New Student Veterans

Applying to EKU

Before you arrive you'll need to complete your application to EKU. Be sure to identify your service connection on your undergraduate application.  This allows EKU to waive the processing fee for undergraduate students, and also toidentify our student veterans to send out important information.  If you have already paid the fee, you can email EKUVeteransAffairs@eku.edu, and include your full name and student ID number to receive a refund.

You will also need to request official copies of transcripts to be sent to EKU from your high school or from any civilian college where you have taken courses. EKU will also need a copy of your ACT or SAT scores, which you can order online and have sent to the Office of Admissions.  If you haven't taken an ACT or SAT, you also have the option to take a placement test through the EKU Academic Testing Office.  This service is free for our military students.  For more information about placement testing, contact the Academic Testing Office at 859-622-1281.

Applying for your GI Bill Benefits

If you are planning to utilize the GI Bill to fund your education, you will need to apply to use your education benefits.  If you are not sure which benefit you qualify for, please visit www.gibill.va.gov, or check our Veteran Benefits page. Once you are ready, simply fill out the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP). If you prefer, you can fill out and mail a paper application.

VA Regional Office
P.O. Box 66830
St. Louis, MO 63166-6830

Toll-Free (888) 442-4551

Whether you choose to submit the online VONAPP, or if you elect to fill out a paper copy, you will need to mail the Application Signature Page from the online application/ or the entire paper application, to the VA Regional Office (see address), along with a copy of your military discharge certificate (DD-214). If you can’t find your DD-214, you can go to eVetRecs to request a copy from the archives. If you need help, the Regional VA Office will be able to assist you with this process.

Financial Aid

We highly recommend you fill out your FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible. Your VA benefits are completely separate from Financial Aid, so we encourage you to go online now and fill out your FASFA.  The FAFSA determines students' eligibility for grants and/or loans.

Getting Credit for Prior Learning and Military Experience

EKU can help you explore academic credit for military service. Each branch of service produces a transcript, listing academic equivalency for military training and experience based on guidelines established by the American Council on Education (ACE). The ACE website includes links to all the services’ transcript request sites.

Once a copy of your military transcripts has been received by EKU, the Office of Military & Veteran Affairs can help determine which military credits might apply towards your degree plan. Some may be applied toward General Education or Degree Requirements, while most will likely count as Free Elective credits. Much of this will depend on your military background and your chosen major. EKU is committed to fairly evaluating your military service and awarding students with as much credit as possible toward your educational interests. 

EKU also accepts credit by exam from DANTES and CLEP, which is a great way to earn academic credit for what you know.  To learn more about exams accepted by EKU, click on the exam links above, or contact the Academic Testing Office at 859-622-1281. 

For Post 9-11 eligible veterans, starting in August 2011, CLEP exams can be charged to your student account and funded by the VA.   

Arriving at EKU

The more you get done before you arrive, the easier it will be when you step on campus.  We’ll work with you in advance or when you arrive to make sure you are ready to go on the first day of class. When you do arrive on campus, your first stop should be the Office of Military & Veterans Affairs to submit a copy of your VA Certificate of Eligibility, if you haven't sent it in already. Our office is located in the Burnam House at 317 Lancaster Avenue next door to Irvine McDowell Park.

After you are advised and registered for classes, you must complete the Course Enrollment Form.  This form allows us to certify you for your GI Bill benefits. You'll want to take special note of the important information below:

  1. It may take 6-8 weeks to receive your first benefit check, so it is important to consider your finances and plan ahead.
  2. You must complete a Course Enrollment Form each semester after registering for classes. If you do not complete the Course Enrollment form, the neither you nor the school will receive funding. 
  3. All registered classes must count toward degree completion.  The VA will not pay for classes that are not required for your major.
  4. The VA will NOT pay for Developmental courses if they are taken online.  Only Developmental courses taken ON CAMPUS are able to be certified for payment.
  5. If you change your major, you must complete a new Change of Program form (VA Form 22-1995) before the semester starts.
  6. If you add, drop, or change a class after you have submitted your Course Enrollment Form, you must inform the VA Certifying Official so your certification can be properly updated.  This can be done by simply submitted a new Course Enrollment Form.

EKU VETS Support

Once you’ve completed the Admissions process, we can connect you with a member of EKU Veterans Education and Transition Support (EKU VETS)EKU VETS is your veteran student organization dedicated to helping you make a successful transition from the armed forces to the college classroom. The EKU VETS student organization manages VET-2-VET mentoring, and will help you find a peer mentor.  

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