BENEFITS AND SERVICES FOR VETERANS
Mercyhurst University appreciates the sacrifices you’ve made serving our country. Let’s put your benefits to work for you with our veterans career transition program!
We know that identifying and accessing your veterans education benefits can be a challenge. Our dedicated staff knows first-hand the issues you face in transitioning from service. Going beyond veteran friendly, we provide the resources and support you need to pursue your educational goals.
Mercyhurst’s Office of Veteran Services demonstrates our commitment to you. Our full-time Veterans Services coordinator can help you with everything from applying for admission to education grants for veterans to serving as your liaison to other university offices.
The Support You Need
We provide military friendly resources to help you feel supported. In fact, we’ve set aside a place just for you — the Veteran Student Resource Center. It’s a quiet place to socialize with other veterans, study, grab a snack, enjoy a complimentary coffee, and relax on the comfiest couches on campus.
These are a few of the other advantages that veterans enjoy at Mercyhurst University:
To ensure you are able to get the courses necessary to complete your degree in a timely manner, and as a sign of our commitment to elevate the veteran student experience, we provide priority registration to all eligible veterans.
Military Leave Policy
We know your life as a Reservist or National Guard member can be unpredictable. If you are called to active duty, your academic advisor and Veterans Service Program Manager will assist with all the paperwork involved so you can take a temporary leave from your studies.
Graduate School Scholarships for Veterans
Mercyhurst is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and is honored to be just one of two in Pennsylvania designated a Purple Heart University. Our participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program offers veterans and their dependents help paying tuition that the Post-9/11 GI Bill doesn’t cover.
In 2018, we were named a Purple Heart University by the Military Order of the Purple Heart for our support of U.S. military men and women wounded or killed while serving in the line of duty. Purple Heart recipients (or their spouse/dependents) receive a $1,000 credit on each graduate course. The up to 40% savings on tuition is in recognition of the veteran’s service to our country.
One of the best graduate schools for veterans hoping to become teachers, Mercyhurst offers a special tuition rate for veterans pursuing teaching certification (grades 7 thru 12) through our secondary education master’s degree program.
See why we’re among the best graduate schools for veterans!
Disabled veterans education benefits by state may vary but don’t struggle through the process alone. Our veterans services staff is here to help you determine the benefits available for you and your spouse and dependents. We are committed to helping you maximize your benefits, learn how to apply for those benefits, and see how Mercyhurst administers those benefits.
Benefits listed in the accordion section below are subject to change based on current and ongoing legislation, as well as federal and state budgetary considerations. Our list is not all-inclusive, so if you have questions, please contact our Office of Veterans Services at 814-824-2617 or the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, 888-442-4551. More information is available on the Veterans Administration website.
Graduate Degree Options
We respect the experience you gained in the military. Our veterans education graduate programs allow you to build on your knowledge and successfully transition from service. Master’s programs grew from successful undergraduate programs so you can confidently integrate your expertise with what you’re learning. Popular graduate degrees among veterans are applied intelligence, criminal justice administration and organizational leadership:
- Applied Intelligence Master of Science (M.S.)
- Applied Intelligence Online 12-Credit Graduate Certificate
- Criminal Justice Administration Online Master of Science (M.S.)
- Criminal Justice Administration Online 12-Credit Graduate Certificate
- Organizational Leadership Online Master of Science (M.S.)
- Organizational Leadership Online 9-Credit Graduate Certificate
Undergraduate Degree Options
Our military friendly university also provides educational opportunities for undergraduates. Veterans career transition programs cover a range of interests:
- Certificates including our municipal police training academy
- Associate degrees including hospitality management
- Bachelor’s degrees including health-related careers
Meet Veteran Services Coordinator Chris Constantine
Chris Constantine is a full-time employee dedicated to delivering veterans educational benefits and services at Mercyhurst. His role was critical in Mercyhurst earning Purple Heart University status. Originally from Erie, Chris attended McDowell High School and graduated from Edinboro University with a B.A. in Political Science. He was selected for Air Force Officer Training School and commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant on active duty.
Chris has flown the C-130 aircraft as a navigator and instructor navigator. In 2007, he transitioned to the Air Force Reserves. Currently a Lieutenant Colonel, he holds the position of Operations Support Squadron Commander at the 911th Airlift Wing in Pittsburgh. Chris is excited to be working with veterans at Mercyhurst. Along with his wife and two boys he enjoys camping, hiking, and doing just about anything outdoors.
Put your benefits to work at Mercyhurst today!
We’re here to support you as you apply for VA benefits to attend Mercyhurst University. Veterans, or those using Chapter 33, should complete an online application to the Department of Veterans Affairs:
- Chapter 1606, 1607, 30, and 33 - New students should use VA Form 22-1990. Transfer students should use VA Form 22-1995.
- Chapter 35 - Use VA Form 5490 (Application for Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance) for new applicants and VA Form 5495 for transfer students.
- Chapter 31 - Your VA Rehabilitation Case Manager must provide you with VA form 28-1905 (Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Reentrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status). A new form must be provided to Mercyhurst for each semester you wish to claim VA educational benefits.
- Reservists or members of the National Guard obtain a Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) from their unit. Then complete an online application to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- All VA beneficiaries should provide the Veterans Services Program Manager with a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (this document will be mailed to you from the VA after your application has been processed and your educational benefits have been approved). National Guard beneficiaries should provide the Veterans Services Program Manager with a copy of your Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) provided to you by your unit.
- All Active Duty, Reserve, and Veterans should provide Mercyhurst with a copy of your Military Transcript for review. Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corp, and Navy affiliates can obtain their transcript from the Joint Service Transcript System. Air Force affiliates can obtain it from the Air Force.
- Veterans must provide Mercyhurst with a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy).
- Apply for financial aid by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you've never applied, first obtain a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. Use Mercyhurst's school code, 003297, when completing these materials.
You don’t have to wait! Apply for your benefits and apply to Mercyhurst at the same time. Doing this will help expedite your admissions process.
Monthly Certification of Attendance (WAVE)
All students who are receiving Chapter 1606 Selected Reserve, Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), or Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill must verify their enrollment via WAVE each month to receive payment. This verification can be done either by using the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) application or by using the Automated Telephone System at (877) 823-2378.
How to Get Paid or Pay Your Tuition
All VA and DoD beneficiaries, whether new students or current students, must submit a Request for Certification Form to the Veterans Services Program Manager each semester after registering for classes. Regardless of whether you have received funding, it’s your responsibility to make sure that tuition and fees are paid in full.
For individuals who entered the military on or after July 1, 1985, had their basic military pay reduced by $100 per month for the first 12 months and have an honorable discharge.
Provides training and rehabilitation for veterans with a service-connected disability with a rating of at least 20%.
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.
In addition to standard veterans education benefits you may also be eligible for non-VA military benefits such as:
- 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
- Pennsylvania National Guard Education Assistance Program (EAP) for members of the Pennsylvania National Guard attending a Pennsylvania college or university
If you want to use Non-VA Military Benefits, contact your base’s Education Office, Education Service Officer (ESO), or an education counselor within your military service prior to enrolling at Mercyhurst University.
The Mercyhurst Veterans Services Program Manager processes the enrollment verification for all VA and DoD beneficiaries, assists in the admissions process for veteran applicants, and helps as needed with the admissions process for VA and DoD beneficiaries.
Considering using VA or DoD education benefits? Contact our Veterans Outreach and Admissions Coordinator to ensure that you receive proper certification.