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Active Duty Reduced Tuition 

Eastern Kentucky University is proud to offer reduced tuition expenses of $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses to all service members currently serving on Active Duty (defined as on federal orders for 180 days or greater). 

For students pursuing a graduate degree*, the military tuition cost is $325 per credit hour for all service members currently on Active Duty (defined as on federal orders for 180 days or greater).  Students may also qualify for Federal Student Aid or may use their GI Bill benefits through the Top-Up program to supplement tuition and fee expenses that are not covered by TA.  

*Note:  Graduate nursing students and doctoral students are not eligible for the EKU Military Reduced Tuition of $250/$325 per credit hour, regardless of active duty status.  Regular online tuition rates apply to the following programs:  Master of Science in Nursing, DNP and OTD.  Tuition rate does not include costs associated with a specific course or program, such as textbooks.  If you are receiving a tuition scholarship, please check the monetary value to determine whether the cost of online courses is covered.

How to Claim Your Active Duty Reduced Tuition

Students will need to complete the following steps to be eligible for the active duty reduced tuition.

  1. Visit:
  2. Provide the information requested to generate a certificate verifying active duty status**
  3. Submit your certificate of active duty status to the Office of Military & Veteran Affairs.  Please include your EKU Student ID #.


Fax: (859) 622-5076

Office:  Burnam House, 317 Lancaster Ave., Richmond, KY 40475

**Important:  Students will need to provide an updated certificate of active duty status at the beginning of each academic year to extend the active duty reduced tuition.  Students must certify their active duty status by the end of the Add/Drop period in their first term, as well as by the end of the Add/Drop period in the first term of each subsequent academic year.

**Important: The military reduced tuition cannot be used retroactively. 

**Important: Students falling under Title 32 will need to submit a copy of their federal active duty orders, indicating active duty service of at least 180 days, in order to qualify for the reduced tuition cost.  

For More Information

For more information on veteran and active duty military services and offerings, contact the EKU Office of Military and Veteran Affairs at (859) 622-2345. EKU is recognized annually by both Military Times and GI Jobs as a leader among Military Friendly® Schools and we look forward to helping you reach your goals.

Servicemembers Opportunity College

EKU is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC) consortium, a group of colleges and universities dedicated to providing educational opportunities to servicemembers who have difficulty completing college degrees due to frequent moves. 

SOC functions in cooperation with 15 higher education associations, the Department of Defense, and Active and Reserve Components of ALL the Military Services to expand and improve voluntary postsecondary education opportunities for servicemembers worldwide. Visit SOC ( to see how you can enroll and get started on your degree NOW!

Online Degree Programs and Professional Flight Training

Also, check out these online degrees from our nationally renowned College of Justice and Safety. You can use your Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits to pay for flight training as well. Students in EKU’s Aviation (BS) professional flight option can earn flight certifications in Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial, Flight Instructor, CFII, and Multi-Engine.  Best of all, as a public institution, your Post 9-11 GI Bill® benefits will cover all of your flight fees (or at whichever percentage rate you are eligible for if less than 36 months of active duty service).  

Tuition Assistance

Confused about Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA)? Don’t be. TA isn’t a loan; it is a benefit, just like military leave or health care. Each year, Congress provides funds to each branch to be used towards tuition costs. 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. If the cost of tuition exceeds the cap for TA, service members may be eligible to use their GI Bill benefits under the “Top-Up” program to cover those out-of-pocket costs. explains each service's TA program and provides links to each service's actual TA websites.

If you are active duty Army or Activated Guard/Reserves (AGR), go to to process your TA claim.

If you are an active duty Coast Guard member, go to to process your TA claim.

If you are an active duty Marine, go to to process your TA claim.

If you are National Guard (KYNG)), go to to process your claim.

If you are an active duty Navy member, go to to process your TA claim. 

In-State Tuition

GOOD NEWS about tuition! Regardless of where you are from, if you are stationed in Kentucky, as of July 2009 and a member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty for a period of more than 30 days, you will receive in-state tuition. This also applies to your spouse and dependent children. House Resolution 4137 ensures that service members are not penalized for relocating due to military service. If you are currently serving in Kentucky, or if your permanent duty station or home of record is Kentucky, you will receive in-state tuition as long as you remain continuously enrolled, even if you move out of state.


FAMILIES TOO!  For the first time in history, you can transfer your Post 9-11 GI Bill® benefits to your spouse or children.  If you are actively serving as of 1 August 2009 and are a career service member, you can transfer all of your benefits to one person or divide them among your family members, whichever works best for you.

Before your family can apply to use your VA education benefits, you must first process your transfer application online with DOD. This transferability application requires the use of Internet Explorer.

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