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Office of Veterans and Military Service Members

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Strengthening the lives of Veterans, military personnel, their families and our community

Military Friendly School, 2022-23


Villanova University is dedicated to assisting veterans and their dependents as they reach personal, professional and academic goals. We are committed to guiding each individual from admissions to graduation, and beyond. Intentionality informs everything our office does, meaning that we are focused on assisting those it serves to become the next generation of leaders and problem-solvers given the community’s unique passion for service and excellence.

Honoring the Fallen

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The Office of Veterans and Military Service Members is collecting data and information on all veterans killed in service, with a connection to Villanova. This map displays the names of these veterans, along with their branch of service, location, and year of death. For those veterans reported missing in action, we have mapped the nearest location of where they were last seen. This project will honor the life and sacrifice of Villanova veterans who died while serving their country. Through extensive research, and collaboration, our team, through this interactive memorial map, will memorialize and remember their service.

Upcoming Veteran and Military Service Events

VetLink Program

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Villanova University is a proud partner of VetLink, part of Service to School (S2S), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides free application counseling, peer-to-peer guidance and networking support to all U.S. military service members and veterans at no cost to the applicant. The mission of S2S is to help every transitioning service member and veteran gain admission to the best college or graduate school possible.

Meet Our Team

Michael D. Brown, Director, Office of Veterans and Military Services

Michael Brown

Army Veteran
Director, Office of Veterans and Military Service Members
Vasey Hall, B22
Contact by Email
Phone: 610-519-4448

Amy Rockwell

Veteran and Military Enrollment Services
School Certifying Official
Kennedy Hall, 205
Contact by Email
Phone: 610-519-4034

Both Amy and Mike are familiar with and have expertise in assisting students with VA Educational benefits, military tuition assistance and internal institutional services to assist service members, veterans and their families as they navigate their educational journeys at Villanova. Students may need help from the tutoring center, the career center or need to speak with a Financial Aid team member, and we can assist in making that happen in an efficient and effective manner.

Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

 

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Using VA Benefits at Villanova

You may be eligible to use VA educational benefits. If you are, you must select which benefit to receive. You cannot receive payment for more than one benefit at a time. If you are eligible for more than one benefit, you should contact the VA to discuss your educational plans.


Below is a brief overview of the different benefits available. For more information regarding educational benefits or to apply for a chapter, please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of active duty service on or after September 11, 2001, or for individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. Your benefit will be based on your length of active duty service.

Approved training includes both undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as some certificate programs.

Service members in the Post 9/11 GI Bill® program are able to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouse or children effective August 1, 2009.

After you have received transferred entitlement you need to apply with the VA to use the benefit.

Details about the transfer of eligibility program are available on the Department of Defense website.

To qualify for Chapter 30 benefits, you must have entered active duty on or after July 1, 1985 and made contributions to the Montgomery Fund while on active duty. A monthly benefit is paid to students based on the training time and/or training program. You may receive up to a maximum of 36 months of benefits under this program. Veterans have 10 years from their discharge date to use the benefits.

This program is designed to assist veterans with service-connected disabilities obtain and maintain gainful employment that is consistent with their interests, aptitudes and abilities and that can be supported through the current labor market. Apply here.

Eligibility

  • Veterans who have received, or will receive, a discharge that is ‘other than dishonorable’
  • Have a service-related disability rating of at least 10% or a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veteran Affairs

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.

If you are a member of the Selected Reserves, you may be eligible for this program. The Selected Reserves includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. You must have a six-year obligation to service in Selected Reserves and have completed basic training.

Education Assistance Program (EAP)
EAP is a state-funded program; it provides educational assistance for eligible members of the Pennsylvania National Guard. EAP funding is awarded regardless of financial need. In addition, reductions or adjustments of PA State Grants cannot be as a result of a service member receiving EAP. The amount of each award will be based on enrollment status (full-time or part-time).

Federal Military Tuition Assistance
Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. The Department of Defense (DoD) limits TA to $250 per semester credit hour and $4,500 per year. Each military branch can establish their own specific eligibility criteria and limits to manage their TA funds. DoD pays TA directly to the University.

All students who intend on using TA must contact Amy Rockwell, the School Certifying Official, in the Registrar’s office to ensure your program/major and courses are loaded into the appropriate service-specific TA systems.

Service-specific TA information is available at the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard education portals.

Paying Tuition
The University's Bursar’s office will apply tuition coverage to your tuition bill in the amount authorized on your TA authorization. You are responsible for paying any remaining tuition balance by the published tuition deadlines.

Policy on Return of Unearned Tuition Assistance
The DoD Memorandum of Understanding requires Villanova University to return unearned Military Tuition Assistance (TA) funds on a prorated basis through 60% of an academic course. The University will not return any TA funds once a student completes 60% of an academic course.

We recommend that students contact the School Certifying Official in the Registrar’s office before withdrawing from a TA funded academic course to determine how this policy could impact TA and potential repayment obligations of the student.

Withdrawal Due to a Military Service Obligation
The University will work with the affected service members to identify solutions that will not result in student debt for the returned portion of Tuition Assistance as a result of a military service obligation.