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Military and Veteran Affairs 9 Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Tuition

Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Tuition

A military student walking in front of the New Science Building at Eastern Kentucky University.

Have questions about Financial Aid and want to connect with a financial aid advisor for loan counseling and other services related to attending Eastern Kentucky University? Big E Central is your one-stop-shop for Financial Aid, Student Accounting and Registrar assistance!

Please contact them with any questions! You can also schedule a virtual (ZOOM) appointment.

Estimated Expenses and Default Cohort Rate Information

Visit here for information regarding estimated expenses for full-time beginning undergraduate students and EKU Cohort Default Rate (CDR)*

Currently, the FY 2019 CDR is 2.3% (nationally) and 2.9% (EKU).  This is updated by 1 October of each year.

*Data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics


EKU Veteran and Military-Specific Foundation Scholarships

Be sure to ‘Login as Returning User’ with your EKU single-sign on credentials. You must be an admitted student to apply.

Reduced Military Tuition Rate

Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition rates of $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses* and $325 for graduate courses* to eligible service members currently serving on active duty and/or serving in the Reserves/National Guard.

For information regarding the Reduced Military Spouse Rate, visit the Military Dependent Checklist and scroll down to the section “For Military Spouses Only”.

*Note: The following programs are not eligible for the Reduced Active Duty Rate: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Doctorate in Nursing Practice, and BS/Doctorate in Occupational Therapy.

How to claim your Reduced Military Tuition Rate:

  • Open Chrome or Internet Explorer and visit
  • Enter your information to create a free account.
  • Provide the information requested on the “Single Record Request” tab to obtain a report certifying active duty status.** (Only enter the required information designated by the red asterisks – Name, DOB, SS#)
  • Submit your Certificate of Active Duty* via our Student Document Portal
  • *Reserve/National Guard submit Title 10 or Title 32 orders – or – a copy of your current LES

Important Information!

  • All students (including continuing and returning) must request the Reduced Military Rate prior to the beginning of each academic year, after August 1.
  • Students must submit their request by the Add/Drop deadline for each subsequent academic year. Please go to Colonels Compass for Add/Drop deadlines based upon your registered terms.
  • The Reduced Military Rate cannot be applied retroactively.
  • The Reduced Military Rate is not available for students who are also receiving KYNG State Tuition Assitance

Federal Tuition Assistance

An image of an Army member standing in front of the American flag holding books.

Each branch of service has its own rules and procedures regarding Federal Tuition Assistance, but service members may be eligible for up to $4,000 in educational benefits per year. These funds are paid directly to the university to be applied towards tuition expenses. explains each service’s Tuition Assistance program and provides links to each service’s TA websites:

*If you have questions about Kentucky National Guard education resources please visit KHEAA’s Military and Veterans page.

Federal Tuition Assistance Forms Upload

Servicemembers using Federal Tuition Assistance, submit your approved TA Authorization form(s). This now includes ALL Branches (Army*, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard).

*NOTE: Students using Federal Tuition Assistance through ArmyIgnitED. The upgraded ArmyIgnitED portal launched on 29 August 2022! Soldiers are now able to request tuition assistance for FY 23 for courses starting after 1 October 2022.

Please review the Soldier Tip Sheet to prepare for the upgraded ArmyIgnitED portal. Visit the DegreeWorks page for information on how to upload your DegreeWorks degree plan.

Questions? Email us at

Submit Your Federal Tuition Assistance Authorization

Students using federal tuition assistance to fund their classes must submit approved TA Authorization form(s) to EKU in order for TA funds to be applied to student accounts. Your authorization form(s) will be sent to Student Accounting, and will be processed as soon as possible in the order it is received. Please be sure that you are submitting the actual approved and signed TA authorization form(s) for your individual classes, and not simply a screenshot of your approval to utilize federal tuition assistance.

Due to large submission volume, it make take time for your TA to be applied to your student account. We appreciate your patience.

Thank you!

Policy on Return of Unearned TA Funds

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded.

To comply with the new Department of Defense Policy, Eastern Kentucky University will return any unearned TA funds on a prorated basis through the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided (see the Full Schedule for Return of Unearned TA Funds). TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending. These funds are returned to the military service branch in which the student serves.

Students who are called for mobilization or whose spouse/legal guardian or sponsored dependent is called to active duty should refer to University Policy 4.3.14P, Military Activation and Course Completion, which provides several options, including withdrawal from the course(s) and/or University or taking an incomplete and completing the course(s) following completion of mobilization.

Eligible requests for military withdrawal triggers a 100% refund in all tuition and course fees which will be returned to the student’s military service branch and result in no debt to the student.

EKU Rates of Pursuit for Federal GI Bill Entitlement

Undergraduate Full Time Requirement

16 weeks 12 Hours
12 weeks 08 Hours
08 weeks 06 Hours
06 weeks 04 Hours

Graduate Full Time Requirement

Chapters 31 / 33

Length of term Enter in TT / FF (Full time hours)
16 Weeks 9
12 Weeks 6
8 Weeks 4
6 Weeks 3

Chapters 30 / 35 / 1606

Student Credit Hours Taken Length of Term Enter in TT  /FF
9 or more 16 weeks Full
6 – 8 16 weeks 3 / 4
5 16 weeks 1 / 2
3 – 4 16 weeks 1 / 4
6 12 weeks Full
4 – 5 12 weeks 3 / 4
3 12 weeks 1 / 2
4 8 weeks Full
3 8 weeks 3 / 4
2 8 weeks 1 / 2
3 6 weeks Full

Military and Veteran Affairs

521 Lancaster Ave.
Powell Student Center 137
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: (859) 622-2345
Fax: (859) 622-5076


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