Veterans Benefits

Thank you for your service to our country.! Whether you’re a veteran, or still serving on active duty, or a member of the Guard or Reserve, we want you and your family to feel welcome with us. We are ready to offer assistance in achieving your educational goals.

Apply for Benefits

  • Visit your nearest VA regional office to apply in person
  • Call 1-888-GI BILL®-1 (888-442-4551) to have the application mailed to you

It takes 2—8 weeks for an application to be processed. Once the application is processed, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) in the mail. A copy of the COE must be turned in to the School Certifying Official (SCO) at your school along with the following:

Chapter 35 & students using Transfer of Benefits are excluded

  • Military Transcripts (See instructions below)

Chapter 35 & students using Transfer of Benefits are excluded


Chapter 33:

  • Tuition paid to school
  • Monthly BAH paid to student
  • Books & supplies stipend paid to student @ the beginning of the term


Chapters 30, 35, 1606, & 1607

  • Monthly benefits paid to student
  • DOES NOT pay tuition
  • DOES NOT pay books & supplies stipend

Military Transcripts

Military transcripts provide a description of military schooling and work history in civilian language.

College credit can be awarded for military advancement and training. To request a copy of your transcript(s) to be sent to East Central College, please visit the appropriate website.

Joint Services Transcript (JST)

Community College of the Air Force: Online Transcript Requests

Military Tuition Assistance

State Tuition Assistance is available to Ar my and Air National Guard members and pays for tuition only. Applications must be received prior to the 30th day of classes. Students are required to maintain a cumulative 2.50 GPA for continued eligibility.

Federal Tuition Assistance is available to both National Guard and Reservist. Students must request TA through

Please note these important tuition assistance timelines:

  •  FTA cannot be awarded if submitted after the class start date (AR 621-5).
  • FTA can be requested as early as 60 days prior to the class start date.
  • FTA requests SHOULD be submitted NO LATER THAN 10 days before the class start date.

Verify Attendance

You need to verify your attendance every month before payment is issued if you are attending an Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) or Non- College Degree (NCD) program and are receiving one of the following:

Montgomery GI Bill ® – Active Duty           Montgomery GI Bill ®- Selected Reserve Reserve Educational Assistance Program – REAP

You DO NOT need to verify your attendance if you are receiving the Post 9/11 GI Bill ®

Verification may be completed via:

Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) @ ®           Interactive Voice Response (IVR) at 1-877-823-2379 Or by calling a GI Bill ® representative at 1-888-442-4551

The earliest you can verify your enrollment is the last calendar day of each month or the last day of term

Basic Enrollment Information

  • The VA does NOT pay for students to retake a class they have already passed
  • The VA will NOT pay for classes that are not part of a student’s degree plan
  • Students who take ALL ONLINE classes (including web-blended & web- hybrid) will only be paid 50% of the BAH
  • Chapters 30, 1606, and 1607 MUST report attendance each month to the VA in order to receive

Class Schedule Changes

If you add or drop classes, enroll in classes outside of your degree plan, repeat classes, enroll in short-term/non-standard term classes, these changes are required to be reported to the VA.


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?

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, 2022

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.

Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018

In compliance with Section 103 of the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, East Central College will not impose the following penalties to covered individuals* due to the delayed disbursement of funding from the Department of Veteran Affairs:

  • preventing nor delaying the student’s enrollment,
  • the assessment of late fees,
  • the denial of access to any resources available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fees bills to the institution, including but not limited to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities,
  • or require the student to secure alternative or additional funding

To qualify for this provision, such students are required to:

  • Produce a Certificate of Eligibility**;
  • Contact the Primary School Certifying Official and request to be certified;
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as required by the Primary School Certifying Official.

This provision ends on the earlier of the following dates:

  • The date on which payment from the VA is made to the institution
  • 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the Certificate of Eligibility

*Covered individual is defined as any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or Chapter 33, Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®

**Certificate of Eligibility is defined as a Certificate of Eligibility, a Statement of Benefits, or a Tungsten Network Purchase Order.