Veterans Benefits

We are honored to welcome student service members, military veterans and their families into our community. Whether you're just starting your college career, transferring from another school or pursuing graduate opportunities, UMKC gives you the tools you need to transform our world and shape your future.

UMKC Veterans Contact

Debbie Kacirek
UMKC VA Certifying Official
Student Veteran Support Services
Student Union, Room 310
Phone: 816-235-1121
Veteran Benefits

Third Party Billing

Cashiers Office
Cashiers Office

MO Returning Heroes Act Account Credit

Financial Aid and Scholarships Office
Financial Aid and Scholarships

UMKC VA Certifying Official

The UMKC VA certifying official is located in UMKC Student Veteran Support Services. Walk-ins are welcome, or appointments may be made by calling 816-235-1121. Individuals with speech or hearing impairments may call Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966 (TTY).

Debbie Kacirek
Student Union, Room 310
Phone: 816-235-1121

The certifying official's primary responsibility is to certify enrollment status of veterans to the Veterans Administration.

UMKC is NOT able to determine whether a veteran is eligible for benefits, determine the dollar amount of benefits or when students will receive benefit monies from the VA. You can call 1-888-GI-BILL1 or visit to determine your eligibility or inquire about benefits.

Veteran Resources

For questions about VA Educational Benefits contact the VA at 1-888-442-4551, Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. CST or visit


eBenefits is a gateway to benefit information where you can view your status, access documents and more.

Visit eBenefits

Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE)

If you are using Chapter 30, Chapter 1606 or Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), you must verify your enrollment at the end of each month via WAVE.

Visit WAVE

Missouri Veterans Commission

The Missouri Veterans Commission is a state agency established by Missouri Statute to aid all Veterans, their dependents and legal representatives by providing information regarding the rights of veterans and their dependents and to assist veterans accessing their available benefits through state and federal government. You can reach them by calling (573)751-3779 or emailing

Visit the Missouri Veteran Resource and Benefits Portal

UMKC Campus Resources

UMKC is committed to assisting students and university employees who have served in the armed forces to make a smooth transition to a civilian academic environment. Check out our campus resources for additional assistance.

Academic Support and Mentoring

Financial Literacy

Disability Services

Career Services

Find out how to access your GI Bill and Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits

Can't find what you're looking for?

Want to learn more about tuition assistance and whether you're eligible?

Are you a Missouri resident? You may be eligible for additional benefits!

Admissions Information, Scholarships and Forms

The University of Missouri-Kansas City adheres to program integrity requirements as they pertain to the recruitment of, and marketing practices aimed at, Service Members. UMKC does not practice fraudulent and/or aggressive recruitment of military students for the purpose of obtaining access to military tuition assistance/GI Bill funds.

UMKC offers more than 125 academic areas, providing you with the opportunity to explore as you craft your career. 

See degree program requirements

Completion of programs within the schools of Dentistry, Law, Nursing and Medicine will prepare students to sit for the appropriate licensure examination in their respective field. Completion of the program guarantees the eligibility to apply to State Board testing but does not guarantee certification.

UMKC is focused on your success as a student. All students new to UMKC are required to meet with an advisor prior to registering for classes. 

Schedule an advising appointment

To apply for scholarships, submit a currently enrolled scholarship application and provide a DD-214. If you are a dependent of a Veteran, please provide a birth certificate. More information on our Veterans Scholarships can be found on the Financial Aid Scholarships website under "Currently enrolled Scholarships, competitive."

Our Veteran scholarships are:

  • Gold Star Mothers Scholarship
  • Ken Schultz Disabled Veterans Scholarship
  • LaVerne Noyes Scholarship
  • Pat Tillman Foundation Scholarship

We know you have lots of forms that are required, so we've tried to gather them in one place for easy access.

Students are encouraged to apply for education benefits online. If students are not able to apply for education benefits online you may contact the UMKC VA Certifying Official for the paper forms.

Parent Institution Letter (PDF)

Parent Institution Letter-Typeable (PDF)

Enrollment Data Form (PDF)