SB 12 Creates an educational grant for children and spouses of veterans who are killed in combat
Sponsor: Coleman Co-Sponsor(s)
LR Number: 0320S.01I Fiscal Note: 0320-01
Committee: Pensions, Veterans' Affairs and General Laws
Last Action: 1/31/2007 - SCS Voted Do Pass S Pensions, Veterans' Affairs and General Laws Committee (0320S.02C) Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2007

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Current Bill Summary

SCS/SB 12 - 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 wailing list of eligible survivors exceeds fifty, the coordinating board may petition the General Assembly to expand the quote, 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.

This act is similar to SCS/SB 66 & 175 (combined) (2005) and SB 572 (2006).