Veterans Benefits

VA Education Programs Allegheny College Administers

Forever GI Bill®, formerly Post-9/11 GI Bill® (chapter 33)

If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, 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.

Transfer Post-9/11 GI Bill® to Spouse and Dependents (chapter 33)

The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® allows Service-members to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children. The request to transfer unused GI Bill® benefits to eligible dependents must be completed while servicing as an active member of the Armed Forces. The Department of Defense (DoD) determines whether or not you can transfer benefits to your family. Once the DoD approves benefits for transfer, the new beneficiaries apply for them at VA.

For Allegheny College’s VA Benefit policy, please click here.

Allegheny College is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program (chapter 33Y)

Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty (MGIB-AD, chapter 30)

The MGIB-AD program provides education benefits to Veterans and Service-members who have at least two years of active duty. Eligible Service-members may receive up to 36 months of education benefits. The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of training you take, length of your service, your category, any college fund eligibility, and if you contributed to the $600 buy-up program. You usually have 10 years to use your MGIB benefits, but the time limit can be fewer or more years depending on the situation.

Survivors and Dependents Assistance (chapter 35)

There are two main GI Bill® programs offering education assistance to survivors and dependents of Veterans:

  • The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) is available for children and spouses of Service-members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.
  • The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) Program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (MGIB – SR, or chapter 1606)

The Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve is an educational assistance program enacted by Congress to attract high quality men and women into the reserve branch of the Armed Forces. This program is for members of the Selected Reserve of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, and the Army and Air National Guard.

“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

Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Program

Current Policy at Allegheny College

It is the policy of Allegheny College to reward students receiving ROTC Scholarships as generously as possible. ROTC scholarships are not counted as Estimated Financial Assistance in the calculation of demonstrated need for Federal and State grants. Allegheny College will not impose any penalty to a covered student  (including late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries or other institutional facilities) due to a delayed payment from the Department of Treasury.  Additionally, Allegheny College will not require a ROTC cadet to borrow funds because of the individual’s inability to meet  their financial obligations due to a delayed ROTC disbursement. 

Once a student has been awarded a ROTC scholarship, the student is also able to keep his/her merit award  up to the Cost of Attendance. If a ROTC student previously received institutional need-based grant, notably the Allegheny Grant, and it puts the student in a financial aid overage after the ROTC Scholarship is awarded, then the institutional award will be reduced so total award does not exceed the Cost of  Attendance.  A student receiving a ROTC scholarship  may still be eligible for federal work study or campus employment and federal student loans. 

Allegheny College will provide Edinboro University with a copy of your term bill so they can certify your enrollment/participation with the ROTC program. Allegheny College will be paid directly from the Department of Treasury for your tuition and fees charges.

This policy applies to ROTC students who matriculated during or following the Fall 2023 semester. To view the ROTC policy for students who matriculated prior to fall 2023, please click here.

Useful Veterans Links

Point of Contact

Erin Pangborn
School Certifying Official

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Welcome veterans and family members! If you have any questions regarding your benefits, your eligibility, or the status of your benefits please call, email, or come by the Financial Aid Office located in the 454 House.