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Military Students and Families

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Drury has a long history and continued commitment to supporting active military, veterans, and their families as they pursue higher education. Some highlights of our commitment to serving the students who serve our country include:

  • Earn up to 60 hours of transfer credit for your military education and experience
  • Discounted tuition rate for active duty military and spouses using MyCAA
  • Fully online programs available at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Focus on high impact career fields that enable you to use your experience and education to build your dream career.

Information and Resources

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

  • The tuition rate for undergraduate programs will be $250 per credit hour for seated, blended, and online courses for active-duty military using education benefits and military spouses using MyCAA.
  • For graduate programs, students who are active duty military will receive a 10% tuition discount.

Fees

  • Waivers
    • The undergraduate student fee (currently $38 per semester) will be waived for active duty military and military spouses using MyCAA.
    • The $25 application fee for the College of Graduate Studies will be waived for active duty military and veterans.
  • Applicable Fees
    • All students will be required to pay a technology fee of $7 per credit hour and a one-time graduation fee (currently, $110 undergraduate and $135 graduate).
    • Students are responsible for fees in select programs where labs, portfolios and other specialized learning resources are required. For more information please reference our Drury University catalog.

Note: Veterans and civilians will pay the regular tuition rate and pay all of the fees unless otherwise noted above. 

Tuition Assistance and ArmyIgnitED Overview

For questions or help using Tuition Assistance contact Kristina Smith at (417) 873-6665 or ksmith069@drury.edu.

Tuition Assistance (TA)

Tuition Assistance (TA) is funding that military students can use for college courses. This includes all branches of the military.

  • Per semester hour cap is $250
  • Fiscal year ceiling is $4,000 or 16 semester hours
  • The fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30

The military will pay 100% of the tuition charged by a college up to those maximums.

Why am I getting a bill if I requested TA?

You can request Tuition Assistance eight weeks before the start date.  TA cannot bill for the course until it is 19% complete. Once you have completed 19%, the invoice period to bill the government for the course is the 16th of each month. Payment can take up to 30 more days. Students will receive monthly statements until the balance is paid in full. TA does not pay any out-of-pocket fees or cover the cost of books.

ArmyIgnitED

ArmyIgnitED is a virtual gateway where active duty Army and reservists can request Tuition Assistance (TA) for classes.

To use ArmyIgnitED at Drury, you must:

  1. Register with Drury to enroll in the course, and
  2. Request TA to provide the necessary funding to pay for the course through ArmyIgnitED. These are two separate processes but both must be completed.

What if I am Air Force, Marine, or Navy?

All other branches may submit a paper TA form to their respective branch office for billing. Please check with your branch office for information on current availability of TA.

Veterans Certification Request Form

Students using VA benefits must submit a Veterans Certification Request each semester to receive benefits. Report any changes in your schedule immediately to your VA Certifying Official.

MyCAA - Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts

For questions or help in using MyCAA at Drury please contact Kristina Smith at (417) 873-6665 or ksmith069@drury.edu.

The MyCAA program is open to all eligible spouses under the program guidelines below:

  • Spouse of an active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine service member, or activated Reserve member. You must be in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, or O1-O2.
  • Spouse of National Guard and/or AGR member. The sponsor must be on federal Title 10 active duty orders as reported in DEERS.
  • Spouses of Guard/Reserve members in an Alert, Transition Assistance, or Post Deployment status are not eligible.
  • MyCAA accounts are limited to a $4,000 benefit with a $2,000 fiscal year cap. Waivers to the fiscal year cap are available. Spouses pursuing licensure or credentials with a cost that exceeds the $2,000 or $4,000 maximums could be eligible.
  • Spouses must finish their program within three years from the start date of the first course.
  • Funding is limited to only Associate’s degrees, certifications and licensure programs.

Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon Program

The Post 9/11 GI Bill®

The Post 9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support to individuals with active duty military service on or after September 11, 2001. It covers tuition, fees, books, supplies, and housing . View criteria for eligibility and benefits payable.

The decision to elect The Post 9/11 GI Bill® as your benefits program is irreversible. Make an informed decision by reviewing all options and be familiar with various requirements.

For example, to receive a housing allowance you must have more than half-time status. Taking all online classes will affect the amount of your housing allowance.

Transfer of Post 9/11 GI Bill® Benefits to Dependents

The Post 9/11 GI Bill® allows transfer of unused benefits to a spouse or dependent children.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Students with 100% eligibility under Post 9/11 GI Bill® are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Drury will provide a scholarship to make up half of the difference of tuition and fees that are not covered by the Post GI Bill®. The Veteran’s Administration will pay the other half of the difference. Per VA regulations, individuals on active duty are not eligible for this program.

For more information about Post 9/11, Transfer of Entitlement, and Yellow Ribbon visit https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/ or call 1-888-442-4551.

  1. Apply for VA benefits.
  2. If you are going to receive benefits from a transfer of entitlement use VA Form 22-1990E.

You will also use this web site if you are transferring from another school and have previously used your benefits. Complete a Change of Program or Place of Training, VA Form 22-1995 (for Chapters 33, 30, and 1606).

Credit Awarded from Your Military Transcript

Undergraduate credit for military education and experience

Drury University grants credit for armed service education and experience according to the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE), as applicable to an academic Drury degree. To be considered for credit, students should request that an official copy of their Joint Services Transcript (JST) or Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar. A maximum of 60 hours of transfer credit will be awarded for military education and experience.

Graduate credit for military education

Drury may grant transfer credit for select advanced Armed Service Academies or educational/training programs. To be considered for credit, students should request that an official copy of their Joint Services Transcript (JST) or Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript be sent directly to the College of Graduate Studies. A maximum of nine credit hours may be awarded toward degree requirements in 30 or 33-credit hour master’s programs. Graduate program directors, in consultation with the College of Graduate Studies, will evaluate armed services education and training for academic credit.

Submit your transcripts to the appropriate program: 

Day College
Day College Admissions Office
Drury University
900 N. Benton Avenue
Springfield MO 65802

Evening & Online Programs
CCPS Admissions Office
Drury University
900 N. Benton Avenue
Springfield MO 65802

Graduate Programs
Graduate Admissions Office
Drury University
900 N. Benton Avenue
Springfield MO 65802

Order a transcript

To order your military transcript: 

Call to Active Duty/Training Policy

U.S. Military Call to Active Duty/Training Policy

Drury University supports students who are members of the U.S. Armed Forces and Reserve Units.

This policy applies to the student, or the spouse of a student, performing voluntary or involuntary active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces, including active duty for training and National Guard or Reserve service under state or federal authority.

These service types are defined in the policy as:

  • Short Period (SP): Up to two weeks
  • Extended Period (EP): More than two weeks

I. SP DEPLOYMENT OR TRAINING CALL-UP BEFORE THE LAST DAY TO DROP:

  1. Students may elect to drop all courses for the term. This results in an automatic 100% refund of all tuition and fees.
  2. Students who wish to maintain their schedule for the term, and receive faculty approval to remain in courses, will follow the guidelines listed in section II.

II. SP DEPLOYMENT OR TRAINING CALL-UP AFTER THE LAST DAY TO DROP FOR THE TERM:

  1. The Military Call to Active Duty/Training Notification form is submitted to the Registrar, along with a copy of the deployment or training orders.
  2. Due to the short period of this type of call-up, academic accommodations may be possible to allow students to continue in existing courses. Students will work with instructors to determine the best course of action for each course.
  3. GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR A SP DEPLOYMENT OR TRAINING ORDER:
    1. Students activated for deployment or training are held to the same standard of academic excellence expected of all students.
    2. Documented absences for scheduled deployment or training do not relieve students of class responsibilities, including any course material covered during their absence.
    3. All coursework should be completed by the end of the term. In the instance that an incomplete must be assigned, standard deadlines for completion and final grade assignment apply.
    4. Instructors should make every reasonable effort to support and accommodate SP absences, however, some courses are not conducive to periods of non-attendance (e.g. labs). In these cases, the instructor may determine that the student will need to withdraw from the course, even though the absence is for a short period.
    5. Students withdrawn from some, but not all courses for the term, will be assigned a W grade for withdrawn courses.
    6. Students withdrawn from all courses in a term will be assigned a W grade and may receive 100% refund of tuition and course fees based on the following:
      1. Students who did not receive a refund of financial aid will automatically receive a refund of tuition and course fees paid to the institution.
      2. If the student was issued a refund of student aid (i.e., loans), that refund must be returned to the Business Office in full before a refund of tuition and course fees can be processed.
      3. If the student was issued a refund of student aid (i.e., loans), and the student elects not to return that refund of student aid, no refund of tuition and course fees can occur.
        Room and board refunds are pro-rated, based on the date of withdrawal.
        Information about the financial implications to the student as a result of withdrawal are listed under Section VI.
  4. STUDENT RESPONSIBILTIES:
    1. Notify each instructor of the reason for the absence and the dates of deployment or training.
    2. Provide instructors with a copy of deployment or training order, if requested.
    3. Be cognizant of all deadlines for tests and assignments detailed on the syllabus.
    4. Discuss a make-up plan for any missed coursework with the instructor.
    5. Abide by the plan and notify the instructor if circumstances change that impede the completion of the plan.
    6. Return any refund of student aid (i.e., loans) to the Business Office, as necessary.

III. EP DEPLOYMENT OR TRAINING CALL-UP BEFORE THE LAST DAY TO DROP:

  1. Students must drop all courses in every term for which they are registered. This results in an automatic 100% refund of all tuition and fees.
  2. The Military Call to Active Duty/Training Notification form is submitted to the Registrar, along with a copy of the deployment or training orders.
  3. Once approved, student is placed on Military Leave. Length of time is determined by dates listed in provided orders, but not to exceed 1 year.

IV. EP DEPLOYMENT OR TRAINING CALL-UP BEFORE THE LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW FOR THE TERM:

  1. The Military Call to Active Duty/Training Notification form is submitted to the Registrar, along with a copy of the deployment or training orders.
  2. Once the form and orders are provided, students withdrawn from all courses in a term will be assigned a W grade and may receive 100% refund of tuition and course fees based on the following:
    1. Students who did not receive a refund of financial aid will automatically receive a refund of tuition and course fees paid to the institution.
    2. If the student was issued a refund of student aid (i.e., loans), that refund must be returned to the Business Office in full before a refund of tuition and course fees can be processed.
    3. If the student was issued a refund of student aid (i.e., loans), and the student elects not to return that refund of student aid, no refund of tuition and course fees can occur.
      Room and board refunds are pro-rated, based on the date of withdrawal.
  3. Information about the financial implications to the student as a result of withdrawal are listed under Section VI.

3. Depending on the dates on the orders, the student may be placed on Military Leave for future semesters. Military Leave in future terms cannot exceed 1 year.

V. EP DEPLOYMENT OR TRAINING CALL-UP AFTER THE LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW FOR THE TERM:

  1. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade or an incomplete may be assigned. In this case:
    1. No refund of tuition, course fees, or room and board on graded coursework is allowed.
    2. All deadlines for completion of an incomplete apply.
  2. If a final grade or an incomplete is not feasible, the Military Call to Active Duty/Training Notification form is submitted to the Registrar, along with a copy of the deployment or training orders.
  3. Once the form and orders are provided, students withdrawn from all courses in a term will be assigned a W grade and may receive 100% refund of tuition and course fees based on the following:
    1. Students who did not receive a refund of financial aid will automatically receive a refund of tuition and course fees paid to the institution.
    2. If the student was issued a refund of student aid (i.e., loans), that refund must be returned to the Business Office in full before a refund of tuition and course fees can be processed.
    3. If the student was issued a refund of student aid (i.e., loans), and the student elects not to return that refund of student aid, no refund of tuition and course fees can occur.
      Room and board refunds are pro-rated, based on the date of withdrawal.
      Information about the financial implications to the student as a result of withdrawal are listed under Section VI.
  4. Depending on the dates on the orders, the student may be placed on Military Leave for future terms. Military Leave in future terms cannot exceed 1 year.

VI. FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF COURSE WITHDRAWAL:

  1. Financial aid and payments received by students on courses that have been withdrawn are refunded to the source, as per the Office of Student Financial Aid policies. This may result in the student owing a balance to Drury.
  2. Students who have received a refund from financial aid sources are expected to repay the financial aid according to the terms of any promissory notes they signed. The same standards that are applied to students who have an outstanding balance with the university are applied to those called up for military duty.
  3. In addition, the university adheres to the guidance offered by the U.S. Department of Education regarding students who have received a Federal Perkins Loan.
  4. Students must contact their lender to request a loan deferment.

Veteran Suicide Prevention


For help using your benefits at Drury University, please contact:

VA Education Benefits
Kristina Smith
VA Certifying Official
(417) 873-6665
ksmith069@drury.edu

Tuition Assistance/GoArmyEd Questions
Kristina Smith
VA Certifying Official
(417) 873-6665
ksmith069@drury.edu

MyCAA Questions
Kristina Smith
VA Certifying Official
(417) 873-6665
ksmith069@drury.edu

For eligibility and questions about your VA benefits, contact the Department of Veterans Affairs Education Services: 1 (888) 442-4551.