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Office of Veterans Programs

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.



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 requirement for STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE has been lifted until further notice. Students are still able to waive the insurance by following the link below. 
If you are using VA benefits, Tricare, or ChampVA, and would like to use this coverage to waive the purchase of Penn State health insurance, please visit the link for instructions.

Penn State's College of Education is offering a 3-credit First Year Seminar called "Transition is the Mission" (EDUC 100) at University Park during the spring 2020 semester. The course is currently 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, get the most out of their college experience, 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, contact the instructors, Renee Thornton-Roop (

Effective summer 2015, all eligible veterans and dependentsreceiving 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:

325 Boucke 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