Veterans

Veterans may be eligible for a variety of federal, state and institutional aid.

UMKC Scholarships for Veterans

Apply for UMKC scholarships by completing the competitive scholarship application on AcademicWorks.

Gold Star Mothers Memorial Scholarship

  • Eligibility
    • Enrolled, full-time student
    • Veteran or veteran's descendants
    • Preference to junior, senior and graduate students
    • U.S. citizen or permanent resident

KAMO Adventures Veteran Scholarship

  • Eligibility
    • New or currently enrolled UMKC student
    • Honorably discharged veteran with Department of Defense or Veterans Affairs disability rating associated with a combat or hostile-related injury sustained in the line of duty

LaVerne Noyes Scholarship

  • Eligibility
    • Enrolled, full-time student
    • Direct descendant of World War I veteran (documentation required)
    • Completed FAFSA by February 1 priority deadline, demonstrating financial need
    • U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Additional Scholarships for Veterans

Missouri Returning Heroes Award (MRHA)

  • Academic year amount
    • $50 per credit hour tuition waiver
  • About
    • 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
    • MRHA limits tuition and fees charged to combat veterans to $50 per credit hour, for any program leading to a certificate or bachelor’s degree
    • 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.
    • The tuition waiver amount may be adjusted to match a students enrollment costs
  • Eligibility
    • Served in a Department of Defense-designated armed combat zone between Sept. 11, 2001, and present
    • Missouri resident when first entered the military
    • Honorably discharged
    • Members of the reserves or National Guard 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.
  • Renewal requirements
    • 2.50 cumulative university GPA
  • How to apply
    • Provide the Registration and Records Office with a copy of your DD-214 or a copy of your orders into a combat zone
    • Once verified as eligible, we will determine the amount of the waiver
    • The waiver is processed between the first and third week of each semester
    • Veterans are not required to complete the FAFSA or apply for GI Bill benefits

Ken Schultz Disabled Veterans Scholarship

  • Eligibility
    • Currently enrolled UMKC student
    • Veteran of the U.S. military with an honorable discharge
    • Preference to a disabled veteran
    • Good academic standing
    • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • How to apply 
    • Provide DD214 and evidence of military disability

Tillman Scholarship

  • Eligibility
    • Veteran or active-duty military service member
    • Honorably discharged of pre- and/or post-9/11 service (from any branch of the U.S. military, including National Guard and reserves)
    • Current spouse of veteran or active-duty service member, including surviving spouse
    • Enrolled full-time in a degree program
  • How to apply

Yellow Ribbon Program

  • Academic year amount
    • Tuition differential
  • About
    • The Yellow Ribbon Program funds tuition and fee expenses that exceed the in-state tuition rate at UMKC
  • How to apply

Resources for Veterans

Explore veterans education benefits

Visit the Student Veteran’s Virtual Resource Center