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Veterans Educational Benefits

Tuition Assistance

State Tuition Assistance (Missouri National Guard Members)

  • Speak to your Educational Services Officer or counselor within your military branch prior to enrolling in school
  • There are certain rules regarding when you are eligible to use State Tuition Assistance
  • You can combine State TA with Chapter 1606 VA Education Benefits
  • Students should apply for State TA prior to every semester with the unit commander’s approval
  • Provide Bursar with a copy of the State TA Authorization Letter

Federal Tuition Assistance (Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard)

  • Speak to your Educational Services Officer or counselor within your military branch prior to enrolling in school
  • There are certain rules regarding when you are eligible to use Federal Tuition Assistance
  • You cannot use Federal TA with Chapter 1606 VA Education Benefits
  • Students should apply for Federal TA through their military branch prior to every semester
  • Provide Bursar with a copy of the Federal TA Authorization Letter

Missouri Returning Heroes Act (Certain Combat Veterans)
The Missouri Returning Heroes Act provides reduced tuition for certain combat veterans attending public institutions of higher education in the State of Missouri. Fore more information, follow the link above to visit the Missouri DHEWD website. If you think you qualify, complete an application in the Veteran Services Office and provide a DD-214 Member 4 Copy.

VA Handouts and Forms
Some of the VA handouts and forms can be located and /or completed online. Follow the link above to access all the VA education and training related handouts and forms.

Education Benefit Rates and Rules

G.I. Bill® Comparison Tool
The comparison tool can be used to determine the monthly housing allowance or monthly stipend for a full-time student using educational benefits.  It calculates what you may be eligible to receive per month based on questions related to your military status, education benefit, benefit level, method of instruction and name of school.
VA Benefit Rate Tables
The VA updates education benefits rates for each chapter annually, so follow the G.I. Bill Comparison Tool Link above for the most accurate and up to date data.

Post 9/11 Monthly Housing Allowance Rules

  • Students enrolled half-time or less and using Post 9/11 education benefits will not receive a monthly housing allowance.
  • Active duty service members and their spouses using Post 9/11 education benefits are not eligible to receive a monthly housing allowance under this education benefit due to them already receiving a basic allowance for housing from the military.

Trademark Terms of Use – Education and Training
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill