for admission for students who are 22 or older.

5. Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for additional financial aid by the priority deadline of March 31. The Missouri State University FAFSA school code is 002503.
*However, if you apply after the deadline, you may still be considered for many of the basic aid programs.

6. Participate in an orientation one of two ways:

  1. Transfer students can complete the online Transfer Student Orientation before enrolling in classes

  2. Adult Student Services also offers a one-day orientation for new adult students

7. Meet with an Academic Advisor in your program area. If you need assistance locating your advisor or college information please contact the Office for Veteran Student Services.

8. Meet with a School Certifying Official in Veteran Student Services, if utilizing VA educational benefits. (*Required for all new students). We can also assist with any TA related questions/concerns as needed.

To schedule an appointment contact the Office for Veteran Student Services at 417-836-6199.

9. Complete your certification request by submitting your Certificate of Eligibility provided to you by the VA after completing VONAPP and a copy of your DD214, if you are the service member. All new students are required to meet with a Certifying Official in Veteran Student Services before they can be certified for any VA educational benefits. To schedule an appointment or for more information regarding the certification process please call the Office for Veteran Student Services at 417-836-6199.