Education Benefits and Financial Aid

Penn State World Campus understands that military and veteran students may encounter financial challenges in reaching their educational goals. That’s why we make an array of resources available to help you finance your education, like fee waivers, tuition assistance, scholarships, and federal student aid (if applicable). Explore the following opportunities designed to make your Penn State education more affordable. Our military team can assist you in understanding what options are right for you.

Undergraduate Application Fee Waiver

Service Members, Veterans, Spouses/Dependents

By attending one of our military webinars, you can learn more about our programs, military support services, and other benefits — and receive an application fee waiver for associate and bachelor’s degrees. The waiver is available to service members, veterans, and their spouses.

Next Steps

Register for an upcoming military webinar. Attend and receive instructions to use your application fee waiver.

Military Grant-in-Aid

Service Members, Spouses

You are dedicated to your country — and one way we honor your service is by helping to make a Penn State education more affordable. Our Military Grant-in-Aid program makes it possible for service members and their spouses to save up to 44% on undergraduate tuition, bringing our tuition rate closer to the Department of Defense cap. Grant-in-Aid can be combined with military tuition assistance for even greater savings; however, it cannot be combined with any GI Bill® benefits.

Eligibility:

  • Active duty, guard, and reserve for all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their spouses (individual Ready Reserve and inactive National Guard are not eligible)
  • Applicable to all undergraduate programs and undergraduate courses offered by Penn State World Campus
  • You, or your spouse, must be serving in the military at some point during the semester in which you are registering
  • Service members and/or spouses electing to use their GI Bill® education benefits (any chapter) or any other Penn State Grant-in-Aid are not eligible
Next Steps

If you have questions regarding qualification for the Military Grant-in-Aid, contact our admissions team. Newly admitted and current students should submit their completed Military Grant-in-Aid form each semester to the Penn State World Campus Bursar. We recommend doing so at the time you schedule classes and no later than two weeks before the semester starts.

VA Education Benefits

Service Members, Veterans, Spouses/Dependents

You may be eligible for education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). We’ve provided an overview of these benefits below, and our team is available to assist with questions. We also encourage you to visit the VA website or your service branch’s education office for the most detailed information regarding your options.

Next Steps

Review the various VA Education Benefits featured below and visit the VA website, where you can check your eligibility and apply online. We recommend that you apply as soon as possible. Apply your benefits at Penn State World Campus by sending a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to [email protected]. Contact Penn State World Campus VA Certifying Officials at 814-863-6638 or via email at [email protected] with any questions.

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.

Post-9/11 GI Bill – Chapter 33

Service Members, Veterans, Spouses/Dependents

If you served on active duty after September 10, 2011, you may be eligible to receive payment for a percentage of the tuition and fees that are paid directly to the University, along with a monthly housing allowance, and a books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 per year. Some service members may also transfer unused benefits to their dependents. You may be eligible to receive this benefit if you:

  • have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after September 10, 2001
  • are still on active duty
  • are an honorably discharged veteran
  • or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days

Montgomery GI Bill – Chapters 30 and 1606

Service Members, Veterans

The Montgomery GI Bill provides education benefits for tuition, books, and fees paid directly to service members and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The VA offers two unique benefits: The Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD, Chapter 30) and the Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR, Chapter 1606). You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits.

Tuition Assistance Top-Up

Service Members

Military students who are eligible for Chapter 30 or 33 GI Bill — and approved to use military Tuition Assistance (TA) — can elect to use their VA education benefit to cover part of the remaining expenses when TA does not cover 100% of tuition and fees.

Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship

Spouses Only

If you are a military spouse, you may be eligible to receive up to $4,000 of financial assistance via a Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship. This program helps military spouses pursue licenses, certificates, certifications, or associate degrees necessary to gain employment in high-demand, high-growth career fields. Penn State World Campus is a participating school, and our military team can help you through the application process.

Next Steps

Visit the MyCAA website for information on eligibility, application process, and more.

Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA) – Chapter 35

Dependents Only

The DEA program offers education and training opportunities to eligible surviving dependents or dependents of veterans who are permanently or totally disabled due to a service-connected disability.

Next Steps

Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website for benefit eligibility and other information.

Tuition Assistance

Service Members

Funding offered through the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance (TA) program can cover a significant portion of tuition expenses for eligible active duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members. For information on specific benefits and the approval process, click on your branch of service below or visit your military education center.

Next Steps

Click on the appropriate service branch link above. When requesting approval for TA, be sure to use OPE-ID #00332900, which is the identification number that Penn State World Campus shares with Penn State University Park campus. Once your tuition assistance form is approved, please send it to the Penn State World Campus Bursar.

Scholarships

Service Members, Veterans, Spouses/Dependents

We are proud to offer scholarships designed to provide financial support specifically to World Campus military and veteran students. Scholarships are for undergraduate degree-seeking students and are for both full-time and part-time learners. There is one application for all World Campus scholarships, including military scholarships.

Next Step

Visit the scholarships page on our student website to learn more about these and other scholarships open to service members, veterans, and their families.