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Military Students

Are you a member of the U.S. military, or a dependent/spouse of a military member? If so, here is some information specific to you!

Before you jump in, it is important to realize that you are also a Prospective/Incoming FreshmanContinuing Student, or a Graduate Student. You should begin there! After you review one of those sections, come back here and review the unique details for military students!
If you have military education benefits, you may be wondering how that is handled at Student Financial Services (SFS). Don’t worry! Between the Office of Military and Veterans’ Services (OMVS) and Student Financial Services, we will help you every step of the way!

Military Benefits:

Keep in mind that depending on your educational benefit(s), your funds may pay to your student account or to you directly. If you are not sure to whom your benefit will pay, then verify with the Veterans' Administration (VA) or with OMVS.

In regards to your bill, if we have not received notification that your funding has been certified or authorized before the payment due date, then you are responsible for payment on your student account to avoid any late fees or class cancellation. If your funding does not cover your entire balance or the funding is paid directly to you, then payment on your student account is still required by the due date printed on your bill. All dates can also be found on the Student Financial Calendar.

There are many different types of military funding that can be used. For more information on the types of funding listed below and how to apply, visit Veterans’ Financial Options or contact OMVS at 573-651-2263.

  • Military Residency for Non-Missouri Residents
  • Missouri Returning Heroes Act
  • Federal Tuition Assistance
  • Missouri National Guard Tuition Assistance
  • VA Chapter Eligibility
  • Housing Scholarships - Show Me Gold & Air Force ROTC
  • Vietnam Veteran Survivor Grant
  • Wartime Veteran’s Survivor Grant

In-State Tuition: Active Duty Military, Veterans, Spouses, and Dependents 

Southeast Missouri State University is also pleased to announce that Service Members and Veterans, who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as their spouses and dependents, are eligible to receive the in-state tuition rate, regardless of their state of residency. 

Please look at our informational pamphlet on Military Residency for Non-Missouri Residents for additional information about this benefit.

Refunds with Pending Military Benefits:

If your military funding results in a credit balance, then the credit amount will be refunded to you. However, the refund will not be issued until Southeast receives the funds from the Veterans’ Administration, which is typically late in the semester.

If you have a combination of federal, state, and military funding applied to your account, the issue date of your refund will depend on the amount of each type along with when funds are received. In this instance, you would need to contact Student Financial Services to determine if part of your refund can be released before all funds are received from the VA. 


Phone: 573.651.2253
Fax: 573.651.5006

Summer Hours: 8am-4pm M-F,
(9am-4pm Wed)

Cashiers Office Hours: 1pm-4pm M,W,F

Student Financial Services
Academic Hall Room 019
One University Plaza, MS 3740
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
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