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
Many veterans of the Armed Services are eligible to receive financial assistance through the Montgomery GI Bill® or the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. These educational benefits are administered by the Veterans Administration.
In order to determine funding eligibility, student veterans must complete an application for benefits. In addition, student veterans must activate educational benefits by contacting Shawn O'Neill, veteran certifying official at Penn State Shenango, 724 983-2804.
For more information on veterans services at Penn State, please visit Penn State for Veterans.
Chapter 33 - Post-9/11 GI Bill®
This program is for veterans who served on active duty after September 11, 2001, and who have served an aggregate period of at least 90 days.
Chapter 1606 - The Montgomery GI Bill®, Selected Reserve
This program is for members of the Selected Reserve which includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard Reserves, the Army National Guard, and the Air Guard. The reserve components decide who is eligible for the program.
Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation
This program is for veterans with at least a 20% disability rating due to a service-related injury.
Chapter 35 - Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance
This program provides educational assistance to qualifying spouses and children of veterans who either died while on active duty or have a 100% disability rating due to a service-related injury.
Chapter 1607 - Reserve Education Assistance Program
This program is for reservists and national guardsmen who have served on active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress.
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/public/public_tuition_assistance_policies.aspx
- 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 benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Penn State Shenango has been named a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse.
The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their success, both in the classroom and after graduation.