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Office of Veterans Programs

The Office of Veterans Programs 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 about our Office and the services provided.

The Office of Veterans Programs is proud and pleased to host the Veterans Career Fair Fall 2017 on Monday, 2 October 2017 from 9 am - 4 pm at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College, Pennsylvania.  The fair will take place in Dean's Hall and the Senate Suites.  Lunch will be provided for all participating vendors.  We will be hosting up to 75 businesses and organizations.  All Veteran, Active Duty and Reservist students and alumni from all campuses are invited to attend.  Please visit the Veterans Career Fair page on this website for more information. 



Attention students!
Once you’ve registered for your Spring 2018 courses, please remember to complete a Certification Request Form (CRF) for your GI Bill Benefit! As a reminder, a CRF must be completed/submitted EVERY semester in which you wish to use your GI Bill benefit.  The form cannot be accepted for your Spring 2018 semester until you have completed your registration.  Once your registration is complete, you can locate the form on our website, by using the “forms” link, or visit us at 325 Boucke Building.

 Priority Registration for Spring 2018 begins Wednesday, October 4, 2017.  You will be allowed to register for classes at your home campus on this date.  However, if you wish to register for a class(es) at a campus other than your home campus, you must wait until 1 week before the spring semester begins to do so.                

Penn State's College of Education is offering a 1-credit First Year Seminar called "Transition is the Mission" (EDUC 100) at University Park during the Fall 2017 semester. As this is a pilot program, the course is currently open to student veterans in any year of study (you are not required to be a first year student to take the course). Enrollment is capped at 25 students. Among other topics, the course aims to help student veterans maximize their VA benefits, get the most out of their college experience, 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, contact the instructors, Renee Thornton-Roop () or Mary Fisk ().

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:

325 Boucke 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