Military and Veteran Financial Aid

Cal U has been a long-term provider of military-friendly education and support services, including scholarships and financial aid.

Veterans and active service members are encouraged to contact the Cal U Financial Aid Office for help in finding grants, loans, scholarships and work-study jobs to make college more affordable. We work with each student to develop a personalized financial aid package.

Military Tuition Discount Program

Cal U provides discounted tuition costs for active-duty members and veterans of all U.S. military branches, as well as their spouses and eligible dependents, when they enroll in Cal U Global Online programs.

  • Undergraduates seeking an associate or bachelor's degree through Global Online will pay a reduced rate of $250 per credit. This is a savings of more than $100 per credit for out-of-state residents.
  • Master's degree students pay $399 per credit, or 90% of the in-state rate, no matter where they reside. This is a savings of more than $300 per credit for out-of-state residents.

The military discount program applies only to those enrolled in Global Online programs at Cal U.  This does not apply to students who take one online course as part of a campus program. For more information, contact Global Online at calugo@calu.edu .

Veteran Benefits

You may be eligible for one or more of the veteran benefits listed below. However, be aware that U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations prohibit students from using more than one benefit at a time.

Find more information about education benefits offered by the VA at its official U.S. government website.

List of Veteran Benefits

Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill
  • Beginning August 1, 2011, break (or interval pay) will no longer be payable under MGIB-AD except during periods your school is closed as a result of an Executive Order of the President or an emergency (such as a natural disaster or strike). For example, if your Fall term ends on December 15 and your Spring term begins January 10, your January housing allowance will cover 15 days in December and your February housing allowance will cover 21 days in January.
  • The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.
  • For more information, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs site at: http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/montgomery_gibill/active_duty.html
  • Students receiving Chapter 30 benefits are required to verify their attendance at the end of each month:

After selecting a school and submitting your application to VA, ask the school official to complete an enrollment certification. The school official will send the enrollment certification to the appropriate VA Regional Processing Office. If you have basic eligibility for benefits, and your program or course is approved, VA will process your enrollment based the dates and number of hours the school official submits.

If you are in a degree program at a college or university, or a certificate or diploma program at a business, technical, or vocational school, you will not receive payment until you have verified your attendance. Your enrollment can be verified starting on the last calendar day of the month by using our Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave or by calling our toll free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line at 1-877-823-2378.

NOTE: The WAVE and IVR systems do not update account information instantly. Instead, verifications and other submissions are stored and processed manually. Due to system procedures, it may take 2-3 workdays for the WAVE and IVR systems to reflect updates to your account. Thank you for your patience.

* 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 Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill *

Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. The VetSuccess program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

For more information, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs site at: http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/

Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or 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.
  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill is effective August 1, 2009. Approved training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, vocational/technical training, on-the-job training, flight training, correspondence training, licensing and national testing programs, and tutorial assistance. All training programs must be approved for GI Bill benefits.
  • 2017 BAH rates for California University of Pennsylvania students (main campus or southpointe students only) is $1,740 REFERENCE: http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bahCalc.cfm
  • 2017 BAH rates for California University of Pennsylvania students (main campus, southtpointe students enrolled in all online courses OR all 100% Global Online students) is $840.50 REFERENCE: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/resources/benefits_resources/rates/ch33/ch33rates080113.asp#MHA
  • For more information, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs site at: http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/index.html

* 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 Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill *

Chapter 35 - Survivors and Dependents Education Assistance
  • Beginning August 1, 2011, break (or interval pay) will no longer be payable under DEA except during periods your school is closed as a result of an Executive Order of the President or an emergency (such as a natural disaster or strike). For example, if your Fall term ends on December 15th and your Spring term begins January 10th, your January housing allowance will cover 15 days in December and your February housing allowance will cover 21 days in January.
  • Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
  • For more information, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs site at: http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/dea.html
Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve
  • Beginning August 1, 2011, break (or interval pay) will no longer be payable under MGIB-SR except during periods your school is closed as a result of an Executive Order of the President or an emergency (such as a natural disaster or strike). For example, if your Fall term ends on December 15 and your Spring term begins January 10, your January housing allowance will cover 15 days in December and your February housing allowance will cover 21 days in January.
  • The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
  • For more information, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs site at: http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/montgomery_gibill/selected_reserve.html
  • Students receiving Chapter 1606 benefits are required to verify their attendance at the end of each month:

After selecting a school and submitting your application to VA, ask the school official to complete an enrollment certification. The school official will send the enrollment certification to the appropriate VA Regional Processing Office. If you have basic eligibility for benefits, and your program or course is approved, VA will process your enrollment based the dates and number of hours the school official submits.

If you are in a degree program at a college or university, or a certificate or diploma program at a business, technical, or vocational school, you will not receive payment until you have verified your attendance. Your enrollment can be verified starting on the last calendar day of the month by using our Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave or by calling our toll free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line at 1-877-823-2378.

NOTE: The WAVE and IVR systems do not update account information instantly. Instead, verifications and other submissions are stored and processed manually. Due to system procedures, it may take 2-3 workdays for the WAVE and IVR systems to reflect updates to your account. Thank you for your patience.

* 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 Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill *

Col. Arthur L. Bakewell Scholarship

Established by the Veterans Club in 1983, the Colonel Arthur L. Bakewell Veterans Scholarship provides assistance to veterans enrolled at California University of Pennsylvania.

At the end of each spring term, records are screened to determine those veterans who meet the grade-point average requirement. In late March or early April, notices are emailed to urge all veterans to submit an application. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be honorably discharged from a branch of the active armed forces.
  • Be a full-time student at Cal U during the semester in which the applicant expects to receive the scholarship.
  • Have attended Cal U during the preceding semester.
  • Have at least 64 credits in the academic program as determined by school guidelines.
  • Have a 2.75 GPA and maintain the GPA once the award is received.

 

For more information, contact Cal U's Office of Military and Veterans Affairs at 724-938-4076 or email veterans@calu.edu.