Hundreds of members of the military (active and retired) and their families utilize the GI Bill to attend Kentucky’s colleges each year. However, the transition from service to postsecondary education can be difficult and military students must navigate many unique challenges.
The federal government, Kentucky’s legislature, colleges and universities are working together to simplify the transition process, improve state and institutional supports, lower costs, and increase transparency when it comes to how military experience transfer is credited.
Tuition Assistance for Members of the Military
Both state and federal sources provide tuition assistance for members and veterans and their families to attend college in Kentucky. They include
- Top-Up Tuition Assistance
- Montgomery GI Bill
- Post 9/11 GI Bill
- Federal student aid
- Student aid for members of the Army National Guard
- State military student aid and discounted tuition for Kentucky residents
- Institutional aid and military-specific scholarships (see institution websites for more information)
For legislative language about Kentucky's tuition waivers for active members and veterans of the Armed Forces and Kentucky National Guard, visit the Council's tuition waivers page.
Transfer of Credit
Making sure soldiers don’t waste time or money is a key concern. These students are often working to support families while attending college. In addition, benefits cover a maximum of 36 cumulative months in college, which could be an issue for students attending part-time.
The Council is working with Kentucky’s public institutions to improve the credit for prior learning evaluation process. In compliance with Kentucky’s Guiding Principles for Military Credit transferability will be based, in part, on the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Learn more about military credit from ACE. https://militaryguide.acenet.edu/.
Providing clear transfer pathways for military training will allow veteran students to make better decisions when it comes to selecting degrees and credentials that meet both their career needs and their prior experience.
Advising and Support Services for Members of the Military
Kentucky's public institutions provide specialized services for members of the military.
Four-Year Public Universities
- Eastern Kentucky University
- Kentucky State University
- Morehead State University
- Murray State University
- Northern Kentucky University
- University of Kentucky
- University of Louisville
- Western Kentucky University
Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges
- Ashland Community and Technical College
- Big Sandy Community and Technical College
- Bluegrass Community and Technical College
- Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
- Gateway Community and Technical College
- Hazard Community and Technical College
- Henderson Community College
- Hopkinsville Community College
- Jefferson Community and Technical College
- Madisonville Community College
- Maysville Community and Technical College
- Owensboro Community and Technical College
- Somerset Community College
- Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College
- Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
- West Kentucky Community and Technical College
Last Updated: 1/4/2022