VA and other Department of Defense Education Benefits

The GI Bill® is a wonderful benefit that allows those who are currently serving, or have served, to attend college in a fully or partially funded status. Roughly 75% of the Student Veteran population at Youngstown State University are using one of the various chapters of the GI Bill®. The US Department of Veterans Affairs provides a very comprehensive description and comparison of the various GI Bill® Chapters at You are always welcome to call, email, or visit the Veterans Resource Center at YSU to receive VA Education Benefit counseling if you are unsure which chapter of the GI Bill® best applies to your personal situation.

Once you are determined which program you intend to use, the Veterans Resource Center will assist you with applying for and processing those benefits during your academic tenure at YSU.

In addition to the programs listed at the link above, a small percentage of our Student Veteran population are using VA Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits. Veterans who possess a VA disability rating of 20% or greater may qualify for this program. To learn more about Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits please visit .  If you believe you qualify, we will assist you with your application.

Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Dependents) – Some service members have elected to transfer their Post 9/11 benefits to a spouse or qualified dependent. This election must be made while serving on active duty. Once the service member is separated, this election option is no longer available. If you are the spouse or qualified dependent of a service member who has transferred their benefits to you, please call, email, or visit the Veterans Resource Center at YSU so we can assist you in processing those education benefits.

If you are currently serving in the military,  you may be eligible for funding offered through the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance Program. Check your eligibility status and the amount for which you qualify with your branch of service prior to enrolling.

If you are the spouse or child of a service member who is serving on active duty Title 10 orders in the pay grades of E1-E5, O1-O2, or W1-W2, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Department of Defense for education, training, and/or the occupational license and credentials necessary for a portable career.

Youngstown State University does not participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.