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Veteran Admission Checklist

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Please contact us! We are dedicated to assisting you through the admission and benefits enrollment process. 

For admission questions, please contact either Regional Office of Admission at 513-785-3111 (Hamilton) or 513-727-3216 (Middletown).

For veteran benefits questions, please contact JP Smith, Regional Coordinator of Veteran Services.


Checklists are designed to help you keep track of the steps you have taken and what you may still need to do. It’s best to plan ahead as some items require gathering and submitting paperwork prior to the start of school.

  1. Contact Regional Coordinator of Veteran Services at smithjp4@miamioh.edu or 513-785-7733.
  2. Submit your Admission Application. If you are an active military member, veteran, or military dependent using your benefits, you will need to apply for admission. If you have no prior college credit, you will apply as a first time student. If you have prior college credit from another institution or the Community College of the Air Force, you will apply as a transfer student and complete the transfer application. The application fee is waived for Veterans and Military Personnel. No fee waiver is necessary.

  3. Submit Your Transcripts. Submit your official transcripts to your campus Admission Office, including your high school transcript, previous college transcripts if applicable, Community College of the Air Force if applicable, and your military training transcripts including your Joint Service Transcript. More information on requesting your military transcripts may be found through the American Council on Education.

  4. Request VA Certificate of Eligibility. Request your VA education benefits and Certificate of Eligibility by visiting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Once on the site, in the Education block, select the “Apply for education benefits” link. On this new page scroll down to “How do I apply” and click on the green box labeled “Find your education benefits form”. Once processed, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs will issue you a "Certificate of Eligibility" by mail in 6-8 weeks. 

    Bring a copy of your certificate of eligibility to the Regional Coordinator of Veterans Services, JP Smith, or the One Stop via fax at 513-529-0003 or mail at One Stop for Student Success Services, 301 S Campus Ave, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056. You may experience a delay in payment from VA if you do not provide this information. 

    Note: for Reserve Service Members MGIB-SR (Chapter 1606), you must also request from your unit and fill out a DD Form 2384-1 Notice of Basic Eligibility during this process.


  5. Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is recommended you submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid to maximize your financial aid and benefits package.

  6. Complete your VA Benefit Request Form. Complete a VA Benefit Request form each term (select appropriate benefit from list in blue box below.) Until this form is completed, Miami is unable to submit your enrollment to VA for payment of your benefits. Please refer to the list provided in blue at the bottom of this page.
  7. Complete your Admission requirements. Be sure to complete your remaining admission requirements for enrollment through your myMiami account as described in your Miami University Regionals acceptance packet.

  8. The Ohio GI Promise. Apply for Ohio residency, if needed. The Ohio GI Promise guarantees in-state tuition to veterans as long as they meet the requirements. The Residency reclassification application and all supporting documentation must be received by the Registrar’s Office at least three (3) full weeks prior to the 1st day of classes of the academic semester for which you are applying.

Additional Helpful Information

Yellow Ribbon Program. If you are classified as a non-resident student and have 100% Post-9/11 GI Bill® eligibility, you may qualify for the Yellow Ribbon program. Miami University is a Yellow Ribbon school. Yellow Ribbon scholarships are limited and made available on a first come, first served basis per VA regulations. Please contact the One Stop for further details.