Veterans Benefits

Veterans Benefits Brochure

Many veterans and active duty personnel can qualify for education benefits:

• Post 911 GI Bill ®  (Chapter 33)

• Montgomery Bill (MGIB, Chapter 30 and Chapter 1606)

• Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP, Chapter 1607)

• Post Vietnam Era Veterans’ Education Assistance Program (VEAP, Chapter 32)


What Happens to my VA Benefits if I Drop a Class?


‘Choosing the Right School’ Guide


GI Bill ® Comparison Tool


VA’s “Know Before You Go” video


Edith Nourse Rogers Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Scholarship for GI Bill Students

VA has launched the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship program for students training in high demand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.

The Rogers STEM Scholarship will provide up to nine months of additional Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (to a maximum of $30,000) to qualifying Veterans and Fry Scholars seeking an undergraduate STEM degree or who have earned a STEM degree and are seeking a teaching certification.

Purple Heart Scholarships – deadline March 1, 2020

The Purple Heart Scholarship Program is a competitive scholarship program that awards scholarships to Purple Heart recipients and their spouses, children, and grandchildren each year.

The Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship Program

The Army Women’s Foundation recognizes the importance of education and the role it plays in personal, professional and economic fulfillment. The Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship Program provides grants to women soldiers, past and present, and their lineal descendants to help them attain their educational goals.

The Legacy Scholarship Program offers financial support in four areas: Certificate programs, Community College coursework, Undergraduate Degrees, and Graduate Degrees. Scholarships are awarded only for coursework from accredited institutions. Scholarships are based on merit, academic potential, community service, letters of recommendation, and need.

Wartime Veteran’s Survivors Grant Program

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 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 Veterans 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.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

You may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if:

  • You are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), but
  • meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and
  • your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, and
  • you were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent or guardian’s death.

 Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarships:

Army ROTC                  

Air Force ROTC             

Naval ROTC    

Marine ROTC                  


The following major national organizations offer scholarships primarily to active duty military, veterans, and/or their families:

American Legion            


Disabled American Veterans    

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Veterans of Foreign Wars 

For More Information

Check out East Central College’s Veterans Lounge:

Located on the Union Campus in DSSC – 2nd Floor – Room 202

Veterans and Active Duty students should contact Student Services or Lorrie Baird for the pin # to access the lounge.

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • TV & DVDs
  • Computer & printer with FREE printing
  • Military Times & Missouri Conservation Magazine Subscriptions delivered monthly

Email Lorrie Baird @ or call 636-584-6570 if you have any questions or issues.