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Whether you’re a veteran, service member, or dependent, we want to help ease your transition as you become a Penn State student and pave the way for your academic and career success. Penn State is proud to provide the following benefits exclusively to our military students.

Application Fee Waiver

Take advantage of free application! Service members (active-duty, guard, and reserve) and veterans applying to Penn State-undergraduate degree program can apply without being charged an application fee. 

Learn how to get your application fee waived

SAT/ACT Waiver

No test scores are required for undergraduate admission. You might be intimidated by the thought of returning to school. Don’t let the additional pressure of a standardized test hold you back. Military students are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of the admissions process.

Learn more about the SAT/ACT waiver

Credit for Military Experience & Training

Get college credit for your military experience. Veterans and servicemembers who are students may be eligible to earn Penn State credit for military training, educational experiences, and/or experience in a military career specialty.

Learn more about what may count towards your degree

Dedicated VA Certifying Officials

We simplify the benefits certification process. Every Penn State campus, in-person or online, has its own VA Certifying Official. Some campuses have several officials. This level of service means that your benefits can be disbursed easily, leaving you to focus on your courses.

Learn more about our School Certifying Officials

Priority Course Registration

Enroll in the classes you need. Veterans, service members, and reservists are eligible to enroll for courses before the general student population. Priority registration means that you can stay on track for timely graduation.

Learn how to get priority registration

VA and DoD Education Benefits

Leverage your benefits at a top-tier institution. Many education benefits are available to help eligible veterans, servicemembers, spouses, and dependents advance their education.

Learn more about Tuition Assistance

Learn more about GI Bill® benefits for Veterans

Learn more about GI Bill® benefits for Servicemembers

Learn more about GI Bill® benefits for Dependents

Military Leave of Absence

We’re responsive to the demands of military service. We have policies that support the demands of military service. If your military duty requires a short-term or long-term absence, we have policies in place to help.

Learn more about how we can help

Military Withdrawal Policy

We understand the need to be flexible. If active-duty service members receive orders to relocate or deploy, they or their spouse can receive a military withdrawal. No tuition will be charged for that semester. You can return to the same major and campus when you want to re-enroll, with no fees.

Learn more about military withdrawal

VA Work-Study

Earn additional money. Work up to 25 hours per week assisting other veteran students. Positions include peer counselor, veterans’ office assistant, and more.

Learn more about the VA work-study program