Military & Veteran Students
BECOME A GRIFFON
Thank you for your interest in Missouri Western. We are grateful for the service and sacrifices you and your family have made for our country. We want to ensure a smooth transition from your military life to college life by assisting you in any way we can.
Missouri Western assists veterans, dependents and active duty service-members attending classes and receiving veteran benefits. We are a Servicemember Opportunity College (SOC), a 2016 Military-Friendly School, we participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and we also comply with Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014.
REVIEW OUR ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Please click on your student-type to determine your admission requirements.
TRANSFER YOUR MILITARY CREDITS
If you are a Veteran or current member of the United States Air Force, you may submit an official transcript from the Community College of the Air Force, along with a copy of your DD-214. We will then review your official transcripts for evaluation of credits.
Missouri Western is also proud to announce that we offer general education courses to complete your CCAF associates degree. Click here for more information.
Army, Marine Corps, Navy or Coast Guard
Veterans or current members of the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy or Coast Guard may request copies of your Joint Services Transcript (JST) directly from the Operations Center. We then receive web-based official transcripts for evaluation. The transcript provides the course description, recommended credit and course level.
All credit at the lower and upper division credit level will be transcripted. Please note we do not award credit deemed by ACE to be vocational in nature. We also note if any course work is applicable to general studies other than the physical education credit. All other coursework is entered as free electives unless the departments have recommended credit for specific courses.
Physical Education Credit
Students who have completed a minimum of one year of active military service or have completed three years in the Guard/Reserves will be granted four hours of physical education credit. The general education credit will be granted by the Office of Admissions upon presentation of the DD 214 or a letter from a Commanding Officer stating initial enlistment date and current military status.
Use your military credit (e.g., CCAF, AARTS, SMART, CGI) and Missouri Western general education courses to complete your degree. Use online and/or face-to-face courses. More than 260 online courses offered.
PAYING FOR COLLEGE – USING YOUR GI BILL
Students at Missouri Western who intend to receive VA benefits should contact Missouri Western’s Certifying Official in the Veteran’s Services office located within the Financial Aid Office.
Students may obtain the following services from the Veteran’s Services office: certification of enrollment for educational benefits; referrals for tutorial assistance; referrals for counseling for financial, personal, vocational, and academic problems; veterans work study job information; information about changes in legislative regulations which affect veterans; and information about Missouri Western procedures. The School Certifying Official also acts as a direct liaison between Missouri Western and the Veterans Administration Regional Office in St. Louis regarding payment of benefits.
Your Certifying Official can also help you with eligibility requirements for the Missouri Returning Heroes Act. The Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act (Senate Bill 830) requires Missouri state institutions to offer reduced tuition at $50 per credit hour to qualified combat duty veterans.
NONTRADITIONAL & COMMUTER STUDENT CENTER
The Nontraditional and Commuter Student Center works closely with the Missouri Western chapter of the Student Veterans of America in order to create an intentional culture of understanding, acceptance and success for Veterans at Missouri Western. This includes having a veteran student program assistant and programs specifically for veterans.
Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) is one of the best leadership courses in the country and is part of your college curriculum. During classes and field training, you will learn first-hand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and how to conduct missions as an Officer in the Army. Upon graduation from Army ROTC, you will earn the bar of a Second Lieutenant and become a leader for life.