The following community and tuition resources are available for veterans, service members and their families. For services and resources available on campus, contact the Veterans Resource Center.
MSUM offers some scholarships for current and incoming students who have served or are serving in the military. Students can check for university scholarships through the Office of Scholarship & Financial Aid. For additional outside scholarship opportunities, visit the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website.
The Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) program pays the cost of tuition and some additional fees. Nearly all Active Duty, Reserve or Guard members are eligible for FTA. However, each service branch determines eligibility criteria that often reduce access. FTA covers up to 100 percent tuition and fees, not to exceed $250 per semester credit hour or $4,000 per fiscal year, with a maximum of 16 credits.
All active duty service members (including Guard and Reserve) must contact their education service officer or education counselor within your branch of service prior to enrolling in any college or university.
Federal Tuition Assistance application procedures for military services:
By Minnesota Statute, regardless of the school you are attending, the Minnesota STR will pay for 100 percent of your tuition (not including student fees) up to the undergraduate rate at the University of Minnesota with a maximum yearly benefit of $17,000 per fiscal year (1 July – 30 June), or $36,000 per fiscal year for graduate level programs. You are eligible for 144 semester or 208 quarter credits.
This benefit may be used in conjunction with other educational benefits. STR is also available to members of the Minnesota Army National Guard and Minnesota Air National Guard. Visit Minnesota STR for eligibility and application information.
To receive STR you must fill out the State Direct Deposit Form and W9 Form.
To initiate the process, connect with the Service Member’s Unit.
If you have additional questions you may contact the Minnesota National Guard Education Office.
Minnesota National Guard State Tuition ReimbursementMyMilitaryEducation.org
The Minnesota Military Appreciation Fund (MMAF) is a fund established by private residents of Minnesota to thank Minnesota service members for their service. The MMAF will provide $250-500 to all Minnesota military personnel who have served in a combat zone since Sept. 11, 2001. They will increase the amount of the award to Purple Heart recipients and to the families of those killed in action.
The State of Minnesota will provide free tuition at any state college or university to Minnesota war orphans until a bachelor’s degree or equivalent has been obtained. Eligibility is determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
For more information, visit mn.gov/mdva/resources/education.