Temporary office changes due to COVID-19
Our staff is currently working remotely, but we still provide the same great services, and are just a phone call or email away! If you have any questions or concerns, or wish to schedule a phone or virtual appointment, please email email@example.com, or contact one of our Military Services staff members directly.
Lisa Gilliland: 330-541-5942 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Bernstein: 330-541-5939 / email@example.com
Melody Lee: 330-494-6170 x 4754 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Kat Spicer: 330-422-3880 / email@example.com
Ashley Poulos: 330-510-5029 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Please monitor www.starkstate.edu/coronavirus for College updates and communication regarding COVID-19.
Military Services supports veterans, active service members and their dependents with resources, guidance, and direction needed to achieve academic and career goals by providing comprehensive enrollment and educational support services.
Military Services, located in B104, is the college’s single point of contact for all military connected students. Allow us to serve as your academic compass.
Let us point you in the right direction in any of these areas:
How to apply for veterans' benefits
Stark State College strives to honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans. The College is fully-accredited under the laws that provide educational benefits for veterans. The Academic/Registrar’s Office certifies veterans’ eligibility and assists new and continuing student veterans with the processing of VA forms for educational benefits.
To receive VA educational benefits
Use the VA’s online application tool, https://www.vets.gov/education/apply/, or contact Military Services at 330-494‐6170, Ext. 4939. To apply, you will need the following information:
- social security number
- bank account direct deposit information
- education and military history
- basic information about the school and program you are pursuing
You may also submit a hard copy of your application to the VA using VA Form 22-1990.
If you have used your benefits at another college and are transferring to Stark State, you will need to use VA-Form 22-1995.
In an effort to assist veterans, service members and their families with reducing the costs associated with obtaining a college degree, the state of Ohio spearheaded an initiative known as the Ohio GI Promise. Details about the Ohio GI Promise can be found at the University System of Ohio website. If you would like to see if you meet the qualifications for in-state tuition rates please complete the residency reclassification application and return it to the Registrar’s Office with the appropriate required supporting documentation.
Assistance in applying for VA educational benefits
The School certifying official will provide guidance in preparing your Application for VA Education Benefits for submission to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
For more information on how to receive your VA educational benefits,
Receiving credit for military service
Some of your military experience may be applied toward credit for a degree. To receive credit, you must submit transcripts for your branch of the military. Learn more here>>
Contacting the school certifying official
School certifying official
330-494-6170 ext. 4081
If you plan to use tuition assistance, please contact your education services officer prior to enrollment as each branch offers its own educational benefits.
- Army http://goarmyed.com/public/public_tuition_assistance_policies.aspx
- Navy https://www.navycollege.navy.mil/
- Air Force https://www.airforce.com/education
- Marine Corps https://usmc-mccs.org/articles/how-do-i-apply-for-tuition-assistance/
- Coast Guard https://www.cgmahq.org/
If you have questions about tuition assistance, contact Military Services at 330 494-6170 ext. 4939.
Additional information can be found here>>
Requesting a certificate of release or discharge from active duty
You can request a copy of your certificate of release or discharge from active duty form (DD-214) – www.archives.gov
Don’t have a computer? You can make your request by mail:
National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
Phone (314) 801-0800
Financial aid and scholarship opportunities
While you may be using VA education benefits, we recommend that you complete the FAFSA to determine if you are eligible for financial aid. The financial aid guide is an excellent resource to get started.
Stark State’s Career Development Office assists students and alumni in developing career planning and job search skills and facilitating relationships among employers, students, alumni and the community. Learn more at www.starkstate.edu/careerdevelopment.
First year academic advising
Our team will assist you through the academic registration process. We’ll also connect you with your academic advisor and other important college resources.
Military services orientation
Ohio Dept. of Veterans Services
Ohio National Guard
Ohio Veterans Bonus
US Dept of Veterans Affairs
Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
Veterans Crisis Line
Law and compliance
On Monday June 16, 2014, Governor John Kasich signed HB 488 into law as a result of the Ohio Values Veterans Report recommendations. Stark State shares the Ohio General Assembly’s desire to make Ohio a great place for veterans and service members to work and strongly adheres to HB 488.
Stark State also complies with Executive Order 13607 (April 27, 2012) – Principles of Excellence