Veterans Affairs at Penn State Shenango
At Penn State Shenango, we value men and women who bravely volunteer to serve in today's military and defend the freedoms we enjoy. We welcome you to explore the many high-quality educational opportunities we provide.
Many veterans of the armed services are eligible to receive financial assistance through the Veterans Administration. In addition, new G. I. Bill® implementation affords higher education opportunities for more veterans than ever before.
Reintegration to Graduation
We are Penn State, and because of that, we can provide students with access to leading faculty, a variety of majors and degree options, sports, concerts, cultural events, one of the largest alumni associations in the nation, and most important, a Penn State degree.
We are also Shenango, an intimate, nurturing college campus on 14.5 quaint and comfortable acres, where students interact closely with their professors. To help you reintegrate and graduate, we also offer:
- a learning center with free tutors and resources
- a career center to help you make informed career decisions regarding your academic major plans and/or job search
- the opportunity to join and lead student clubs and organizations
- access to free mental health and personal counseling services
- and much more
Penn State Shenango participates in the following veteran's benefit programs:
Chapter 30 - New G.I. Bill® - This program is for a veteran who enlisted on or after July 1, 1985 and contributed to the educational fund while on active duty.
Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation - This program is for a veteran with at least a 20% disability rating due to a service connected injury.
Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill® - This program is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.
Chapter 35 - Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance - This program provides education assistance for qualifying spouses and children of veterans that either died while on active duty or have a 100% disability rating of due to a service connected injury.
The Yellow Ribbon Program -- Penn State Shenango is pleased to participate in the Veterans Administration's new Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows our campus to partner with the V.A. to possibly extend a higher benefit to you.
Specifically, this program allows institutions of higher learning to enter into an agreement with the V.A. to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. Participating institutions can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses and the V.A. will match the amount.
You may be eligible to attend Penn State at little or no cost to you. For additional information, refer to the G.I. Bill® Web site: www.gibill.va.gov
Reserve Tuition Assistance Programs:
Members of the Selective Reserves may be eligible for tuition assistance. However each of the Armed Forces determines how to administer their own Tuition Assistance (TA). In addition each state may offer its National Guard servicemembers state funded education incentives based on state guidelines and eligibility (i.e. TA, waivers, exemptions, student loan repayment, etc.). Military.com has gathered the following information about reserve TA benefits for each service:
- Army Reserve (USAR) -https://www.goarmyed.com
- Navy Reserve (USNR) - https://www.navycollege.navy.mil/ta_info.aspx
- Marine Reserve (USMCR) - http://www.usmc-mccs.org/education/mta.cfm
- Air Force Reserve (USAFR) - https://www.my.af.mil/faf/FAF/fafHOME.jsp
- Coast Guard Reserve (USCGR) - http://www.uscg.mil/reserve/pay_benefits.asp
For more information, contact:
Shawn O'Neill, Veteran Certifying Official
Penn State Shenango
147 Shenango Ave.
Sharon, PA 16146
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 at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.