SB 1036 - Under the provisions of this act, the Coordinating Board for Higher Education will provide up to twenty-five tuition grants to the surviving spouses and children of any member of the military who served in armed combat and who was killed in the line of duty and who was, at the time of enlistment and death, a citizen of Missouri. The grants will pay up to fifty percent of the survivors' tuition costs, the actual cost of books up to five hundred dollars per semester, and up to two thousand dollars per semester for room and board. Such grants will continue to be awarded annually to eligible recipients as long as the recipient achieves and maintains a cumulative grade point average of at least two and one-half on a four point scale, or its equivalent. If the waiting list of eligible survivors exceeds fifty, the coordinating board may petition the general assembly to expand the quota, or shall extend the eligibility of those on the waiting list.
The act delineates specific eligibility criteria for both the recipients and the higher education institutions. The Coordinating Board will administer the program.
The provisions of this act shall automatically sunset in six years, unless reauthorized.
This act is similar to SB 572 (2006) and SCS/SB 12 (2007).