Penn State World Campus military students have access to a dedicated, specially trained military support team. Many staff members are veterans, who apply their first-hand military knowledge to help you succeed as a Penn State World Campus student.

Military-Exclusive Services

Military Admissions

Our military admissions counselors can assist and advise you in using military benefits, completing your Penn State application, and navigating the admissions process. They can even offer guidance on degree programs before you apply.

If you’re ready to learn more about Penn State World Campus, don’t hesitate to contact them directly or request information online to get started.

Jon DeFonzo
Military Admissions Counselor
[email protected]

Matthew Miller
Military Admissions Counselor
[email protected]

Financial Aid and Assistance

You may be eligible for a number of federal and military-specific opportunities to help you pay for your education, including Tuition Assistance and Penn State World Campus Military Grant-In-Aid. Our military-focused financial aid coordinators can assist you in exploring your options, applying for aid, and more.

Next Steps

Visit Education Benefits and Financial Aid for details, call 814-863-6638, or email [email protected].

GI Bill® Certifying Officials

Penn State World Campus has a team of GI Bill Certifying Officials ready to assist you with using your benefits. Veterans may use their benefits to cover all or part of their educational expenses. Our experts can explain how to apply for benefits, describe different financial programs, and discuss which benefits may be the best fit for you.

Next Steps

Visit Education Benefits and Financial Aid for details, call 814-863-6638, or email [email protected].

Disability Services

Our disability services team works closely with military advisers to serve students with disabilities and identify students who may need accommodations. Contact us if you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic adjustments or questions about our services.

Next Steps

Complete our online form to be connected with a staff member. Or contact us at [email protected] or 814-863-3283.

Academic Advising

Undergraduate Students:  When you enroll, you will be partnered with a military academic adviser who will help you throughout your time with Penn State World Campus. You’ll work with your adviser to:

  • plan your academic program
  • stay on track with your academic goals
  • choose courses that meet requirements and your personal interests
  • manage the impact of deployments, trainings, and relocations

Graduate Students:  As a graduate student through Penn State World Campus, you will be advised by Penn State faculty from your degree program. You will work with your faculty adviser to plan your path through a program and to help find answers to other academic questions you may have.

Next Steps

You will be connected with an adviser once you become a Penn State student. Attend a military informational webinar to learn more about advising and other services.

Priority Registration

Both active duty service members and veterans who have served honorably are eligible to receive priority registration for their courses. This service allows you to register for courses earlier than the general student population, helping to ensure you can get into the courses you need, during the semester you wish to take them. 

Next Steps

Active duty and veterans using tuition assistance (TA) or Veteran’s Affairs (VA) educational benefits will automatically be given priority registration when benefits are processed. If you are not using one of these benefits, you can submit documentation of your honorable service. Learn more about this documentation and priority registration. 

Other Student Services

In addition to your military services, you’ll have access to a range of resources available to all Penn State World Campus students that can help you both earn your degree and apply your degree in the workforce. Here are a few examples:

  • career services – use on-demand career planning resources or get personalized support through career counseling to build confidence in your skills
  • technical support – receive tips and assistance with computer and technical concerns seven days a week
  • online tutoring resources – get help understanding course concepts and materials, and learn how to use software and other technologies required for your assignments
  • nationally recognized research library – search thousands of databases and online resources offered by one of the top 10 research libraries in the United States

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