How Can I Use the GI Bill® to Pay for Online Classes?


Ohio State Online makes it possible for military and veteran students to apply the GI Bill® to a respected and valued online degree program. These top-ranked programs are taught by the same distinguished faculty who teach on campus. In addition to benefits provided by the GI Bill®, it's possible you will also be eligible for in-state tuition due to your military service. 

Navigating your GI Bill® eligibility and the college application process can be challenging. Follow this step-by-step guide to ensure the smoothest experience possible. 

Phase I: Application 

  1. Identify the best online degree program for you. Just looking for a course or two? Learn more about online courses at Ohio State.
  2. Use Ohio State’s Military and Veteran Services (MVS) site as an aid to determine your benefit eligibility. You can also call MVS at 614-247-VETS. Please review your service records and information from the Department of Defense and the VA concerning your GI Bill® eligibility.
  3. Apply for your desired program.
  4. You can then apply to receive the education benefit 

​​Questions? Contact Military and Veteran Services 


If you are approved for benefits, a Certificate of Eligibility will be mailed to you in 6-8 weeks.  

Did you receive this document?  

  • If yes, move on to the next step.  
  • If no, contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for a status update. Then, contact MVS at Ohio State if you have applied, but have not received documentation yet for early help through the process.

Do you need additional federal student financial aid? You are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online to determine whether you are eligible for any additional aid in the form of grants, scholarships and loans.  

You can check your admission status in your applicant center. Once admitted, you can move on to Phase II. 

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Phase II: Welcome to Buckeye Nation!

  1. Once you have received your Certificate of Eligibility, submit a copy to the Certifying Official at Military and Veterans Services.
  2. Visit your Student Center in BuckeyeLink to check finances, holds and enroll in courses.
  3. After you are enrolled in classes, contact MVS and the VA certifying official will electronically submit an enrollment verification to the VA. 
  4. Upon enrollment, you’ll be assigned an advisor. Their name will appear in your Student Center. Before you begin your coursework, reach out to your advisor for a phone call or video conference to discuss your educational goals.
  5. Check out Ohio State Online Student Services and Benefits to ensure a successful academic experience.


If you need additional financial assistance, supplemental benefits may be available with the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs.

Please note: You will need to complete a certification request with MVS each semester that you want to use your VA education benefits in order to receive payment.

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Last modified: 
September 2, 2022