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VA Work-Study Program

The VA Work-Study Program is a VA education benefit that serves as an additional allowance paid to students for performing VA-related activities. The program pays students minimum wage, nontaxed, for up to 25 hours per week of employment. Students must be attending at a ¾ time rate of pursuit to participate.

Students receiving benefits through Title 38 or Title 10 under the following programs may be eligible:

Ch30: Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB)
Ch31: Vocational Rehabilitation
Ch35: Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)
Ch1606: MGIB – Selected Reserve (SR)
Ch1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
Ch33: Post-9/11 GI Bill®, including Transfer of Entitlement (TOE) and Fry Scholarship recipients 

For more information, please contact the Office of Veterans Programs at 814-863-0465, via email at, or visit the VA website

The Office of Veterans Programs is seeking VA-Work-Study-eligible applicants to assist with their operation. Select the position below where you would prefer to work and complete the application. Be sure to include your Penn State email address. You can select an alternative position if no openings are available in the preferred area:

Front Desk/Office Assistant 

As a team member, you will be responsible for greeting visitors, answering/transferring phone calls, and providing guidance on VA benefits. Other duties will include maintaining certification files, data entry, filing, and office maintenance.

Peer Counselor and Outreach Program

Duties include contacting veterans and members of the selected reserve by mail and telephone. You will provide information about educational and financial aid opportunities, as well as VA benefits. Additionally, you will provide information to individuals interested in Penn State enrollment.

Student Sponsors are responsible for helping incoming student veterans acclimate to student life, connect with Penn State and community resources, provide opportunities for socialization, and refer to services when necessary. Student sponsors will provide this assistance to a caseload of approximately fifteen to twenty-five incoming student veterans.

Position Requirements:

Applicants must be a veteran of active duty military service, a GI Bill® recipient attending at least ¾ time, and have been a student at Penn State University Park for at least one full academic year.

Students who are pursuing degrees in Biobehavioral Health, Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology, Rehabilitation and Human Services, and Sociology are strongly encouraged to apply.

*Applications are accepted throughout the year; however, positions are limited. Any applications received after current semester positions are filled will be considered for future semesters.

World Campus Military Team Assistant

Two VA Work-Study positions are available through the Office of Veterans Programs, working with the Penn State World Campus Military and Veteran Marketing Team for outreach to military and student veterans. Applicants should possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, Microsoft Office software proficiency, and be able to work in a fast-paced, collaborative, and challenging environment. To apply, please submit a cover letter and résumé to Aaron Rooks at . 

For all positions, skills in the following areas are preferred:

  • Microsoft Office applications
  • Typing
  • Receptionist
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Applicants must be mature, self-starters who are able to work with little supervision