Veteran's Benefits

Veterans/Reservists enrolling at Kent State University at Trumbull who plan to apply for Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must submit the following to the Kent State Trumbull certifying official:

  • Copy of their DD214 Form.
  • Certificate of Release or Discharge from active duty or DD2384.
  • Notice of Basic Eligibility.
  • Kicker Contracts.

All veterans/reservists are required to complete the necessary VA forms to obtain educational benefits and must complete an enrollment certification at the beginning of each semester. Veterans must be enrolled in a degree program in order to receive benefits. Some students who have a parent who is disabled or deceased from a service-connected incident may also be eligible for educational benefits.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill, signed into law on June 30, 2008, will significantly affect the way the GI Bill pays for the cost of your education!

Tuition and fees at all of Kent State University’s campuses are submitted after the second day of each term. Credit hours are submitted as soon as the student submits them to the Veteran Certifying Official in order to ensure that book and housing stipends are not delayed. However, we wait until the second day of each term to submit tuition and fees to help prevent debt situations for students due to VA collections policies should a student drop or reduce on or prior to the first day of the term. Please allow 2-4 weeks from the time of submission for the VA to issue payment to the school.

Listed below are several external sites that provide scholarship and tuition assistance opportunities:

  • The free Military.com Scholarship Finder can help you locate scholarships that best fit your needs.
  • The Army Families Online resource site also provides links to a variety of scholarship opportunities for spouses and Army Families.
  • Tuition Assistance (DANTE) may be available to reservists and active duty service persons. The contact for this benefit is Sergeant Poindexter at 614-336-7275.
  • The Ohio National Guard Scholarship provides tuition assistance to qualified members of the Ohio National Guard. 

Special Note: If you are having difficulty finding a job, a Veterans’ Representative at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services can help. For more information, please contact Mark A. Isenberg at 330-675-2169 or isenbm@odjfs.state.oh.us.

VA Certifying Official:

Sarah Helmick
Assistant Director, Enrollment Mgt. &
     Student Services
VA Certifying Official
330-675-8961 | shelmick@kent.edu