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Additional Benefits

  • Military Tuition Assistance

    Benefits are paid to eligible members of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility. Visit the following sites for more details.

  • GI Bill® Kicker – Also Known as the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps College funds

    • Generally offered by the Department of Defense (DoD) as part of an enlistment or reenlistment contract.
    • Add-on to the GI Bill® benefit.
    • Increases an individual’s basic monthly benefit and is included in the monthly GI Bill® payment from the VA.
    • Air Force uses the term GI Bill® Kicker to refer to the GI Bill® Buy-up program.
  • REPS Program – Restored Entitlement Program for Survivors

    • Funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) and administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
    • Benefit paid to spouses and schoolchildren if they are survivors of members or former members of the Armed Forces who died while on active duty prior to August 13, 1981 or died from disabilities incurred in or aggravated by active duty prior to August 13, 1981.
    • To apply for REPS benefits must complete VA Form 21-892.
  • Educational Gratuity Program

    We owe a debt of gratitude to Pennsylvanians who served in the military, especially those disabled or killed during conflict. Part of paying that debt is helping to care for the impacted families.

    The Educational Gratuity Program provides financial assistance for education to children of honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities who served during a war or armed conflict, or children of veterans who died during a war or armed conflict.

    Children of eligible veterans must be between the ages of 16 and 23, have lived in Pennsylvania five years prior to application, and attend a school within the Commonwealth.

  • National Guard Education Assistance Program

    • To be considered for this program, you must be a resident of Pennsylvania and enrolled in a degree or certificate program of study.
    • To apply, service members must contact the readiness NCO (Non-commissioned Office) at their unit of assignment.
  • Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

    • This scholarship entitles children of those who die in the line of duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001 to use Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits.
    • Eligible children are:
      • Entitled to 36 months at the 100% level.
      • Beginning on their 18th birthday, have 15 years to use the benefit.
      • May use the benefit until their 33rd birthday.
  • Test Fees Approved for Reimbursement by the VA

    • The VA will reimburse a veteran/service member for required test fees as long as the test is currently on the approved test list.
    • Must have filed an original application for GI Bill® benefits as some point and have been found eligible.
    • The Veteran/service member must submit paperwork to claim the benefit.
  • VA Work-Study

    • Available to students training under the following programs:
      • Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33).
      • Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty (Chapter 30).
      • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607).
      • Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606).
      • Survivors’ and Dependents” Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35).
      • Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Chapter 31).
    • Type of work must be related to VA work:
      • Processing VA paperwork at schools.
      • Any activity at a VA facility.
      • An activity at a State Veterans agency.
      • Earn an hourly wage equal to the Federal minimum wage or your State minimum wage.
  • Transferability

    • Service members under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® can transfer unused education benefits to immediate family members. Transferability policy is determined by the Department of Defense. Click here for more information.