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.
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.
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.
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 Waiver
On August 28, 2008, the Missouri Returning Heroes’ Education Act (Senate Bill 830) was enacted into law. This law requires Missouri state institutions to offer a reduced tuition rate ($50 per credit hour) to qualified combat duty veterans.
- Service in a combat zone as designated by the U.S. Department of Defense between September 11, 2001 and the present;
- Missouri “home of record” at the time of entry into the military; and
- Discharge from military service under honorable conditions
To determine your eligibility for this program, the following documentation must be submitted to the Missouri Western State University Office of Veterans Affairs (Financial Aid Office, Eder Hall, Room 103):
- A copy of your most recent DD-214 (Chapters 30, 31 and 1607);
- A copy of your active duty orders (Chapter 1607); and
- A copy of your Missouri Driver’s license or other proof of U.S. Citizenship.
Qualified recipients must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.
To remain eligible for this waiver, you must maintain an overall GPA of 2.50 or higher. This requirement will be reviewed in May each year in accordance with current Financial Aid Policy.
Calculation of your Award
Prior to calculating your waiver, institutions must first apply all Federal and State grant funds (Pell, Access Missouri, SEOG, etc.) along with other tuition assistance opportunities to your cost of tuition.
Under the Heroes’ Act, an eligible veteran enrolled in 12 credit hours, would be required to pay a maximum of $600 ($50 per credit hour) toward the cost of tuition. If the eligible veteran also receives a Pell Grant ($1,000) and Access Missouri ($500), the waiver will be calculated as follows:
Award Calculation Cost of 12 Credit Hours Tuition $2,732.68 – Access Missouri $750 – Pell Grant $1,000 Cost After Application of Grant Funds $982.68 – Maximum Cost to Eligible Veteran (12 hrs) $600 Missouri Heroes Waiver $382.68
Cost of Attendance Budget Limitation
Under the Heroes’ Act, eligible veterans will not receive more than the actual cost of attendance when the limitation is combined with other aid made available to such a veteran.
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.
Certifying Official for the VA
Certifying Official for the VA