Military Grant-in-Aid FAQs

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Does the military grant-in-aid match the Department of Defense (DoD) tuition assistance benefit so I would not have to pay out-of-pocket tuition?

Penn State is an institution that has a reputation for providing a high-quality educational experience. Our public tuition rates are higher than the DoD tuition assistance cap. This grant will bring our tuition rate closer to the DoD cap, making a Penn State education more within the financial reach of our military students and their spouses. However, students will need to pay a small amount out-of-pocket.

Can I use the Military Grant-in-Aid in conjunction with my VA GI Bill Education benefits?

No, servicemembers electing to use their VA Education benefits (any chapter) are not eligible for the grant.

Is the military grant-in-aid an ongoing financial aid program?

The program is open from fall 2013 through summer 2014. It will be evaluated annually as an ongoing program as we assess our ability to increase instructional capacity to meet demand while maintaining academic quality. It is our intent to continue the program. However, if it is decided not to continue the program, any students already using the military grant-in-aid will continue to receive the grant as long as they maintain their status as an undergraduate student with the Penn State World Campus serving on active duty with the military or being a military spouse. The status of the grant's availability for new students starting fall semester 2014 will be announced in summer 2014.

Does the military grant-in-aid include graduate courses?

Currently, World Campus online graduate degrees, postbaccalaureate certificates, and graduate certificates (including 400-level courses that are part of a graduate degree or certificate) are not eligible for the military grant-in-aid.

Is the military grant-in-aid being offered to military students at other Penn State campuses?

The military grant-in-aid is limited to World Campus students because it is financially supported by Penn State World Campus and its academic partners.

Are personnel "in-active status" or military spouses and family members eligible for the military grant-in-aid?

The military grant-in-aid is limited to the servicemember and their spouse.

How do I apply for the military grant-in-aid?

The Military Grant-in-Aid Form must be completed and submitted to the Penn State World Campus each semester that the student wishes to receive the military grant-in-aid. The form must be received by Penn State within seven days from scheduling for course(s). Because the form requires signatures, a hard copy needs to be returned to Penn State. Applicants may choose to:

  • fax to 814-865-3290
  • scan and email to
  • mail to Admission Services, Penn State World Campus, 128 Outreach Building, University Park, PA, 16802-7012

What is the value of the military grant-in-aid?

The current value of the military grant-in-aid would lower the tuition to $314 per credit hour. The value of the grant is subject to change in accordance with University tuition rates (which typically happens on an annual basis).