Application to Enrollment, Penn State Admissions Process
- Complete the Application for Admission.
- Include a copy of your military transcript along with your admissions credentials.
- Receive an Offer of Admission from Penn State.
- Pay enrollment fees. See the Offer of admission or log into a Friends of Penn State Account. (NB: The VA doesn’t pay these fees.)
- Complete your online math placement test (ALEKS). Invitation sent via email.
- First-year and new transfer students, sign up for New Student Orientation (NSO).
- Complete your Pre-Registration Activity Guide and the Financial Responsibility Agreement in LionPATH.
- Change of campus and re-enrollment students, meet with your new adviser to schedule classes.
- Get a Penn State id+ card.
- First-year and new transfer students, attend NSO, meet with your adviser, and schedule classes.
Getting Approved for your GI Bill® Benefits
- Apply for your VA Education Benefits. Find your correct application.
- Receive letter in the mail from the VA. This is your Certificate of Eligibility and details what benefits you are eligible to receive.
- Email your Certificate of Eligibility to the Penn State Altoona Office of Veterans Affairs. Send scanned PDFs to [email protected].
- Also, submit the following documents:
- Veterans & Guard/Reserve: Member 4 copy of DD214
- VRE: ask VRE counselor to submit Purchase Order to Penn State
- Spouse/Dependent—no documentation required other than the Certificate of Eligibility
Getting Financial Aid
All Students: apply for student aid even if you don’t anticipate you will need it.
- Apply for Financial Aid.
- Our Title IV School Code is 003329. Apply by May 1 for maximum consideration.
- Consideration for some Penn State merit scholarships requires submission of the FAFSA.
Once a student has completed all of the above steps they should request to use their benefits for the current or future semester.
- Make an appointment to speak to the School Certifying Official (SCO), Ms. Jean Lasinski, [email protected]. Submit your eligibility paperwork (see Getting Approved for your GI Bill Benefits, above) if you have not already done so.
- Have an academic goal in mind. The VA will only pay for courses that meet outstanding degree requirements for your intended major. You may be undecided at Penn State, but you must select a major to receive your VA Education Benefits.
- Meet with the SCO and discuss your academic plan and scheduled courses. Make any necessary schedule adjustments to maximize your benefits.
- Complete the Certification Request Form (CRF) and run/print your Academic Requirements Report or What-If Report. Submit PDFsof both documents to [email protected].
- Ask SCO if you are eligible for Priority Registration and the in-state tuition rate (if your residency is out-of-state).
- Contact the SCO before you make any schedule changes between now and the end of the semester.
- Once the SCO submits your paperwork to the VA, you will receive an email from the VA to your Penn State email account.