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Financial Aid for Military Students and Families

Military FriendlyWidener University has been named a “Military Friendly School” and is among the “Best Colleges for Veterans” for a reason – we truly care about our military members and their families. As the former, Pennsylvania Military College, our dedication runs deep.

Widener is proud to offer scholarships for our Army ROTC and Widener CARES programs as well as facilitate an endowed Marine Corp scholarship. Widener also participates in various U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs programs.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits

The GI Bill® has helped millions of veterans pay for college, since 1944, and is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of VA.

Montgomery GI Bill®

The Montgomery GI Bill ® is available to those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces as active duty or selected reserve members.

  • The Montgomery GI Active Duty Program, sometimes known as Chapter 30, provides education benefits to veterans and service members who have completed at least two years of active duty service.
  • The Montgomery GI Selected Reserve Program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, and Coast Guard Reserve, as well as the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. 

Post 9-11 GI Bill ®

The Post 9-11 GI Bill ® is available for veterans with active-duty service after September 11, 2001 and also offers a living allowance, money for books, and the option to transfer education benefits you don’t use to your spouse or children.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Widener University offers matching tuition assistance through the Yellow Ribbon Program, an agreement with the VA to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the tuition and fee amounts payable under the Post 9-11 GI Bill ®.

How to Apply for VA Educational Benefits

In order to apply for benefits, review the VA's website where you will find information about eligibility and applying for your Certificate of Eligibility through the Department of Veteran's Affairs.

Once you receive your Certificate of Eligibility from the VA, submit a copy of the certificate, your DD214 papers when applicable, and Widener University's Application for Veterans Enrollment Certification to the Veteran’s Services department in Lipka Hall.

For assistance with school certification or questions regarding any VA Education Benefit Programs at Widener University, contact Carol Smith in Enrollment Services at 610-499-4414 or by email at clsmith@widener.edu.  

For information on the new GI Bill® and specific benefit questions, please contact the Department of Veteran's Affairs at 1-888-442-4551 (1-888-GIBill-1). 

Widener CARES

The Widener CARES program provides the opportunity for a quality, four-year education to children of military personnel who were killed in action in either Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Contact Carol Smith in Enrollment Services at 610-499-4414 or by email at clsmith@widener.edu for more information.

General Carl E. Mundy Jr. and Linda Sloan Mundy Marine Corp Scholarship

The Mundy Endowed Scholarship Fund will match the amount students receive from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, up to $5,000 per year, for four years.

Students attending Widener University who are receiving a Marine Corps Foundation Scholarship award can significantly increase their award thanks to the establishment of The General Carl E. Mundy Jr. and Linda Sloan Mundy Marine Corp Scholarship Matching Fund. Widener alumnus Mr. Tom Bown and his wife Bonnie Bown have offered this generous opportunity that ensures a Widener education is not one more sacrifice the children of our military have to make.

The Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children, with particular attention given to those whose parent has been killed or wounded in combat, or have demonstrated financial need. For more information about the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, and to apply, please visit http://www.mcsf.org.

Students who are recipients of a Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation award and have applied and been accepted to Widener University should contact Ms. Kathleen Smith, Associate Director of Student Financial Services at kasmith@widener.edu.


For assistance with school certification or questions regarding the VA education benefit programs at Widener University, contact Carol Smith, VA Certifying Official, at 610-499-4414 or by e-mail at clsmith@widener.edu.