Current Student Benefits

VA Benefits Information specific to Current Students

GI Bill® Information

Information for students including how to apply for GI Bill® benefits with the VA and Penn State.

Tuition/Financial Aid

Information and resources on tuition and financial aid. Even if you are receiving VA educational benefits, you may qualify for additional student financial aid and are encouraged to apply.

New to Penn State

Helpful information in obtaining your Penn State identification card and establishing a Penn State Access Account.

Establish a Priority Registration/Honor Cord

Penn State recognizes those who have honorably served or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces by awarding priority registration and a red, white, and blue honor cord at graduation in recognition of their duty and sacrifice.

Penn State Academic Calendars

The academic calendar is subject to change without notice. In preparing the calendar for an academic year, it is impossible to avoid conflict with some religious holidays. As conflicts arise, efforts are made to make special arrangements for students affected.

Course Scheduling/Registration through LionPATH

Students should consult with their academic adviser with regard to scheduling courses for each semester.  Students ineligible or not interested in Priority Registration (as above) should consult the University Park Registration Timetable to learn their first day to schedule.

Sign up for eRefund from your LionPATH Account

Student refunds can be electronically deposited into a bank account by logging into your Student Center and selecting, "Manage My Account/Make a Payment" link.  This will take you to the payment portal - on the left hand side, third box down, select the link that states, "Click to enroll in eRefund."

Verify Enrollment for Chapter 30 or 1606 Recipients

Chapter 30 and 1606 are required to verify enrollment with the VA at the end of each month. You can verify your enrollment through several means:

  • IVR: Interactive Voice Response. Call 1-877-823-2378 (1-877-VAE-CERT) and follow the instructions provided.
  • WAVE: Web Automated Verification of Enrollment. Point your internet browser to and follow the link to the WAVE program. Instructions are provided online.

OVP Student Sponsor Program

Peer mentoring program in which successfully transitioned student veterans (“Sponsors”) are paired with incoming student veterans.

Free Tutoring Services with Penn State Learning

Provided by Penn State Learning (PSL).

Changes in Enrollment Status

Information on (add/drop, withdrawal, change of major, etc…) must be reported to the Office of Veterans Programs as they may affect your benefit.

Intention to Graduate

It is the student's responsibility and must be set by selecting “Graduating This Semester” in LionPATH at the beginning of the semester in which you plan to graduate. The commencement schedule for the semester is available online through the Registrar's Home PageTo receive an Honor Cord for veterans and actively serving military, see Priority Registration/Honor Cord.

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