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Military Tuition Rate & Tuition Assistance

Special Tuition Rate For Those Currently Serving In The Military

Western Kentucky University offers a military tuition rate of $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and graduate courses to all service members currently on Active Duty, serving in a Reserve unit (excluding those on Individual Ready Reserve) or in a component of the National Guard.  This tuition rate is applied when you utilize Department of Defense Tuition Assistance (DOD TA) through your service branch or when you utilize state-funded tuition assistance through your guard unit. Any semester that you are not utilizing TA, you will need to request this rate.

Please note: The WKU Military Tuition Rate of $250 per credit hour does not apply to Doctoral course work and can not be used retroactively. It must be requested and applied during the semester it is intended to be used for.

Active Duty Officers in the USPHS and NOAA: Beginning Summer 2022, WKU has extended the military tuition rate of $250 per credit hour, to Active Duty service members of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS Commissioned Corps) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Commissioned Officer Corps. To receive the rate, please follow the instructions below, each semester that you remain in the service and enrolled at WKU.  

Currently Serving Military Students Who Are Unable To Use The Department Of Defense Tuition Assistance:

In recognition of your service, WKU will still extend to you the military tuition rate of $250 per credit hour.  To utilize this special rate, the following rules apply:

  1. You, the service member, are responsible for the costs

  2. Must be admitted to WKU unless you are a ArmyIgnitED participant

  3. All Active Duty, Reservists (excluding Individual Ready Reserve) and National Guard members are eligible

  4. Your current status must be verified by either

    • WKU Military Student Services (Gary Ransdell Hall 2052)

    • Military Programs Coordinator (Fort Knox -Layaou Hall, Bldg. 65- Room103 )

  5. You must complete the application at the time of registration for EACH semester you are not utilizing DOD TA.

Complete The Request Form


WKU offers help when you seek to use Tuition Assistance to pay for school!

Are you thinking of using your tuition assistance (TA) benefits through your service branch? Be sure to contact your Educational Service Officer (ESO) or counselor within your military service branch prior to enrolling in courses that you wish to use TA for. 

Click here for helpful information on accessing Army TA. How to Access Army TA

WKU works through ArmyIgnitED to provide degree programs to Soldiers at our campuses in Bowling Green, Elizabethtown/Fort Knox, Glasgow, Owensboro and online. 

Click on the website for more information: www.armyignited.army.mil/  

During your entire time at WKU and while you are accessing the ArmyIgnitED portal for your Federal Tuition Assistance benefits, WKU will provide assistance along the way.  Contact Kent Johnson in our office at Military Student Services (p:270-745-4163 / e:kent.johnson@wku.edu).

IMPORTANT DATES to remember for State Guard TA deadlines:

  • Fall Semester- APRIL 1
  • Spring Semester- OCTOBER 1

Follow this like to sign up for your Guard TA and check the status of you request.  Remember to input $5,401 for 15 hours of coursework. 

Click here for helpful information on accessing Air Force TA. How to Access Air Force TA

WKU works through the AI Portal to retrieve approved TA vouchers. However, if you want to send a copy to the university, you may do so by sending it to va.forms@wku.edu.

Click here for helpful information on accessing Marine Corps TA. How to Access Marine Corps TA

Approved TA vouchers may be sent to va.forms@wku.edu.

Click here for helpful information on accessing Navy TA. How to Access Navy TA

Approved TA vouchers may be sent to va.forms@wku.edu

Click here for helpful information on accessing Coast Guard TA. How to Access Coast Guard TA

Approved TA vouchers may be sent to va.forms@wku.edu .

TA Refund Policy

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1906 College Heights Blvd. #11030,

Bowling Green, KY 42101-1030

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