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Military Educational Benefits

Educational Benefits for Military & Veteran Students

In recognition of your service to our country, there are national, state, and local benefits available to help you and your family pursue a higher education degree. At UCM, we are dedicated to helping you to achieve success in your pursuit of a degree and a post-military career.

UCM's Military Tuition Package is available to military service members, their legal dependents, and veterans who are eligible for military tuition assistance or VA educational benefits and are degree-seeking students enrolled at UCM. This benefit exempts you from the per-credit-hour student fee, admissions, new student, and parking permit fees. Your first step in receiving this and other benefits will be to complete and print the Veterans Certification Request Form or fill out your Veterans Certificate on MyCentral each semester. You will also need to complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Military/Veteran Benefit Contacts

Courtney Swoboda
VA Certification Coordinator
Military and Veteran Services
(660) 543-8848

Dewey Baugh
VA Certification Coordinator
Military and Veteran Services
(660) 543-8990

Student Financial Services 

The Office of Student Financial Services at the University of Central Missouri is committed to helping you acheive your academic goals.  They are your go-to-source for everything related to financing your education.  They will guide you through the applying for the FAFSA, help you understand the different types of aid, direct you to scholarship options and provide the resources you need to make erducated financial decisions.  


Career Services Center

One of the biggest reasons you chose the University of Central Missouri is because you knew UCM would prepare you for your future. In fact, 96% of our graduates say their academic program prepared them for success. UCM also has a 94% first destination success rate, which means our graduates are either working, going to graduate school, serving in the military, or participating in a volunteer or service program. The Career Services Center is an integral part of that preparation. Here you can explore internship and career opportunities, strengthen your job search skills and build important connections for your future. Whether you’re an alumni or a student on the Warrensburg or Lee’s Summit campus, Career Services at UCM is here for you—at no cost—throughout your life.


Fellowship Program

If you have Post 9/11 service, received an honorable discharge, have a disability rating with the VA, a need for financial assistance, and possess a desire to help others in need, you may qualify for a 14-28 week fellowship with a stipend of up to $6,000 to offset cost-of-living expenses through The Mission Continues. Learn more about the the Fellowship Program and access the on-line application.


Troops to Teachers

Troops to Teachers was established in 1993 to assist transitioning service members and veterans in beginning new careers in public, charter, and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. The Department of Defense program facilitates veterans’ successful transition to a teaching career by providing counseling, financial, and placement assistance for eligible Service members and veterans.


National and Statewide Educational Benefits


Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc Rehab)

Denise Trammell, School Counselor
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
Building 312-Room 208
Ft. Leonard Wood, MO 65473
Phone (573) 563-5854
Fax (573) 563-8095


Benefits Information



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