Military Benefits

Military Benefits

Eastern Kentucky University has a long tradition of supporting veterans, active military personal, spouses & dependents furthering their education.

In 2010, EKU launched Operation Veteran Success, a series of initiatives aimed at creating a more veteran friendly university.

These initiatives include:

  • No admission fee for undergraduate veterans or dependents
  • Reduced Active Duty tuition rate*
  • Maximum credit hours for military experience
  • Book vouchers to help ensure you receive your books on time
  • Veteran-helpful withdrawal and readmission policy

Active Duty Reduced Tuition

Active Duty Reduced Tuition is available for service members currently serving on Active Duty (federal orders, 180 days or greater).

  • $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
  • $325 per credit hour for graduate degree/certificate

Talk to your enrollment advisor for more details on how to claim your reduced tuition.

How to Use Your Military Benefits to Pay for School

Once you’ve chosen your course of study, there a several options to help pay for your education, and you may be eligible for any or all of the following:

Tuition Assistance

The Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for voluntary education programs taken during off-duty hours. This money does not need to be paid back, and all active-duty service members are eligible to participate.

Each branch of the armed forces has its own application process, eligibility and program rules. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members.

For more information, specific program details and to apply online for your Tuition Assistance benefits, follow the links below:

Army – GoArmyEd

Navy – Navy College Tuition Assistance

Air Force – Air Force Virtual Education Center

Marine Corps – Marine Corps Community Services

Coast Guard – United States Coast Guard

National Guard – National Guard Virtual Armory

The GI Bill

The GI Bill is an education benefit program earned by active duty, Selected Reserve and National Guard service members. It is designed to help eligible service members, veterans and eligible dependents cover the costs associated with getting an education or additional training. The GI Bill can be used alone or to supplement any tuition or fees not covered by Tuition Assistance.

Determining GI Bill Eligibility

To determine if you, your spouse or a dependent is eligible for GI Bill education benefits, visit the official GI Bill website and fill out the appropriate application for your service status. If eligible, you’ll receive a Certificate of Eligibility showing how long you are eligible for, and how many months of benefits you can receive.

If you have any questions on Tuition Assistance, the GI Bill or your educational benefits, you are encouraged to call 1-800-GI-BILL1 (1-800-442-4551).

Educational Support for Military Spouses and Dependents

The online option is also a great way for a spouse or dependent of a military service member to get an education. As such, you are entitled to educational benefits under the GI Bill, as well as federal student aid loans, grants and scholarships. There are even unique funding options developed specifically for helping you achieve your educational goals.

For more information about paying for your education and scholarship opportunities, call the GI Bill Information Line at 1-800-442-4551 to determine your eligibility, or view the list of additional resources at the end of this article.


There are approximately $300 million of military-related scholarships and grants available to active service members and veterans. These scholarships can help cover any additional educational costs you may have.

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Scholarships for Military Spouses