Education Opportunities for Veterans



In June of 2013, Governor John R. Kasich signed Executive Order 2013-05K to support Ohio’s veterans by ensuring they are receiving the appropriate credit and credentialing for their military training and experience. Click here to find out more about the Ohio Values Veterans initiative.

Further your education and career in Ohio.

In an effort to help veterans, servicemembers and their families achieve college degrees, the University System of Ohio has taken proactive steps to better serve those who have served our country.


Ohio's Commitment

College credit for military training and experience

The University System of Ohio is committed to the acceptance and awarding of college credit for College-Level Examination Programs (CLEP), and for training or experience in the United States Armed Forces or National Guard, as long as it has been recognized by the American Council on Education or a regional accrediting body, such as the Higher Learning Commission.

In-state tuition for qualified veterans from across the country

Upon moving to Ohio, veterans with one year of honorable service (and their dependents) are immediately considered in-state residents for the purposes of tuition, state educational subsidies and financial aid. Active duty, guard, reserve servicemembers, and their families are also eligible for this educational benefit.

On June 26, 2012, Gov. John R. Kasich signed into law House Bill 490, a bill that includes provisions which expands the in-state tuition benefit to the spouse or dependents of a deceased veteran, regardless of the location of the death or the veteran’s residence at the time of death.

The Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium

All 36 eligible Ohio public colleges and universities participate in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium. This demonstrates their commitment to awarding college credit for education and training received during military service.

Scholarship opportunities for veterans and their families

The Ohio GI Promise finds and promotes scholarship opportunities such as the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship, Ohio Safety Officers Memorial Fund and Ohio National Guard Scholarship. It also helps connect students with financial aid resources through the Federal GI Bill or state-based initiatives like the Ohio College Opportunity Grant.

Contact a Campus Veterans Affairs office

Veterans Affairs offices supplement the recruitment and retention of veterans to the campuses across the state. Click here for a phone list of campus veterans affairs officers in Ohio. 


Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Ohio GI Promise, call us at 1-877-VETS-OH-1 or contact Eli Faes (