Penn State World Campus understands that our military and veteran students encounter financial challenges in reaching their educational goals. You most likely have household expenses to manage; you may have child-care and medical expenses — or maybe you're putting your kids through college at the same time you're considering going back to school. Recognizing these challenges, Penn State World Campus provides multiple resources for learning more about the various methods of financing your education.
Penn State World Campus honors veteran education benefits, and military service members and their spouses are eligible to receive a tuition reduction toward undergraduate and graduate courses through the Penn State World Campus. Our Military Grant-in-Aid Program can reduce the cost of undergraduate tuition by up to 44%, and through the Penn State World Campus Federal Alliance, federal employees and their legal dependents may be eligible for a 5% tuition reduction. We also accept military tuition assistance, which you can combine with either Military Grant-in-Aid or the Federal Alliance tuition reduction.
We have a team of dedicated military admissions counselors ready to help our active duty, veteran, and military dependent applicants with the enrollment process. From your first phone call to registration for classes, we have a team ready to help you with your application and education benefits questions. Once you have enrolled in our program, we have a team of advisers ready to guide you as you pursue your degree. Please feel free to contact one of our admissions counselors or academic advisers today.
VA Education Benefits
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers several benefits to service members, veterans, and dependents to cover all or part of their educational expenses. The following options can help make earning your Penn State degree more affordable.
If you are a current Penn State World Campus student, see VA Education Benefits information for current students. Please note that your VA Certification Request form must be submitted for every semester in which you are enrolled.
Veterans may use GI Bill benefits to cover all or part of their educational expenses. Our experts can help explain how to apply for your benefits, describe different financial programs, and discuss which benefit may be the best fit for you. If you are interested in using your GI Bill benefits, please contact:
Penn State World Campus VA Certifying Officials
Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET
Yellow Ribbon Program
Penn State World Campus, as a part of the Penn State University Park Campus, is proud to be a participant in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Yellow Ribbon Program. Since the World Campus tuition rates for all degree programs are under the state match, Yellow Ribbon payments are not needed for any of our degree programs.
Tuition Assistance Top-Up
You may use your Chapter 30 or 33 GI Bill benefits with Tuition Assistance, called Tuition Assistance Top-Up. Students on active duty, who are eligible for the Chapter 30 or 33 GI Bill and approved to use federal tuition assistance, can elect to receive their benefits for all or part of the remaining expenses when the military does not cover 100% of the tuition and expenses through tuition assistance.
Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits
Veterans with a service-connected disability may qualify for Chapter 31 benefits. If you are using Chapter 31, you should contact Maggie Kwok at Penn State World Campus to learn more about Chapter 31 benefits and related information concerning disability services for students.
To use Tuition Assistance benefits, you should contact your education center. If you have used your benefits before and need access again, click on the branch you are currently serving to start the approval process for receiving your benefits:
- Air Force — The Air Force portal allows you to quickly find relevant data and information, applications, and collaboration tools to help you
- Army or Army Reserves — Visit the FAQ page on the GoArmyEd portal for steps on how to start using your tuition assistance.
- Army National Guard — You may qualify for additional money from your state. Contact your education center for more information on this benefit.
- Coast Guard — View for Coast Guard tuition assistance application information and forms.
- Navy — Find Navy tuition assistance instructions and forms.
- Marine Corps — Marine tuition assistance and education program websites.
DoD MOU — World Campus is a delivery unit of Penn State. For this reason, we do not have a separate identity with the U.S. Department of Education. When requesting approval for military Tuition Assistance, students should use OPE-ID #00332900, which is the identification number for the Penn State University Park Campus.
Once your tuition assistance form is approved, please send it to the Penn State World Campus and Continuing Education Bursar Office at:
Mail: Penn State World Campus
121 Outreach Building
University Park PA 16802