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Whether you are still active in the military or have already transitioned to the civilian world: COTC is here to help you invest in your chosen path. With over 50 degrees and certificates, affordable tuition and free campus resources, we are here to support you all the way. Thank you for your service; we look forward to serving you.

Get started on the path to your future now by viewing our Quick Start Guide today.

The Veterans Quick Start Guide will outline the steps to take to become enrolled at COTC as a military/veteran student.

If you are currently active in the military, please be sure you have received approval from the military to attend college while on active duty. 

To begin the enrollment process to attend COTC, complete our free application (you may need to create an account to apply).

Some military experience may qualify for transfer credit.

COTC can review military credit when official transcripts are submitted from your branch of the military.

You may need to request official military transcripts from multiple (two) sites:

Learn more about possible transfer credit at Ohio Transfer to Degree GuaranteeACE Military Guide and Ohio Department of Higher Education.

You can also earn credit for what you know. Learn more about credit for prior learning and experience. There is no charge when through your Joint Service Transcript. 

Our military/veteran academic advisor, Charlene Ross can also help guide you through transfer credit review. 

Additional transfer credit resources

Prior Learning Assessment Policy
GED: USAFI/GED Transcripts
***High school and college transcripts: Can be requested by contacting the school you attended. 
Ohio Higher Ed:
Transferology :
ACE: American Council on Education
Dantes DoD VolEd Programs: Dantes 
College and Career planning: Dantes Kuder​
Community College of the Air Force: CCAF

Military/student Veterans have priority registration

In accordance with State of Ohio legislative law (R.C. 3345.422), COTC provides a student who is either a veteran or a service member with priority course registration.​

Military student/veterans have residency requirements.

Students must live in Ohio for 12 consecutive months to be considered residents and to be billed the Ohio residency COTC tuition rate.

Students who are considered non-residents of Ohio are charged an additional $115 per credit hour. 

VA education benefits will not cover non-residency fees (the additional fee per credit hour). 

Students may be required to complete an Application for Residency form.

Why is COTC not listed under Yellow Ribbon schools?

What is the Yellow Ribbon program?

The Yellow Ribbon Program is designed to help students pay for higher out-of-state, private school, foreign school, or graduate school tuition and fees that the Post 9/11 GI Bill doesn’t cover. 

Why doesn’t COTC participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Tuition is currently $214.00 per credit hour and in most cases, far less then the benefit allotment. 

Students complete a Residency form with the Records Office and in most cases, the student will be able to pay the In-State Tuition rate with no additional fees.

Additionally, we encourage our students to complete the FAFSA at

This will help determine any Grants or Scholarships the student may be eligible for. This is money the student does not have to pay back and, in most cases, can be used for expenses outside of the Tuition and Fees such as Internet or gas, that Post 9/11 does not cover. 

View this website to see how to help determine your eligibility

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