What to cover in your essay
Freshman: Freshman applicants must answer the required essay question on the Common Application just as other students do. In addition, veterans are encouraged to include a statement in the "Additional Information" section on the application that details 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 The Ohio State University.
Transfer: The transfer application does not have a required essay. However, veterans are encouraged to include a statement in the "Personal Statement" section on the application that details 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 The Ohio State University.
In-state tuition and expense help for veterans
Most veterans and their family members using education benefits should be able to attend at in-state rates through one of the following programs.
For clarification on your individual situation, please speak with the staff of the Office of Military and Veterans Services at 614-247-VETS (8387).
- The State of Ohio passed the Ohio 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 at the undergraduate level, which makes it easier for veterans to attend the university. 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.
- 2015 Federal Law (Choice Act) and Companion State of Ohio Law: 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 and have separated, 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. Yellow Ribbon May then apply.
- 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, the veteran’s period of active duty was at least 90 days and they have separated. 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. Yellow Ribbon May then apply. Read about the Choice Act.
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.
- You will learn which credits transfered with your notice of admission. For an estimate, go to transferology.com to identify courses at your current institution that would be most applicable for your intended major at Ohio State. This online resource can also help you determine which credits will transfer to Ohio State. (Information obtained via transferology.com is not a guarantee of transfer credit.)
- 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 transferology.com for details about the transferability of course credit to and from Ohio and regional institutions.
- Military transfer credit will be accepted according to the American Council
on Education’s recommendation, as listed on the Joint Services Transcript. Application of this credit is determined at the college level. Learn more about military transfer credit in accordance with ACE on page 9 of Ohio State's transfer credit policy.
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