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VA Benefits

Welcome Veteran Benefits Eligible Students

Messiah University is very passionate about working with our students who have Veteran Benefits.  If you are a Veteran or have been awarded Veteran Benefits from a parent or spouse we can help you with the process to have the Veterans Affairs (VA) pay out on those benefits toward your tuition costs to attend Messiah University. 

Steve Gross is Messiah University's dedicated School Certifying Official (SCO) working in our Student Financial Services Office to assist with your VA Benefits.  He is located on the first floor of Old Main and can be contacted by phone: 717-766-2511 x7187 or email: sgross@messiah.edu.

There are a variety of benefits available for our Veteran, Military members, and their families.  These benefits depend on the military status, branch of service, and component.  Some of the benefits available are listed below:

If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after September 11, 2001, and are still on active duty status, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program.

Depending on your eligibility percentage; you may qualify for up to 100% of tuition and fees, a yearly book and supply stipend of up to $1,000.00 and a monthly living stipend based on the location of the school and paid at an E-5 rank.  Currently the expected living stipend for the Harrisburg area is $1,505.00 per month.

There is a Cap set by the government that a student attending a private institution for higher learning.  This Cap is updated each academic year which begins on August 1 and goes through to July 31 of the following year.  The Cap for the 2020-2021 academic year is $25,162.14.

If you are the spouse or dependent of a Veteran who is eligible for the Post 9/11 Program then they may be able to transfer onto you their benefits.  The transferability option under the Post 9/11 GI Bill(R) allows Servicemembers to transfer all or some of unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children.  The Department of Defense (DoD) determines whether or not you can transfer benefits to your family.  Once the DoD approves the transfer of the benefits, the new beneficiaries apply for them at the VA.  To transfer the Veteran benefits, visit the DoD and apply now

For additional information on the Post 9/11 GIBILL(R) and how to apply please visit

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp

The MGIB-SR program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air Force National Guard.  Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and the VA makes the payments directly to the Veteran.  The payment amounts may vary.

You will need to verify your enrollment with the VA in order to receive payment of your benefits.  Messiah will submit to the VA your semester and course information for the process to begin.  Then the student will need to go to http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/ click Information for Benefit Recipients, then Certify your Attendance (WAVE) or call 1-877-823-2378.  Follow the instructions.  When the system tells you that you're certified, your verification is complete.

For additional information on this benefit please visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service provides outreach, motivation, evaluation, counseling, training, employment, and other rehabilitation services to service-connected disabled veterans.  Vocational and educational counseling, as well as the evaluation of abilities, aptitudes, and interests are provided to veterans and servicepersons. 

Veterans may be eligible if they meet the following criteria

  • Have received, or will receive, a discharge from active duty that is other than dishonorable
  • Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% from VA

To verify your benefits eligibility you may contact the VA at: 717-221-3477 or toll free at 800-827-1000.  You can also apply by going through the eBenefits process and click on the Apply for Veterans Benefits via VONAPP.  From the drop down box you will choose the Vocational Rehabilitation (Form 28-1900). 

The MGIB-AD, Chapter 30, provides educational benefits to Veterans and Servicemembers who first entered active duty after June 30, 1987, and contributed to an education fund while serving.  Benefits are usually payable for up to 10 years following your release from honorable active duty. 

You will need to verify your enrollment with the VA in order to receive payment of your benefits.  Messiah will submit to the VA your semester and course information for the process to begin.  Then the student will need to go to http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/ and click Information for Benefit Recipients, then Certify your Attendance (WAVE) or call 1-877-823-2378.  Follow the instructions.  When the system tells you that you're certified, your verification is complete.

To check for eligibility please go to http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/ and click on "For Students" then "Education Programs" and then "Montgomery GI Bill".

  • The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) is available for children and spouses of Servicemembers who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.
  • The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA - Chapter 35) Program.  This program offers educational and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

You may be eligible for more than one of these two programs.  In most situations you will be required to make an irrevocable election between the DEA program and the Fry Scholarship when you apply.  More information on these programs can be found at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/ and click on "For Students" then "Education Programs" and then "Survivors & Dependent Assistance".

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)

Some components of the military offer FTA while being an active member of that specific component.  The rates and caps vary.  For example the Army has FTA capped at $250 per credit up to a $4,500 yearly maximum.  For additional information on this benefit, please contact your Education Service Officer at the Education Office in a military installation near you.

PA National Guard Education Assistance Program (EAP)

A member of the Pennsylvania National Guard who is eligible to receive EAP can receive this benefit which can be up to $3,400 per term.  If you believe that you may be eligible for this benefit and would like additional information or to speak with an EAP representative about applying, please call 717-861-8894.  You must apply by June 30th each year.

Information on VA Benefits