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GI Bill benefits help you pay for college, graduate school, and training programs. Since 1944, the GI Bill has helped qualifying Veterans and their family members get money to cover all or some of the costs for school or training.

Basic Eligibility for GI Bill® Benefits

This information can be used as a guide. However, an application must be submitted to VA on VA Form 22-1990 for a formal eligibility determination. If you have drawn VA education assistance before, the application form will be VA Form 22-1995. Applications and additional information are available on the GI Bill® website.

Learn about and compare your GI Bill benefits at approved schools, employers, and VET TEC providers

Learn more about education benefit rates for tuition and books for qualifying Veterans and their family members

Interested in receiving your GI Bill® benefits through an apprenticeship or on-the-job training program at one of Pennsylvania's many approved establishments? How about receiving your benefits while you attend post-secondary schooling? Take a look through our brochures below and find what is right for you.

If you are an employer and would like to have your company approved, read the Employers Guide to Recordkeeping (PDF). If you have any questions about any of the information please contact us.

Course Scheduling Benefit for PA Veterans

Eligible veterans are entitled to priority course scheduling at Pennsylvania community colleges, state system universities and state related universities.

For more information, contact the Office of Veterans Affairs/Services at the college or university you plan to attend. The Higher Education Course Scheduling Preference for Veterans Act (Act 46 of 2014) requires public institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania to provide veteran students, as defined in the Act, with preference in course scheduling.

In-State Tuition

Effective July 1, 2015, limited residency status is granted for the purpose of providing for attendance at public institutions of higher learning in Pennsylvania.  There are three categories of eligibility requirements: 

  • Military personnel, their spouses and dependent children assigned to an active duty station in Pennsylvania and residing in Pennsylvania (regardless of his/her formal state of residence);
  • Department of Defense Civilian Employees, their spouses and dependent children residing in Pennsylvania (regardless of his/her formal state of residence); Veterans, their spouses, dependent children, other individual*.  Student must be using GI Bill® benefits and reside in Pennsylvania (Regardless of his/her formal state of residence)

Eligible students will be charged the following: 

  • In-State Tuition Rate (This also applies to distance learning tuition for any active military personnel and their dependents who reside in the Commonwealth regardless of his/her formal state of residence)
  • Lowest local sponsor tuition rate (Community Colleges)​