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Military Students

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Central Penn College is proud to serve and assist our military students. We are grateful for your service to our country and we promise to do everything we can to help you succeed at Central Penn College. Central Penn College proudly participates in the Principles of Excellence and Yellow Ribbon Programs. We have also been a designated Military Friendly institution for the last 3 years!

Below you will find information on how to get started as a new student or transfer student, benefits available to you, how to manage these benefits, and contact information for staff and resources available to you. 

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Contact

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Daniel Guerrisi, Military Benefits Coordinator/Certifying Official

  • dguerrisi@centralpenn.edu
  • Financial Aid Office (Milano 18)
    600 Valley Rd
    PO Box 309
    Summerdale, PA 17093
  • Telephone: (717)-728-2367
  • Fax: (717)-728-2350

Colleen Gaines, Admissions Counselor

John Steindel, Financial Planning Coordinator

Military Admissions

Application

Submit Admissions Documents

Military Transcripts

To receive an official evaluation of your military experience for course credits, use the links below to request an official copy of your military transcripts.

  • Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard: Joint Services Transcript
  • Air Force: Community College of the Air Force

Civilian Transcripts

All applicants to Central Penn College are required to provide the following:

  • Official high school transcripts, GED transcripts or a home schooling certificate, or in some cases, an attestation of one of the previously mentioned items.
  • Official college or university transcripts (if applicable)


Official documents need to be submitted by mail to:

Central Penn College
Attn: Admissions
600 Valley Road
PO Box 309
Summerdale, PA 17093

Admissions Appointment

  • Complete a personal interview with your Admissions Counselor. This can be scheduled at your convenience by clicking here or calling (800) 759-2727. Telephone interviews are available for Continuing Education or fully-online students who may be unable to make it to campus. 

New Students

  • We highly recommend (not required) that you complete your FAFSA. You can do it all online and it only takes a couple minutes to complete. We outline the whole process on our website (2016-2017 Financial Aid Process).
  • Determine if you are eligible for VA benefits by contacting the Department of Veterans Affairs directly at (888) 442-4551.
  • Apply for your VA education benefits (Chapter 30, 31, 33, 35 and 1606) online through the Veterans On-Line Application Portal (VONAPP).
    • VA Form 22-1990 – If you are applying for the first time.
    • VA Form 22-1995 - If you have used your benefits before and would like to transfer to Central Penn College.
  • After the application is completed and processed, you will be mailed a VA Certificate of Eligibility within 10-20 business days.
  • Once you receive your VA Certificate of Eligibility, please send us a copy to have on file for you. We also ask that you notify either Colleen Gaines or John Steindel that you are planning on using VA benefits. We do not automatically receive this notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs. 
  • Once all of this has been completed, you can register for classes. Once registered, our VA Certifying Official (Daniel Guerrisi) will submit your enrollment Certification (VA Form 22-1999) to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for processing. 

Transfer Students

  • If you are transferring to Central Penn College or changing your major, you will need to complete the Change of Program or Place of Training Form (VA Form 22-1995).
  • This form can be completed online through the VONAPP website, or you can complete a hard copyand mail it to the Buffalo VA Regional Office.
    • VA Regional Office
    • PO Box 4616
    • Buffalo, NY 14240
  • Please send us a copy of your VA Certificate of Eligibility and a copy of your completed Change of Program or Place of Training Form (VA Form 22-1995).
  • Once all of this has been completed, you can register for classes. Once registered, our VA Certifying Official (Daniel Guerrisi) will submit your enrollment certification (VA Form 22-1999) to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for processing. 

Continuing Students

  • Our VA certifying official (Daniel Guerrisi) will automatically certify you once you have registered for classes. This will continue until you withdraw or graduate, reach your delimiting date, or run out of entitlement.
  • We usually submit enrollment certifications during weeks 8 and 9 of the previous term.
    • This ensures that you receive your book stipend in-time to order books for the following term.
  • To ensure proper reporting, we ask that you register for classes during the open registration period (weeks 4 – 6).
  • Once registered, if you decide to add or drop a course; please notify our Certifying Official as soon as possible so that we can update your enrollment certification.
  • If you do not want to use your military benefits, please notify our Certifying Official as soon as possible. 

VA Military Benefit Programs

Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty

This program provides education benefits to Veterans and Service members who have at least two years of active duty.

  • Eligibility
    • Must have an honorable discharge and either a high school diploma or GED.
    • Meet the requirements of one of the 4 Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty categories.
  • Benefits
    • 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. View current payment rates.
    • Payment will be sent to you at the end of every month enrolled in classes.
  • Verify Your Enrollment
    • Before the VA can release your payment, you will need to verify your enrollment through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) system in one of two ways:
      • Online: Through the WAVE portal
      • Phone: Call the VA Verification phone line at (877) 823-2378
  • For more information on this benefit, go to the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty benefits page on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. 

Chapter 31 – VA Vocational Rehabilitation

This program was developed to help veterans with service-connected disabilities become employed and achieve independence in daily living.

  • Some services that are provided include:
    • Once approved, you will be assigned a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in your state.
  • For more information on this benefit, go to the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits page on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.
        • Comprehensive evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment.
        • Post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school.
        • Vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning for employment services.
        • Employment services such as job-training, job-seeking skills, resume development, and other work readiness assistance.
        • Assistance finding and keeping a job, including the use of special employer incentives and job accommodations.
      • Eligibility
        • Can’t have a dishonorable discharge upon separation of active duty.
        • Obtain a memorandum rating of at least 20% (Active Duty) or higher from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
        • Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% (Veterans) from the VA.
        • Apply for VR&E services.
      • Benefits
        • Education benefits usually last up to 48 months but can be extended in certain instances.
        • Tuition and fees are sent directly to the school.
      • How to Apply
        • Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs by phone at (800) 827-1000 to determine your eligibility.
        • Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation by completing and submitting VA Form 28-1900 to the Department of Veterans Affairs directly. 

Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill

This program provides education benefits to veterans who have served after September 10, 2001.

  • Eligibility
    • Have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after September 10, 2001 and are:
      • Still on Active Duty
      • Honorably Discharged
      • Discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days
  • Benefits
    • The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. Depending on how many days of aggregate active duty service you have, you could have 100% of your tuition and fees covered. You could also be eligible for the following payments:
      • Monthly Housing Allowance
      • Annual Books and Supplies Stipend
      • One-time rural benefit payment
    • Tuition and fess are sent directly to the school.
    • Your book stipend, housing allowance, and rural benefit payment are sent directly to you.
  • For more information on this benefit, go to the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits page on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Yellow Ribbon Program

  • We have partnered with the Veterans Affairs (VA) to offer the Yellow Ribbon Program to students with 100% eligibility under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
  • This program allows degree-granting institutions of higher learning in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs will match the same amount as the institution.
  • Eligibility
    • Only Veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (100%), as determined by service requirements, or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty Service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program. Child transferees of active duty Service members may be eligible, if the Service member is qualified at the 100 percent rate.
  • For more information on this benefit, go to the Yellow Ribbon Program page on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Transfer of Entitlement

  • If you are a current member of the Armed Forces (active duty), the Department of Defense (DoD) allows you to transfer all or some of your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to your spouse or dependent children. This request must be completed while serving as an active member of the Armed Forces. It is up to the DoD to determine eligibility for transfer of entitlement.
  • For more information, go to the Transfer of Entitlement page on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. 

Chapter 35 – Dependents’ Education Assistance Program

  • The Survivors’ and Dependents Education Assistance Program offer education assistance to veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service –related condition or of a veteran who is was either killed on active duty, MIA or a POW, or who died of a service-related condition.
  • Eligibility
    • Must be the dependent son, daughter, or spouse of:
          • A Veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the armed forces.
          • A Veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence.
          • A Service member missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
          • A Service member forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
          • A Service member who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability. This change is effective Dec. 23, 2006. 
  • Benefits
    • Up to 45 months of education benefits.
    • Payment will be sent to you at the end of every month enrolled in classes.
  • For more information, go to the Dependents Education Assistance Program page on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GGI Bill Selected Reserves

The Montgomery GGI Bill Selected Reserves is available to members of the selected reserve. This includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, the Coast Guard Reserve, the Army National Guard, and the Air National Guard.

  • Eligibility
    • To qualify, you have to meet the following requirements:
      • Sign a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve (must have been signed after June 30, 1985).
      • Complete your initial active duty training (IADT).
      • Meet the requirement to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate.
      • Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit.
  • Benefits
    • Payment will be sent to you at the end of every month enrolled in classes.
  • Verify Your Enrollment
    • Before the VA can release your payment, you will need to verify your enrollment through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) system in one of two ways:
      • Online: Through the WAVE portal
      • Phone: Call the VA Verification phone line at (877) 823-2378

Educational Assistance Program (EAP)

If you are a member of the PA National Guard, you may be eligible for additional educational benefits through the Educational Assistance Program (EAP). You must apply through your National Guard Unit. Once approved we will receive an updated roster with your name on it. Once your name appears on our EAP roster, we will add the payment to your account.

  • The 2016-2017 payment breakdowns are below:
    • Full Time - $2412
    • Part Time - $1608

Federal Tuition Assistance

The Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for current service members to assist with the cost of tuition.

  • How Do I Apply?
    • Ensure that you are approved for TA.
    • Once approved, you can apply through the Go Army ED website.
    • TA is requested on a course-by-course basis.
    • When applying, you will need to know the following:
      • Number of credits per course
      • Cost of the course (tuition only)
      • Dates of the course (01/09/17 -03-25-17)
      • Subject code and number (ENGL 101)
  • If you are unsure of any of this information, Daniel Guerrisi (Certifying Official) will be able to assist you.
  • Tuition Assistance Rates
    • $250 per credit hour (16 credit hour cap per fiscal year)
    • $4500 Annual cap per fiscal year
  • You can use Tuition Assistance in conjunction with EAP and the Post 9/11 GI Bill only
  • For more information on TA, please go to the Tuition Assistance Policies page on the Go Army ED website.

Veteran Appreciation Award

  • The $300 Veteran Appreciation Award is available to new students who are veterans or currently serving in any branch of service. A copy of your DD-214 may be required. 

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10 reasons why Central Penn works for military students

  1. Flexible day, evening and online classes.
  2. According to our latest One-Year Graduate survey, 88.6% of graduates were working in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation.
  3. Regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
  4. Accelerated terms and career-focused degree programs.
  5. Approved to accept VA benefits and Pennsylvania National Guard assistance; offers military scholarships.
  6. Accepts CLEP credits; offers academic credits for qualifying military experience.
  7. A proud participant of the Yellow Ribbon program, which provides funds to students in addition to the G.I. Bill®.
  8. In-state tuition for out of state military students.
  9. Free, individualized career assistance for students and alumni.
  10. Convenient programs for active military members or veterans returning to school.
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