Ohio Gives All Veterans In-State Tuition Rates

Ohio governor Ted Strickland recently signed The Ohio G.I. Promise into state law, which changes the  in-state residence requirements at each of the state’s 36 colleges and universities to allow all veterans, their spouses and dependents to attend Ohio colleges and universities at in-state tuition rates. This is the first plan of its kind in the US. This is a huge benefit for veterans attending college on the G.I. Bill.

The Ohio G.I. Promise law follows the passing of the new GI Bill which was recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush June 30. The new G.I. Bill essentially doubles college benefits for eligible troops and veterans, guaranteeing full-tuition scholarships at any in-state public college or university, as well as providing monthly housing stipends. However, the new G.I. Bill only makes provisions for in-state tuition, which limits veterans wanting full tuition coverage to their state of residence. The Ohio G.I. Promise bill makes college affordable for all veterans who wish to attend college in the state of OH.

This is also a great move for the state of Ohio because it brings in more qualified individuals looking to improve their education and professional skills – potentially improving Ohio’s workforce.

According to Ted Strickland:

“This is a great benefit for veterans, as well as for Ohio,” Strickland said. “It delivers real support to veterans while helping strengthen Ohio’s strategic plan for higher education, which calls for attracting and keeping talent in the state. Who better to have as part of Ohio’s colleges and universities, workforce and communities than the veterans who have served, led, and protected our country?”

This is an awesome bill, and one that each state should pass. For more information, you can read the press release.

More information about The Ohio G.I. Promise and veteran’s Education Programs

You can read more about The Ohio G.I. Promise law at the OH GI Promise website. Here is more information about OH state college tuition.

Military education benefits:

Search GI Bill Schools: You can use this GI Bill School search tool to help find available programs where you can use your GI Bill.

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Date published: August 1, 2008. Last updated: July 28, 2011.

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  1. HarvardMarine says:

    This is awesome of Ohio. It is great for veterans and great for Ohio. I hope more states follow suit. Although as I recall, a quarter of the guys in my unit were from Ohio anyway . . .Does this apply to grad school, I wonder?

  2. HarvardMarine,

    Yes, it applies to all courses – undergrad and grad. And I think all states should do it as well. It’s a great way to bring in a highly qualified workforce.

  3. That is an inspiring and excellent idea by our friends in Ohio! Well done. That gives them some reliable insurance that they will lead hard-working and devoted citizens to their state for their higher education track. Somebody was thinking… it’s even good PR for the state!

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