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Veterans Services

Veterans benefits are designated to provide eligible individuals with an opportunity for educational and career growth. Eligibility for VA educational benefits is determined by the US Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Louis, MO. To apply or to receive additional information contact:

Andrew Zellers
Director of Financial Aid and Veterans Services
Start Center Room 219

Before Applying for VA Educational Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs requires each applicant utilizing their VA educational benefits to be formally accepted into an approved curriculum (Program of Study) before initial certification of attendance can be sent to the DVA.

Things You Need to Know

  • Some VA Chapters pay the college directly while others pay directly to you.  Please review the list of chapters below to determine how the college, or you, will be paid.

  • If you are thinking of dropping a class, you need to consult the VA office on campus or you may have to repay some of the money that you received for classes.

  • You can only take courses that are required on your academic plan. In most cases, military transfer credit covers some of your elective requirements. If a class does not fit in your academic plan, VA will not pay for the course.

  • You must be in a degree seeking program to receive benefits/payment. Undecided or Non-Degree Seeking are not acceptable majors. 

VA Education Benefit Chapters


  • First time enlistment of armed forces/ active duty on or after July 1, 1985*
  • High school graduate or completed GED


  • Complete the online application here


  • Participated in voluntary, contributory matching program set up for those entering armed forces between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985
  • Active duty service of at least 24 months


  • Complete the online application here.


  • Service members who served at least 90 aggregate days of active duty after September 10, 2001

  • Some dependents and spouses my qualify.  Please consult with the VA regarding these programs.
  • Complete the online application here.


  • Child or spouse of a veteran who has a 100 percent, service-related disability

  • Child or widow whose parents/ spouses death was service-related

  • Complete the online application here.


  • Reservist enlisted/re-enlisted for six years after October 1, 1990
    High school graduate or completed GED

  • Completed initial active duty for training


  • Complete the online application here.

 Kentucky Tuition Waiver

A waiver of tuition is an education benefit provided by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in recognition of the military service of certain Kentucky veterans. The tuition waiver is provided for children, stepchildren, adopted children, spouses, and unremarried widows & widowers. An approved tuition waiver means a student may attend any two-year schools, four-year schools or vocational technical schools that are operated and funded by the Kentucky Department of Education. Additional information about the tuition waiver program and how to apply is available at Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs.  The application is available here.