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Military Educational Benefits

 

Federal and State Benefits

Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill®

The Post 9/11 GI Bill®  provides benefits for students who served in the military on active duty for at least 90 aggregate days after September 10, 2001, or if the student was discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge.

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Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®

Montgomery GI Bill®  benefits provides up to 36 months of benefits to service members with at least two years of active duty service.

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Chapter 31: Veteran Readiness and Employment

Veteran Readiness and Employment benefits are available to veterans who are at least 10% disabled, apply for the program, and have received or will receive a discharge that is not dishonorable. 

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Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve

Select Reserve benefits are for eligible members in the Air, Army, Coast Guard, and Marine Reserves and Air and Army National Guard. 36 months of entitlement but will end once the member leaves service. 

 

 

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Chapter 35: Survivors and Dependents Assistance

Survivors and Dependents assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or eligible dependents of veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. 

 

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Missouri Returning Heroes Act

The Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act is a Missouri law that requires public institutions to limit eligible combat veterans' tuition to $50 per credit hour for undergraduate and  no more than thirty (30) percent of the cost of tuition and fees for graduate courses(The definition of a “graduate degree" does not include professional degrees including but not limited to law, medicine, or veterinary degrees.).  Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5, provide a DD-214, and be eligible to vote or registered to vote in Missouri, or be a current resident of Missouri. 

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Air Force Federal Tuition Assistance

Active Duty and Reserve members are eligible for $4,500 each fiscal year in tuition assistance. Members must apply on the AFVEC website and reach out to the base education office for more information.

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Army Federal Tuition Assistance

Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard members are eligible for 16 credit hours per fiscal year. 

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Missouri Air/Army State Tuition Assistance

Air National Guard members are eligible for tuition assistance funding : 15 hours in the Fall, 15 hours in the Spring, and 9 hours in the Summer. 

Army National Guard members must exhaust all Federal Tuition Assistance prior to being able to use State Tuition Assistance if you have completed basic training and technical training. 

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UCM Programs Not Approved for VA Funding

Below is a list of programs that are currently not approved for VA funding at UCM:

-       Alternative Certification Program 

-       Individualized Program

         *Except BS and BA General Studies

-       THRIVE Program 

-       Last 2 years of the Radiologic Technology Program is not funded by VA at UCM as it is completed at affiliates and their sites. Students will need to contact affiliate to see if it is approved for VA funding. 

For a list of all approved programs and certificates, please visit WEAMS. 

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PL 113-146 Requirement

UCM is in compliance with the requirements of PL 113-146 the Veteran Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, Section 702. UCM will waive all non resident rates to uniformed service veterans and their qualified dependents covered under Section 702.

For recipients of Chapter 31 and Chapter 33 of the G.I. Bill® , the University will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 recipient borrow additional funds to cover the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of tuition or mandatory fees payment by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. See Section 103 of the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 for the chapter.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to: 

Produce the VA’s Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the second week of class; 
Provide a written request to be certified by submitting the Certification Request Form.

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In-State Rates for VA recieving Students

UCM is in compliance with providing in-state rates for VA beneficiaries. 

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Certifying Graduate Training for Students using VA Benefits Policy

The School Certifying Official will enter the full time indicator upon certifying benefits to the VA and VA will make the final determination of rate of pursuit. 

Per the VA School Certifying Official Handbook: 

Enter the training time (full, ¾, etc.) in the TT/FT box for the enrollment period based on your school’s academic policy. The institution determines what is considered full-time.

 

Weeks Credit hours TT/FT
16 weeks 6 Full time
16 weeks 5 3/4
16 weeks 4 Half time
16 weeks 3 Half time
16 weeks 2 Less than half but greater than 1/4
16 weeks 1 1/4 or less
12 weeks 6 Full time
12 weeks 5 3/4
12 weeks 4 Half time
12 weeks 3 Half time
12 weeks 2 Less than half but greater than 1/4
12 weeks 1 1/4 or less
8 weeks 6 Full time
8 weeks 5 Full time
8 weeks 4 Full time
8 weeks 3 Full time
8 weeks 2 Half time
8 weeks 1 Less than half but greater than 1/4
6 weeks 6 Full time
6 weeks 5 Full time
6 weeks 4 Full time
6 weeks 3 Full time
6 weeks 2 Half time
6 weeks 1 Less than half but greater than 1/4
 
*Students using Chapter 33 benefits must be 51% enrolled to receive a housing stipend.

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Military Tuition Assistance Return of Unearned Funds Policy

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded. 

To comply with Department of Defense (DoD), the University of Central Missouri (UCM) will return any unearned TA funds on a prorate basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student drops the authorized course(s). 

Return of unearned TA funds may result in a student owing a debt to UCM. All students are advised to consult with Student Financial Services before dropping any class that is supported by TA. 

Instances where service members stop attending due to a military service obligation, UCM will follow the Students Called to Military Service Guidelines. 

Note: The length of the term is the number of days in that period, including the start and end date but excluding weekends and holidays when classes are not in session. 

 

Days Attended (6 week) TA Returned % Student Refund %
1 100% 100%
2 50% 50
3 25% 25%
4 - 25 1% 0%
26 - end of term 0% 0%

 

Days Attended (8 week) TA Returned % Student Refund %
1 100% 100%
2 100% 100%
3 100% 100%
4 50% 50%
5 50% 50%
6 50% 50%
7 25% 25%
8 25% 25%
9 25% 25%
10 - 33 1% 0%
34 - end of term 0% 0%

 

Days Attended (12 week) TA Returned % Student Refund %
1 100% 100%
2 100% 100%
3 100% 100%
4 50% 50%
5 50% 50%
6 50% 50%
7 25% 25%
8 25% 25%
9 25% 25%
10 - 50 1% 0%
51 - end of term 0% 0%

 

Days Attended (16 week) TA Returned % Student Refund %
1 100%

100%

2 100% 100%
3 100% 100%
4 100% 100%
5 50% 50%
6 50% 50%
7 50% 50%
8 50% 50%
9 25% 25%
10 25% 25%
11 25% 25%
12 25% 25%
13 - 67  1% 0%
68 - end of term 0% 0%
 
Note: For classes that are not full semester, refunds are based on the ‘length of term’. For those classes, the ‘term’ begins with the start date of the class and ends with the end date. The length of the term is the number of days in that period, including the start and end date but excluding weekends and holidays when classes are not in session. 

 

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