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Frequently Asked Questions

These are the questions that are most frequently asked in the Veterans Affairs Office. If you need further information beyond what is offered here, please feel free to contact us.

What are the academic/training programs offered through IUP for which students are eligible to receive G.I. Bill benefits?

The academic/training programs offered are:

  • Any course(s) leading toward a standard (associate, bachelor, master’s, or doctorate) degree at IUP for which students receive academic credit.
  • ACT 120/Police Academy
  • IUP Culinary Arts Academy
  • Internships (amount of entitlement depends on how many credits the internship carries and whether or not this internship is required as part of your degree program)

What is the training time required?

Standard College Degrees

  • Full time — 12 credits or more (nine credits for graduate students)
  • 3/4 time — 9 to 11 credits
  • 1/2 time — 6 to 8 credits
  • 1/4 time — 3 to 5 credits

Summer Sessions

  • Full-time — generally 7 credits or more (Summer MHA rates for Post-9/11 GI Bill recipients are calculated based on your training time (full-time, 3/4 time, or 1/2 time) in each summer session)

Non-College Degrees

  • Full-time — 40 hours/week
  • Part-time — 13 hours/week

How do I make sure my benefits are continued from year to year?

If you experience a break in enrollment greater than 30 days (excluding summer enrollment), you must notifiy the IUP Office of Veterans Affairs that you are returning to IUP; however, if you enroll continuously each academic year, you are not required to notify the Office of Veterans Affairs.

What should I do if I plan to take classes in the Summer or Winter sessions?

If you plan to take Summer or Winter session classes, it is not necessary to notify the IUP Office of Veterans Affairs unless you do not wish to receive benefits during these terms. Enrollment certifications are automatially processed each semester of a student’s enrollment.

How do I change programs (majors), or what do I do if I transfer to IUP from another school?

Visit the IUP Office of Veterans Affairs and fill out the “Change of Program/Place of Training” Form (VA Form 22-1995). It’s a simple process designed to make your change as convenient as possible, since you are already in the system as eligible to receive benefits.

Note: Veterans receiving GI Bill benefits are required to inform the Department of Veterans Affairs of any changes from the major indicated on their certification of enrollment. It is a simple formality which should be done before you plan to officially make the intended change, in order to seek approval and so that your benefit payments are not summarily affected. Almost always, approval is granted by the Department of Veterans Affairs without any inconvenience whatsoever, as long as you properly inform the office of your intentions before the change becomes effective. All degree programs offered at IUP are automatically approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs; however, it is still necessary to submit this official document to the VA.

How does my College Fund or GI Bill "kicker" work?

Simply apply for the GI Bill by following the regular application procedures. Your benefits will be processed in the same manner that regular GI Bill payments are processed. When your benefit check is processed each month by the Regional Veterans Affairs Office, the additional College Fund “kicker” will automatically be included and no additional steps are necessary.

  • Veterans Affairs Benefits Office
  • Clark Hall, Room 126
    1090 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-3009
  • or: 724-357-2218
  • Fax: 724-357-2094
  • Self Service Counter Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.