SB 876 - This act allows the children and the spouse of a military member who is killed while in active service after September 11, 2001, or who became at least 80 percent disabled as the result of injuries sustained in combat action after September 11, 2001, to receive an educational grant for tuition at any Missouri public or private institution of postsecondary education. The tuition grant shall not exceed the amount charged a Missouri resident for attendance at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In order for the child or spouse to qualify, the veteran must have been a Missouri resident at the time of the death or injury that resulted in disability in order for his or her survivors to receive the grant. In addition to the cost of tuition, the grant also includes $2,000 per semester for room and board, and the actual cost of books up to $500 per semester. Children are eligible to receive the scholarship until age 25, and spouses are eligible until age 45. No eligible student will receive a grant for more than 100 percent of the cost of tuition when combined with similar funds given to the student. The Coordinating Board for Higher Education shall promulgate all rules necessary for implementation of this section, including determining minimum standards of performance for a student to remain eligible for a grant under this act.
The provisions of the act will expire six years from the effective date.
This act is identical to HB 1078 (2006), and similar to SB 572 (2006).