Veteran Student Affairs

The Office of Veteran Student Affairs at Cincinnati State offers assistance to veterans, their eligible dependents, and selected reservists who wish to initiate, continue, or resume using their Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits at the College. It also functions as a referral source for other veteran-oriented services available at Cincinnati State, including the Pathway to Employment Center, the Workforce Development Center and the federal Veterans Upward Bound program.

The Office of Veteran Student Affairs provides:

  • Benefit counseling
  • Claims filing to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
  • Admission advising
  • Referrals to other services on campus
  • Referrals to community agencies
  • Monitoring of student degree plans and graduation progress

All veterans and eligible dependents must be certified through the Office of Veteran Student Affairs to receive educational benefits from DVA.

Prior to applying for VA educational benefits, new and transfer students are required to attend a Veteran's Information Session at the College. They are held on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in Room 326 in the Main Building and the first Wednesday evening (6:30 p.m.) of each month in Room 335 in the Main Building. Reservations are not required.

Veteran Student Association

Cincinnati State supports the Veteran Student Association (VSA), an organization that helps veteran students transition from military life to a supportive collegiate environment. Members include veterans and veterans’ dependents who are currently enrolled at Cincinnati State. The VSA meets monthly to organize activities, share information, and build camaraderie among veteran students.

Veterans Upward Bound

Veterans Upward Bound is a national program designed to help veterans refresh academic skills and provide the confidence needed to successfully pursue a college degree or a postsecondary vocational training program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Veterans Upward Bound programs and services are provided to eligible veterans free of charge. The Greater Cincinnati regional office is housed at Cincinnati State. Please search Cincinnati State Veterans Upward Bound on Facebook to learn more or contact Megan Williams at 613-569-4766.

Benefit Programs

The DVA provides a full range of benefits for eligible veterans, dependents, and selected reserves. To obtain information about VA educational programs, visit

Monthly Verification of Enrollment

Veterans receiving VA educational benefits under Chapter 30 Chapter 1606, and Chapter 1607 are required to verify their enrollment to the DVA at the end of the month. Veterans can verify their enrollment by visiting and clicking on Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) or by calling 1.877.823.2378.

Other Documents/Forms

Veterans Affairs Brochure
Veterans Affairs Handbook
Information Update Form
Course Substitution Approval Form

Contact Information 

Office of Veteran Student Affairs
Room 135 Main Building
Phone: (513) 569-1543
Fax: (513) 569-1498
Director: Darrell Smith, (513) 569-1424,

Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm 
Wednesday 8:30 am – 7:30 pm 

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