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EKU Online Benefits for Members of the Military

Thank You For Your Service

EKU Online offers veterans, active duty military and spouses an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience, flexibility, and pathways toward degree completion.

Ranked as a Top Ten School nationwide by both Military Friendly® (#3) and Military Times Best for Vets (#9), we are committed to helping you reach your goals.

You’re Ready. We’re VETS|Ready®

For more information on benefits/services, please contact EKU Office of Military Affairs at 859-622-2345 or EKUVETS@eku.edu

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Military Times Best for Vets 2021

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Credit For Training

Visit the VETS Ready Opportunity Portal to see what credit you may have already earned through your existing military experience.

Free Application & Textbooks

EKU waives the application fee for veterans, allowing you to get started on your degree sooner. Textbooks are free with EKU BookSmart. 

Personalized Support

As an EKU Online student, you will be assigned a personal advisor who will help you navigate your college experience from enrollment to graduation. Whether you are stationed overseas or at home, we will work with you to achieve your goals.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military & Their Spouses

Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition rates of $258 per credit hour for undergraduate courses** to eligible active service members and their spouses who are not utilizing any other form of federal or state military education entitlement other than Tuition Assistance (TA) or My Career Advancement Account Scholarship (MyCAA).

Eligible active duty service members who are not utilizing any other form of federal or state military education entitlement other than Tuition Assistance (TA) also receive the reduced tuition rate of $335 for graduate courses.*** 

Some restrictions apply; if you have questions regarding your eligibility for the Active Duty Rate, please call the Office of Military & Veterans Affairs at 859-622-2345 or email EKUVeteransAffairs@eku.edu

*Activity duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

**The following programs are not eligible for the Reduced Military Spouse Rate: BS in Nursing and BS in Occupational Therapy.

***Regular online tuition rates apply to the following programs: Master of Science in Nursing, Doctorate in Nursing Practice, and Doctorate in Occupational Therapy.

How to Claim Your Reduced Tuition

Students will need to complete the following steps to be eligible for the active duty tuition rate:
Active Duty Military Members
Step 1

Visit: SCRA and provide the information requested to generate a certificate verifying active duty status.**

Step 2

Submit your certificate of active duty status to the Office of Military & Veterans Affairs:
Email: EKUVeteransAffairs@eku.edu
Office: Powell Student Center 137
Richmond, KY 40475

**Important Note: 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.

Active Duty Military Spouses
Step 1

Visit: MiConnect to obtain Family ID cards.

  • Log into MiConnect
  • Once logged in, click on My Profile
  • Click “ID Card Office Online”
  • Click “Family ID Cards.” Your ID card should list your name and your military spouse status
Step 2

Submit to Office of Military & Veterans Affairs by emailing proof to EKUVeteransAffairs@eku.edu with “Reduced Military Spouse Rate Confirmation” in the subject line.

Other Verification Options:

  • IPERMS – Beneficiary Selection
  • MilConnect – Proof of Health Coverage

**Important Note: Proof of military spouse status must be resubmitted at the beginning of each semester prior to the Add/Drop date. This rate cannot be applied retroactively.

Heath Bergmann

“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”

– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online Graduate

  • “I can confidently say that — as someone who doesn’t even live in the United States — EKU’s online program has been extremely accommodating and flexible. I can discuss advising appointments over email, and I can have my textbooks shipped to my address overseas.” – Sydney Garner Lewis
  • “After the birth of our first child, I knew I needed to go back and finish what I started,” said McKenzie. “I was happy that I could pick up where I left off at EKU even though I lived in a different state.” – EKU Online student and mom
  • “I chose EKU because I am a unique student with unique needs, and EKU provides an avenue for students like me to succeed.” – EKU Online Psychology student Jason Tate
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