From Soldier
to Student

Transitioning from military life to civilian life is a process that creates a lot of challenges, both known and unknown. Ashland University is dedicated to ensuring that if college is the next step in your journey, you will always have the support you need, whenever you need it, from the first conversation with us to beyond graduation, we will be there for you every step of the way.

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G.I. Bill & Yellow Ribbon Program

An experience like nowhere else

The steepest hill to climb for students transitioning from the Army to college is obtaining the benefits you qualify for. That’s why we’ve committed to doing all the heavy lifting for you.

From your first contact with a member of our team, we determine which GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program benefits you’re eligible for and begin the application process.

The Yellow Ribbon Program helps cover costs for out-of-state and/or private undergraduate tuition not covered by the GI Bill. Whereas many private schools honor some portion of the Yellow Ribbon Program and only for a limited number of students per year, Ashland is one of the only private universities in America to pledge maximum coverage for as many undergraduate students who qualify. But even in (the very, very rare) cases where these programs aren’t relevant or don’t cover everything, we will find other resources available to help with your tuition expenses.

Click the button below and enter your information. We’ll be in touch with you shortly and start determining which benefits you qualify for.

How This Works

At every step of the journey,
your success is our mission.

The transition from soldier to college student can be challenging. That’s why we’re here for you, step by step, from your initial interaction on.

When you come to Ashland, we want your focus to be solely on being a student. Before you even come to visit campus for the first time, we’ve already determined which specific benefits you qualify for. During your campus visit, we’ll give you a tour, show you around The Jack, our dedicated Military & Veteran Resource Center, and help you navigate the daily details of college life—housing, finances, meals, meeting faculty, scheduling classes, partnering with other veterans who can advise you on any details you may have questions about and so much more!

Our plan moves you toward success, step by step, and allows you to focus on what’s most important during this next season of your life. Whether you are taking classes in-person on campus, online, or a hybrid of the two, we’re with you at every point.

The Jack

Built Specifically for You

Designed for exclusive military-connected and veteran student use, The Jack W. Liebert Military & Veteran Resource Center is your hub for everything you need as a military-connected student on campus. Housing everything from Military Student Service offices to a USO-style lounge and communal spaces designed to bring students like you together, The Jack gives you access to everything you need to transition successfully from Army life to college life and equip yourself for a successful future.

One of the few places like it in the nation, The Jack gives you a place to hang out with other military-connected students, study or just set up basecamp for the day. You’ll feel right at home from the moment you step through the front door.


From Ohio’s premier Nursing college to an award-winning Criminal Justice program, Ashland University’s degree tracks are focused on affordability, individual attention, mentor relationships, internship opportunities and a lifelong commitment to your success.


For decades, students transitioning from the military to civilian and college life have been left behind. Recognizing the unique situations and needs of students making this transition, we’ve made a commitment to providing you with everything you need to succeed. Ashland University is the top private university in the nation when it comes to setting military-connected and veteran students up for success. Click below to learn more about how you will be supported at every step.

Here are just a few of the ways we support you.

VA Benefit Assistance

Along with determining which benefits you qualify for and applying for them, we also offer one-on-one VA benefit counseling intended to ensure you get exactly what you need.

Career Planning

Before you set foot inside a classroom, we’ll work with you to develop a plan for your future career. And upon graduation, you’ll have had opportunities to participate in internships that give you the experience employers are looking for.

Academic Advocacy

With admissions assistance, academic advising and degree planning, we are dedicated to seeing you succeed both inside and beyond the classroom.

Military-Connected Community

Your college experience at Ashland University will include a community of student veterans, veteran recognition events and mentorship opportunities throughout your college career.

We promise to teach you how to think, not what to think. We promise to work with you to create an individualized plan for your future, and we promise you an affordable education. We promise you will be guided by mentors invested in you as an individual. They will, within a diverse community of respect, design personalized transformative experiences to develop you as a person who works, serves and leads with integrity. And we promise you a lifelong commitment as we continue to help you discern your life calling and make a positive impact on your family, community and the world at large.

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Ashland University is in the top ten nationally for schools focused on military-connected and veteran students and their families, and first among private universities in America. We’ve committed significant resources to guide and support you during and after this major transition. Fill out the form to request more information and learn about how to get started at Ashland University.

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