There are various types of military education benefits available to students or their eligible dependents.
Post 9/11 GI Bill® for Veterans
This funding is through the Department of Veterans Affairs. The program is available for students who served active duty in the military after 9/11. Parents or spouses may also transfer their benefits to their dependents. More information is available in the "Apply for GI Bill® " tab below.
Montgomery GI Bill® for National Guard Members and Reservists
This funding is through the Department of Veterans Affairs. The program is available for students who served active duty in the military after 9/11. Parents or Spouses may also transfer their benefits to their dependents. Further information is available on the VA Webpage.
Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation
This program is through the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is available for students with a service-connected disability. Students interested in this program should contact the Pittsburgh Regional Office at 412.395.6070 or visit the office at 1000 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh PA.
Educational Assistance Program for National Guard Members
This is a state-funded program that awards an education grant to qualifying National Guard members. Paperwork is initiated through the Guard unit, and should be submitted at least 2-3 months prior to the term. When eligibility is determined, the student receives an award letter indicating the amount of tuition payment; payment is made directly to the student's account. Additional details can be found on the PHEAA website.
Tuition Assistance for Reservists
This is a federal tuition payment program that pays up to 100% of tuition. Paperwork is initiated through the Reserve unit; payment is made directly to your student account. Students who receive an additional tuition waiver (e.g. staff waiver or graduate assistant waiver) may not be eligible for TA payment. Military service members apply for this benefit directly through the military. Some military branches restrict those who are eligible. For more information, please contact your unit.
Post 9/11 GI Bill® Transfer of Entitlement
Military parents and spouses may be able to transfer their own Post 9/11 GI Bill® to their children or spouses. Further information is available through the Department of Defense website. After reading the information, if you are unsure of whether or not the service person is eligible for transferring benefits, you can also contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-GIBILL1 for further guidance.
Survivors and Dependents Educational Benefits
Survivors of deceased veterans, spouses of living veterans and children of either who are between 18 and 26 years of age may be eligible if the veteran's death or permanent/total disability was the result of service in the Armed Forces. Eligibility of spouses generally extends to 10 years from the date of death or establishment of total disability. In certain cases, the age limit for children may be extended.
Students must apply through the Department of Veterans Affairs. You will be required to submit an original application, and must supply the name, social security number, date of birth, and claim or service number of the veteran. If you have already established eligibility for Chapter 35, you must supply your claim number and/or a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the Office of Veterans Benefits along with the SRU VA Enrollment Form that is found in the "Apply for GI Bill® " tab below.
This program is for children of service members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Students must apply through the Department of Veterans Affairs. This program enables students to receive the same benefits as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® . Further information can be found on VA Website.
Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program
This program honors individuals who lost their lives protecting the citizens of Pennsylvania by helping their children fund their education.
The Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program provides a waiver for tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board costs charged by public postsecondary institutions. This waiver applies only to charges that remain after all other grants (federal, state, and outside scholarships) have been applied to your student account. For further information, including the application, visit the PHEAA website.
Educational Gratuity Program
The applicant must be the child of a veteran whose 100% disability is war or armed conflict service-connected, or who died while on active duty or as a result of service-connected disability, hostile fire, or a terrorist attack during peacetime, as determined the Dept. of Military Affairs. An applicant must be between the ages of 16 and 24, a resident of Pennsylvania for 5 years immediately prior to filing for the benefit, attend an approved PA state institution and demonstrate financial need. Contact the PA Dept. of Military Affairs, Ft. Indiantown Gap, at 717-861-8910.
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