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EKU Online Benefits for Members of the Military

Thank You For Your Service

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience, and flexibility.

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

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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.

Free Undergraduate Application

EKU waives the undergraduate application fee for veterans, allowing you to get started on your degree sooner.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military

Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.*

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. Please see the Office of Military & Veterans Affairs website at va.eku.edu active or call 859-622-2345 for specific information about using your GI Bill benefits in conjunction with federal tuition assistance.

If you’re receiving a tuition scholarship, please check the monetary value to determine whether the cost of online courses is covered.

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

Exceptions: 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. The military reduced tuition cannot be used retroactively. 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 tuition rate:
Step 1

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

**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.

Step 2

Submit your certificate of active duty status to the Office of Military & Veterans Affairs:
Email: Jaime.Roberts@eku.edu
Fax: (859) 622-5076
Office: Powell Student Center 137
Richmond, KY 40475

“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 student on deployment in Afghanistan

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