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Welcome to the Spring 2015 semester at ESU

~ Upcoming Events ~

 Thursday, April 20 ~ [Applying for Federal Jobs from 5pm to 6pm with Nicole Nelson]
Thursday, April 23 ~ [Military & Family Career Fair from 11am to 4pm]
Monday, April 27 ~ [Socialization in the Civilian Population from 1pm to 2pm @ Student Veteran Center]
Monday, May 11 ~ [Meet Mike DeLuzio from 12:30 to 1:30pm @ Student Veteran Center]

Course Scheduling Preference for Veteran Students:

"Act 46 of 2014 requires public institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania to provide veteran students, as defined in the Act, with preference in course scheduling. Non-compliance may be reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Education by submitting the Higher Education Complaint form found at:"

In accordance with the Pennsylvania “Higher Education Course Scheduling Preference for Veteran Student Act,” the definition of “veteran student” to include the following groups of students:

Any student who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including a reserve component and National Guard, and was discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable.”

Veterans receiving “course scheduling preference” will be assigned the first registration date and time within their respective class level: graduate, post-baccalaureate or undergraduate.

Students, who have identified themselves as being veterans, as defined above, will automatically receive a priority registration PIN. Students who believe they are veterans as defined above and who have not yet identified themselves as such should submit a DD214, to the Assistant Director of Veterans Services and Records, located in Zimbar Hall, Room 160.

About the Veterans Center:

  • The ESU Student Veterans Center will be open daily Monday through Friday from 0800 until 1700.
  • All Veterans are encouraged to use the Veterans Center and the resources available there. We have computers for use, space to do work, as well as some comfortable seats to watch the TV.

The Veteran Certifying Official is located at the ESU student Veterans Center in Zimbar Hall Room 160. The Certifying Official has the delegated authority to sign enrollment certifications, and other certification documents and reports relating to veterans and their dependents who are eligible for VA education benefits.

News of ESU Veterans Affairs Office: WFMZ 69 News., WNEP 16 News, WBRE News

Veteran's Benefits: The Department of Veterans Affairs offer three programs for Veterans and service persons seeking assistance for education:

  • The GI Bill®
  • Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEAP)
  • Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

For detailed information on the GI Bill click here.

For more additional information there is also the AC Online's Guide to College Affordability for Veterans.

  • Expert-driven content from a military veteran with several contributors from veterans affairs departments
  • Comparison between the Montgomery GI Bill and Post 9/11 Bill
    - Resource listings for Veterans scholarships and grants
  • Actionable information related to the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon programs
  • Veterans should contact their local office of Veterans Affairs for further information. Other important scholarships information for veterans can be found by our sister organization know as Student Veterans of America.

Seeking Employment:

Getting Started

  1. Apply for Benefits: Go to Department of Veterans Affairs or VA Benefits apply Chapter 30, 33, 1606 & 1607 - VA form 22-1990 Chapter 33 Dependent - VA Form 22-1990E Chapter 35 - VA Form 22-5490 Electronically attach DD-214 or NOBE to application when applying online Electronically attach any additional entitlement you may be eligible for (IE: Kicker, NOBE, College Fund)
  2. Print out the application along with a copy of your DD-214 or NOBE and bring to your VA briefing appointment. Contact June Pepe to set up an appointment to obtain information about chapter eligibility. Number is available in the contact section of this page.

National Guard and Reserve Benefits: Members of the National Guard and Reserve may be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty) or (Selected Reserve). This is an education program that provides up to 36 months of benefits. Currently eligible members receive $345 per month for educational expenses. In addition, both the National Guard and Army reserve offer a student loan repayment program.

Eligibility is determined by the VA Office; not East Stroudsburg University. If you are eligible to receive VA benefits, please contact our office to fill out the necessary paperwork.

Benefits Info in Details:

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 Web site at