15 Military Friendly Colleges in Pennsylvania

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Military Friendly Colleges in Pennsylvania

Funding for Military Friendly Colleges in Pennsylvania

There are many military friendly colleges in Pennsylvania. According to the VA, in 2017, 387 Pennsylvania schools got Post 9/11 GI bill funds for over 18,200 students totaling over $175 million dollars.

There are six active programs offering benefits for veterans’ education. If eligible, all of these may be used to help fund a college education.

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • All Volunteer Force Educational Assistance Program (MGIB-AD)
  • Educational Assistance for Members of the Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
  • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA)
  • Post Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

 

The most-used benefit program is the Post 9/11 GI Bill. At Pennsylvania colleges, 78% of the beneficiaries used the Post 9/11 GI Bill to help fund their education.

Military Program# of 2019 veterans eaRNING aid at Pennsylvania colleges
Post 9 / 1117,622
MGIB – AD246
MIGB – SR2,276
REAP4
DEA2,401
VEAP0
TOTAL22,549

 

15 Military Friendly Colleges in Pennsylvania in 2020

These 15 military friendly colleges in Pennsylvania are listed based on the total amount of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits awarded in the 2017 / 2018 school year. All of the data cited from the National Center for Education Statistics. Many of these schools take part in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, the colleges and the VA pay the tuition and mandatory fees not paid for by the GI Bill.

1Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $33.9M

At Pennsylvania State University (PSU) Main Campus, the Office of Veterans Programs (OVP) at the University Park campus is a key resource. It helps those who get Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) benefits.

PSU Main Campus participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It offers 300 students up to $15,000 each, per year.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 89%, while the rate for part time students is 88%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $6,559
Grad: $4,564

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 4,132
Grad: 1,491

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 88%
Part Time: 45%

2 Drexel University
3141 Chestnut Street | Philadelphia, PA 19104


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $16.63M

At Drexel University, the Office of Veteran Student Services serves student veterans and military dependents on campus. Part of that is making sure they know how to use campus services. Finally, look into the Drexel Veterans Association (DVA). This is the Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter on campus.

Drexel participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It offers an unlimited number of students an unlimited max contribution per year.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 91%. And, the rate for part time students is 78%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $31,004
Grad: $14,501

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 412
Grad: 266

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 89%
Part Time: 58%

3 Temple University
1801 North Broad Street | Philadelphia, PA 19122


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $7.93M

Temple University helps veterans make a smooth transition from military to college life. The Military and Veteran Services Center (MVSC) is a great resource. It helps and guides students who are affiliated with the military. Prospective and current students can both get help at the MVSC.

Temple participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It offers an unlimited number of undergrad students an unlimited max contribution per year. Various other awards are offered based on the school or division. Professional, grad, and doctorate students could get benefits.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 84%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $15,869
Grad: $20,838

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 294
Grad: 157

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 89%
Part Time: 62%

4 University of Pennsylvania
34th & Spruce Street | Philadelphia, PA 19104


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $4.32M

University of Pennsylvania (PENN) has welcomed members of the military since its founding. In fact, many of history’s finest military leaders earned their degrees at Penn. University of Pennsylvania Student Veteran Association (UPSVA) is a great group to join. This student org is for current and former military members. Plus, Penn participates in the Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program.

PENN participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It offers various awards to undergrad, graduate, and doctoral students. Amounts vary across its many schools and divisions.

Veterans may be eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 100%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $23,817
Grad: $29,230

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 33
Grad: 121

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 98%
Part Time: 92%

5 Pennsylvania College of Technology
One College Ave | Williamsport, PA 17701


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $3.74M

Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT) participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It offers an unlimited number of students up to $2,000 each, per year.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 94%. And, the rate for part time students is 75%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $13,286
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 282
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 75%
Part Time: 67%

6 Villanova University
800 Lancaster Ave | Villanova, PA 19085


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $2.8M

Villanova University strives to help veterans reach their college goals.

Villanova participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It offers 35 undergrad students an unlimited max contribution per year. And, 15 grad students could get an unlimited max amount per year.

Veterans may be eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for part time students who get military benefits is 100%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $14,408
Grad: $12,489

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 39
Grad: 180

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 96%
Part Time: 33%

7 Robert Morris University
6001 University Blvd | Moon Township, PA 15108


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $2.78M

Robert Morris University’s (RMU) Center for Veterans and Military Families is open 24/7. The center serves all veteran and military students, and their families.

RMU participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It offers an unlimited number of undergrad, grad, and doctoral students an unlimited max contribution per year.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 94%. And, the rate for part time students is 100%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $17,721
Grad: $12,833

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 126
Grad: 43

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 83%
Part Time: 100%

8 Duquesne University
Administration Bldg 600 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15282


Duquesne features a 14:1 student to faculty ratio and has nine schools offering degree programs at the baccalaureate, professional, masters and doctoral levels. In keeping with the school’s Catholic-Spiritan vision, the University Core Curriculum features liberal arts and ethical areas.

At the moment, it ranks #100 in Best colleges for Veterans category of U.S. News & World Report. The Office for Military and Veteran Students and the Veteran Center are two of the main places to learn about benefits and receive support. Duquesne offers services such as VA Certifying Official, Veterans Center, Commuter Services, VA Work Study, Student Veterans of America (SVA), Military Services Clinic, a Counseling and Well-Being Center, Veterans Law Clinic, and Army ROTC at Duquesne.

Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $2.6M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $21,803
Grad: $15,092

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 89
Grad: 44

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 85%
Part Time: 80%

9 Harrisburg Area Community College
1 HACC Dr., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110-2999


HACC offers 2 year degree programs both on campus and online and is a partner of the Community College of the Air Force. All MVAO staff are veterans or currently serving members of the Armed Forces, currently attending classes and using a GI Bill® benefit.

The college is proud to welcome veterans, currently serving members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents. Available on every HACC campus, the offices help you figure out how to use your military education benefits.

Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.77M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $3,976
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 446
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 58%
Part Time: 46%

10 West Chester University of Pennsylvania
University Avenue and High Street | West Chester, PA 19383


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.76M

West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s (WCU) Greg and Sandra Weisenstein Veterans Center is open to all military students. Spouses and dependents are also welcome. Plus, WCU has a Student Veterans Group (SVG). The group is for all Active Guard / Reserve, Veteran, and members of the military. Plus, it welcomes others who support them.

WCU participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It offers an unlimited number of students an unlimited max amount per year.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 79%. And, the rate for part time students is 50%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $9,552
Grad: $8,629

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 156
Grad: 32

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 86%
Part Time: 83%

11 York College of Pennsylvania
441 Country Club Rd, York, Pennsylvania 17403-3651


York College offers undergraduate, graduate and professional studies. The school was recently named a Military Friendly School 2021-22 and is also a Yellow Ribbon program participant. That means that apart from being able to use eligible VA education benefits, the school offers support and resources.

Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.68M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $16,340
Grad: $12,220

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 94
Grad: 12

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 81%
Part Time: 50%

12 California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Ave | California, PA 15419


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.64M

California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) strives to provide an exceptional education. That includes to military service members, veterans and their families. Cal U participates in Tuition Help programs for all branches of the military. The school has both a Veteran’s Club and Vet Center on campus.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 81%, while the rate for part time students is 100%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $6,722
Grad: $6,754

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 164
Grad: 81

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 72%
Part Time: 69%

13 Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus
1011 South Dr 201 Sutton Hall, Indiana, Pennsylvania 15705-1098


IUP offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs many of which are available both on campus and online.

As a student veteran, the Military and Veterans Resource Center is there to serve you and eligible family members. Here you could access help to determine eligibility and learn how to apply for various VA benefits for veterans, active duty military, National Guard members, reservists, spouses and dependents.

The school uses the ACE (American Council on Education) Guide to transfer work from the military as well as CLEP to award credit for experience. There are also military friendly policies for those called to active duty before the end of the semester. Choose a total semester withdrawal and a 100 percent refund of tuition and academic fees. Or, accept grade options.

Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.37M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $8,518
Grad: $7,675

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 138
Grad: 26

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 72%
Part Time: 24%

14 University of Scranton
800 Linden Street, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18510-4699


University of Scranton is a Catholic and Jesuit school grounded in the liberal arts.

The school also takes part in the Yellow Ribbon Program and is a place you could if eligible, use VA education benefits. There is also a dedicated Student Veterans Organization, and Veterans & ROTC Resource Lounge.

Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.23M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $26,017
Grad: $13,183

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 23
Grad: 48

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 88%
Part Time: 67%

15 Millersville University of Pennsylvania
1 South George Street, Lyle Hall, Millersville, Pennsylvania 17551-0302


Millersville University offers programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as certificate programs. The school was recently named a Military Friendly 2021-2022 Top 10 School which it stands proud of.

The Veterans Resource Center is full of information about enrollment, using benefits and more. Among these offerings is an in-state tuition rate for qualifying military connected students regardless of formal residency. There is also a detailed list of potential military scholarships from external sources.

Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.032M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $7,925
Grad: $7,491

# of Students

Undergrad: 119
Grad: 12

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 77%
Part Time: 30%

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