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Whether you are a First Year Student, a Transfer Student, or a Graduate Student applicant, here are some things to consider when applying to OSU.
- All your college transcripts (including the College of Air Force, Military Academies and Coast Guard Institute) need to be submitted to OSU as part of your application process.
- For Undergraduate Students, OSU will waive the Admissions Fee and the Advanced Tuition Deposit for service members and Veterans (not Dependents). To receive the deferral and or waiver, you must submit a copy of your DD 214, or current orders when you apply to the Admissions Office.
- Wait to submit you military transcripts (JST, AARTS, SMARTS, etc.) until you are admitted to OSU. The Admissions Office does not use these credits as part of the admissions process. Once admitted, discuss your military training with your academic advisor to determine how your prior training applies to your chosen degree program.
For additional information on the admissions process contact admissions at 541-737-4411 or visit the Admissions Website
Currenlty serving members of the Armed forces of the United States and their dependants.
In-state residency for service members for tuition purposes is outlined in the Residency Standards
- For purposes of these Standards, members of the armed forces means officers and enlisted personnel of: a. The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard of the United States; b. Reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard of the United States; c. The National Guard of the United States and the Oregon National Guard.
- Notwithstanding Section B, active members of the armed forces and their spouses and dependent children shall be considered residents for purposes of an institution's tuition and mandatory enrollment fees if the members: a. Reside in this state while assigned to duty at any base, station, shore establishment, or other facility in this state; b. Reside in this state while serving as members of the crew of a ship that has an Oregon port of shore establishment as its home port or permanent station; or c. Reside in another state or a foreign country and file Oregon state income taxes no later than 12 months before leaving active duty.
- An Oregon resident entering the armed forces retains Oregon residence classification until it is voluntarily relinquished.
- An Oregon resident who has been in the armed forces and assigned on duty outside of Oregon, including a person who establishes residency under section E.2.c of these Standards, must, within a reasonable time, demonstrate intent to retain classification as an Oregon resident. Such intent may be shown by returning to Oregon within six months after completing service in the armed forces.
- A person who continues to reside in Oregon after separation from the armed forces may count the time spent in the state while in the armed forces to support a claim for classification as an Oregon resident.
- The dependent child and spouse of a person who is a resident under Section E.2 of these Standards shall be considered an Oregon resident. "Dependent child" includes any child of a member of the armed forces who: a. Is under 18 years of age and not married, otherwise emancipated or self-supporting; or b. Is under 23 years of age, unmarried, enrolled in a full-time course of study in an institution of higher learning, and dependent on the member for over one-half of his/her support.
If you are a service member, to apply for residency you must complete a Residency Affidavit, include a letter showing assignment to an Oregon unit and proof of Oregon residence. Here is an example of a unit letter to submit. Email complete packet to Residency Officer.
Documents you should not include with the application packet are:
- DD 214
- Enlistment Contract
- Military Orders
Veterans of the Armed forces of the United States and their dependants.
Section 702 of the Choice Act
Students Eligible for In-State Tuition under Section 702 are:
- A Veteran who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
- A spouse or child using transferred benefits who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within 3 years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
- A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the Servicemember’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
A spouse or child will continue to receive in-state tuition rates as long as they continue to use benefits, Oregon State University will extend one year of in-state tuition rates to a spouse or child after they have used all of their Chapter 30, Chapter 33, or Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship benefits as long as there is continuous enrollment. If there is a break in use of benefits outside of the three year period the benefit of this act will no longer apply.
Veterans who do not qualify under the Choice Act will likely quailify under HB 2158 (2013) and HB 4021 (2014) section 1. ORS 352.375 or HB 2787. More information for those programs can be found on the State of Oregon Tuition Programs.
If you are a Veteran, to apply for residency you may need to complete a Residency Affidavit or the Exemption from Nonresident Tuition Veteran Form depending on your circumstances.
Another helpful resource when applying for residency are the Instructions for Completing Residence Information Affidavit.