The faculty and students at Kutztown University happily welcome military members or veterans into our learning community and are committed to helping them make a smooth transition to KU. Members or veterans of any branch of the United States military including the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, National Guard and Reserves may be eligible to receive VA benefits for their post-secondary education.
Guiding Veterans Through The Academic Maze
Current and former U.S. military personnel make up a growing number of individuals starting or returning to college. The reality is that veterans, whether just back from active duty, decades past their service, or just starting out in military life, require a different set of tools to complete their degrees.
At Kutztown University, we understand your need for flexibility in programming because of time commitments and deployment schedules that come with military life. We understand your need for guidance through the complexity of scholarship and tuition assistance programs. We understand exactly what you need to get started and earn your degree.
You honored us with service to our country; we honor you with support and guidance to achieve your academic goals.
Just for Veterans
Your time in the service provided a hands-on learning experience not available in any classroom anywhere. Your training, coursework and specialty instruction may translate into academic credit and we will conduct a full review to determine your level of academic credit.
Knowledgeable people help you develop course schedules both on campus and online and we'll help you obtain information about applying for the VA benefits you are entitled to. In addition, there are paid VA work study positions and a veteran scholarship available at Kutztown to help matriculating veterans offset some financial needs.
A wide range of counseling services are available to address any issues you may face not only as a college student but as a veteran trying to transition back to civilian life. Let's face it, starting or continuing college is difficult for anyone, but you may have added stresses related to physical or emotional burdens you carry from your military service. Our counseling personnel specialize in areas including PTSD and family issues.
Why Veterans Choose Kutztown
Primarily, veterans choose Kutztown for the same reasons other students do. Kutztown provides an exceptional education in a thriving campus environment. We offer more than 50 undergraduate academic majors in a wide variety of current and growing fields as well as 18 graduate programs for those who wish to continue to that level.
But, more importantly to you, there is a veteran-friendly atmosphere at Kutztown University, one that is supportive and thankful for your service. We offer a number of special services and policies to make the pursuit of your academic goals more manageable. KU is a nationally-recognized military friendly school, as named by G.I. Jobs Magazine and Military Advanced Education (MAE). In addition, we award credit for military training, CLEP, and DANTES according to ACE guidelines, are a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, and also participate in the MyCAA spouse program.
KU offers many services for veterans and service members and has veterans' liaisons in key areas such as admissions, financial aid, bursars, career services, and housing to name a few. Additionally we offer,
Veterans Affairs Benefits Office - Our Veterans Certifying Officer (VCO) assists veterans to initiate VA benefits.
Veterans Organization - Military Club at KU is a recognized student organization that hosts events, conducts fundraising for veteran community, and performs veteran advocacy on campus.
Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) - The Steel Battalion is the nation's second oldest ROTC. Take military science classes on campus or take advantage of training and scholarship opportunities. Contact ROTC at 484-646-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans Support Group - Our Counseling Center offers a veteran's support group for students interested in sharing experiences, getting support and supporting others.
Veterans Task Force Committee - A committee composed of students, faculty members, and administrative staff who meet regularly to improve university services for our campus veterans.
Who can help?
KU's Admissions Office and the Office of the Registrar are knowledgeable of veteran benefits including those scholarships and tuition assistance options available to you. These individuals will work with you to develop a plan to guide you through the process step by step. They will help you understand government and military programs as well as Kutztown University policies as they relate to veterans and their families.
Veterans may be covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if there is a functional limitation that impacts learning or living. Types of conditions that may be covered include but are not limited to: PTSD, TBI or other physical or learning impairments. For more information, call: 610-683-4108 (TDD: 610-683-4499) or visit the KU Disability Services website.