The UMSL Servicemember’s Tuition Assistance Scholarship (SMTA) exists to support current, active duty service members in their pursuit of higher education.  The SMTA scholarship supports a service member’ s education by paying the tuition difference between Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) maximum rates and UMSL tuition rates.  This scholarship applies to both undergraduate and graduate education and it can be applied to tuition and/or fees.  Scholarships will be awarded first-come, first served, up to the award fund maximum (currently $50,000). Click here for more information and application.


  1. Once enrolled in courses, UMSL students who wish to apply for this scholarship complete the SMTA Scholarship application (also available in the UMSL Veterans Center). The student must fill out the application completely and certify the accuracy of their information by signing the application.

  2. The student must also confirm Active Duty status as of the date of application by visiting the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) website, inputting his/her personal information, printing the report and attaching that report to this application.

  3. The student must turn in the application together with the SCRA printout to the Veterans Center no later than the last day to drop a course or withdraw from school without receiving a grade (according to the registrar’s academic calendar).