Getting Started

Welcome veterans 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 steps outlined below to be admitted to Missouri State and to receive your applicable benefits in a timely manner.

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Helpful checklist

  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.

    Tuition Assistance (TA): Students considering using TA should begin contacting their branch education POC within their unit at this point, we can also review the necessary steps and assist further once accepted.
  2. Schedule a campus visit (if possible)
  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.

    *If you apply after the deadline, you may still be considered for many of the basic aid programs.
  6. Participate in one of our orientation programs:

    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.
    3. Some new students may need to take part in Student Orientation, Advisement, and Registration (SOAR).

    Participate in the Veterans Services Orientation: January 9th, 2016, at 1pm, Plaster Student Union 'PSU', Room 400

    • To get more clarity on your educational benefits and ensure your information is setup correctly for the term.
    • To learn more about VA Work Study, and other related employment/career opportunities/resources.
    • To find out about other services available from your Veterans Services Office, connect with other students, learn more about state and VA resources, to include other important areas.
  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.

    GEP 101 Course: For Veterans/Military/Dependents (New Students): This course is designed to assist military members, veterans, and dependents as they transition into the MSU community. Offered in the Fall term, this course is a great way to help students develop better study habits, learn about office and campus resources, better connect with the MSU community, and enhance academic skills. Contact the Office for Veterans Student Services for assistance with registration and/or consult your Academic Advisor.

    GEP 101: Section for Veterans/Military (Fall 2015): First-Year Foundations - 43073 - GEP 101 - 010
  8. Meet with a School Certifying Official in Veteran Student Services, if utilizing VA educational benefits. Submit your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) provided to you by the VA after completing your application in VONAPP, we will also need a copy of your DD214,(*Required for all new students). At this time 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 after you have met with a member of the Certifying Staff in Veterans Services.

    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.