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Veterans/Military Education (GI Bill® Benefits)

The Division of Veterans/Military Education is the State Approving Agency for Pennsylvania. In order for a veteran, reservist or dependent to use their GI Bill® Benefits the program must be approved by the State Approving Agency. More information on the mission of the agency is available at SAA Mission/Overview (PDF).

What is New?
New Education Benefit for PA Veterans
Eligible veterans are entitled to priority course scheduling at Pennsylvania community colleges, state system universities and state related universities.

For more information, contact the Office of Veterans Affairs/Services at the college or university you plan to attend.

The Higher Education Course Scheduling Preference for Veterans Act (Act 46 of 2014) requires public institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania to provide veteran students, as defined in the Act, with preference in course scheduling. Non-compliance may be reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Education by submitting the Higher Education Student Complaint form found at

Effective August 1, 2009 a new GI Bill® is available. If you served active duty after 9/11/2001, you may be eligible for this great new benefit. The Post 9/11 GI Bill® Information has general information and the GI Bill® Website includes a section on frequently asked questions as well as the latest available information.

Brochures and other Resources

GI Bill® With Website (PDF)


Post 911 GI Bill® Chapter 33 FAQ

Post 911 Regulations

U.S. Code - Title 38 and Title 10

Contact Information

Directory of Agencies Providing Information to Veterans (PDF)

Fort Indiantown Gap Education Services Directory (PDF)

NASAA (National Association State Approving Agencies)

Pennsylvania Department of Veterans and Military Affairs

Veteran CareerLink Representatives (PDF)

Veterans & Military Education Directory (PDF)

What can GI Bill® benefits be used for?


Basic Eligibility for GI Bill® Benefits

This information can be used as a guide. However, an application must be submitted to VA on VA Form 22-1990 for a formal eligibility determination. If you have drawn VA education assistance before, the application form will be VA Form 22-1995. Applications and additional information are available on the GI Bill® website;

Interested in receiving your GI Bill® benefits through an apprenticeship or on-the-job training program at one of Pennsylvania's many approved establishments? How about receiving your benefits while you attend post-secondary schooling? Take a look through our many brochures and find what is right for you. If you are an employer and would like to have your company approved, read the Employer brochure located at the bottom of this page. If you have any questions about any of the information please feel free to contact us.

Certifying Official Newsletters

Below are the current fiscal year's newsletters. The latest information concerning the GI Bill® is covered in these newsletters. These are emailed to all certifying officials. We also have previous years archived. If you are not receiving these by email, please contact our office.

Apprenticeship and On-The-Job Training Newsletters
SAA Forms

We as the Pennsylvania State Approving Agency approve programs so that veterans and dependents can use their GI Bill® Benefits. Some of the forms required for approval are below. Please note that we will need to visit your educational institution or training establishment prior to approval.

For educational institutions not already approved, there is a check list of required items and an application.

For educational institutions that are already approved and requesting a new program approval, there is a check list of required items. If applying for approval of distance education courses there is a separate application.

For an employer applying for approval, the required Training Agreement is below.


"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

For additional information, please contact:

Christine Hawk | Veterans Education Manager
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Postsecondary and Adult Education
333 Market Street, 12th Fl | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.787.2414 | Fax: 717.772.3622 |