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ATTENTION STUDENTS!! After you have registered for your spring semester courses, you must complete and submit a Certification Request Form (CRF) for your GI Bill® benefit. 

The Office of Veterans Programs is operating remotely for Fall 2020/Spring 2021.  As we remain dedicated to the support and success of our military affiliated population, we continue to offer services via zoom.  Please call 814-863-0465 or email for more information.

Undergraduate students will again be given the option of choosing alternative grades for the Fall 2020 semester. Please be aware that if a "Z" grade is chosen for a course in which a student has earned an F, it will NOT count as earned credit or toward the student’s GPA. While the GI Bill® will typically NOT cover classes for which credit is not earned, we have been assured by the Department of Veterans Affairs that due to COVID-19, students will not be required to reimburse the VA for these classes. If you have further questions on alternative grading and its effect on your VA educational benefits, please contact us at 814-863-0465.

In response to the uncertainty created by the current situation the Office of Veterans’ Programs has compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help our student veterans, dependents, and new and prospective students. As a reminder, please be certain to monitor your PSU email account for all official updates and notifications. If you primarily use a private email account, please be certain to take a few minutes and log in to your PSU account and set up email forwarding to your preferred email address.

Veterans Education Benefit FAQs

The Office of Veterans Programs (OVP) at the University Park campus is organized as a comprehensive, direct service unit for veterans and Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) benefits recipients. The office is staffed by six full-time professionals and approximately twenty student veterans who work part-time under the provisions of DVA work-study. The staff and students provide services in the following areas: Outreach, Certification, Mentorship, and General Counseling.  Follow the OVP directory links to learn more about our office and the services provided.


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Veterans First Year Announcement The Penn State College of Education in concert with the Office of Veterans Programs will be offering the 3-credit First Year Seminar entitled "Transition is the Mission" (EDUC 100) at University Park for Fall 2021. The course is open to student veterans in any year of study (you are not required to be a first year student to take the course).  Among other topics, the course aims to help student veterans maximize their VA benefits, connect to campus and community resources, prepare for post-college employment, and adjust to life outside of the military.   If you have any questions or are interested in taking this course, please contact the Office of Veterans Programs at”

Effective summer 2015, all eligible veterans regardless of benefit use, and military/veteran dependentsactively using Chapter 33, Chapter 35 or Fry Scholarship benefits, will be eligible for in-state tuition regardless of residency. If you are a veteran and you are not using GI Bill® benefits, please contact your campus Certifying Official to determine requirements to establish eligibility for the in-state rate.

Office Information:

146 Ritenour Building
University Park, PA 16802
Office Phone: 814-863-0465
Office Fax: 814-865-3815

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GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at