Veteran & Military Resources

The University of Pennsylvania has welcomed members of the military since our founding in 1740, and many of history’s finest military leaders and heroes, including five Medal of Honor recipients, have earned their degrees at Penn. Penn GSE embraces those who serve our country.


As a veteran in the Graduate School of Education, you can expect the highest quality Ivy League education in an institution that values your background. Penn proudly honors the Yellow Ribbon Program, which veterans can use along with GI Bill benefits and Penn GSE merit scholarships. While studying at the University of Pennsylvania, you have access to academic support services that can make your transition into higher education as smooth as possible. Along with world-class facilities, professors on the forefront of their fields, and programs built to fit each student’s needs, you will find that veterans are truly a part of the fabric of Penn. We value the unique histories, diverse experiences, and valuable insights that veterans bring into the classroom time and again.  

Yellow Ribbon Program

Penn GSE participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program established by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Penn GSE provides 10 awards, matching up to $10,000 matching awards for eligible students on a first-come-first-served basis. More information on the Yellow Ribbon program can be found here. Eligible students should contact Stephanie Brocklehurst at for more information. Eligible veterans must use their GI Bill benefits at Penn GSE to be considered for the Yellow Ribbon match.

Active-Duty Service Members

Penn GSE also welcomes active-duty service members, including service academy members, to apply their tuition benefits towards earning a graduate degree. Many of our programs offer flexible study formats, such as part-time and executive-style, designed for working professionals and distance learners. We strive to accommodate all service branches and are able to execute custom MOUs on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for more details.

Career Services

Penn Career Services specializes in advising students and alumni with career exploration, resumes, CVs, cover letters and correspondence, interviewing, networking, mentoring, graduate school applications, jobs, and internships. The center also hosts a variety of workshops, career fairs, and recruiting events. Veterans can use the center’s Resources for Veterans to connect with job databases, internship search sites, and other specialized resources.

Health, wellness, and recreation

Penn’s University Life Office offers a full range of health and wellness services as well as recreational resources that support your transition into a new learning environment and help you maintain optimal health. From accessible healthcare to state-of-the-art fitness facilities, your whole mind and body are taken care of here at Penn. In addition to the support offered through the Univerisity, the School of Medicine's Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania provides no cost, high-quality, integrated behavioral health care for veterans and/or their family members in an independent, private setting.

Penn’s leave of absence policy

Should you need to withdraw from your studies due to active military service, Penn will support you in your re-entry to academics.

Veteran & Active Military Groups at Penn

Penn offers a range of groups, organizations, academic supports, and resources. Some are focused specifically on veterans, and others may be of general interest to veterans.

University of Pennsylvania Student Veteran Association (UPSVA)

University of Pennsylvania Student Veteran Association (UPSVA) is the student organization for current and former military members affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania.

UPSVA LinkedIn group

Group membership is open to students and alumni of the University of Pennsylvania who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces for their respective countries.

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Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania
3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-6415