These grants are available annually to children and spouses of Veterans whose deaths or injuries were: a result of combat action or were attributed to an illness that was contracted while serving in combat action, or who became 80% disabled as a result of injuries or accidents sustained in combat action since September 11, 2001. The total number of students that may receive a grant in any year is limited by statute to 25. The veteran must have been a Missouri resident when first entering the military service or at the time of death or injury. The Missouri Veteran’s Commission determines whether the veteran meets the program’s requirements.

 

Important changes to the program for the 2017-2018 academic year are highlighted in bold italics.

 

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for assistance, you must meet the following eligibility requirements at the time of application and throughout the period in which you receive the award.

Initial Students

Be a United States citizen, permanent resident, or otherwise lawfully present in the United States.

Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at least half-time as an undergraduate student in a participating public college or university.

Be the veteran’s spouse at the time of death or injury or within five years subsequent to the injury.

Be the veteran's child (natural, adopted, or stepchild) who is less than 25 years of age.

  •  You may continue to be eligible through the end of the semester in which you turn 25 OR the receipt of your first bachelor's degree, whichever occurs first.
  • You must have been a dependent of the veteran at the time of death or injury or within five years subsequent to the injury.
  • Complete and submit all requested eligibility information.

Renewal Students

Continue to meet the eligibility requirements for initial students, AND

Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and otherwise maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the school.

How much can I receive?

Your maximum grant amount each semester will be the sum of the following:

  • The lesser of the actual tuition charged for the number of hours in which you are enrolled OR the amount of tuition charged a Missouri resident enrolled in the same number of hours at the University of Missouri Columbia.
  • An allowance of up to $2,000 per semester for room and board; and
  • The lesser of the actual cost for your books OR $500.
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    For example: If the tuition at your school is $4,000, the tuition at the University of Missouri is $3,000, and your books cost $450, the maximum amount you would be eligible to receive would be $5,450.

    $3,000 tuition (the lesser of $4,000 and $3,000)
    $2,000 maximum room and board allowance (or the actual may be less)
    $   450 books (the lesser of $500 and $450)
    $5,450 maximum award per semester

If you transfer to a different school, your award amount may change based on the tuition at the school to which you transfer.

Awards are provided based on funding availability up to the 25 student limit, with priority given to renewal students.  Applicants are ranked first by renewal status and then by earliest complete application received date. Students who cannot be paid because funds are not available or the 25 student limit has been reached will be placed on a waiting list.

 

If there are insufficient funds to maintain the maximum award level for awarded students, the $2,000 room and board allowance for each semester ($4,000 annually) will be reduced equally for all recipients. 

 

At the beginning of each semester, your school will verify your eligibility. The verification process takes about three weeks. Once your eligibility is verified, the MDHE will send your award to your school.  Generally fall payments will be sent in mid September and spring payments will be sent by early February. Awards are not available during summer terms and must be received in the academic year in which they are offered.

How can I apply?

Download and complete the Wartime Veteran’s Survivors Grant Program Application.  Return the completed application to: Missouri Department of Higher Education, Attn: Wartime Veteran’s Survivors Grant, P.O. Box 1469, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469, or fax it to (573) 751-6635, also to the attention of the Wartime Veteran’s Survivors Grant.  The application is currently available for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will not be accepted until January 1, 2018.

Some sections of the application must be completed by a third party.  Read the application instructions carefully to ensure all sections are completed by the appropriate party when required based on whether you are an initial, renewal, or transfer student.

 

It is important to check your application for completeness prior to submission.  The order in which applicants are awarded is determined based on the date the completed application is received.  If your application must be returned for completion, the rank order of your award will be determined based on the receipt date of the corrected, complete application, not the receipt date of the original, incomplete application.

 

2017-2018 Application Deadlines

 

Renewal Students

 

The priority renewal application deadline is May 1, 2017.  This is a change from previous years when there was no application deadline. 

 

Complete applications received by the deadline are assured of award priority.  Applications received after this date will be considered but will be ranked with initial applicants based on earliest complete application received date.

 

Initial Students

 

There continues to be no application deadline for initial applicants.  However, since the program is limited to 25 recipients, early application is encouraged.

 

How will I know if I am eligible?

The MDHE will provide notice to you of your eligibility in spring or as soon as possible after your eligible application is processed, whichever is later.  

 

The school you are attending determines final eligibility at the time the grant funds are requested each semester.

 

How will I know if I am awarded or placed on the waiting list?

 

The MDHE will provide notice to you of your award or placement on the waiting list in early summer, once the majority of applicants are known and the governor has signed the appropriations bill.

 

The waiting list will be re-evaluated in early spring, once actual fall and spring payments are known.  Students on the waiting list will be paid in rank order as remaining funds and the 25 recipient maximum allow.

 

Placement on the waiting list is academic year specific.  This means your rank order and placement on the waiting list can change from year to year as the received date of your completed application changes from year to year.

 

When will I receive my award?

 

If you are awarded, your school will verify your eligibility at the beginning of each semester,. The verification process takes about three weeks. Once your eligibility is verified, the MDHE will send your award to your school.  Generally fall payments will be sent in mid-September and spring payments will be sent by early February. Awards are not available during summer terms and must be received in the academic year in which they are offered.

 

The waiting list will be re-evaluated in early spring, once actual fall and spring payments are known.  Students on the waiting list will be paid in rank order as remaining funds and the 25 recipient maximum allow.

 

How do I renew my award?

The MDHE sends applications to renewal students in early spring each year. You can also download the application or contact the MDHE for an application at (800) 473-6757, option 4.

The grant may be renewed annually until you complete your first bachelor’s degree.  If you are the veteran’s child, the grant may be renewed through the semester in which you turn 25 years of age or completion of your first bachelor's degree, whichever occurs first.

How do I transfer my award?

You may transfer your eligibility to any participating school. If you choose to transfer to a different participating Missouri institution between semesters, you must complete Sections I, II and IV of another, supplementary application. Your award amount may change as a result of the transfer. However, the receipt date of the transfer application will not affect your rank order.