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Welcome to Spring 2019 semester! Make sure to check out our events posted under the Calendar of Events. We hope to see you there!

Veterans Meet and Greet--Tuesday, February 12, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the ESU Student Veteran Center, Room 160.

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.

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.”

Millitary friendly school award logoVeterans 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.

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Veterans, Military Members, Spouses, and children seeking or pursuing a higher education are eligible for numerous scholarship and grant opportunities.

Veterans, Military Members, Spouses, and children who are continuing their education with post graduate school are eligible for certain scholarships and grants. The members of GoGrad Online have compiled a guide of scholarships for veterans.

With the addition of the Post 9/11 Bill, financial aid opportunities for veterans and active duty military students have increased tremendously. Unfortunately, navigating the complex financial aid system remains difficult and time consuming, causing many students to lose out on valuable financial help. To bridge this gap our team has created a financial aid guide for military service members and their families.

About the Veterans Center

Graduating student holding his decorated cap
  • 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: WNEP 16 News
  • 2015 Veterans Day Event with Colonel Douglas Douds. Colonel Douds was interviewed by WBRE. Colonel Douds interview.
  • 2015 Veterans Day Parade: ESU was on Good Morning America to advertise for the Monroe County Veterans Day Parade.
  • 2016 Veterans Day Parade:  ESU was again on Good Morning America to advertise for the Monroe County Veterans Day Parade.  This year we were happy to have Dr. Welsh and the ESU ROTC cadets as part of the taping.

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

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.

Tax Season is here and members of have created an elaborate Tax Guide for Military Members and Veterans. The guideline includes:

  • Breakdown of Federal, State, and Non-taxable Exclusions
  • State Tax and Housing Benefits
  • Exclusive Exclusions only offered to Veterans

To view the completed guide and more information Tax Guide for Military Members and Veterans

Discounts offered to active military and veterans.

Seeking Employment

  • If you would like to research, find, access, and, in time, manage your VA benefits and personal information please visit the eBenefits website and/or register..
  • If you looking for a job or an employer committed to hiring Veterans, please register on the Veterans Employment Center (VEC)
  • If you are seeking employment in the federal government, particularly the VA, our VA for Vets high-tech tools and resources can help. Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or call (855) 824-8387.
  • If you are looking for a tools on how to search for a job, Learn How to Become has a guide. Visit online at Learn How to Become
  • Whether you are in or out of school, you can search for jobs at JobGateway and Monroe County Career Link. Feel free to contact Charles Montalbano at or (570) 620-2850 Ext. 316.

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 Website.