Veteran Benefits

For each of the Chapter bills below:

  • All classwork must meet the requirements of your chosen program.
  • You should report any changes in your class load to the VA Office to avoid over payments.
  • Other questions? Ask
  • the VA Office at EKU at 1-859-622-2345 or
  • the St. Louis Regional Office at 1-888-442-4551

EKU offers many programs to assist veterans and their dependents to attend college. Their benefits and requirements are described below.

Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty)

If you paid $1200 to the program while on active duty, then you can receive:

  • $1,158 a month as a full-time student if you have served less than three years.
  • $1426 a month as a full-time student if you have served for three years or longer.
  • You may receive more if granted a "kicker" (i.e.: Army College Fund)
  • You may receive less if your attendance is less than full time.

To activate Chapter 30 G.I. Bill:

  1. Fill out Application 22-1990.
  2. Provide a certified copy of DD-214 (form 4).
  3. Once registered with EKU, fill out a "VA Request Form" every semester and provide all paperwork to EKU's VA Office.

Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve)

If you commit to a 6-year enlistment in the Military Reserves or National Guard, then you can receive:

  • $337 a month as a full-time student.
  • This amount may vary for the same reasons as above in Chapter 30.

To activate Chapter 1606:

  1. Fill out Application 22-1990.
  2. Provide a notice of basic eligibility (NOBE) from the drilling unit.
  3. Once registered with EKU, fill out a "VA Request Form" and provide all paperwork to EKU's VA Office.

Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill)

If you:

  • have 90 days or more of aggregate service on or after September 11, or
  • were discharged with a service-connected disability for the Post-9/11 GI,

then you can receive

  • Financial support for education and housing
  • Undergraduate and graduate degrees and vocational/technical training
  • Tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursement
  • Your tuition cost paid based upon the highest in-state tuition charged by EKU in Kentucky.
  • The difference for more expensive tuition with the Yellow Ribbon Program.

The GI Bill may be able to be transferred to dependents.
See www.gibill.va.gov for more information. To activate Chapter 33:

  1. Register with EKU's VA Office.
  2. Once you receive your letter of eligibility, return it to the EKU VA office.
  3. Fill out a VA Request Form and submit all paperwork every semester to the EKU VA office.

Chapter 35 (Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance)

If you are a dependent of a Veteran deemed 100% totally and permanently disabled, service-connected or killed in action, then

  • you may be eligible for $936.00 a month as full-time student.
  • This amount will be less if you are a part-time student.

To check eligibility and activate Chapter 35,

  1. Register with the EKU's VA Office.
  2. Fill out Application 22-5490.
  3. Fill out a VA Request form and submit all paperwork every semester.

Dependents may be eligible for Kentucky War-Orphans tuition under one of the following statutes:

If eligible, you can receive

  • KRS 164.505
    You may be eligible if:
    • Veteran was killed in action while serving during a wartime period or
    • Veteran died as the result of a service connected disability incurred provided the veteran's home of record upon entry into the Armed Forces was the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  • KRS 164.515
    Veteran must be:
    • a Kentucky resident
    • rated 100% permanently and totally disabled
    • 100% disabled for compensation purposes or
    • You provide medical evidence
      • showing permanent and total Veteran disability for a period of at least 30 days prior to death and
      • the medical evidence is signed by a physician licensed to practice.
  • 45 months of training,
  • training until you receive a degree, or
  • training until your 26th birthday.

Learn more by viewing this powerpoint file.

Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation)

Veterans deemed 20% disabled or greater may be eligible. Recipients receive:

  • tuition
  • books
  • monthly allotment based on the number of dependents

For more information contact the Louisville Veterans Affairs Office at 1-800-827-1000.

Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance Program)

If you were activated after September 11, 2001,
then:

  • You are either eligible for education benefits or increased benefits.
  • If you are a National Guard member or an eligible reservist, you may get education benefits while in an approved training program.