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The University of Kentucky is extremely proud of its long-standing relationship with the men and women in uniform who bravely serve this country. From its founding as a Land Grant University in 1865 to its continued development of leaders for the Army and Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps, UK has consistently contributed to the defense of freedom.

Since 2009, the University of Kentucky has been recognized by Military Times as a Best for Vets school among public universities in the state. It is our mission to provide you with exceptional service and accessibility. We're very aware of the unique challenges service members and veterans face, and we offer numerous support systems and benefits specifically for them.

Use Your Benefits

In addition to waiving the application fee for veterans, our military support teams can help you determine eligibility and use the variety of programs available to make your out-of-pocket costs as low as possible.

GI Bill®

There are a variety of GI Bill programs that can be used by veterans, active-duty service members, spouses and dependents. This includes the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Forever GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Veteran Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) and more.

Yellow Ribbon

Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, degree-granting institutions can fund a percentage of tuition expenses that are matched by the VA. We're proud to contribute the maximum percentage rate of 50% for a limited number of students per term.

Military Tuition Assistance

Active military students may be eligible to utilize Department of Defense Tuition Assistance — it covers tuition expenses up to $250 per credit hour for eligible students.

For more information regarding the GI Bill or Tuition Assistance benefits, contact VA Certifying Official, Amy Southwood, at or (859) 257-1148.

Transfer Your Credits

We recognize there is a distinct difference between accepted credit and usable credit, and only award credit that can be applied toward your degree. This prevents you from accumulating too much general credit that may negatively impact your financial aid or benefits.

Additionally, the University of Kentucky Transfer Equivalency System (TES) allows you to identify where college-level coursework will transfer into the institution. The database includes Joint Service Transcript (JST) coursework which can be found under the American Council on Education.

Dedicated Military Support

We understand that the transition back to civilian life, especially academic life, may pose unique challenges for our military students. The University of Kentucky provides dedicated support for our military-affiliated students to keep you moving toward your goal.

Veterans Resource Center

The Veterans Resource Center's goal is to ensure a smooth transition to college by helping you determine your eligibility for, and connect you to, your education benefits. The Veterans Resource Team is made up of dedicated professionals from several departments who have the common goal of helping our veterans accomplish their academic mission.

Student Veterans Association

This group is comprised of student veterans and dependents dedicated to the advancement, education and support of all veterans attending and working at the University. They work with the Veterans Resource Center and Team and the Student Government in order to facilitate the needs of non-traditional students.

Join 80+ Years of Proven Excellence in Social Work

Our suite of online social work programs are the ones service members need to take the next step in their careers. Those who received critical counseling and support or saw the benefits of it for their peers are eager to continue this core value of service and be the mental health and wellness resource people deserve.

Online Program Options include:

  • CSWE-accredited BASW
    • 120 credits
    • Transfer in up to 67 credits
    • Complete in 4 years
    • Certificate in Diversity and Inclusivity Awareness available
  • CSWE-accredited MSW - Regular Standing Option
    • For students without a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
    • 60 credits
    • Complete in 4 semesters (accelerated)
    • Multiple Certificate Options and an Individualized Plan of Study (IPS) available
  • CSWE-accredited MSW - Advanced Standing Option
    • For students with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
    • 30 credits
    • Complete in 2 semesters (accelerated)
    • Multiple Certificate Options and an Individualized Plan of Study (IPS) available
  • DSW
    • For students with a Master of Social Work (MSW)
    • 42 credits
    • Complete in 2 years


Answer the Call to Serve Your Fellow Citizens

If you're curious about the program and what it entails, and how the University of Kentucky can help connect you to your education benefits, please fill out the request for information form.

*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at