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Welcome to the Fall 2014 semester at ESU

ESU's University Policies

Upcoming Events:

Nov. 20 ~ Monroe County Veterans Affairs Office @ ESU Student Center (2pm-4pm)

*Come meet Lisa Kaye, Deputy Director of the Monroe County Veterans Affairs Office and see what services they provide for Veterans in Monroe County.  Be sure to bring your DD214 and apply for a Monroe County Veterans Discount card.

Contact Lisa Kaye at - LKaye@monroecountypa.gov

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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: http://www.education.state.pa.us"

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.

Mixed Vet. Group Meetings with Mike DeLuzio:

Mike Deluzio from the Scranton Veteran Center will be at the ESU Student Veteran Center, for any Veteran who has re-adjustment issues.

Time and Dates when Mike will be available:

  • Mon. Nov. 24, 2014 ~ 12:30pm - 2pm
  • Mon. Dec. 8, 2014 ~ 12:30pm - 2pm

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.

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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill