From the militiamen of the American Revolution to today’s Reservist and National Guard members, the citizen-soldier is a special breed of American…devoted to serving the nation, in addition to their daily careers and caring for their families. If you are a drilling Reservist or National Guard member, you are also entitled to military tuition assistance (TA) and GI bill benefits.
Army Reservist or Army National Guard
To apply for Federal Tuition Assistance (TA), go to GoArmyEd.com.
If you are applying for State TA, it is important to remember that the deadlines are 1 October (Spring) and 1 April (Summer/Fall).
EKU's school code is 001963 and use 2016-2017 tuition of $4,284.00 for full time students or $357 per credit hour. FYI - any Tuition Assistance will NOT pay the additional amount charged by the school for online courses, just standard course costs unless there are funds left over after all TA claims are paid. After submitting your federal TA paperwork, be sure to contact your Readiness NCO so they can take action to approve your TA within GoArmyEd.
For reservists in the other services or Air National Guard members, visit Military.com’s TA Overview to see how to apply for TA benefits.
MGIB-SR versus Post 9-11 GI Bill
As a drilling or former reservist, you can also apply for Veteran educational benefits in the form of either Montgomery GI Bill – Selective Reserves (SR) benefits (Chapter 1606), or Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits (Chapter 33). If you have deployed overseas, you may be able to file under Chapter 31 (Voc Rehab) if you suffered a disability as a result of your deployment.
Because the Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits are prorated based on your active federal service, as the number of months you have served under Title X orders grows, so does your benefits percentage. If you have completed at least one deployment, you may want to compare the options to see which entitlement program works best for you.
The different options can be confusing. For more detailed information and how to compare benefit plans, go to www.gibill.va.gov/.
Worried about what happens if you get activated? Don't be. The EKU Registrar has a clear Military Activation policy that outlines what happens to your course credits.
If you are going to miss a couple of semesters due to deployment, you do not have to reapply for admission to the university. As long as you have not taken any other classes at another institution while away from EKU, you can simply contact your advisor and re-enroll for EKU classes when you get back.
If you know about your deployment ahead of time, you might consider staying enrolled and taking classes online. Talk with your unit to determine what kind of internet access you will have while deployed, and whether or not you will have enough down time during your mission to take a course or two. If you need upper division credits and your duty relates to your major, check with your department and the Center for Career and Co-Op to see if you can earn credit. Here are some of EKU's online learning opportunities. If you need other General Education courses, contact the Office of Military & Veteran Affairs to see what can be arranged.