Military and Veterans
Benefits for Spouses and Dependents
Dependents of deceased or totally disabled Kentucky veterans may be able to take advantage of these waiver programs:
KRS 164.505: Must be the child, step-child or non-remarried spouse of a service member who was a Kentucky resident when he or she entered military service and who was killed while in service or died of a service-connected disability. Student must provide documentation of relationship to parent or spouse as well as documentation showing the parent’s or spouse’s military service and cause of death. If the student also receives a scholarship payable to the school, the scholarship must be applied to incidental expenses and any balance returned to the student if the terms of the scholarship allow.
KRS 164.507: Must be the child or step-child under the age of 26 or the non-remarried spouse of a deceased veteran who was a resident of Kentucky or married to a resident of Kentucky at the time of death and who served in the Armed Forces during a national emergency, war declared by Congress or action of the United Nations or who was killed on active duty or died of a service-connected disability acquired while on active duty. Student must provide documentation of relationship to parent or spouse as well as documentation showing the parent’s or spouse’s military service and cause of death. A step-child must have been a member of the veteran’s household when the veteran died. If the student also receives a scholarship payable to the school, the scholarship must be applied to incidental expenses and any balance returned to the student if the terms of the scholarship allow.
KRS 164.512: Must be the disabled child of a veteran who acquired the disability as a direct result of the veteran’s service. To be entitled to benefits under this section, the child claiming benefits must have acquired a disability determined by the Veterans Administration as compensable. Must document the parent-child relationship. The member of the National Guard or Reserve must have served on state active duty, active duty for training or inactive duty training or the veteran must have served on active duty with the Armed Forces, and the discharge must have been under honorable conditions. The veteran must be a resident or, if deceased, must have been a resident of Kentucky.
KRS 164.515: Must be the child or step-child under the age of 26 or the spouse of a permanently and totally disabled member of the Kentucky National Guard or Reserve injured while on state active duty, active duty for training or inactive duty training; or a permanently and totally disabled war veteran; or a 100% service-connected disabled veteran regardless of wartime service; or prisoner of war or member of the Armed Forces declared missing in action. A living veteran must be rated permanently and totally disabled for pension purposes or 100 percent disabled for compensation purposes by the Veterans Administration or the Department of Defense. If the veteran is deceased, the claim is based on the rating held by the veteran at the time of death. If a prisoner of war or missing in action, the veteran must have been declared as such by the Department of Defense. Members of the Kentucky National Guard must be rated permanently and totally disabled as provided in KRS Chapter 342. Must document the parent’s, stepparent’s, or spouse’s service and rating.
Award: Tuition waiver at any state-supported school
Application: Contact the Veterans Affairs Office of the school you plan to attend; write to Tuition Waiver Coordinator, Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, 321 West Main Street, Suite 390, Louisville, KY 40202; call 502.595.4447 or toll free 800.928.4012.