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In support of our veterans, Southeast Missouri State University implemented the Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act effective Fall 2008.  This Act provides for discounted incidental fees (tuition) for eligible veterans attending a Missouri public post-secondary institution.

Eligibility

Veterans who meet the following criteria, and complete the Application for Reduced Incidental Fees, will be considered for the discounted incidental fee (tuition) rate established by the Act.

  • Served in armed combat after September 11, 2011
  • Were Missouri residents when first entering the military
  • Were honorably discharged
  • Are pursuing a certificate, associate or baccalaureate degree
Value

The Office of Student Financial Services will determine if you meet the criteria to be considered for discounted incidental fees (tuition) and the amount that your tuition will be reduced, if applicable.  To see how Incidental fee reductions are calculated, please click here.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a copy of your most recent DD-214 (long form) and the Missouri Returning Heroes Act Application for Reduced Incidental Fees to Student Financial Services, Memorial Hall Room 101.

Renewal

Continued eligibility will require that the veteran achieve a 2.5 cumulative GPA by the end of the first semester (and all subsequent periods) of eligibility* when the institution checks satisfactory progress in order to meet renewal criteria.

*Note:  There should be no grade point requirement for a veteran the first time they receive the tuition reduction even if they have previously attended an institution of higher education.

Students who do neet meet renewal criteria may regain eligibility of the discounted incidental fee (tuition) rate once their cumulative GPA has increased to the minimum requirement (2.5), or better.  A new Application for Reduced Incidental Fees must be submitted to Student Financial Services for reinstatement.

For more information, please visit the Department of Higher Education's website at:  http://www.dhe.mo.gov/files/moretheroesact.pdf

Or contact the Missouri Veterans Commission for information on documentation relating to a veteran's military service at 1-866-VET-INFO (838-4636).

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) is provided for voluntary off-duty education programs, in support of a Service Member’s professional and personal self-development goals.

  • Army
    • The maximum tuition assistance paid is up to 16 semester hours a fiscal year, up to 100% of Southeast’s incidental fee and mandatory, class-specific fees (i.e., lab fees, online course fees), not to exceed
      • $250 per semester credit hour, or
      • $166 per quarter credit hour, and
      • $4,500 maximum per fiscal year.
  • Air Force
  • Navy
  • Coast Guard
  • Marines

State Tuition Assistance (TA) was established in 1998 by the Missouri House to give assistance for any Missouri in-state school.

State TA:

  • May be used after all Federal TA assistance has been exhausted 
  • Pays up to 100% of Incidental Fees up to a maximum of $250 per credit hour not to exceed $4500 per fiscal year for qualified applicants

To apply for benefits or to get more information relating to the State TA program, please visit http://www.moguard.com/moguard-education-assistance.html

Many students qualify for more than one benefit. You should research each benefit to determine which is best for you.  Please see Determining Chapter Eligibility for other programs.

Vietnam Veteran's Survivor Grants are available to children and spouses of Vietnam Veterans who death was attributed to, or caused by, exposure to toxic chemicals during the Vietnam conflict.  To be eligible, you must be a Missouri resident enrolled full time.  The maximum award is the full value of your incidental and general fees.  A separate application from MDHE is required as well as qualifying medical certification from a Department of Veterans Affairs medical authority.

Wartime Veteran's Survivors Grants are available to children and spouses of Veterans whose deaths or injuries occurred since September 11, 2011 and:

  • were a result of combat action, or
  • were attributed to an illness that was contracted while serving in combat action, or
  • resulted in 80% disability as a result of injuries or accidents sustained in combat action.

The veteran must have been a Missouri resident when first entering military services or at the time of death or injury.  The Missouri Veteran's Commission determines whether the veteran meets the program's requirements.

http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/wartimevetsurvivor.php

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