Military & Veteran Students

Military & Veteran Students

Baldwin Wallace University offers a supportive learning community and the resources needed to assist service members transitioning from the military to higher education. BW has been recognized by GI Jobs magazine as a military friendly school since 2008. As a chapter member of Student Veterans of America, BW sponsors a student veterans organization that promotes camaraderie and social interaction with fellow service members. BW's faculty and staff with military backgrounds often serve as mentors and create a campus environment supportive of our military community.

Educational Benefits for Veterans

The GI Bill has helped educate some of our nation's greatest leaders, including three U.S. presidents, three Supreme Court justices, 14 Nobel Prize winners, 12 U.S. senators and 24 Pulitzer Prize winners.

Receiving VA Benefits

Your first step in receiving educational benefits for your military service is to submit VA Form 22-1990. The Veteran's Online Application (VONAPP) allows you to submit your request online.

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs provides service members and veterans with clear, comprehensive guidance to maximize your education and training benefits. If you have questions, call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) or 1-800-827-1000 to speak with a veterans benefits counselor in the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Baldwin Wallace University is pleased to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and to offer eligible military veterans an opportunity to attend BW basically tuition-free. Find out more about BW's Yellow Ribbon Program.

College Credit for Your Military Training

Veterans understand that their commitment to military training required intensive learning and skill development in many areas. They are often surprised to learn that this training and education is worth valuable college credit toward a bachelor's degree at BW.

How Does Military Credit Work Toward Your Degree?

Baldwin Wallace University awards up to 25 semester hours of military-related college credit to honorably discharged veterans. You may also qualify for a waiver of some general education requirements based on deployments or overseas duty. When applying for admission to BW, make sure the admission office has copies of your DD Form 214 and any official military transcripts detailing your training and education.

To obtain military transcripts, the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard have adapted a new, consolidated system called Joint Service Transcript. Transcripts can be accessed right now by using your CAC card or creating a login ID and password.

For Air Force military transcripts, the USAF, through the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF), provides a transcript detailing ACE recommended credit. To order an official copy be mailed directly to BW go to Ordering a CCAF Transcript and follow the instructions.

Additional College Transfer Credit

College work completed through approved military colleges (such as Community College of the Air Force) as well as transfer credit for courses successfully completed at regionally accredited colleges and universities will be considered for transfer credit. As part of the admission process, official transcripts must be sent directly from these institutions to the BW office of admission before credit can be considered.

Your Next Step

Your mission continues now. Call the office of admission at (440) 826-8012 or email with questions or to set up an appointment. An admission counselor will meet with you one-on-one to discuss your past academic and military experience and suggest pathways to the successful completion of your degree.

Military and Veteran Support Team

Baldwin Wallace has assembled a military and veteran support team, coordinated by your first point of contact, Army veteran Randy Stevenson, with the goal of providing the necessary support in the areas of admission, financial aid, academic advising, career services and certification of enrollment. The military services coordinator can assist with VA benefit processing and referrals to VA or other community veteran service organizations.

BW is also supportive of students who are called to active duty during the academic year.

Adult, Transfer and Military Services

Nancy Jirousek
Director, Adult, Transfer and Military Services
Adult, Transfer and Military Services Office
(440) 826-2298

Veteran Support Team Coordinator

Randy Stevenson
Military Services Coordinator
Adult, Transfer and Military Services Office
(440) 826-5920

Admission Office

Cheryl Lee
Admission Counselor
Adult, Transfer and Graduate Programs
(440) 826-2915

Veteran Student Organization/Student Veteran Services

Kate Potter
Student Veteran Representative
Adult, Transfer and Military Services Office
(440) 826-2250

Enrollment Certification and Military Transfer Credit (Certifying Official)

Once you have been admitted to Baldwin Wallace University, you will work with Baldwin Wallace to certify your enrollment to the Veteran's Administration (VA). Each semester, BW must report how many hours you will be enrolled. To have your enrollment certified at BW each semester, contact:

Denise Manke
Academic Information Specialist
Registration and Records Office
(440) 826-8030

Hannah Schlueter
Registration Specialist
Registration and Records Office
(440) 826-8028

Financial Aid

In addition to GI Bill or other VA educational benefits, student veterans may be eligible for financial aid such as federal or state grants and Federal Direct student loans. Student veterans may also be eligible to receive a BW scholarship or merit award, as determined through the admission process. (However, if a veteran receives 100% in tuition benefits through the GI Bill or other VA education benefits, they will not receive additional tuition specific financial aid or scholarships above the cost of tuition.) Submitting the FAFSA and determining financial aid eligibility can help veterans pay for college once their GI Bill or other VA education benefits have been exhausted.

Additional financial aid opportunities are available for veterans and members of the military, including Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA), Ohio National Guard Scholarships, ROTC, and other military or dependent aid programs. Contact a BW veteran support team member with questions:

Carolyn McCluskey
Financial Aid Specialist
Financial Aid Office
(440) 826-8044

Cashier's Office - (Vocational Rehabilitation/Chapter 31)

If your eligibility for benefits includes submitting the VA Form 28-1905 (Authorization and Certification of Entrance/Re-entrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status), please contact:

Marcia Shaffer
Student Loan Administrator
Cashier's Office
(440) 826-2218

Career Services

Judy Mey
Career Advisor
Career Services Office
(440) 826-2462