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