Students who have served in the military, including the National Guard and Reserves, could be eligible for educational benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Mercyhurst is a Yellow Ribbon participant; students eligible for 100 percent of Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits will receive yellow ribbon funding once the student cap has been reached. Mercyhurst also holds a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Defense, which allows members still in the service to use Tuition Assistance from the military. (Current active military personnel should apply for TA benefits directly to their unit.) A number of VA benefits are available. For more information on benefits and their criteria, visit the VA website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill. If you plan to use VA educational benefits, contact the Mercyhurst veterans coordinator for more information. Students should apply for VA benefits before the start of their first semester. It can take the VA up to three weeks to process new applications.
Dependents of military personnel might be eligible for educational assistance through a transfer of Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits for active service members who have served at least 10 years, through Chapter 35 benefits for a service member who has been discharged and receives disability, or through a FRY Scholarship for dependents of a service member who died while serving.