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Central Missouri Police Academy Offers Financial Assistance Options

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (June 4, 2015) – The Central Missouri Police Academy, a division of the Missouri Safety Center at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, has announced new scholarship options that, along with existing options, provide financial assistance for law enforcement professionals.

According to Colin Comer, CMPA director, degree-seeking students attending the academy are eligible for federal financial aid. However, additional funding options are available for those not seeking a college degree.

“Military veterans have two options,” Comer said. “The G.I. Bill is routinely used by veterans who attend the academy. Here at UCM, the Military and Veterans Success Center provides assistance with G.I. Bill requirements.”

Comer noted that a second option for veterans is the VFW “Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarship.” Available for qualified veterans who were at E-5 level or below, this scholarship provides $5,000 in tuition assistance and is available only for the spring and fall academy classes.

The Dama Cooper Police Academy Scholarship is available through a competitive process. Financial aid is generally granted in the form of partial scholarships to students who can pay a portion, but not all, of the costs, assisting the greatest number of students possible within the annual funding limits.

“The CMPA also is approved for student financial aid through the Workforce Development Board of Western Missouri, Inc., in Sedalia,” Comer added. “Qualified applicants can receive up to $5,000 per year, for up to two years, for tuition and other related costs. This is becoming a very popular and beneficial option for our applicants.”

The cost of attendance is $5,100 tuition and a $310 course fee, for a total payment to UCM of $5,410. Students must purchase their own ammunition, which runs approximately $500, depending on several factors, bringing the total cost to approximately $5,800.

“The financial aid options make it very possible for a student to complete the police academy for as little as $800 or less,” Comer said. “Considering the fact that basic academy completion opens the door to a career anywhere in Missouri, with reciprocity nationwide, in 16 weeks, it may be impossible to find a more affordable option for those interested in a career in law enforcement.”

For more information about enrollment in the Fall 2015 Basic Academy or available financial assistance, contact the Central Missouri Police Academy 660-543-4090, or visit The 2015 Fall Basic Academy begins on Aug.17.