Financial Aid

Veteran's Services


Missouri Western currently serves more than 300 veterans, dependents and currently serving service-members attending classes and receiving veteran benefits.

Students at MWSU who intend to receive VA benefits should contact the Missouri Western State Univeristy School Certifying Official in the Financial Aid Office, Eder Hall, Room 103, (816) 271-4507.

Veterans benefit allowances, Veterans Administration programs and policies, and Missouri Western State University procedures frequently change. To obtain current information about VA benefits, your eligibility for benefits, rate and method of payment or the address of the nearest regional office, call 1-888-442-4551 or refer to the GI Bill website.

Services Provided
Missouri Western State University assists veterans, their dependents and active duty service-members attending classes and receiving veteran benefits. The University is a Yellow Ribbon Program participating institution and also complies with Section 702 as amended of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. The School Certifying Official, located in the Financial Aid Office (Eder Hall, Room 103), coordinates the services including:

  • 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 MWSU procedures.
The School Certifying Official also acts as a direct liaison between Missouri Western State University and the Veterans Administration Regional Office in St. Louis regarding payment of benefits.
Required Military Forms
Those veterans having served active duty should present a copy of separation papers, form DD-214, with the application for benefits. Members of the National Guard or Selective Reserves should submit a “Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE)”, form DD-2384, and a copy of the Kicker Contract, if applicable, with the benefits application.
Using GI Bill Money To Pay Your Tuition
Initial applications take the Veterans Administration 6-8 weeks to process. In general, the first GI Bill check can be expected approximately 8 weeks after the first day of class. A payment plan may be set up with the MWSU Business Office (Eder Hall, Room 104) if payment of tuition and fees is reliant on receipt of the GI Bill.
MWSU Credit for Military Service
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 4 hours of physical education credit. The general education credit will be granted by the Registrar's Office upon presentation of the DD-214 or a letter from Commanding Officer stating initial enlistment date and current military status.
Missouri Returning Heroes' Education Act
On August 28, 2008, the Missouri Returning Heroes' Education Act (Senate Bill 830) became law. This law requires Missouri state institutions to offer reduced tuition at $50 per credit hour to qualified combat duty veterans. For more information on program qualifications and eligibility requirements, please select Missouri Returning Heroes or contact the School Certifying Official in the Financial Aid Office, Eder Hall, Room 103 (816-271-4507).
Qualified Veterans Pay the Equivalent of In-State Tuition
The following individuals shall be charged a rate of tuition not to exceed the in-state rate for tuition and fees purposes:

  • A Veteran using educational assistance under either chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty Program) or chapter 33 (Post-9/11 G.I. Bill), of title 38, United States Code, who lives in Missouri while attending a school located in Missouri (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge or release from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in Missouri while attending a school located in Missouri (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the transferor's discharge or release from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Anyone described above while he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same school. The person so described must have enrolled in the school prior to the expiration of the three year period following discharge or release as described above and must be using educational benefits under either chapter 30 or chapter 33, of title 38, United States Code.
  • Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311(b)(9)) who lives in Missouri while attending a school located in Missouri (regardless of his/her formal State of residence).
  • Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in Missouri while attending a school located in Missouri (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and the transferor is a member of the uniformed service who is serving on active duty.
  • The policy shall be read to be amended as necessary to be compliant with the requirements of 38 U.S.C. 3679(c) as amended.
TA DECIDE

TA DECIDE is a dynamic information and comparison tool is designed specifically to aide participants of DoD’s Tuition Assistance (TA) program in making informed choices on schools and education programs.

Other Helpful Websites:

GI Bill Comparison Tool
St. Louis Regional VA Regional Office
Missouri National Guard
U.S. Department of Veterans Home Page
Scholarship & Financial Aid Guide for Veterans
Veterans Guide for Job Hunting