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Veterans' Financial Options

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


Veterans who meet the following criteria, and complete the Application for Reduced Tuition, will be considered for the discounted 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

The Office of Student Financial Services will determine if you meet the criteria to be considered for discounted tuition and the amount that your tuition will be reduced, if applicable.

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 Tuition to Student Financial Services, Academic Hall Room 019.


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

For more information, please visit the Department of Higher Education's website at:

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, 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

Southeast military students who are actively participating in either the Air Force ROTC or the MO Army National Guard Show-Me GOLD program are eligible to receive up to $3,000 off of the cost of on-campus housing. For more information, please visit the following links.

USAF ROTC Housing Scholarship

MO Army National Guard Show-Me GOLD Housing Scholarship

For more scholarship-specific information, please contact Student Financial Services at 573-651-2253.

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 tuition up to a maximum of $276.20 per credit hour.

To apply for benefits or to get more information relating to the State TA program, please visit

Downloadable Application

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.

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.


University Center 302
Military and Veterans Services
One University Plaza, MS 1150
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701