Tedd Cogar: Director, Military and Veterans Resource Center

IUP is committed to providing military-friendly programs and services to our veteran and military-affiliated students.

The Military and Veterans Resource Center, working collaboratively with IUP programs and services, serves as a one-stop information and referral site to help our students transition to college life and achieve their academic goals.

IUP's Military Resource Center and Veterans Affairs Office's mission is to provide personalized and caring support to IUP student veterans during their transition from military service to college life. The MVRC helps veterans and military-affiliated students navigate IUP and aid with VA educational benefits, as well as gives veteran students the tools to succeed academically and personally. The MVRC increases campus awareness of student veteran issues and fosters a sense of camaraderie, community, and well-being for all veterans, military-affiliated students, and their families.

The MVRC opened on April 4, 2014. Watch the opening ceremony.

View the MVRC Facility

Effective on August 22, 2016, the name of the Military Resource Center and Veteran Affairs Benefits Office was changed to the Military and Veterans Resource Center. This new name is reflective of a change that occurred in January 2016, when the Veterans Affairs Benefits Office was moved into the Military Resource Center, allowing IUP to consolidate the services provided to veterans, military, and dependent students. This name change also reflects the number one service that the MVRC provides to our students—helping them obtain their GI Bill benefits. Thank you to everyone for your help and support of our military and veteran students. The MVRC as of August 2021 has moved to a new location. The new MVRC is located in Suites of Maple East G62. The new space has provided more room and resources to better serve IUP's military students.


Apply for GI Bill Benefits

  • VA Form 22-1990: Chapter 33 (Veteran), 30 (Active Duty), 1606 Reserve/National Guard)
  • VA Form 22-1990E: Dependents using transferred Post-9/11 benefits or Fry Scholarship
  • VA Form 22-1995: Change of Program/Place of Trainings (Post-9/11, Reserve/National Guard)
  • VA Form 22-5490: Dependents
  • VA Form 22-5495: Dependents changing training location or program of study

To learn more about GI Bill benefits, go to the GI Bill Benefits website.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official VA Benefits and Health Care site.

Veterans Enrollment Certification Request Form

Students must notify the School Certifying Official when they want to use their GI Bill benefits. Students can use this online form, or complete the paper version in our office.

VA Benefits, Scholarships, Discounts, and Resources

Learn about health care, vocational rehab services, and other VA benefits; scholarships that are available for veterans and military dependents; where veterans can get a discount on a meal, and more.

Course Scheduling Preference for Veterans

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. Click on the link for more information.

Veterans In-State Tuition Policy

Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education offers a wide variety of services to military members, veterans, their spouses, and dependents. Effective July 1, 2015, the Board of Governors approved charging in-state tuition for programs of education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33 of Title 38 of the United States Code, which includes the Fry Scholarship) and the Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30 Title 38 of the United States Code) for eligible veterans and their dependents who are “covered individuals

Ban on Commissions Policy

Per the DoD Memorandum of Understanding, paragraph 3.j.(2) institutions are required to “Refrain from providing any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments or federal financial aid (including Tuition Assistance funds) to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting, admissions actives, or making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance.”

Ban on High-Pressured Recruitment Policy

Per the DoD Memorandum of Understanding, paragraph 3.j.(3) institutions are required to “Refrain from
high-pressure recruitment tactics such as multiple unsolicited contacts (3 or more), including
contacts by phone, email, or in person, and engaging in same-day recruitment and registration
for the purpose of securing Service member enrollments.”

Tuition Assistance Direction Policy

Per the DoD Memorandum of Understanding, paragraph 4.d.(1) “If an eligible Service member decides to use Tuition Assistance (TA), educational institutions will enroll him or her only after the TA is approved by the individual's Service.”

MVRC Resources

Along with the MVRC's regular services, we also offer these amenities for IUP veteran and military-affiliated students.

Faculty and Staff Training

Learn about the unique challenges facing IUP's veteran students and how you help them achieve their academic goals.

Career and Professional Development Center

The Career and Professional Development Center offers a vast array of services for career-oriented students and graduates. Their goal is to help students to become more confident in their professional development and networking abilities so they can make informed decisions about graduate schools and career opportunities. The CPDC can also help veterans translate their military training into civilian training and skills on their résumé.

Student Nomination Form

If you wish to nominate a military-affiliated student for the MVRC's Military-Affiliated Student of the Year Award, please click on the header and download the form. Please send the completed form to the MVRC.

Faculty/Staff Nomination Form

If you wish to nominate a faculty/staff member for the MVRC's Military Friendly Faculty/Staff of the Year Award, please click on the header and download the form. Please send the completed form to the MVRC.

Show Your Support for IUP's Military-Affiliated Students with the MVRC Dog Tag Program

The Military and Veterans Resource Center is initiating a new program to help our military-affiliated students identify fellow veterans and military supporters on campus.

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