Veterans and Financial Aid
Veterans Education Benefits are available to eligible students who have served in the military, are on active duty, or are enlisted in the Reserves or National Guard. Also, students who are dependents of a veteran who was 100% disabled or died because of service are eligible to apply.
Veterans Education Benefits are considered ' gift aid' because the money received generally does not need to be paid back. Eligibility is determined by many factors, so we encourage you to determine if you do qualify for benefits.
Veterans Education Benefits include, but are not limited to the following:
- Post-911 GI Bill – Chapter 33
- Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD) – Chapter 30
- Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment VetSuccess (VR&E) – Chapter 31
- Montgomery GI Bill – Selective Reserve (MGIB-SR) – Chapter 1606
- Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) – Chapter 1607
- Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) – Affiliate School
- PA National Guard Assistance Program.
- Federal Tuition Assistance Program
- Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA) – Chapter 35
- Licensing and Certification Test Reimbursement
We are here to help!
The Coordinator of Veterans Affairs offers free assistance in submitting applications for Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits. The Coordinator and VA Work-Study students will guide you through the process of applying for and obtaining veterans benefits. The Admissions Office can discuss available majors, transfer of credit, and admission requirements.
Ready to start?
- Complete Penn College's Application for Admission which includes our Financial Aid Application (FAA) and pay the $50 application fee.
- After your application is processed, the Admissions Office will send you a letter advising you when to take placement testing (if required).
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. This is very important and can be done before you apply to Penn College. You must complete and submit your FAFSA to be considered for grants and federal loans along with any other financial aid available to veterans. Be sure to answer all questions pertaining to your veteran status and veterans education benefits.
Prior Learning Assessment
If you have completed advanced courses or educational experiences as part of military training, you may be eligible for advanced placement through transcript evaluation, testing, and/or competency assessment.
If you have previous college credits that you wish to transfer, ensure that your official transcripts are forwarded to Penn College’s Admissions Office for evaluation toward your degree.
To translate military service into college credit, AARTS, SMART, or CCAF transcripts are required. If you completed military basic training within the last 10 years, you may receive a fitness elective credit by submitting a transcript from the American Council on Education. Please note that not all military experience can be translated into college credits.
Contact the Coordinator of Veterans Affairs if you need any assistance in obtaining your military transcripts.
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