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​Applying for GI Benefits, Financial Aid, & Military/Veteran Student Aid

As part of The Ohio State University's ongoing commitment to serve student veterans and service members, OSU has agreed to adhere to the "Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members" as documented in Executive Order 13607.  In accordance with those Principles, we have provided all students who filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and were awarded aid with a Financial Aid Notification Sheet to inform you of the total cost of attendance and any potential aid you may receive. Your Notification Sheet can be found with your Financial Aid information in Buckeye Link; buckeyelink (

You can find general information about university and campus financial aid statistics at,, and Also, if you have not applied for financial aid and would like to do so, you can apply online at

However, as a veteran/ service member or family member, you may also be eligible for VA education benefits and/or tuition assistance.  If you plan on using VA education benefits, military tuition assistance, or have questions about eligibility please contact Military & Veterans Services at:

185 Student Academic Services Building

281 W. Lane Avenue   Columbus, OH 43210

614-247-8387 phone/614-688-1603 fax

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)

Each service branch provides tuition assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs for active duty, National Guard, and Reserve Component service members. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process' and restrictions. This money is paid directly to the institution by the individual services.

100% tuition & fees, not to exceed $250 per semester hour. Ohio State does not offer a military or tuition discount. The remaining balance must be paid by fee posted deadlines.

Eligible Service members must receive approval from an Educational Service Officer (ESO) or counselor within their Military Service prior to enrolling in Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA). Please send approved FTA forms to for processing.

Additionally, the links to the left will provide you with direct access to information on GI Benefits, the Yellow Ribbon Program, ROTC Scholarships, and other awards, as well as Residency guidelines.  Your one-stop shop for all veteran and military-related issues is the Military and Veterans Services office.    Additional information can be found by contacting the University Registrar, and Student Financial Aid

Some students decide not to apply for financial aid.  They may assume that they are not eligible for a variety of reasons, or they may be overwhelmed by the process.  Before you decide to forgo this process, take a moment to read:   Why Should I Apply?