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Department of Military Benefits

Department of Military Benefits

Mission Statement: Eastern University values those who have served in the United States Armed Forces and have defended our nation's freedoms. We seek to serve our military and veteran students by providing up-to-date and easily accessible information concerning their benefits, how to take advantage of them, and to make a smooth transition to college life.

Our Goals

  • Cultivate relationships with all military branches
  • Strengthen military student educational opportunities
  • Further enhance the military’s future leaders of tomorrow

Eastern University Named a Military Friendly School for 2014

After a recent survey of over 12,000 schools, Eastern University has been named by Victory Media as a Military Friendly School® for 2014.

This recognition ranks Eastern University in the top 15% of schools nationwide via a data-driven survey administered by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business and publisher of G.I. Jobs and the Guide to Military Friendly Schools®. 

Benefits Available to our Veterans

There are a variety of benefits available to our Veterans, military members, and their families.  These benefits depend on military status, branch of service, and component. Some of the benefits available are:

GIBILL Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GIBILL)

If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active 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 stipend of up to $1,000, and a monthly living stipend based on the location of the school.

For additional information on the Post 9/11 GIBILL and how to apply please visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp.

Montgomery GI Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR Chapter 1606 & 1607)

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 National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and VA makes the payments.  The payment amounts may vary.

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

Vocational Rehabilitation (VocRehab Chapter 31)

Vocational Rehabilitation provides financial support for tuition, books and fees to veterans. To verify your benefits eligibility you may contact the VA at: 215 842-2000, extension 2638 or by email to: natilee.thomas@va.gov.

Other available programs that officer assistance through the VA are the Survivors & Dependents Assistance Program, Tuition Assistance Top-Up, Tutorial Assistance, Work study, and Scholarships.

More information on these programs can be found at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/ and click on "For Students" and "Education Programs".

Specific questions concerning your application to receive benefits, remaining entitlement or any other benefit questions, please contact the Veteran's Affairs Office at: 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) or visit: www.gibill.va.gov.

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 additional information on this benefit, please contact your Education Service Officer at the Education Office in a military installation near you. (ie. Army has FTA capped at $250 per credit hour up to a $4,500 yearly maximum).

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 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.

Specific inquiries may be addressed to:
Helen Dinoulis
Email: hdinouli@eastern.edu
Phone: 610-225-5024

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