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Veterans at Gannon

  • Serving Those Who Served Us

    Duty, honor and service are principles we live by at Gannon University.     

    And because you answered the call of national service, Gannon University is honored to be of service to you as you embark on a post-military career.

    Gannon University:

    • is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon program
    • is recognized by GI Jobs magazine as a "Military Friendly” school
    • is committed to helping veterans meet the cost of higher education through a combination of earned VA educational benefits, institutional funding and outside scholarships
    • has welcomed veterans for generations

    Whether you will be entering as a full-time freshman, have already earned college credits or are pursuing a professional degree, we can put you on your path to your next career by providing you valuable guidance about admission, financial aid and veteran’s education benefits.

    Are you ready to get started

    Academic Support

    Service members should coordinate with their Education Service Officers (ESO)/Academic Advisor regularly.  Academic Advisors are selected for each student based on the student's major/program of study.   Students are notified of their advisor's name and contact information at orientation.  Advisor information is located on all class schedules and is prominently listed on student personalized log-on in the Gannon portal. 

    The Student Success Center  (SSC) also provides support services, including academic advising, career counseling, tutoring, programming, and resources for students at Gannon University. The SSC staff uses a proactive, developmental advising model which promotes student success by assisting students in identifying and removing obstacles to learning. The SSC serves as the primary resource for academic support and referral, and is committed to assisting students with resolving academic concerns, meeting educational and career goals, and connecting to campus resources. Our offices work together to help students thrive within the University community.

    Making Our Multiple Financial Aid Options Work for You

    Between the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, the Yellow Ribbon program, VA educational benefits scholarships, grants and loans, there are a lot of financial aid options for veterans at Gannon University.

    That’s why Gannon University has a dedicated, full-time financial aid counselor on staff to help you sort through the confusing thicket of options available to you. Our goal is simple: To make it simple for you so that you can concentrate on your classes and your post-military life and career.

    This means that you can afford a Gannon Education, and we will work with you to make your financial transition to college life as seamless and worry-free as possible.

    Get your benefits.

    Isaac Ungerma

    Student Isaac Ungersma was fortunate to apply funds from his GI Bill® toward part of his education on Gannon’s Ruskin Campus following his experience with the Navy Seals. Read more about his journey here.

    Gannon Participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program

    Gannon proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program established by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

    Through this program it is possible for some veterans to receive up to 100% coverage of additional charges.

    Only veterans who are entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive funding from the Yellow Ribbon Program.

    Policy on VA Tuition and Fees Payment

    Beneficiaries of Chapter 33 and Chapter 31 may attend a course of education or training from the date the beneficiary provides a certificate of eligibility or valid VAF 28-1905 to the School Certifying Official (SOC).

    Upon receipt of the Certificate of Eligibility (COE), a screen shot of the eBenefits Web page or VA form 28-1905, Gannon University will provide pending credit for eligible recipients of Chapter 33 or Chapter 31 benefits.

    Beneficiaries of Chapter 33 or Chapter 31 will not be required to take out loans to cover tuition and fee charges due to late payments from the Veteran Administration (VA).

    Beneficiaries of Chapter 33 or Chapter 31 will not incur penalties such as additional fees or have schedules dropped for non-payment due to late payments from the Veteran Administration (VA).

    Contact Us

    For more information regarding Veteran's benefits call the Veteran's Office at 814-871-7481.

    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 website at

    For more information regarding Gannon University please see below.

    Lauren Theisen
    Undergraduate Veteran Advisor
    Phone: 814-871-5563
    Text: 814-527-3267

    Trent Keisling

    Trenton Keisling
    Graduate Veteran Advisor
    Ruskin, Fla Campus
    Phone: 813-658-4934

    Zack Schafer
    Graduate Veteran Advisor
    Erie, Pa Campus
    Phone: 814-871-7407