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Missouri Southern State University has been included on the list of military friendly schools every year since 2009. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s service members, veterans, and military dependents as students. Inclusion on the list is based on a survey of more than 12,000 schools nationwide. Research findings are compiled and weighted according to the following categories to determine a final score: Academic programs and policies, support, financial commitment, and results. A total of 1,739 institutions were included on this year’s list which will be highlighted in the annual “Guide to Military Friendly Schools” distributed to active and former military personnel, G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur magazines.
The Veterans Service Office at Missouri Southern State University assists current service members, veterans, and their family members in utilizing the educational benefits available to them along with available financial aid and scholarship information. MSSU is a voluntary participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Principals of Excellence, has a current signed Tuition Assistance MOU with the Department of Defense, and is a member of SOC. We offer In-state tuition for service members and their dependents while stationed in Missouri. Our campus provides support services including a Student Success Center and Advising Counseling and Testing Office. Academic and personal counseling, tutoring, and disability services are available to assist students in the transition from active duty to student life. Veterans, service members, and military dependents may receive academic credit for CLEP and ACE and we offer flexible learning programs and accommodation for those students who may be called to duty during a semester. For those interested, there is an active VET Club which is now a chapter of the Student Veterans of America.