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On August 28, 2008, the Missouri Returning Heroes' Education Act (Senate Bill 830) became law. The Heroes' Act limits tuition charged to qualified combat veterans to fifty ($50.00) dollars per credit hour, for any program leading to a certificate of Bachelor's degree. A "combat veteran" is any person who served in armed combat after September 11, 2001, who was a Missouri resident when first entering the military and who was discharged from military service under honorable conditions.
To determine your eligibility for this program, the following documentation must be submitted to the University of Missouri-St. Louis Office of Veterans Affairs (MSC, Room 269):
- A copy of your most recent DD-214 (Chapters 30, 31 and 1607);
- A copy of your Missouri Driver's license or other proof of U.S. Citizenship.
Once a student is determined to be eligible for the Heroes’ Act, no further action will be needed from semester to semester. The Cashier’s Office will evaluate the student’s account each semester to calculate and apply the waiver.
Upon entering the program no GPA requirement will be required. To remain eligible for this waiver, you must maintain an overall GPA of 2.50 or higher. This requirement will be reviewed each semester
- Summer credits will be posted around mid May, just after Spring grades are calculated into cumulative GPA
- Fall credits will be posted around mid August, just after Summer grades are calculated into cumulative GPA
- Spring credits will be posted around mid January, just after Fall grades are calculated into cumulative GPA
Calculation of your Returning Heroes’ Waiver:
The waiver will reduce the cost of your tuition fee to an amount that is equal to fifty ($50.00) dollars per credit hour. Before calculating the waiver, institutions must first subtract all Federal and State financial assistance excluding loans (including, but not limited to, Pell grants, SEOG, Access Missouri, ACG, Smart Grants and Tuition Assistance from military units, 3rd parties, etc.) from your tuition fee. If your tuition fee is less than ($50 per credit hour) after subtracting your financial assistance, no Heroes’ Waiver will be awarded.
If your tuition fee is not less than ($50 per credit hour) after subtracting your financial assistance, we will then subtract your number of credit hours multiplied by $50 (tuition rate established by the legislation). The remaining amount is your Returning Heroes’ Waiver that will be credited to your student account.
Example: An eligible student receiving the Heroes’ Act Waiver, who is enrolled in 12 credit hours, would pay $600 ($50 per credit hour) toward the cost of tuition.
|If student also receives a Pell grant of $2775, the waiver will be calculated as follows:||If student receives a Pell grant of $2775, plus $500 in Military Tuition Assistance, the waiver will be calculated as follows:|
|Cost of Tuition 12 Credit Hours (13-14)||$3,789.60||Cost of Tuition 12 Credit Hours (13-14)||$3,789.60|
|Pell Grant||$2,775.00||Pell Grant||$2,775.00|
|Cost after subtracting Financial Assistance||$1,014.60||Tuition Assistance From Military Unit||$500.00|
|$50 per credit hour tuition rate ($50x12Hrs)||$600.00||Cost after subtracting Financial Assistance||$514.60|
|Returning Heroes Waiver Amount||$414.60||Returning Heroes Waiver Amount||$0.00*|
* This waiver amount is zero as the
total cost after subtracting
Financial Assistance is less than
$50 per credit hour.
Because this waiver is determined based on credit hours and financial assistance, the amount may be adjusted for adds/drops and additions/reductions in financial assistance.
- The Heroes’ Act waiver when combined with other aid will not exceed the cost of tuition.
- For more information see the Q&A at: