January 2014

How to Become a Successful Online Student

With the advent of online education it is easier than ever to start or restart your education.

But what exactly do you need to become a successful online student? 

How Online Graduate Degrees Can Transform Your Career

The decision to continue your education is a big one. There are many factors that must be considered. Fortunately, the benefits can greatly outweigh the investment. Take a look at some of the reasons people choose to pursue an online graduate degree.

Eastern Kentucky University Recognized for Excellence in Teacher Education

Eastern Kentucky University has been recognized as a top college for teacher education. Online Colleges Database has named EKU among "Colleges Shaping the Next Generation." The report honors the post-secondary institutions in the state that graduated the most education and teaching professionals in 2012.

Fall Enrollment Up 37% for EKU Online Degree Programs

Nearly 2,000 students are earning their degrees online from Eastern Kentucky University, an increase of 37 percent since last fall.

EKU Military Benefits [Infographic]

EKU Online military benefits veterans active duty military infographic

Am I eligible for the post-9/11 GI Bill? You may be eligible if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001 and are still on active dury or were honorably discharged from active duty; or released from active duty and placed on the retired list or tempoary disability retired list; or released from active duty and transferred to the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve; or released from active duty for further services in a reserve component of the Armed Forced; or were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001. 

Active Duty Personnel - Active Duty Completed after September 10, 2001 receive the following percentage of maximum amount payable.
At least 36 cumulative months: 100%; At least 30 continuous days on active duty and dischanrged due to service-connected disability: 100%; 30 months to 36 months: 90%; 24 months to 30 months: 80%; 18 months to 24 months: 70%; 12 months to 18 months: 60%; 6 months to 12 months: 50%; 90 days to 6 months: 40%. 

Reservists - Post-9/11 Service receive the following percentage of maximum amount payable. At least 36 cumulative months: 100%; At least 30 continuous days on active duty and discharged due to service-connected disability: 100%; At least 30 cumulative months: 90%; At least 24 cumulative months: 80%; At least 18 cumulative months: 70%; At least 12 cumulative months: 60%; At least 6 cumulative months: 50%; 90 aggregate days: 40%. EKU Online military benefits veterans active duty military infographic

Am I eligible for the post-9/11 GI Bill? You may be eligible if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001 and are still on active dury or were honorably discharged from active duty; or released from active duty and placed on the retired list or tempoary disability retired list; or released from active duty and transferred to the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve; or released from active duty for further services in a reserve component of the Armed Forced; or were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001. 

Active Duty Personnel - Active Duty Completed after September 10, 2001 receive the following percentage of maximum amount payable.
At least 36 cumulative months: 100%; At least 30 continuous days on active duty and dischanrged due to service-connected disability: 100%; 30 months to 36 months: 90%; 24 months to 30 months: 80%; 18 months to 24 months: 70%; 12 months to 18 months: 60%; 6 months to 12 months: 50%; 90 days to 6 months: 40%. 

Reservists - Post-9/11 Service receive the following percentage of maximum amount payable. At least 36 cumulative months: 100%; At least 30 continuous days on active duty and discharged due to service-connected disability: 100%; At least 30 cumulative months: 90%; At least 24 cumulative months: 80%; At least 18 cumulative months: 70%; At least 12 cumulative months: 60%; At least 6 cumulative months: 50%; 90 aggregate days: 40%. 

What does this include? Cost of tuition and feed. Not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher education (paid to school). Monthly housing allowance. Equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as your school (paid to you). 100% online students receive basic allowance for housing at the national rate. Yearly books and supplied stipend. Up to $1000 per year (paid to you). A one-time payment of $500. Paid to certain individuals relocating from highly rural areas. 

Dos. Submit a Course Enrollment Form every semester if you want to use your VA benefits.

Let the VA office know if you change your class schedule.

Fill out a VA Change of Major/
Place of Training Form if you change your major.

Take only classes that count toward degree completion. 

Get a minor if your free electives cover it or your degree requires it. Otherwise, the VA will not pay for a minor.

Complete verification with the regional office on the last day of each month if you are Chapter 30, 1606, 1607 in order to receive your monthly allowance.

Bring in a copy of your updated Certificate of Eligibility each 
semester to verify remaining 
entitlement.



Don'ts. 
Don’t reduce credit hours below 12 required credits or a debt will occur with VA.

Never stop attending class even if you are failing.

Don’t sign up for classes that are not required unless taking the class above the required 12 hour minimum.

Don’t take a Wellness course if you have completed Basic 
Training.

Never submit audited courses. The VA will not pay for them.

You will be eligible for benefits for 15 years from your last period of active duty of at least 90 consecutive days.

Repeatedly ranked among the nation’s most military friendly schools, EKU continues to be the university of choice for service members and their families.

EKU stood out in their willingness and ability to accommodate my needs. EKU representatives worked with me every step of the way.
- EKU graduate Army LTC Michael Rowells


Our online degree programs help you achieve your goals on your terms. Consider the benefits of a military friendly EKU Online degree program. 


Learn more about the EKU Online degree options such as Homeland Security, Police Studies, 
Psychology, Corrections, and many more.

*Does not have to be continuous as reservists generally serve 1 year active duty tours with breaks in between.  VA determines eligibility. Not everyone that applies for Post 9/11 is 100% eligible. This will impact tuition and fees, book allowance and basic 
allowance for housing (BAH)

We have welcomed military personnel and their families for more than 75 years. Now it’s your turn.

Learn more about the EKU Online degree options such as Homeland Security, Police Studies, Psychology, Corrections, General Studies and many more.

Learn more about online degree programs from EKU Online.

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