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We are grateful for your service to our country and want to provide you with the many resources available to help you succeed at Millersville University!


We are proud to serve you as a military-friendly institution! Below you will find information pertaining specifically to Millersville University's Veteran student population. Read the information carefully and make sure to click on any links that may provide more detail. If you need further guidance, please contact the Veterans Certifying Official in the Office of Financial Aid. The Veterans Certifying Official handles all paperwork and processing of educational benefits. 

Brandyn Whitmyer, VA Coordinator/ Certifying Official
Brandyn.Whitmyer@millersville.edu

VA SITE NAVIGATION

Students and families often have questions regarding financial aid and specific topics that apply to Veterans and student soldiers. Below you will find information pertaining specifically to Millersville University's Veteran and student soldier population. Read the information carefully and make sure to click on any links that may provide more detail. If you need further guidance, please contact the Office of Financial Aid, VA Certifying Official.

  • Millersville VA Contacts

    The Veterans Certifying Official in the Office of Financial Aid at Millersville University handles all paperwork for individuals applying for the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) educational benefits. This office is also your link to the DVA in cases of problems with educational benefit processing.

    Brandyn Whitmyer, VA Coordinator/ Certifying Official
    Brandyn.Whitmyer@millersville.edu

    Office of Financial Aid - 2nd Floor Lyle Hall
    PO Box 1002
    Millersville PA 17551
    Telephone: 717-871-5100
    Fax: 717-871-7980


    For advisement and registration assistance, contact Joseph Sciarretta, Advisement Coordinator. Mr. Sciarretta provides resources and support to assist Vets in adapting to the personal and academic transition to the University.  He specializes in discharge classifications that may directly affect learning needs that would be eligible for educational accommodations and academic strategies for success.

    Joe Sciarretta, Advisement Coordinator
    Joe.Sciarretta@millersville.edu
    Office: Lyle Hall 262
    Phone: 717-871-7609


    We are proud to serve you as a military-friendly institution! The Veterans Resource Center is located on campus in Mercer House at 28 W Cottage Avenue. For more information on the Veteran's Resource Center, click here or contact Aly!

    Aly Sehl, Veterans Resource Center Administrator
    Alison.Sehl@millersville.edu

    Student Affairs
    PO Box 1002
    Millersville PA 17551
    Telephone: 717-871-7087
    Fax: 717-871-7961

     

  • APPLYING FOR BENEFITS

    STEP 1:


    All students must apply with the VA to use their education benefits. 

    I need to apply:

    I already applied:
    • If you applied and were approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill® education benefits, your GI Bill® Statement of Benefits will show you how many of your benefits you’ve used and how much you have left to use. 
    I am transferring my benefits from another institution to Millersville University: I am changing my program of study: "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 Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill. "

    STEP 2:


    To determine eligibility at Millersville, students must submit the following items:

    1. A copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE)  
      • The COE is available approximately 2-3 weeks after applying for benefits with VA. 
      • The Statement of Benefits can be accepted if a Certificate of Eligibility is unavailable.
    2. A copy of your "Member 4" DD214 or Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE)
    3. Millersville's VA Enrollment Certification Form

    All required documentation can be sent to the Office of Financial Aid - Attn: VA Certifying Officials

  • COLLEGE PLANNING TOOLS (ISAKSON & ROE)

    Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, adds new requirements for educational institutions participating in the educational assistance programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Click the link below to access more information and tools that can help you through your college planning process.

    college planning tools

  • SCHOOL CERTIFIED BENEFIT PROGRAMS

    CHAPTER 30 - MONTGOMERY GI BILL ® ACTIVE DUTY

    • Service after 7/1/85
    • 3 or 2 years of continuous Active Duty 
    • GED or High School Diploma
    • Contributes $100 per month for first 12 months
    • Accrues at the rate of 1 month for each month of Active Duty up to 36 months

    CHAPTER 31 - vETERAN READINESS & EMPLOYMENT (VR&R)

    • Needs a 10% VA disability or more to apply
    • As many as 48 months of entitlement 

    CHAPTER 33 - POST 9/11 GI BILL ® 

    • Served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty since 09/10/01; and is still on active duty or was honorably discharged
    • Served 30 days on active duty and was honorably discharged for a military service-determined medical condition 

    CHAPTER 35 - SURVIVORS & DEPENDENTS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE

    • For spouses and children of 100% service-connected disabled veterans or spouses/children of veterans who died in service

    CHAPTER 1606 MONGOMERY GI BILL - SELECTED RESERVE (MGIB-SR)

    Enlist or re-enlist:

    • For 6 or more years in the Selected Reserves after 7/1/85
    • GED or High School Diploma 
    • Completed the initial Active Duty for training
    • Completed 180 days of service in the Selected Reserves
    • You must verify your enrollment for each month to receive payment for that month. You can submit your enrollment certifications via the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) program on https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.door by touch-tone telephone at 1-877-823-2378 (toll-free). If your enrollment has changed during the month, you must verify your enrollment through the WAVE program

    CHAPTER 1607 RESERVE EDUCATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (REAP)

    • Serve a minimum of 90 consecutive days on Active Service after 9/11/01
    • Remain with your component
  • FEDERAL & STATE BENEFIT PROGRAMS

    EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP) & military family education program (mfep)

    If you, a parent, or a spouse are in the PA National Guard, you may qualify for tuition benefits.  National Guard Service Members who are enrolled can apply for EAP, while a dependent or spouse can apply for MFEP.

    • Applications can be submitted online directly to the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Authority (PHEAA) at pheaa.org
    • Millersville University will pay the EAP/MFEP funds to the student account once we have received your information on the roster from PHEAA.
    • Per state guidelines, military aid, such as Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) and CH 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill ® will be taken into consideration and may reduce your EAP award, even if Millersville University is notified after your aid has been disbursed.

    Undergraduate Students

    • EAP/MFP: 
      • Full-time award: $4,097 OR tuition charged plus technology fee; whichever is LESS each semester
    • EAP/MFP:
      • Part-time award: $342 per credit OR tuition charged plus technology fee; whichever is LESS each semester
    Graduate Students or students who already hold a Bachelor's Degree or its equivalent
    • EAP:
      • $3,762 OR $342 per credit OR tuition charged plus technology fee; whichever is LESS each semester
    • MFEP:
      • Full-time award: $4,097 OR $342 per credit OR tuition charged plus technology fee; whichever is LESS each semester
      • Part-time award: $342 per credit OR tuition charged plus technology fee; whichever is LESS each semester


    FEDERAL TUITION ASSISTANCE (FTA)

    • The Department of Defense (DoD) has directed a uniform per semester hour cap of $250 for tuition assistance (FTA) and an annual ceiling of $4,500. 
    • Your military branch will pay 100 percent of tuition costs up to the DoD semester hour cap of $250 per semester cap for up to 16 semester hours of TA-funded courses per fiscal year.
    • School fees are not eligible for funding with FTA. 
    • Students can apply for FTA through their branch portal to get approval for use of these funds.
    • Once approval has been received, send a copy of the approval letter to the Certifying Official in the Office of Financial Aid.

    Find more information on the military branches that offer FTA:

    Air Force   Army   Coast Guard   Marines

  • MILITARY SCHOLARSHIPS

     


    MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS


    Millersville University utilizes Scholarship Universe for both internal and external scholarships.

    • The more questions you answer, the more scholarship applications you will be matched to!
      • Internal scholarships are available for Veterans who are returning students and have an established GPA at Millersville. 
      • External scholarships are available for Veterans and can also be found in Scholarship Universe once a student has paid their deposit to MU.

    SCHOLARSHIP UNIVERSE 


    INTERNAL VETERAN-SPECIFIC SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE


    William Dinges Veterans Scholarship

    • Awarded to a Veteran from Pennsylvania who is a full-time upper-class student. The student must demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  First preference will be given to a veteran who has served in a combat zone.
    • The dollar amount of the scholarship awarded is determined annually and subject to change. 

    Howard W Wright Jr. '72 & Lois B. Wright Veterans Scholarship

    • Awarded to any student who is a veteran.  First preference will be given to a student who is a combat veteran as per DD214.  Financial need is a consideration but is not required.  If multiple students meet the above criteria, the first preference is for a student who is an applied engineering major.
    • The dollar amount of the scholarship awarded is determined annually and subject to change.

    ADDITIONAL EXTERNAL VETERAN-SPECIFIC SCHOLARSHIPS


     

     

     

  • PRIORITY COURSE REGISTRATION

    Students who receive VA Education Benefits may also be eligible to receive priority registration for their classes at Millersville!

    • If you currently receive VA Education Benefits or have received benefits in the past, you will be notified by the Registrar's Office when you are eligible to register.
      • After you receive the email notification, you can contact your advisor to obtain your priority registration code. 
    • If you do not currently utilize VA Education Benefits, contact the Certifying Official in the Office of Financial Aid to initiate priority registration.
      • A DD214 may be required for proof of veteran status. Once your status has been confirmed you can contact your advisor to obtain your priority registration code. 
    • Dependents and Spouses receiving VA Education Benefits are not eligible for priority registration.
    Priority Registration Policy
  • MILITARY LEAVE OF ABSENCE

    The Military Leave of Absence is specifically for students who are being deployed overseas or to assist in a national catastrophe. This does not include students enlisting in the military or going to basic training.

    Students who are called to active duty must have:

    • A completed Military Leave of Absence Form (form available here).
    • A copy of their military deployment orders.
    • Take both of those items to the Registrar’s Office in Lyle Hall, first floor, for assistance with arranging a leave of absence and their subsequent return to the University.

    Students who expect to return to class within the current semester to complete their coursework, or who are called to duty after completing a significant part of the course requirements, should contact their faculty regarding missed work. Students who cannot complete the current semester will be granted a leave of absence for military duty and will be allowed to return for the next semester without penalty.

  • IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS & WEBSITES

    Government Phone Numbers and Websites

    Phone Number

    U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Education Services

    1-888-442-4551

    Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&R)

    1-412-395-6073

    VA Monthly Enrollment Verification

    1-877-823-2378

    Start, stop, or change Direct Deposit

    1-877-838-2778

    U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
    (home loans, disability, medical care, burial, life insurance)

    1-800-827-1000

    VA Health Information

     

    Military Websites

     

    Air Force

     

    Army

     

    Coast Guard

     

    Navy

     

    Marines

     

    Other Important Contact Information

     

    Life Insurance

    1-800-669-8477

    Health Care Benefits

    1-877-222-8387

    Gulf War/Agent Orange Help    

    1-800-749-8387

    CHAMPVA

    Email: hac.inq@med.va.gov

    1-800-733-8387
    1-303-331-7804 (fax)
    P.O. Box 65023
    Denver, CO 80206-9023

  • STUDENT VETERANS ASSOCIATION

    The overall goals and intent of the organization is to provide a place for students and veterans to receive support and assistance in attending and successfully graduating from college. Further, we look to utilize the skills that our Veteran students have learned about how to adjust to changes in life and then pass that along to incoming and current students having a difficult time adjusting to civilian college life. The student veteran's organization will also be a source of support for families of soldiers who are currently or preparing for deployments related to military service.

    The organization is free to join.  For more information on the Student Veteran's Association, see their webpage.

  • Financial Aid Resources

    For more information on applying for federal, state, institutional, and private financial aid resources please visit the Office of Financial Aid's main website! You will be able to find information on how to apply, program-specific checklists, and other important information.

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