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Penn State Veterans Helpful Resources

This page is intended to provide Penn State students and prospective Penn State students with information about the services Penn State offers to assist veterans with issues relating to their military service as well as to provide helpful links to other Penn State resources. Penn State has a strong commitment to military members and their families, and has been honored by prominent publications and organizations such as Military Advanced Education, Military Friendly Schools, U.S. News & World Report, and the Council of College and Military Educators. 

Penn State Office of Veterans Programs (OVP):

The Office of Veterans Programs, located on the University Park campus, provides outreach, certification, and general counseling services to student veterans and students receiving benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). Five full-time professionals and approximately 20 student veterans, working part time under the DVA work-study program, provide these services.

Penn State Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness:

The clearinghouse helps professionals who provide services to military families to identify, select, and implement evidence-based programs and practices to address wide-ranging family and mental health issues―from healthy parenting to preventing problematic and risky behaviors. Using its interactive, searchable database, professionals will find effective and promising intervention programs as well as practical resources and strategies to help them achieve their mission and ensure the welfare of military families.

Penn State Military Appreciation:

Offers resource links, blogs, news updates, event listings, and more for the Penn State military community.

Admissions Links

Penn State Law Admissions:

Penn State Law meets the requirements of 38 U.S.C. § 3675 and participates in veterans VA education benefits programs, including Chapter 31, the Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Vet Success Program, and Chapter 33, the GI Bill. Tuition and fees will be fully covered for veterans with 100-percent eligibility because Penn State Law is a public institution with only one rate of tuition. Thus, there is no gap for uncovered tuition and fees requiring the law school to be considered a Yellow Ribbon Program School. Any current or retired military personnel, active or reserve component, will have their application fee waived at Penn State Law.

Students who are registered with Penn State’s Office of Veterans Programs also are qualified to receive preference in registering for classes with current 3Ls. To register, students complete an online form. The form and directions can be found on the Office of Veterans Programs website under “Veterans Priority Registration Form.”

Penn State Undergraduate Admissions:

Whether you are currently in the military, a veteran, or a military family member, Penn State is proud that you are considering it among your many options. The University offers a number of resources to assist you in obtaining your degree.           

Penn State World Campus Admissions:

Penn State World Campus has aligned its online degree and certificate programs, student support services, and policies to address the unique needs of military and veteran students. World Campus offers more than 100 career-enhancing programs online that will work around your military and veteran needs. Recently, Penn State opened its first on-base facility at MRCD San Diego. 

Note: The Clinic provides links only as a convenience and does not imply endorsement by Penn State Law.