Education Opportunities for Veterans

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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 military training, experience, and coursework. The Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents signed a directive providing a baseline set of standards and procedures for the application of military credit. Having one set of standards and procedures serves to provide uniformity and consistency to the process, makes it easier to communicate with and reach a wider audience, and highlights the priority the higher education community places on assisting veterans and active duty service members with their educational and career goals.

In-state tuition for qualified service members, veterans, spouses, and dependents

Upon moving to Ohio, active duty, guard, reserve service members, and their spouse/dependents are eligible for in-state residency for the purposes of tuition, state educational subsidies and financial aid if one of options is met.

GI Promise option

The service member or veteran served at least one year on active duty and was honorably discharged (or received a medical discharge related to military service).  OR The service member or veteran was killed in action, declared missing in action, or served as a prisoner of war.

The service member or veteran must establish domicile in Ohio as of the first day of a term of enrollment in an institution of higher education.  If the service member or veteran is deceased, missing in action, or a prisoner of war, the spouse or dependent must establish domicile in Ohio as of the first day of a term of enrollment in an institution of higher education.

“Domicile” can be documented with a copy of a lease for a rental property or closing statement for residential property verifying the parent or spouse has established residency at the location, or a letter from the owner of a property verifying the parent or spouse resides at that residence.

 

New option

The service member or veteran must be using VA education benefits under Chapter 30 or Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill), served at least 90 days on active duty, is enrolled in a state institution of higher education, and lives in Ohio as of the first day of a term of enrollment in an institution of higher education. Once VA benefits expire, the service member or veteran must apply under the GI Promise option and if not eligible will revert to out of state tuition rates.

A spouse or dependent is eligible, only while using benefits, if they are the recipient of the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry scholarship or Chapter 33 transfer of entitlement if the person is enrolled in a state institution of higher education, lives in Ohio as of the first day of a term of enrollment in an institution of higher education, and the veteran’s period of active duty was at least 90 days.  Once VA benefits expire, the spouse or dependent must apply under the GI Promise option and if not eligible will revert to out of state tuition rates.

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 (efaes@regents.state.oh.us).