As a veteran, you may be eligible for federal, state, and institutional aid. You should complete the FAFSA to determine your eligibility. UMKC’s priority deadline is February 1 and the state of Missouri priority deadline is February 1.
You may also be eligible for specific military benefits; refer to the Registration and Records Office Veteran’s Benefit page for more information.
For more information about other services available to veterans at UMKC and the Student Veteran’s Organization, please visit the Student Veteran’s Virtual Resource Center.
Missouri Returning Heroes Award (MRHA)
The “Missouri Returning Heroes’ Education Act,” expands education benefits available to service members and veterans with active duty military service on or after Sept. 11, 2001. This act requires UMKC to limit undergraduate tuition charged to certain combat veterans to only $50 per credit hour.
For additional information, visit the UMKC Registration & Records Veterans page.Learn more
Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act FAQ
What is the Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act (MRHA)? The Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act limits tuition and fees charged to combat veterans to fifty ($50.00) per credit hour, for any program leading to a certificate or Bachelor’s degree.
What are the eligibility requirements?
- A veteran must have served in an armed combat zone between September 11, 2001 and the present. The combat zone is designated by the U.S. Department of Defense and can typically be found on a veteran’s DD 214.
- When first entering the military, a veteran must have been a Missouri resident.
- A veteran must have been honorably discharged from military service.
- A veteran must be enrolled in a program that is leading to an undergraduate certificate, or an associate or baccalaureate degree.
Can a member of the Reserves or National Guard be considered for tuition reduction? Yes, if they served in an armed combat zone under a call of active service and in a full-time capacity for more than 30 consecutive days. How do I apply for Missouri Returning Heroes?
- Provide the UMKC Registration and Records Office with a copy of your DD-214 -or-
- Provide the UMKC Registration and Records Office with a copy of your orders into a combat zone.
Does institutional aid change my award eligibility? Students who are receiving an automatic scholarship and are also eligible for the Missouri Returning Heroes Award may see a reduction in their automatic award eligibility. Both awards are processed for tuition only, and as a result the automatic award would be reduced to match the tuition being charged. If for any reason the veteran becomes ineligible for the MRHA, they will still have eligibility for the automatic award as long as they are still meeting the renewal requirements.
How will the tuition reduction be applied? The student is first determined to be eligible for the Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act by the Records and Registration Office. Once verified as eligible the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will determine the amount of the waiver. The waiver is then processed between the first and third week of each semester.
Is the benefit subject to change? Yes. The Missouri Returning Heroes tuition waiver amount may be adjusted to match a students enrollment costs.
Is a veteran required to complete the FAFSA or apply for GI Bill benefits? No, the state does not require a veteran to apply for either.
Is there a GPA requirement to be eligible? There is no initial GPA requirement to receive the award for the first semester a veteran is considered, but a veteran must maintain a 2.50 cumulative University GPA in order to renew the award for subsequent semesters.
The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veteran’s Educational Assistance Act of 2008. UMKC has voluntarily entered into an open ended agreement with the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the in-state tuition rate at UMKC. The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will automatically process a Yellow Ribbon award that matches the payment received from the VA.
For additional information, visit the UMKC Registration & Records Veterans page.