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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.


Student veterans - Please note that the EDU 100, Veterans First Year Seminar Course has been cancelled for Spring 2020. For additional information, please contact Renée Thornton-Roop with the Office of Veterans Programs at Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience. 

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:

138 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