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Veteran Benefits

For each of the Chapter bills below:

  • All classwork must meet the requirements of your chosen program.
  • You should report any changes in your class load to the VA Office to avoid over payments.
  • Other questions? Ask the VA Office at EKU at 1-859-622-2345 or the St. Louis Regional Office at 1-888-442-4551

EKU offers many programs to assist veterans and their dependents to attend college. Their benefits and requirements are described below.

Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill®-Active Duty)

If you paid $1200 to the program while on active duty, then you can receive:

  • $1,395 a month as a full-time student if you have served less than three years.
  • $1717 a month as a full-time student if you have served for three years or longer.
  • You may receive more if granted a "kicker" (i.e.: Army College Fund)
  • You may receive less if your attendance is less than full time.

To activate Chapter 30 GI Bill®:

  1. Fill out Application 22-1990.
  2. Provide a certified copy of DD-214 (form 4).
  3. Once registered with EKU, fill out a "VA Request Form" every semester and provide all paperwork to EKU's VA Office.

Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill®-Selected Reserve)

If you commit to a 6-year enlistment in the Military Reserves or National Guard, then you can receive:

  • $337 a month as a full-time student.
  • This amount may vary for the same reasons as above in Chapter 30.

To activate Chapter 1606:

  1. Fill out Application 22-1990.
  2. Provide a notice of basic eligibility (NOBE) from the drilling unit.
  3. Once registered with EKU, fill out a "VA Request Form" and provide all paperwork to EKU's VA Office.

Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill)

If you:

  • have 90 days or more of aggregate service on or after September 11, or
  • were discharged with a service-connected disability for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®

then you can receive

  • Financial support for education and housing
  • Undergraduate and graduate degrees and vocational/technical training
  • Tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursement
  • Your tuition cost paid based upon the highest in-state tuition charged by EKU in Kentucky.
  • The difference for more expensive tuition with the Yellow Ribbon Program.

The GI Bill may be able to be transferred to dependents.
See for more information. To activate Chapter 33:

  1. Register with EKU's VA Office.
  2. Once you receive your letter of eligibility, return it to the EKU VA office.
  3. Fill out a VA Request Form and submit all paperwork every semester to the EKU VA office.

Chapter 35 (Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance)

If you are a dependent of a Veteran deemed 100% totally and permanently disabled, service-connected or killed in action, then

  • you may be eligible for $1018.00 a month as full-time student.
  • This amount will be less if you are a part-time student.

To check eligibility and activate Chapter 35,

  1. Register with the EKU's VA Office.
  2. Fill out Application 22-5490.
  3. Fill out a VA Request form and submit all paperwork every semester.

Dependents may be eligible for Kentucky War-Orphans tuition under one of the following statutes:

If eligible, you can receive

  • KRS 164.505
    You may be eligible if:
    • Veteran was killed in action while serving during a wartime period or
    • Veteran died as the result of a service connected disability incurred provided the veteran's home of record upon entry into the Armed Forces was the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  • KRS 164.515
    Veteran must be:
    • a Kentucky resident
    • rated 100% permanently and totally disabled
    • 100% disabled for compensation purposes or
    • You provide medical evidence
      • showing permanent and total Veteran disability for a period of at least 30 days prior to death and
      • the medical evidence is signed by a physician licensed to practice.
  • 45 months of training,
  • training until you receive a degree, or
  • training until your 26th birthday.

Learn more by viewing this powerpoint file.

Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation)

Veterans deemed 20% disabled or greater may be eligible or 10% with a serious employment handicap. Recipients receive:

  • tuition
  • books
  • monthly allotment based on the number of dependents

For more information contact the Louisville Veterans Affairs Office at 1-800-827-1000.

Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance Program)

If you were activated after September 11, 2001,

  • You are either eligible for education benefits or increased benefits.
  • If you are a National Guard member or an eligible reservist, you may get education benefits while in an approved training program.
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