Penn State has consistently been ranked as a top military/veteran-friendly school by numerous publications, including Military Times, GI Jobs and Military Advanced Education. In 2015, our World Campus undergraduate programs were ranked #1 in the country for veterans by U.S. News and World Report! Penn State’s University Park campus alone currently serves over 1000 student veterans, our World Campus serves over 2200, and over 1400 additional veteran students are served throughout our commonwealth campuses. How do we achieve these stellar results? By working to assist veterans and their dependents in maneuvering the higher education system and helping to ensure the best use of the educational benefits for which they are eligible. Below are some of the educational benefits we routinely process, some information about our Veterans Outreach Office and our contact information.
If you are a veteran, active duty service member, or dependent of either, you may be eligible for education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Below is a list of several chapters of educational benefits with a brief description of each.
Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill: active duty and veterans; not transferrable to dependents. Click here for detailed information: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/pamphlets/ch30_pamphlet.pdf
Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation; veterans who have at least a 10% disability rating are eligible to apply, however approval is not guaranteed; up to 48 months of entitlement possible. Click here for detailed information: http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp
Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill: active duty and veterans may be eligible for up to 36 months of benefit. This benefit may be transferred to qualifying dependents, with restrictions. Click here for detailed information: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/pamphlets/ch33_pamphlet.pdf and http://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/docs/factsheets/Transferability_Factsheet.pdf
Chapter 35: For spouses and children of 100% services-connected disabled veterans or of veterans who died in service; up to 45 months of entitlement are allowed. Click here for detailed information: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/pamphlets/ch35_pamphlet_2.pdf
Chapter 1606: National Guard and Reserves who have completed the initial Active Duty for training and 180 days of service in the Selected Reserves; may be eligible for up to 36 months of benefit. Click here for detailed information: http://www.nationalguard.com/education-programs/gi-bill-programs#Ch1606
Chapter 1607: National Guard and Reserves who have completed a minimum of 90 consecutive days on Active Duty after 9/11/01; may be eligible for up to 36 months of benefit. Click here for detailed information: http://www.nationalguard.com/education-programs/gi-bill-programs#Ch1607
Tuition Assistance: If you are currently serving in the military, you may be eligible for funding offered through the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance program (also known as Federal Tuition Assistance - FTA). Check with your local Educational Assistance office for eligibility and enrollment requirements. For Tuition Assistance Top-Up information, click here: http://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/docs/factsheets/topup.pdf
To apply for undergraduate studies at Penn State
To apply for graduate studies at Penn State
On transferring military and college credits to Penn State
Veterans Outreach Office / Peer Counseling
The Veterans Outreach Office was established to assist prospective students in their pursuit of higher education. Our Peer Counselors are student veterans who are trained to provide you with information and points of contact you may need to make an informed decision about postsecondary enrollment. Our counselors can also assist in the application processes for both the various educational benefit chapters and Penn State University. The office is located at 325 Boucke Building, on the University Park Campus, but they can assist regardless of where a student chooses to enroll.
How to Contact Us
Peer Counselors are here for you and are dedicated to answering any questions you may have. Because Peer Counselors are students, they are only available when our office is open and we are staffed according to their class schedule availability. You may contact them from 8 am to 5 pm (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday by phone at (814) 863-1798 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If your phone call is not answered, contact the main office front desk at (814) 863-0465, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:45 pm (Eastern Time) and one of our professional staff will assist you.