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Veteran Benefits

For each GI Bill® Chapter below:

  • All courses must be required for your declared major
  • Report any changes in your class schedule to the EKU Office of Military & Veteran Affairs by submitting a new Course Enrollment Form
  • Other questions? Contact the EKU Military & Veteran Affairs Office at 859-622-2345 or at EKUVeteransAffairs@eku.edu.  You can also contact the St. Louis Regional VA Office at 888-442-4551

EKU offers many programs to assist veterans, active duty servicemembers, reservists, and their dependents achieve their educational goals. Please see the benefits and requirements described below.

Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill®-Active Duty)

If you paid $1,200 to the program while on active duty, you may be eligible to receive:

  • If you have served three years or less - $1,395 a month as a full-time student 
  • If you have served three years or more - $1,717 a month as a full-time student 
  • You may receive additional funds if you were awarded a "kicker" (i.e.: Army College Fund)
  • You may receive less funds if your attendance is less than full time

To activate Chapter 30 GI Bill®:

  1. Go to www.vets.gov and submit your application for educational benefits.
  2. Provide a certified copy of your DD-214 to the VA.
  3. Submit your Certificate of Eligibility to EKUVeteransAffairs@eku.edu.  
  4. Once you have been admitted to EKU and have registered for classes, submit your Course Enrollment form at www.va.eku.edu/course.  This form notifies the Office of Military & Veteran Affairs of your request to be certified for benefits, and must be completed each semester after registration.

Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill®-Selected Reserve)

If you committed to a 6-year enlistment in the Military Reserves or National Guard, you may be eligible to receive:

  • $337 a month as a full-time student
  • You may receive additional funds if you were awarded a "kicker" (i.e.: Army College Fund)
  • You may receive less funds if your attendance is less than full time

To activate Chapter 1606:

  1. Go to www.vets.gov and submit your application for educational benefits.
  2. Provide a Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) provided by your assigned drilling unit.
  3. Submit your Certificate of Eligibility to EKUVeteransAffairs@eku.edu.  
  4. Once you have been admitted to EKU and have registered for classes, submit your Course Enrollment form at www.va.eku.edu/course.  This form notifies the Office of Military & Veteran Affairs of your request to be certified for benefits, and must be completed each semester after registration.

Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill®)

If you have served 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®, you may be eligible for:

  • Financial support for education and housing
  • Undergraduate and graduate degrees, or vocational/technical training
  • Paid tutoring assistance
  • Licensing and certification test reimbursement
  • Paid tuition costs based upon the highest in-state tuition 

The GI Bill® may be eligible for transferred to dependents.  For more information, visit www.vets.gov.

 To activate Chapter 33 Benefits:

  1. Go to www.vets.gov and submit your application for educational benefits.
  2. Submit your Certificate of Eligibility to EKUVeteransAffairs@eku.edu.  
  3. Once you have been admitted to EKU and have registered for classes, submit your Course Enrollment form at www.va.eku.edu/course.  This form notifies the Office of Military & Veteran Affairs of your request to be certified for benefits, and must be completed each semester after registration.

Chapter 35 (Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance)

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

  • You may be eligible for $1,018 a month as a full-time student
  • This amount may be less if you are a part-time student

To determine eligibility and activate Chapter 35 benefits:

  1. Go to www.vets.gov and submit your application for educational benefits.
  2. Submit your Certificate of Eligibility to EKUVeteransAffairs@eku.edu.  
  3. Once you have been admitted to EKU and have registered for classes, submit your Course Enrollment form at www.va.eku.edu/course.  This form notifies the Office of Military & Veteran Affairs of your request to be certified for benefits, and must be completed each semester after registration.

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

KRS 164.505

  • The servicemember was killed in action while serving during a wartime period; or
  • The servicemember died as the result of a service-connected disability incurred, provided that the servicemember's home of record was the Commonwealth of Kentucky upon entry into the Armed Forces.

KRS 164.515

The veteran must be:

  • A Kentucky resident
  • 100% permanently and totally disabled
  • 100% disabled for compensation purpose; or
  • Has provided medical documentation
    • 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

The dependent may be eligible for 45 months of educational entitlement, until first degree is awarded, or until dependent has reached age 26, whichever occurs first.

Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation)

Veterans who are 20% disabled or greater, or 10% disabled with a serious employment handicap, may be eligible to receive:

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • A monthly allotment based on the number of dependents

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

Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance Program)

If you were activated after September 11, 2001:

  • You may be eligible for education benefits or increased benefits
  • If you are a National Guard member or an eligible reservist, you may be entitled to education benefits while in an approved training program
  1. Submit your Certificate of Eligibility to EKUVeteransAffairs@eku.edu.
  2. Once you have been admitted to EKU and have registered for classes, submit your Course Enrollment form at www.va.eku.edu/course.  This form notifies the Office of Military & Veteran Affairs of your request to be certified for benefits, and must be completed each semester after registration.
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