Veteran-Affairs | GCTC

Veteran Affairs


We welcome military service members, veterans and their families. Here’s how to apply to Gateway and start building a better future.

Earn a degree, diploma or certificate on campus or online, or prepare for a job in one of our Go to Work programs. We offer flexibility and support services to help you reach your goals while serving your country or after you’ve retired from active duty.

How to Apply

The application process is quick and simple, and we’re here to help. Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Submit your application for admission. Which application you use depends on your benefits:
  2. Apply for your GI Bill® Benefits. Visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to learn about the various GI Bill® Programs and which are best for you.  See Education Benefits for more information on how to apply.

  3. Send us transcripts from high school and any colleges you’ve attended.

  4. Register at the Joint Services Transcript (JST) website for an account.
    • Click on the "Transcripts" link and view, print or save your unofficial transcript.  You can also request an official transcript be sent to the Registrar's Office.

    • Air Force veterans and service members should request their transcript from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF).

  5. Submit required test scores to the Admission Office located at the Edgewood Campus:

    • ACT, Accuplacer, EdReady Diagnostic and EdReady Study Path, High School GPA, GED College Readiness, SAT, KYOTE, TABE 9/10-A and Wonderlic are accepted for admission
    • If you do not have a high school GPA or test scores to submit from the above list, please schedule an EdReady test with Gateway here.
    • Students with transferable credits may be exempt based upon transcript evaluation
  6. Explore financial aid. Federal financial aid is available for members of all branches of the military. We also offers scholarships, grants and loans to make a great education even more affordable.

*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).​*

Concurrent Admission

If you’re planning to enlist in the Army, you may be eligible for the Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP), a program designed to help you apply to college and access your benefits. Be sure to select KCTCS as your home college when you enlist.

If you are receiving veteran or survivor benefits through the VA or the State of Kentucky, we’re here for you, every step of the way. Contact us.

Section 702 (The Choice Act)

Kentucky and Gateway are in compliance with Section 702 (The Choice Act) for in-state resident rate requirement. If you are receiving VA education benefits and are being charged out-of-state tuition, please contact us immediately to resolve this matter.

Technology for your classes

All in-person and online courses at Gateway use Blackboard which is a learning management system. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that all Gateway students have a computer with reliable Internet access. Smart phones, tablets and/or Chromebooks may not provide reliable access. 

A computer with the following specs should be sufficient for online learning:

  • Macintosh OS X (10.12 or higher) or Windows PC (8 or higher)
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GM RAM or more is highly recommended)
  • 20 GB of available hard-drive space
  • Screen resolution set to 1280 X 1024
  • Broadband/high-speed uninterrupted Internet access; minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps download, 750 Kbps upload
  • Webcam, microphone, and speakers

The Help Desk is available to answer your questions about Blackboard. Contact the KCTCS Online Technical Help Desk at any time 24/7.