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Active Duty Student Checklist

Note:  If you are an active service member you should speak with your Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor prior to enrolling at EKU.

1. Apply to EKU

Be sure to identify yourself as Active Duty on your application!  This waives any admission fees. 

2. Request your Joint Services Transcript*

*Note: In order to have your JST processed you must have applied and been issued a nine-digit EKU ID (901XXXXXX).

To receive credit for your military service, you must submit a Joint Services Transcript (JST). Visit the JST website, and request for your transcript to be sent to EKU electronically. If you get an error screen when you click the link, click "Advanced" at the bottom and click "Proceed to Website."  

Visit the VETS|Ready Opportunity Portal to receive an unofficial report of what credits you may receive for military training/experience!

Air Force trainings/occupations have not been evaluated for military transfer credit.  Since the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF), Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and Air University Registrar are regionally accredited schools, veterans and service members from these schools will need to request their transcripts for evaluation of any prior learning credit.  

For more information/assistance, contact

3. Reduced Active Duty Rate

Eastern Kentucky University is proud to offer reduced online tuition rates of $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses and $325 for graduate courses* to eligible service members. 

Some restrictions apply; if you have questions regarding your eligibility for the Active Duty Rate, please call our office at 859-622-2345 or email

*Note:   The following programs are not eligible for the Reduced Active Duty Rate:  Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Doctorate in Nursing Practice, and BS/Doctorate in Occupational Therapy.  

Steps to Request the Reduced Military Rate:

  • Open Chrome or Internet Explorer and visit
  • Enter your information to create a free account.
  • Provide the information requested on the "Single Record Request" tab to obtain a report certifying active duty status.**  (Only enter the required information designated by the red asterisks - Name, DOB, SS#) 
  • Submit your Certificate of Active Duty Status HERE

Important Information for Students!

  • All students (including continuing and returning) must provide a Certificate of Active Duty Status prior to the beginning of each academic year, after August 1.
  • Students must submit the Certificate of Active Duty Status prior to the Add/Drop deadline in the first term of each subsequent academic year.  Please go to Colonels Compass for Add/Drop deadlines based upon your registered terms. 
  • The Active Duty Military Rate cannot be applied retroactively.   

4. Apply for Federal Tuition Assistance

Each branch of service has its own rules and procedures regarding Tuition Assistance, but service members may be eligible for up to $4,000 in  educational benefits per year. These funds are paid directly to the university to be applied towards tuition expenses. explains each service's TA program and provides links to each service's TA websites:

Army or Activated Guard/Reserves (AGR):

Air Force:

Coast Guard:

Marine Corps: 


Questions?  Call us at 859-622-2345 or email

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