We recognize the enormous sacrifice and contribution military personnel make to society. Returning veterans find individualized attention from Otterbein's dedicated staff, helping to ease their transition to civilian and university life. Combining your intangible skills gained from military service with a formal education gives veterans the competitive edge with prospective employers. Otterbein is approved for the education of eligible veterans, widows and children of veterans and reservists. Individual eligibility and equivalent educational benefits are determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). To determine eligibility, visit the GI Bill website.
Otterbein is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium, which consists of approximately 1,900 accredited universities and colleges providing higher education degrees for servicemembers and their family members. Visit www.soc.aascu.org for more information. Otterbein is among the top 15 percent of 7,000 colleges and universities chosen by G.I. Jobs as a "military friendly school", doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Otterbein is proud to be a participant in the national Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program to help U.S. military veterans attend college. Eligible veterans who apply and are accepted to Otterbein are able to attend tuition-free. The Yellow Ribbon Program expands the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, which pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition for eligible veterans, by working with participating institutions to cover tuition costs higher than the state school fees. The VA will cover a portion of a veteran's tuition and Otterbein will provide a grant to pay the remaining amount. In addition, eligible dependents will receive a monthly housing allowance and an annual books and supplies stipend. Service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program can also transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children effective Aug. 1, 2009.
.How to Attend Otterbein Under the Yellow Ribbon Program
- Apply for the program on the GI Bill website. Successful applicants will receive a certificate of coverage.
- Apply to Otterbein University. If accepted, enroll in the university and mail your certificate of coverage to:
Office of the Registrar
1 South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081
Attn: Laurie Mayhew
For questions about your eligibility for the program, see the GI Bill website or call them at 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to speak with a Veterans Benefits Counselor. For questions about Otterbein's involvement in the program: