Military & Veteran-Connected Benefits
Eastern is proud to accet the following veteran benefits administered by the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI BILL®) and Yellow Ribbon Program
Veterans with at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active status, or honorably discharged or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, may be eligible for this program.
Depending on eligibility percentage recipients may qualify for up to 100% of tuition and fees, a yearly book stipend of up to $1,000, and a monthly living stipend of up to $1,959.
Eastern is also a proud participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program is an enhancement to the Post-9/11 GI Bill® that helps participants cover expenses that remain after their Post-9/11 GI Bill® has been applied. With the Yellow Ribbon program, Eastern and the Department of Veteran Affairs work together to cover these remaining expenses. Only participants that are 100% eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Learn more and apply for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® here.
*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Montgomery GI BILL® (Chapter 30)
The MGIB-AD program provides education benefits to Veterans and service-members who have at least two years of active duty service. Assistance may be used for college degree and certificate programs, technical or vocational courses, flight training, apprenticeships or on-the-job training, high-tech training, licensing and certification tests, entrepreneurship training, certain entrance examinations, and correspondence courses. Benefits are generally payable for 10 years following your release from honorable active service. Learn more about and apply for the Montgomery GI BILL® here.
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.
Learn more and apply for this benefit here.
Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VocRehab Chapter 31)
Vocational Rehabilitation provides a range of benefits including financial support (similar to the Post 9/11 GI Bill®), for tuition, books and fees to veterans with service connected disabilities. Learn more here.
Survivors and Dependents’ Educational Assistance & Fry Scholarship
The Survivors and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA, CFR Chapter 35) is offered to spouses and children of a family member lost while serving in the military.
Marine Gunnery SGT. John D. Fry scholarship (Fry, CFR Chapter 33) is for surviving children and spouses. This scholarship covers the full amount of state tuition at accredited universities.
Learn more about these benefits here.
PA National Guard Education Assistance Program (EAP)
Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard may be eligible to receive funding of up to 100% of tuition through this program. Learn more here or call 717-861-8894.
Federal Tuition Assistance (TA)
Each branch offers Tuition Assistance benefits to its service-members to help finance undergraduate and graduate education. For enrollment periods where student utilize this benefit, Eastern will adjust tuition rates to avoid out of pocket expenses! Learn more about to how utilize TA benefits here.