SCS/SB 968 - This act modifies several provisions relating to tuition rates for members of the military.
IN-STATE TUITION FOR NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE MEMBERS
This act allows current members of the Missouri National Guard and members of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States to receive in-state residency status for the purposes of tuition at any public four-year institution of higher education, or in-district residency status for any two-year public institution, as described in the act. (Section 173.1153)
This provision is substantially similar to HB 2155 (2016).
RETURNING HEROES' EDUCATION ACT
This act also modifies the Missouri Returning Heroes' Education Act. Currently, the tuition limitation authorized by the Missouri Returning Heroes' Education Act is applied after all other federal and state aid for which the veteran is eligible has been applied. This act applies the tuition limitation before all other aid.
This act also repeals a provision that limits the amount of aid a veteran shall receive to the actual cost of attendance. (Section 173.900)
This provision is identical to SB 969 (2016) and is substantially similar to HB 2156 (2016).
WARTIME VETERANS SURVIVORS GRANT
The Wartime Veteran's Survivor Grant program sunset in 2014. This act reauthorizes the program, which provides higher education financial aid to the spouses and children of wartime veterans.
This provision shall sunset on August 28, 2020, unless reauthorized by the General Assembly. (Section 173.234)
This provision contains an emergency clause.
This provision is substantially similar to provisions contained in CCS/SCS/HCS/HB 427 (2009).