New Student Veterans
What are some of the benefits EKU provides for student veterans?
The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs is your Reception Station at EKU. We are located in the Burnam House at 317 Lancaster Avenue next door to Irvine McDowell Park. Make us your first stop on campus.
If you have questions that can't wait, fill out the Information Request Form for a quick email response or contact the MVA Office at EKU at 859-622-2345.
Applying to EKU
Before you arrive you'll need to complete your application to EKU. Make sure you mark your service connection on your undergraduate application to get the application fee waived for undergraduates only. If you have already paid the fee, email EKUVeteransAffairs@eku.edu and include your full name and student ID number to receive a refund.
You will also need to get official copies of transcripts sent to EKU from your high school or from any college where you have taken courses. EKU will also need your ACT or SAT scores which you can order online and have sent to the admissions office. If you haven't taken the ACT or SAT you should contact the Military Admission Counselor at 859-622-8659 to discuss special admission options through Placement Testing.
Applying to Regional Veteran Affairs
The other application you’ll need to make is directly with the Regional Veteran Affairs, who will verify and approve your GI Bill benefits eligibility. If you are not sure which benefits you qualify for or if you should use Post 9-11 GI Bill vs. Montgomery GI Bill, visit www.gibill.va.gov or read our Veteran Benefits page. Once you are ready, 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
Either way, you will have to mail the application signature page from the online application or the entire application to the VA Regional Office (see address at right) along with a copy of your discharge certificate (DD214). If you can’t find your DD214, go to eVetRecs to request a copy from the archives. If you need help, call the VA Regional Office on their toll-free number.
You will also want to explore academic credit for military service. Each service produces a transcript listing academic equivalency for military training and experience based on guidelines established by the American Council on Education (ACE). This has links to all the services’ transcript request sites.
Once you have a copy of your military transcripts, MVA can help you 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. A lot will depend on your military background and your chosen major. EKU is committed to giving your military service a fair evaluation and awarding you as much credit as possible for 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 without having to sit through the classes. To find out more about which exam EKU accepts check the link exam links above or call the 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 paid through 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 Military Veterans Affairs (Burnam House at 317 Lancaster Avenue next door to Irvine McDowell Park) to give us your VA certificate of eligibility if you haven't sent it to us already.
After you register for classes you’ll also need to complete the Course Enrollment Form so we can process your benefits claims. Remember these 5 things:
- It may take 6-8 weeks before you receive your first benefit check for the first, so plan ahead.
- All coursework must count toward degree completion.
- If you change your major you must complete a new Veterans Education Plan (VA Form 22-1995) before the semester starts.
- If you add, drop, or change a class you must inform the VA Certifying Official so your certification can be properly updated.
- You must complete a Course Enrollment Form each semester after registering for classes. Don’t forget or your benefit payments WILL be interrupted!
Getting EKU VETS Support
Once you’ve completed in-processing, we’ll hook you up with a member of EKU Veterans Education and Transition Support (EKU VETS). The EKU VETS is your 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 work you find a peer mentor. They also manage the Books-for-Boots program that will help you with your textbooks.