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.
Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) will pay up to a set amount per Army fiscal year (October-September) in tuition expenses, including some student fees. This benefit may be used in conjunction with the GI Bill and State Tuition Reimbursement. Please note this is not a guaranteed benefit. This program has a finite budget and is paid on a first come, first served basis. Apply early. You may apply for these benefits within 30 days of your semester start date.
This program is available to drilling members of the National Guard or Reserve. In order to receive payment for a course, the course must be completed prior to your separation from the military. You may start receiving FTA benefits the day you enlist. FTA can be reimbursed for out-of-state institution tuition.
This benefit is paid up-front. You are required to earn a “C” or better in your classes (“pass” in the event of a pass/fail class). Failure to earn a “C” or better or “pass” may result in recoupment of FTA.
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.