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. Learn more here.
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:
Gatti, Robert – Chair
Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs
- Available for general consultation on all matters involving veteran students, other than VA benefits.
- In addition, the Student Affairs office offers small emergency loans up to $200; college activities calendar; diversity support; and housing accommodations.
- Available for pastoral care/counseling.
- The Chaplain also serves as a facilitator and advisor for the Student Veterans' Transition Group.
Student Loan Coordinator, Business Office
- Available for questions regarding student veteran accounts.
Fagan, Dr. Susan
Associate Vice President and Dean of Academic Services
- Available for academic counseling, including (but not limited to) discussing choices for majors, campus resources, and general guidance.
Assistant Registrar, Transfer Services
- Available for transfer and military credit questions.
Financial Aid Coordinator, Adult, and Graduate Students
- Available to meet with veterans regarding financial aid.
- Contact for GI Bill, Post 9/11 and Yellow Ribbon education benefits.
Director, Academic Support Center
Academic support services
Services available through the Academic Support Center:
- Individual tutoring in math, writing and most content subjects.
- Accommodations for learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and psychological disabilities.
- Evenings workshops on specific study strategies: note taking, test taking, learning styles, etc.
Assistant Registrar, Graduate Services
- VA Benefits Certifying Official
Senior Account Executive
Office of Marketing and Communications
- Available for community/corporate outreach and marketing opportunities regarding prospective military and veteran Adult and Graduate students.
Director of Transfer and Adult Admission
- Available to meet with veteran with transfer or military credits or 23 years or older.
- Contact for GI Bill, Post 9/11 and Yellow Ribbon educational benefits for Transfer, Adult, and Graduate students.
Assistant Director of Admission
Yellow Ribbon contact for undergraduate admission
- Available to meet with traditional age veteran with no transfer credits or a child of a veteran utilizing VA benefits.
- Contact for GI Bill, Post 9/11 and Yellow Ribbon educational benefits for traditional undergraduate student.
Administrative Assistant, Admission
- Available for community outreach, family readiness, and warrior support questions.
- gibill.va.gov – Veterans Administration website
- GoArmyEd.com – online resource that allows soliders to apply for funding for post-secondary education
- TodaysGIBill.org - online resource from American Council on Education (ACE), a comprehensive college guidance web site designed for returning and about-to-return veterans interested in going to college, as well as family members and dependents receiving transferable benefits. The site offers guidance on college preparation, transferability of credits, institution and program choice, application timelines and benefit eligibility.
- soc.aascu.org - 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.
- militaryfriendlyschools.com – online resource for 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