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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: Veteran Readiness & Employment (formally 'Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment')
Ch35: Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)
Ch1606: MGIB – Selected Reserve (SR)
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

Outreach Counselors will provide information on educational opportunities, financial aid, and VA benefits supporting prospective and current students.  Students will establish and maintain connections around Penn State and the greater community and should be able to work independently or as a team towards common goals. 

Student Sponsor

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.