Military Benefits

Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (DoD MOU)

The Department of Defense (DoD) Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is an agreement between DoD and educational institutions, ensuring that Service members receive equitable treatment while pursuing educational goals. BGSU is committed to giving Service members equal treatment, and providing reputable programs overall. 

You can be assured BGSU is in compliance with state requirements and laws; is state-approved for the use of Veterans’ education benefits; certified to participate in federal student aid programs through the Department of Education; and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education.

Most recent MOU approved July 5, 2019 – July 4, 2024

Financial Aid

Military and Veteran students are encouraged to review the following websites for information concerning federal and state financial aid (please note some links will take you to non-BGSU websites

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)   

  • Apply for federal financial aid
  • Complete the Master Promissory Note
  • Complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling

Cohort Default Rate

The Department of Education publishes federal Cohort Default Rates for every institution once per year. The fiscal year (FY) 2017 Official Cohort Default Rates were published on September 28, 2020. The FY 2017 national cohort default rate is 9.7% and the Bowling Green State University FY 2017 official cohort default rate is 7.6%. For additional information regarding the default rate process and to access the BGSU cohort default rate information enter the following code in the OPE-ID field: 003018 at the Student Loan Default link.

Net Price Calculator

This calculator is designed to help you project and plan for the upcoming semester. Please note that this calculator only accounts for tuition, room, meal, and mandatory fees for students; your final cost could be higher or lower depending on your enrollment status and other fees specific to your academic program. General and College fees are based on degree program not the specific courses you enroll in.  

Undergraduate Students

Graduate Students

VA Education Benefits

The GI Bill is a federally funded program administered by the military services and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Assistance may be used for college degree and certificate programs, co-op training, technical or vocational courses, apprenticeships or on-the-job training, high-tech training, licensing and certification tests, entrepreneurship training, certain entrance examinations, and correspondence courses.

Apply for your VA Education Benefits

Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (Chapter 30)
Veteran Readiness and Employment (Chapter 31)
Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)
Selective Reserve (Chapter 1606)
Reserve Education Assistance Program (Chapter 1607)

BGSU VA Educational Benefits page

BGSU VA Intent Form

Tuition Assistance (TA) Funds

  1. Tuition Assistance (TA) funds are a source of financial aid for eligible Service members.
  2. TA funds will pay to the university before other government funds.
  3. Students must receive approval from an Education Service Officer (ESO) or counselor within the military prior to enrolling in a course.
  4. Service members should apply for TA in accordance with procedures of your service branch.

Submitting your TA Authorization Form

Upon receiving your tuition assistance authorization form, please forward a copy to bursar@bgsu.edu. Address the Subject Line of your message as follows –

TA Authorization - LAST NAME, First Name (BGSU Student ID Number)

Important Information Concerning Grades

Students using TA must achieve a successful grade or they will be required to repay the funding. The Department of Defense defines a non-successful grade as a "D", "F", or “U” for undergraduate classes and as a "C", “D”, "F", or “U” for graduate classes.

If a service member attains a non-successful grade and is using TA, the government will recoup the TA amount by garnishing their monthly checks.

Ohio National Guard Scholarship

Students who have enlisted in the Ohio National Guard for a three-year or six-year enlistment are eligible for the Ohio National Guard Scholarship that pays up to full-tuition and general fees. You must complete an application each semester you wish to use your scholarship.

Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program Helpful Resources:

Ohio Army National Guard soldiers must apply for and use tuition assistance before the Ohio National Guard Scholarship is applied. You may apply for tuition assistance at www.armyignited.com. For questions and concerns contact the Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program at 1-888-400-6484 or via e-mail.

Updated: 05/03/2022 08:08AM