Military and Veteran Support

Pennsylvania Western University is committed to transitioning military service members, veterans and their families to academic life so they achieve the future they want.
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Military and Veterans

Your future starts here.

Whether you attend classes on campus or 100% online, you'll receive the career-boosting education you need - and the flexibility and support you deserve. We serve veterans, eligible dependents, service members of the National Guard and Reserve, and active-duty service members by helping them:

  • Navigate the GI Bill®.
  • Gain admission to the university.
  • Transfer military experience credits.
  • Join the Veterans Club and introduce you the vet center.
  • Research scholarships and financial aid.
  • Get to know vital campus resources.
  • Transfer military experience credits.
  • Obtain work-study jobs.
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. government website at
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Tuition & Aid
Pennsylvania Western University provides discounted tuition costs for active-duty members and veterans of all U.S. military branches, as well as their spouses and eligible dependents, when they enroll in PennWest 100% Global Online programs.
  • Undergraduates seeking an associate or bachelor's degree through Global Online will pay a reduced rate of $250 per credit, regardless of whether they are a PA resident or live outside of Pennsylvania. This is a savings of more than $100 per credit.
  • Master's degree students pay $399 per credit, or 90% of the in-state rate, no matter where they reside. This is a savings of more than $300 per credit for out-of-state residents.
  • Doctoral programs are exempt from the military tuition discount. Students using GI Bill or Tuition Assistance for a Doctoral program will still receive in-state tuition rates.
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Additional Benefits
You may be eligible for one or more of the veteran benefits listed below. However, be aware that U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations prohibit students from using more than one benefit at a time. Find more information about education benefits offered by the VA at its official U.S. government website.
  • Montgomery GI Bill®
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill®
  • Chapter 35 –Survivors and Dependents Education Assistance
  • Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill®– Selected Reserve
  • Col. Arthur L Bakewell Scholarship


Each campus’ Department of Military Science provides a program of leadership development which prepares college men and women for service as Officers in the United States Army. After graduation, they serve as commissioned officers on active duty, or as an officer in an Army Reserve or National Guard unit.

Academic Programs

Choose from more than 150 undergraduate and graduate degree programs at PennWest. You’ll learn from faculty who will help you succeed academically and equip you for positive change in the world.

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Online Programs
Built on a few centuries of tradition and more than two decades of online education experience, we are bringing together expert faculty, offering programs in high-demand fields, and creating support services specifically for online students to make sure you meet your goals.
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On-Campus Programs
Whether you are getting ready to embark on your academic career, want to earn an advanced degree, or are interested in a certificate to expand your job opportunities, it’s an exciting time to be at PennWest. You’ll find experienced faculty mentors, and programs and courses tailored just for you. Learn about Clarion ROTC.
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We’ll help you start early to discover what majors and careers match your interests and skills, as well as what you can expect in salaries and job opportunities when you graduate.


We’ll help you understand, build, and present the valuable skills gained both in and out of the classroom. Work with your Career Coach to develop your career goals, create a resume, practice interviewing, and prepare for the jobs of the future.


We’ll help you get a competitive edge through internships, career events, networking with successful alumni to achieve your career goals.

Helpful Tips to Apply

Step 1

Choose your way to apply.

Choose your way to apply; the Common App or directly to Pennwest.

Step 2

Decide which campus is right for you.

Each of our campuses has something different to offer. No matter which campus you choose, you’ll find a culture that fosters student success, academic excellence and opportunities at every door.

Step 3

Complete your application for admission.

You will be applying to the campus of your choice, but do not worry. If you decide that one of other PennWest campus locations or academic programs more closely aligns with your goals, you will not have to apply again. The PennWest admissions team can help you to switch your campus or your major!

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Go Further with PennWest
You’ve served your country. Now, let us serve you. We take great pride in knowing that our three Pennsylvania Western University campuses have been deemed Military Friendly for 12 consecutive years.