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Veterans at Penn State Abington

Penn State Abington is a military-friendly college, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Over 100 veterans attend Penn State Abington. We want to provide you with the information and resources you need to help you achieve your educational and career goals.

How to Apply for Education Benefits

First you will need to apply for your VA benefits:

You may apply by clicking here.

Next you will need to submit your VA Certificate of Eligibility (received directly from the office of the VA)and your Enrollment Certification Request form (see below) to the School's Certifying Official in the Penn State Abington Registrar's Office 121 Sutherland. If you have not yet received your VA Certification of Eligibility, you may submit a statement of your eligibility printed from VA eBenefits Portal.  When we receive your Certification Request Form and confirmation of eligibility, we will submit your enrollment certification to VA so that your benefits can be processed. You must submit a certification request form each semester you want to use your benefits.

You may complete the Enrollment Certification Request form here

Transfer students who have received VA education benefits at other institutions should complete VA 22-1995 Change in Place of Training Form.

Transferring Credits from Military Experience to Penn State

A veteran or member of the active armed services or the selected reserves may be eligible for credit from educational experiences in the armed forces. More information.

Priority Course Registration

Newly admitted students schedule their courses for their first semester at Penn State during New Student Orientation. After that, enrolled veterans are eligible for priority (early) course registration.

Penn State recognizes those who have honorably served or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces by awarding priority registration and a red, white, and blue honor cord at graduation in recognition of their duty and sacrifice. Priority registration allows veterans to schedule classes ahead of the general student population.

For more information about Priority Registration:

Student Veterans Organization on Campus

Penn State Abington Student Veterans Organization is a club on campus that typically meets the first Wednesday of the month in the Rydal 2nd Floor lounge during Common Break. See Facebook page.

More information.

Mentoring Program for New Student Veterans

Mentors are current student veterans or faculty/staff members who help new student veterans acclimate to academic life, network, and get connected to campus resources. We encourage all new student veterans to get linked with a mentor. For more information, contact Julie Couglin at 215-881-7353 or email to

In-State Tuition Rates for Veterans & Others Eligible for VA Education Benefits

Individuals or veterans eligible to receive any VA educational benefit will receive the in-state tuition rate, regardless of service time.

Study Lounge

There is Study Lounge in Rm 210 Rydal Building on campus available for ROTC/Veteran/Active Duty students Mon - Fri, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00p.m.

To use the Study Lounge, go to the Security Office (107 Rydal) with your Penn State ID to sign out the room key.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.