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Veterans should answer the required essay question just as other students do.
In addition to the required essay, veterans are encouraged to include a statement detailing their military service, including years served, rank attained, specialized training, responsibilities, supervisory experience, leadership, and other recognitions. Veterans should explain how their military service has prepared them for Ohio State University. Veterans can write this statement under the Special Circumstances question on the application.
In-state tuition and expense help for veterans
Most veterans and their famiy members using education benefits should be able to attend at in-state rates through one of the following programs:
- The State of Ohio passed the "GI Promise" bill further ensuring that, upon one year of service, military members (and their immediate family members) who retire or relocate to Ohio immediately qualify for in-state tuition. The bill also exempts military retirees from paying Ohio state income tax on their federal retired pay. Please see more at Ohio GI Promise.
Under the new GI Bill, veterans who served after the 9/11 attack will receive benefits to cover the cost of in-state tuition at the most expensive public college, a monthly housing stipend, and an extra $1,000 annually for books. If a veteran serves for at least 10 years and chooses not to use the benefit, they can transfer it to a spouse or children. Read about the GI Bill benefit program.
- Ohio State is a full participant in the Yellow Ribbon program, which makes it easier for veterans to attend the university's graduate schools, including medical and law schools. Under the program, the university is offering an additional $3,000/yr to eight veterans to attend the Moritz College of Law and an extra $8,000/yr to two veterans who attend Ohio State's College of Medicine. The Veterans Administration will match Ohio State's contribution. Read about the Yellow Ribbon GI Enhancement Program. This program also enables non-Ohio residents using the Post-9/11 GI Bill that are not covered under the GI Promise to attend at in-state rates.
Your dependent, enrolled children may be eligible to pay Ohio resident tuition, even if you are not currently a resident of the State of Ohio. They may also be eligible to use your GI Bill benefits. Read about the Ohio GI Promise and GI Bill benefit program.
- Course credit will transfer to Ohio State if the course was taken at a regionally accredited institution, the course was non-remedial, and you received a C- or better (in a few cases, a D or D+ may transfer; download Ohio State's Transfer Credit Policy, page 7 for information). In many cases, credit for equivalent courses is received when transfer credit is awarded. Visit transfer.org for details about the transferability of course credit to and from Ohio and regional institutions.
- You will learn which credits transfered with your notice of admission. You may be able to see how your credits will transfer at transfer.org.
- Credit for transcripted military training may be awarded after the summer of 2012. Learn more about miltary transfer credit in accordance with ACE on page 9 of Ohio State's transfer credit policy.
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