Veterans Services

Veterans Services

You served us, now let Penn State York serve you.

Penn State York understands that Veterans’ dynamics are different to that of civilian dynamics; hence, a support network is necessary towards the academic success of student veterans transitioning into higher education. Penn State York offers a variety of degrees and majors in addition to accelerated programs and courses.

Honorably discharged veterans have been granted priority registration by Penn State’s Faculty Senate. In this case, priority registration really means early registration. Veterans may schedule classes ahead of students without priority registration based on the timeline set by each campus, but once general registration begins you will compete for class spaces along with all other students allowed to register at that time.

Learn what vets have to say about Penn State York

Education benefits procedures

For New Students

  • Contact/visit the Veterans office at the campus you will be attending.
  • Pay your acceptance fee to the University.
  • Process your bill.
  • Be sure your basic training credits and credits from any other school are evaluated by the university. Stop in the Admissions office for assistance.

For Returning Students

  • Process your bill each semester.
  • Meet with your academic adviser before scheduling your classes.
  • Notify the University and the VA of any change in address or phone number.
  • Notify the Veterans Coordinator of any change to enrollment status, including change of major, dropping or adding of courses, attending full- versus part-time, etc. If called to active duty, follow Penn State’s Military Withdrawal process.
  • Notify the Financial Aid office (717-771-4196) of any major change in income.

Know your points of contact

Veterans Coordinator and VA Certifying Official
Billy Dunkel
Office: 717-771-4196

Veterans Committee Chairman
Joe Royer
Office: 717-771-4181

Know your lines of support

Get help with assignments?

If you’re struggling with course work in English and math, get connected with Penn State York’s Nittany Success Center today for assistance. Make the call; don’t wait until it’s too late!

Nittany Success Center
Office: 717-771-4026

Cope with the transition into campus life

On-campus counseling services

To contact Dr. Stephanie Binter and Lauren Lowenthal:
Phone: 717-771-4088

Dr. Stephanie Binter
Licensed Psychologist

Changing your enrollment status

Notify the veteran’s coordinator of any change to enrollment status, including change of major, dropping or adding of courses, attending full- versus part-time, etc. If called to active duty, contact Penn State York’s VA Certifying Official and Veterans Coordinator

VA Certifying Official
Billy Dunkel
Office: 717-771-4196

Information on VONAPP

Utilize the Department of Veteran Affairs, Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) to get your Certificate of Eligibility (COE).

Get the application form.

Additional VA forms

Check out the US Department of Veterans Affairs web site.

Information on all education chapters

Chapter 30 Montgomery G.I. Bill® - Active Duty

The MGIB-AD program provides up to thirty-six months of education benefits to eligible veterans. For general information visit the website.

Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation is a program designed to help veterans with service-connected disabilities become suitably employed, maintain employment, or achieve independence in daily living. Check out the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program home page.

Chapter 33 Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least ninety days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after thirty days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. For general information visit the website.

Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA) Program

DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to forty-five months of education benefits. For general information visit the website.

Chapter 1606 Montgomery G.I. Bill® - Select Reserve (MGIB-SR)

The MGIB-SR program is available to members of the Selected Reserve, which includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, as well as the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. You may be entitled to receive up to thirty-six months of education benefits. For general information visit the website.

Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP is a new Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. For frequently asked questions visit the website.

Tuition Assistance Top-Up (TATU)

TATU is an amendment to the Montgomery GI Bill® - Active Duty education program that permits VA to pay a Tuition Assistance Top-up benefit. For general information and frequently asked questions visit the website.

Transferring your GI Bill® to a dependent

Visit the website to find out how.

Schedule of payment rates

Please review the information provided below about the education benefits options available to members of the armed services. A schedule of payment rates is available through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Know your VA representatives

OEF/OIF/OND Returning Veterans

The Lebanon VA Medical Center is geared toward serving veterans from Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. Their focus is to connect veterans to health care, as well as to a myriad of other benefits. Get Connected.

Free mentorship program

American Corporate Partners “A Nationwide Mentoring Program”

Have you served on active duty since 2001? Are you interested in a free mentorship program that can assist you with advancing your civilian careers? If so, check out the link below. Based on your preferences, American Corporate Partners will connect you with a mentor, “a business leader from one of thirty-six major corporations,” to work one-on-one with you during your transition into higher education, and civilian life.

Visit our website.

Veteran specific volunteer opportunities that look great on your résumé

The Mission Continues “It’s not a Charity. It’s a Challenge”

You are an asset; don’t put your military leadership skills behind you! Utilize your military skills and leadership towards building a stronger community. Also, this is a veteran-only opportunity. Visit the following link below for more information and to get started, or e-mail Mission Continues.

Visit our website.

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.A government website.