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Financial Aid

As a veteran, you may often have many more financial resources than you realize. VA educational benefits, Vocational Rehabilitation, grants, and scholarships are all possibilities when talking about how to pay for an education. Talking with a VUB staff helps understand all your options so you can make the best financial decision as you return back to school.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filled out if you want to receive any federal financial aid such as Pell Grants and student loans.

All students, including veterans, are strongly recommended to fill out the FAFSA. Students must submit prior-prior year taxes (two years). If you have a drastic change of income you can speak with your schools financial aid representative to see if you qualify for a change in circumstance.

Steps to Complete your FAFSA

  1. Set up your Federal Student Aid (FSA ID)
  2. Complete your 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 FAFSA
  3. If selected for verification status, submit documents to complete verification

How to Fill Out the FAFSA

Veterans Benefits

The term GI Bill refers to any Department of Veterans Affairs education benefit earned by members of Active Duty, Selected Reserve and National Guard Armed Forces and their families. The benefit is designed to help service members and eligible veterans cover the costs associated with getting an education or training.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible Service members and Veterans for programs such as: college, business, technical, or vocational school; apprenticeship / on-the-job training; correspondence courses; remedial, deficiency, and refresher training (in some cases); and flight training.

You usually have 10 years to use your MGIB benefits, but the time limit can be fewer or more years depending on the situation.

What you Need to Know:

  • You must verify your enrollment status by calling 1-877-VA-ECERT (1-877-823-2378) or using the WAVE online system
  • You only receive your full benefit amount if you had 36 months of service and you are enrolled full time in school
  • The MGBI pays you and you pay the school
Apply for GI Benfit

You qualify for the Montgomery GI Bill if:

  1. You contribute $100 a month for the first 12 months you are in active duty, or qualify under VEAP conversion.
  2. You completed High School or equivalency certificate before applying for benefits.
  3. You served at least 2 years on active duty.
  4. You received an Honorable discharge.

Training Time Monthly rate
Full time$2,050.00
¾ time$1,537.50
½ time$1025.00
less than ½ time more than ¼ time $1025.00
**¼ time or less $512.50**

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI BIll

The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) helps you pay for school or job training. If you’ve served on active duty after September 10, 2001, you may qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33).

You will have 15 years to use your Post-9/11 benefits if your discharge date was before January 1, 2013. All those after this date will not have an expiration of benefits.

What you Need to Know:

  • You only receive your full benefit amount if you had 36 months of service and you are enrolled full time in school
  • You receive a Basic Allowance for Housing based on your location. You must be in one seated class to get the location rate
  • You can receive up to a $1000 yearly book stipend
  • You must be enrolled in 7+ credit hours to receive your Housing Allowance
  • The Post 9/11 GI Bill pays the school
Apply for GI Benfit

You qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill if:

  1. Served at least 90 days on active duty (either all at once or with breaks in service) on or after September 11, 2001, or
  2. Received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service, or
  3. Served for at least 30 continuous days (without a break in service) on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged with a service-connected disability, or
  4. Are a dependent child using benefits transferred by a qualifying Veteran

Training Time Basic Allowance for Housing Rate
12 Credit Hours-100%
11 Credit Hours-90%
10 Credit Hours-80%
9 Credit Hours-80%
8 Credit Hours-70%
7 Credit Hours-60%

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program, sometimes referred to as Chapter 31 or Voc-Rehab, helps veterans with service-connected disabilities and employment handicaps prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs.

For veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VR&E offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. Depending on your situation, Voc-Rehab can pay for educational expenses, including books and additional materials needed for class.

Contact a Voc-Rehab Counselor at 314-253-4100
Kevin Thiry ext.9068
Darrell Wilson
ext. 9069

Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill Select Reserves

The Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve is an educational program. It provides up to 36 months of education benefits to members of the Selected Reserve. This includes the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard Reserves. It also includes the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard

You must be currently an active reservist in order to use this benefit.

What you Need to Know:

  • You must verify your enrollment status by calling 1-877-VA-ECERT (1-877-823-2378) or using the WAVE online system
  • You only receive your full benefit amount if you had 36 months of service and you are enrolled full time in school
  • The MGBI pays you and you pay the school
Apply for GI Benfit

You qualify for the MGBI Select Reserves Bill if:

  1. After June 30, 1985, you signed a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve
  2. You completed your Initial Active Duty for Training (IADT)
  3. You got your high school diploma or GED before you completed your IADT
  4. You are in good standing in a drilling Selected Reserve unit

 

Training Time Monthly rate
Full time $392.00
3/4 time $293.00
1/2 time $195.00
Less than 1/2 time $98.00

Missouri Returning Heroes Act

The Returning Heroes Act limits the tuition rate charged to qualifying veterans to $50 per credit hour. If you are attending an institution that measures coursework in clock hours rather than credit hours, your institution will apply a credit hour to clock hour conversion formula to determine the amount of the tuition limitation.

The period during which a combat veteran is eligible for a tuition limitation under this section shall expire at the end of the ten-year period beginning on the date of such veteranʹs last discharge from service.

To qualify for the Missouri Returning Heroes Act, you must have:

1. Served in a combat zone anytime between September 11, 2001 and the present
2. Have been a Missouri resident at the time of first entering the military
3. Have been honorably discharged

Proof of the above qualification must be provided by submitting your most recent DD214 (member 4 copy).

Reach out to your Veteran Services department at your institution for more information.

Yellow Ribbon School

You must qualify for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

To qualify, at least one of these must be true. You:

  • Served at least 36 months on active duty (either all at once or with breaks in service), or
  • Received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service, or
  • Received a Fry Scholarship on or after August 1, 2018, or
  • Served for at least 30 continuous days (all at once, without a break) on or after September 11, 2001, and were discharged after 60 days with a service-connected disability, or
  • Are a dependent child using benefits transferred by a Veteran or a service member who has served for at least 36 months on active duty and qualifies at the 100% level, or
    Find out about transferring Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits
  • Are receiving the Fry Scholarship (beginning August 1, 2018)
    Learn more about the Fry Scholarship
Apply for GI Benfit
GI Bill Comparison Tool

Check out this tool to estimate what you will receive from your benefits

Federal Tuition Assistance

Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members.

Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process’ and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services.

State Tuition Assistance

The Missouri State Tuition Assistance Program was established in 1998 by Missouri House Bills 1519 & 1165, section 173.239. STA is available to Soldiers and Airmen of the Missouri National Guard (MONG) meeting the current Missouri State eligibility requirements.

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