The term “veteran” refers to an individual who:
- Has served in the United States Armed Forces, including a reserve component and the National Guard, and
- Was discharged or released from such service with a condition other than dishonorable.
Many veterans of the Armed Services are eligible to receive financial educational assistance through the Veterans’ Administration. Veterans and Reservists must complete an application to determine eligibility, and are encouraged to apply via the VA's Veterans Online Application (VONAPP), located on the VA's GI Bill website (www.gibill.va.gov). In addition, students must activate veteran educational benefits by contacting the campus veteran-certifying official, Stacey Zelinka.
Types of Benefits
Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill—Active Duty
This program is for veterans who enlisted on or after July 1, 1985 and who participated in the new educational program.
Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation
This program is for veterans with at least a 10% disability rating due to service-connected injuries.
Chapter 32: Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
This program is for veterans who enlisted after December 31, 1976, and who contributed to thte Veterans Educational Assistance program.
Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill
This is a new GI Bill for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. Provisions include tuition and fees, basic housing allowance, and a stipend for books and supplies. Veterans eligible for Chapters 30, 1606 or 1607 may elect Chapter 33.
Chapter 35: Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance
This program is for dependents/survivors who are applying for survivors’ and dependents’ benefits for the first time. This program provides education assistance for qualifying spouses and children of veterans who either died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition, or have a 100% disability rating due to a service-connected injury.
Chapter 1606: Montgomery G.I. Bill—Selected Reserve
This program is for Reservists who signed at least a 6-year contract on or after July 1, 1985, and who have served at least 180 days of active service.
Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
Education benefit for Activated Reservists. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.
Honorably discharged student veterans of the United States Armed Forces, Reserve, and Guard have been granted priority registration by Penn State University. Priority registration must be requested by submitting a completed Veterans Priority Registration form.
Priority registration really means early registration. Veterans may schedule classes ahead of students without priority registration based on the timeline set by each campus, but once general registration begins you will compete for class spaces along with all other students allowed to register at that time. Check with your campus registrar to determine which date is applicable to you.
To exercise this benefit, veterans should send a copy of the Member 4 section of their DD 214 (indicating character of discharge) and active duty service members should send a letter from their command stating their dates of service.These documents should be submitted to your campus certifying official or the Office of Veterans Programs at University Park.
For more information on veterans’ benefits, please contact Stacey Zelinka, Veterans Certifying Official, at 570-675-9238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.