VETERAN AND MILITARY SERVICES
Mercyhurst University is actively working to go beyond "veteran friendly" toward providing a truly supportive and engaging experience for all our veterans, service members, and dependents.
The United States Department of Veteran Affairs provides several education assistance programs for eligible veterans, war orphans, surviving spouses or children of veterans killed while on duty with the Armed Forces, veterans with a disability, dependents of veterans with service related total disability, and certain members of the selected reserve.
Inquiries concerning eligibility may be directed to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Buffalo Regional Office (1-888-442-4551) or http://www.gibill.va.gov/
- Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
For individuals who entered the military on or after July 1, 1985, had their basic military pay reduced by $100.00 per month for the first 12 months and have an honorable discharge.
- Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program
Provides training and rehabilitation for veterans with a service-connected disability with a rating of at least 20%.
- Chapter 33 The Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program
For individuals who served 90 aggregate days of active duty service on or after 09/11/01 and have an honorable discharge. Starting in 2009 active duty service members may be eligible to transfer their Post 9/11 GI Bill entitlement to dependents and/or spouses. Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill students may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.
John Fry Scholarship - Public Law 111-32, the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, amends the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) to include the children of service members who die in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001.
- Chapter 35 Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA)
For dependents of a veteran who is 100% disabled or who has died from a service related injury or illness. A dependent may be a child under 26 or a surviving spouse.
- Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
For persons who have enlisted, reenlisted or extended an enlistment in the Selective Reserve on or after July 1, 1985 and served for a period of not less than 6 years following the date of such action.
- Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
For the Reservist called to active duty to support contingency or other specific operations.
Other Non-VA Military Benefits Include:
- Tuition Assistance (TA) for Active Duty and Reservists through their military branch and the Department of Defense (DoD)
- Pennsylvania State Grants for children of POW-MIA
- Pennsylvania State Grants for eligible veterans
The Mercyhurst Veterans Outreach and Admissions Coordinator processes the enrollment verification for all VA and DoD beneficiaries, handles the admissions process for Adult Student Veterans, and assists in the admissions process for all other VA and DoD beneficiaries as needed.
Students who wish to utilize VA or DoD education benefits MUST meet with the Mercyhurst Veterans Outreach and Admissions Coordinator to ensure proper certification.
Jay Breneman, LSW
Veterans Outreach and Admissions Coordinator
Phone: (814) 824-2617
Toll Free: (800) 825-1926 ext. 2617
Fax: (814) 824-2055