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. These benefits are also extended to dependents of veterans who were 100% disabled or died because of service.
These benefits are considered 'gift aid' because the money received generally does not need to be paid back. Eligibility is determined by many factors; we encourage you to determine if you qualify.
- Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
Provides a monthly educational assistance allowance for up to 36 months.
- Yellow Ribbon Program
Provides additional funds to cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition rates for some veterans.
- Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)
Provides 100% of tuition, fees, and books to qualified veterans with an established service-connected disability, and includes a monthly allowance for living expenses.
- Chapter 33 – Post-911 GI Bill
Provides qualified veterans and dependents (with transferred entitlement) up to 36 months of educational assistance.
- Chapter 35 – Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
Provides monthly educational assistance to eligible dependents of certain veterans for up to 45 months.
- Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
Provides a monthly educational assistance allowance for up to 36 months to eligible members of the Selected Reserve.
- Chapter 1607 – Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
Provides a monthly education assistance allowance for up to 36 months to certain Reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001.
- Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) – affiliate school
Provides competitive scholarships for tuition, fees, books and supplies, and a stipend, based on merit and grades.
- PA National Guard Education Assistance Program
Provides tuition assistance at an approved Pennsylvania institution for students who are residents of Pennsylvania who enter into a service commitment with the PA National Guard for a period of six years.
- Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) Program
Provides tuition assistance for members of the Army Reserve and National Guard.
- Licensing and Certification Test Reimbursement
Provides reimbursement for licensing or certification tests required to work in certain fields.
- Course scheduling preference, in accordance with Act 46 of 2014 – See College Policy 4.57
Active Service Member – any military member currently in an active duty or drilling reservist status in any branch of the uniformed services.
NOTE: Penn College requires that you show a valid military-issued ID card to verify active duty status.
Veteran – any person who served in any status with a branch of the uniformed services, and:
- Has received a DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty;
- Where block 24 of your DD-214 (Character of Service Narrative) shows Honorable.
Dependent or family member – one who is entitled to VA educational benefits under Code of Federal Regulations, title 38, section 21 [Vocational Rehabilitation and Education (2011)].
NOTE: Penn College requires a "member 4" or long form copy to verify Veteran Military status. Contact the Coordinator of Veteran & Military Services for clarification about Character of Service Narratives.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government website: www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.