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Veteran's Education

Veterans/Military Education (GI Bill® Benefits)

"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 at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

The Division of Veterans/Military Education is the State Approving Agency for Pennsylvania. In order for a veteran, reservist or dependent to use their GI Bill® Benefits the program must be approved by the State Approving Agency. More information on the mission of the agency is available at SAA Mission/Overview.

What is New in Pennsylvania?

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)

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.

GI Bill® Basics

Benefits

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: benefits.va.gov/gbill

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. 

Certifying Official Newsletters

Below are the current fiscal year's newsletters. The latest information concerning the GI Bill® is covered in these newsletters. These are emailed to all certifying officials. We also have previous years archived. If you are not receiving these by email, please contact our office.

Apprenticeship and On-The-Job Training Newsletters

SAA Forms

We as the Pennsylvania State Approving Agency approve programs so that veterans and dependents can use their GI Bill® Benefits. Some of the forms required for approval are below. Please note that we will need to visit your educational institution or training establishment prior to approval.

For educational institutions not already approved, there is a check list of required items and an application.

For educational institutions that are already approved and requesting a new program approval, there is a check list of required items. If applying for approval of distance education courses there is a separate application.

For an employer applying for approval, the required Training Agreement is below.

PA Veterans Registry

Veterans Registry

The PA VETERANS REGISTRY is an online application that allows veterans, family members and people who work with veterans to connect with DMVA to request information related to the valuable state benefits, programs and services offered. By connecting with DMVA, registrants can also opt-in to receive ongoing communications such as the weekly DMVA DIGEST. Please take a moment to register at https://register.dmva.pa.gov/register.