G.I. Bill® Benefits
Penn State Great Valley is grateful for the service veterans have given to our country and is honored to help veterans pursue their educational goals.
Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who are enrolled in master's degree or graduate certificate programs or in the Project Management certificate program may be eligible for G.I. Bill® education benefits as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Penn State will certify veterans' enrollment status to the VA to expedite payment of G.I. Bill® benefits.
Every student receiving G.I. Bill® benefits should register for and use a premium eBenefits account. On the eBenefits website, students can view their remaining entitlement, delimiting date, enrollment certification dates, and other important G.I. Bill® information.
Take these steps to get started with G.I. Bill® benefits at Penn State Great Valley:
- Apply for benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Eligible veterans will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) describing the type of benefit to which you are entitled, the percentage of your entitlement, and the time period for your benefit.
- Sign up for a premium VA eBenefits account.
- Provide a copy of your eBenefits Enrollment Status page, or a copy of your COE, to the Penn State Great Valley school certifying officials by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at the Office of Student Services.
- Submit an Enrollment Verification Request each semester to the Penn State Great Valley VA school certifying officials by email to email@example.com or in person at the Office of Student Services. To assure your benefit is applied to your account before your semester bill due date, submit your request 4–6 weeks before the first day of every semester.
- Monitor LionPATH to ensure your University bursar account reflects G.I. Bill® payments.
Eligible veterans and actively serving members of the military may request priority registration privileges at Penn State, which is helpful for classes that fill quickly.
Veterans using G.I. Bill® benefits are also eligible for federal student loans.
The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) that a G.I. Bill® student receives from the VA is based in part on his or her enrollment level, and in part on individual circumstances not known to the school. It is each G.I. Bill® student’s responsibility to know what his or her BAH monthly payment is expected to be for his or her individual circumstances, each semester. The G.I. Bill® student (but not the school) can tell if any monthly BAH payment received is incorrect, or incorrectly reflects the student’s circumstances.
Penn State Great Valley strongly recommends that a G.I. Bill® student immediately report to the VA any discrepancy in any monthly BAH payment amount; the VA will provide additional funds when it has underpaid a G.I. Bill® student veteran, and it will always seek reimbursement directly from the student when it has overpaid. BAH debt is a student debt, not a school debt.
G.I. Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U. S. government website at https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/.