Veterans benefits

Many veterans of the Armed Services who are interested in attending college are eligible to receive financial assistance through the Montgomery GI Bill® or the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. These educational benefits are administered by the Veterans Administration.

In order to determine funding eligibility, student veterans must complete an application for benefits. In addition, student veterans must activate educational benefits by contacting Gail Gray, veteran certifying official at Penn State Beaver, 724-773-3803.

For more information on veterans services at Penn State, please visit Penn State for Veterans.

Types of educational benefits:

Chapter 33 - Post-9/11 GI Bill® 
This program is for veterans who served on active duty after September 11, 2001, and who have served an aggregate period of at least 90 days.

Chapter 1606 - The Montgomery GI Bill®, Selected Reserve  
This program is for members of the Selected Reserve which includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard Reserves, the Army National Guard, and the Air Guard. The reserve components decide who is eligible for the program. 

Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation 
This program is for veterans with at least a 20% disability rating due to a service-related injury. 

Chapter 35 - Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance 
This program provides educational assistance to qualifying spouses and children of veterans who either died while on active duty or have a 100% disability rating due to a service-related injury. 

Chapter 1607 - Reserve Education Assistance Program 
This program is for reservists and national guardsmen who have served on active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress.

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 on the Department of Veterans Affairs website.