If you are a veteran, a spouse of a veteran or a dependent child of a veteran, you may qualify for educational benefits. If you have served in the United States military, Selected Reserve or National Guard, financial assistance for college may be available. An academic advisor specializing in educational benefits for veterans will assist students who qualify for this type of assistance to cover the expense of college tuition. Follow the steps below to get started.
In order to receive GI Bill educational benefits, go online to The Department of Veterans Affairs Road Map to Success and choose the GI Bill benefit that is best for you. Once you have applied, you do not need to wait until you are approved for benefits to take the next step.
Complete the admissions process at Clark State. Through this process you will also receive academic advising that will include the registration process and student services. One important note: You must have a declared major to use GI Bill benefits (Personal Interest or Departmental Certificate programs are not acceptable). Again, don't wait to complete this step before completing step 3.
Order a copy of your military training transcript and/or any transcripts from colleges where you completed courses and have the transcripts sent to Clark State for evaluation. It may be possible to receive college credit for your military training. Any transfer credit may shorten the time needed to complete your degree at Clark State. Clark State will make the final decision about whether to grant credit for military training/experience and prior college credit.
- If you are prior Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or Navy (Active Duty, Reserve and Veterans), you can order your military training transcript online from the JST website.
- Prior Air Force (Active Duty, Reserve and Veterans), visit the Community College of the Air Force or call the Education and Training Office at WPAFB 937.904.4801 for more information about transfer credits and civilian career equivalents.
- Contact any colleges you previously attended to request a copy of your transcripts be sent to Clark State.
Call the veterans services specialist at 937.328.6462 to schedule an appointment. The veterans services specialist will discuss further processes required to receive your educational benefits and provide important information on what you must do to maintain the benefit while taking classes at Clark State.
Download the appropriate PDF handout on the process for receiving your benefits at Clark State:
Download the Veterans Enrollment Certification card. Any student using a VA educational benefit will need to complete this card each semester enrolled in classes at Clark State.
Other Veterans Resources
The Benefits Resource Guide shows veterans where to go for many issues such as disability claims, emergency financial aid and others.
The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) program in which military troops can take CLEP exams is now known as the DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests).
- Request copies of your official CLEP grade reports from the College Board.
Helpful Links for Veterans and Dependents
- US Department of Veterans Affairs
- eBenefits – Online access to most VA benefits
- Ohio Department of Veterans Services
- Ohio Higher Ed's Education Opportunities for Veterans
- Ohio Means Veterans Jobs
- Ohio Veterans Service Bonus Application
- County Veterans Service Offices
- Dayton VA Medical Center
- Ohio War Orphans Scholarship
- Ohio National Guard Scholarship