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Veterans and ROTC Students

Veterans

Saint Vincent College appreciates the men and women who serve our country and supports military veterans, spouses and dependents. There are many benefits for attending Saint Vincent College to advance your education and skills.

The Financial Aid Office at Saint Vincent College is here to assist with your next steps toward achieving your educational goals. Saint Vincent College is proud to participate in the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. The College has voluntarily entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to fund uncovered tuition and fee charges for all Chapter 33 Yellow Ribbon-eligible Veterans, as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Saint Vincent will award Yellow Ribbon benefits for tuition and fees not covered by the Post -9/11 GI Bill®, using institutional funds awarded to the student upon admission. Remaining institutional funds may be used to cover direct Saint Vincent College costs such as room and board. Veterans eligible for this benefit may designate a child as a transferee under Transfer of Entitlement.

  • How to Receive Benefits

    The first step to receiving Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits is to complete the form 22-1990 by applying for benefits online. Approval for Veterans Affairs benefits may be a lengthy process and students are encouraged to complete this application as early as possible.

    Eligible veterans will receive a Certificate of Eligibility. Once this is received, veterans are asked to submit a copy of the certificate to the Financial Aid Office and schedule an appointment to discuss the benefits. The Certificate of Eligibility is required to submit enrollment certification to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

    The Financial Aid Office strongly encourages all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligibility for federal and state financial aid is in addition to Veterans Affairs benefits. Please include the Saint Vincent FAFSA code – 003368.

  • Multiple Programs Available

    Saint Vincent College administers multiple Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits.  For more information regarding these benefits, the Yellow Ribbon Program and a student’s responsibilities please visit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education and Training.  The Financial Aid Office strongly encourages all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Eligibility for federal and state financial aid is in addition to Veterans Affairs benefits. Please include the Saint Vincent FAFSA code – 003368.

    Click to read an article on six tips for making a new start in college as a civilian, which includes tips from a veteran member of our faculty, Dr. Eric Kocian.  

    Click to register on a Pennsylvania job-search portal CareerLink, which includes a military translator that allows you to enter your military occupation code (MOS/MOC), matches it to civilian skills and occupations, and allows you to automatically receive job postings that match your preferences.  

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 http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Scholarship

If you are interested in receiving an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship and commissioning into the Army Reserve, the Minuteman Scholarship provides you an excellent opportunity.

Minuteman Scholarships cover 4 years of full tuition and fees or $10,000 for room and board at colleges and universities served by an Army ROTC program.

Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (ROTC) is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It gives you the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment.

Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition. Because Army ROTC is an elective, you can participate your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation to join the Army. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be commissioned as an Officer in the Army. At that point, you will have a wide range of interest areas you can specialize in called branches.

Those who succeed in the Army ROTC program are students who excel and want something more out of the college experience. Generally, these students are scholars who keep their grades up, athletes who are physically strong and leaders who have a great desire to learn.

Nurse Program

If you’re considering an undergraduate nursing degree, enrolling in Army ROTC can enhance your leadership skills and critical thinking abilities while providing financial support to help make your professional goals a reality. Being a nurse in the Army provides you with benefits not found in the civilian world. As an Army nurse and officer, you will have the respect of your peers and coworkers, as well as opportunities to train and serve in a variety of specialties.

Your Commitment

  • Army ROTC students who receive an Army ROTC scholarship or enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course must agree to complete a period of service with the Army.
  • You can serve full time in the Army or those who qualify may choose to serve part time as a member of the Army National Guard or Army Reserve while pursuing a civilian career.
  • It’s an experience that you can’t get anywhere else, and your leadership skills will be challenged every day. 
  • Enrolling in the Army ROTC Basic Course does NOT involve a commitment of service to the Army unless you have received an Army ROTC Scholarship.

For more information about our program or to schedule an entrance interview, please contact Mr. Christopher Boissonnault at cbb24@pitt.edu.

Congratulations to Army ROTC Minuteman Scholarship Recipients