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Jan. 28, 2019

Board approves change to tuition policy for veterans

Northwest Missouri State University’s Board of Regents during its regular session on Monday approved a proposal allowing the University to charge in-state tuition and fees to uniformed services veterans and their qualified dependents in compliance with recent changes to public law.

Northwest already complies with Department of Veteran Affairs recommendations and ensures in-state tuition rates are provided to uniformed services veterans and their qualified dependents under Public Law 114-315, a 2016 act that modified the United States Code, Charles Mayfield, the University’s director of financial assistance, explained to the Board.

Recently, the law was amended to require that individuals using educational assistance related to vocational rehabilitation and employment also be charged the in-state rate. That change prompted the Board’s action on Monday.

The policy applies to veterans using educational assistance under the Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty Program, vocational rehabilitation and employment, or the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, or a spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship. In compliance with the amendment to the law, the policy change is effective March 1.

Northwest, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and has earned a Military-Friendly designation annually since 2012, offers a range of degree and certification programs that benefit military students. The University is VA approved, gives credit for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST). Northwest also follows American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations when granting credit for military experience or from other regionally accredited institutions as transcripts are evaluated by the Office of Admissions.

Further enhancing its services for veterans, Northwest partners with veterans organizations and regularly hosts representatives to assist with filing for VA benefits, employment and readjustment counseling. Northwest also offers a variety of scholarships for military personnel and veterans, and military students called to active service may return to Northwest without a penalty. For more information about resources available to veterans at Northwest, visit

In partnership with the Missouri Army National Guard, Northwest also offers the Guard Officer Leadership Development (GOLD) program to develop qualified Missouri citizens into commissioned officers through classroom instruction, leadership laboratories and a physical conditioning program.

In other business, the Board approved 26 adjunct faculty to teach at Northwest during the spring 2019 semester. The Board also approved revisions to its bylaws regarding the responsibilities of its committees.

The Board of Regents is responsible for sound resource management of the University and determining general, educational and financial policies.


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