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The Office of Veterans Programs (OVP) at the University Park campus is organized as a comprehensive, direct service unit for military-affiliated students 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.


The mission of the Penn State Office of Veterans Programs is to provide accurate and expedient certification of veterans education benefits as well as comprehensive counseling, programming, advocacy and support to all military affiliated students, ensuring continuity and success throughout their Penn State experience.


The vision of the Penn State Office of Veterans Programs is to provide all military-affiliated students with unparalleled support, education and connections to university and community resources, resulting in engaged, successful students and citizens.  In addition, we will promote awareness, education and support regarding the student veterans and dependent population to staff, faculty and the Penn State community to decrease the military/civilian divide and ensure the holistic support and success of our students.


Due to the recent increase in activation/deployments, please see the Penn State Military Short Term Absence Policy and the Military Withdrawal Policy.  As always, please contact OVP at 814-863-0465 if you would like additional information.

ATTENTION STUDENTS!! After you have registered for your fall semester courses, you must complete and submit a Certification Request Form (CRF) for your GI Bill® benefit. If you add/drop a course, send us an email at 


The Office of Veterans Programs and the Student Veterans Center is now open for business. Normal business hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. All veterans who would like after hour access to the Student Veterans Center can request through our office.


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

 OVP Medals Artwork

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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