Veterans Resource Center

Welcome to the Millersville University Veteran’s Resources Page! 

We are grateful for your service to our country and are ambitious to bring you a comprehensive menu of resources to help you succeed at Millersville University!

Millersville University is a 2017 Military Friendly SchoolWe are proud to serve you as a military-friendly institution! Below, you’ll find what you need to get started as a new student or transfer student, as well as how to manage your benefits, should you be called to duty, enroll in summer or winter courses, etc.

Aly Sehl, Veterans Resource Center Administrator

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

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.

Emi Alvarez, Interim VA Coordinator/ Certifying Official

Office of Financial Aid
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
Office: Lyle Hall 262
Phone: 717-871-7609

VA Site Navigation

Students and families often have questions regarding financial aid and specific topics that apply to Veterans. 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 Office of Financial Aid, VA Certifying Official.


    STEP 1:

    All students must apply with VA to use their education benefits.  If you have not applied and/or do not know which benefit you may receive, the GI Bill® Comparison Tool can help you explore options and find out what benefits you can get. 

    Use the GI Bill Comparison Tool  OR  Apply for Education Benefits

    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 much of your benefits you’ve used and how much you have left to use. 

    View your GI Bill Statement of Benefits.

    STEP 2:

    To determine eligibility at Millersville, students must submit a copy of their Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or Statement of Benefits to the Millersville VA Certifying Official via email, fax, mail, or in-person. This document is available approximately 2-3 weeks after applying for education benefits with VA.  The Statement of Benefits can be accepted if a Certificate of Eligibility is unavailable.

    Students must fill out the VA Enrollment Certification Form EVERY semester after you register for classes. The VA Enrollment Certification Form lets the VA Certifying Official know you want to be certified for your classes, gives you the opportunity to update your current contact information, and gives Millersville University the permission to release your information to the VA.  

    Enrollment certification with VA is not automatic. Forms can be printed from your computer, completed by you, and sent back to the Office of Financial Aid - Attn: VA Certifying Official, via email, fax, mail, or in person.  The email address is and the fax number is 717-871-7980. 

    "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 "

    VA Enrollment Certification Forms:

    Summer Enrollment Certification Request Form
    Fall Enrollment Certification Request Form
    Winter Enrollment Certification Request Form
    Spring Enrollment Certification Request Form


    • 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


    • 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 


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


    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 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


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

    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 students 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  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 disbursed.

    • Undergraduate Students
      • Full-time award: $4,097 OR tuition charged plus technology fee; whichever is LESS each semester
      • Part-time award: $2,731 OR tuition charged plus technology fee; whichever is LESS each semester
    • Graduate Students or students who already hold a Bachelor's Degree or it's equivalent
      • $3,762 OR $342 per credit tuition charged plus technology fee; which is LESS each semester


    • 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 Certifying Official Kristen Castaldi, in the Office of Financial Aid.

    Find more information on the military branches that offer FTA:

    Air Force   Army   Coast Guard   Marines


    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 email notification, you can contact your advisor to obtain your priority registration code. 
    • If you do not currently utilize VA Education Benefits, contact Giselle Bermudez 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

    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.


    Government Phone Numbers and Websites

    Phone Number

    U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Education Services


    Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&R)


    VA Monthly Enrollment Verification


    Start, stop, or change Direct Deposit


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


    VA Health Information


    Military Websites


    Air Force




    Coast Guard






    Other Important Contact Information


    Life Insurance


    Health Care Benefits


    Gulf War/Agent Orange Help    




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




    Millersville University offers scholarships for Veterans who are returning students and have an established GPA. These scholarships are not available to incoming freshman or transfer students due to eligibility requirements. There is no application to complete; however, if you would like to be considered you will need to create an account on Scholarship Universe and follow the instructions. 




    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, 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.




    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.


    POST 9/11 GI BILL ® Basic Housing Allowance Changes

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