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Military Grant-in-Aid

Service Members, Spouses

You are dedicated to your country — and one way we honor your service is by helping to make a Penn State education more affordable. Our Military Grant-in-Aid program makes it possible for service members and their spouses to save on undergraduate tuition, bringing our tuition rate closer to the Department of Defense cap. Military Grant-in-Aid, offered only through Penn State World Campus, lowers the cost of undergraduate tuition to $369 per credit. When combined with military tuition assistance, the remaining student investment is $119 per credit for the 2023–24 academic year. Grant-in-Aid cannot be combined with most GI Bill® benefits.


  • Active duty, guard, and reserve for all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their spouses (individual Ready Reserve and inactive National Guard are not eligible)
  • Applicable to all undergraduate programs and undergraduate courses offered by Penn State World Campus
  • You, or your spouse, must be serving in the military at some point during the semester in which you are registering
  • Service members and/or spouses electing to use their GI Bill® education benefits (Chapters 30, 31, 33, and 35) or any other Penn State Grant-in-Aid are not eligible
  • Service members electing to use their Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606) benefits are eligible to use Military Grant-in-Aid along with those benefits

Next Steps

If you have questions regarding qualification for the Military Grant-in-Aid, contact our admissions team. Newly admitted and current students should submit their completed Military Grant-in-Aid form each semester to the Penn State World Campus Bursar. We recommend doing so at the time you schedule classes and no later than two weeks before the semester starts.