Military & Veterans Benefits
Hugh J. Murray Jr., army combat veteran

“The entire campus staff have been amazing and really make an effort to make the students feel comfortable and confident. It’s been awhile since I’ve been in school, and the transition back has been so much better when you can lean on the staff and have all your needs and questions addressed.” — Hugh J. Murray Jr., army combat veteran

Immaculata University is proud to support veterans and military members, and their spouses, who are pursuing higher education.

As an Immaculata student, you will receive:

  • Personalized support from staff and faculty, including an academic advisor, online or in-person, depending on your needs
  • Flexible options for taking classes, both online and on campus
  • Access to our writing, math and career centers available in-person or online
  • Access to thousands of academic journals, books, and articles available through the Gabriele Library
  • Generous policies for transferring credits and earning credit for prior learning

Learn more below about how to apply to Immaculata University, apply for financial aid, and what programs are available for you to explore further. Additionally, there are resources that you may find helpful in your college search.

M. Kate Commiskey (mcommiskey@immaculata.edu) serves as the point person for undergraduate military and veteran services at Immaculata University. Karen Wolkov (kwolkov@immaculata.edu) serves graduate students. They can assist you with next steps regarding admissions, financial aid, support services, and military/veteran benefits.

If you are Active or Reserve Military

Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Each branch of service has its own criteria for eligibility. Before applying, active duty service members should first contact their unit or branch’s Education Service Officer (ESO), military counselor, or Service to discuss their eligibility for Tuition Assistance. Learn more about Tuition Assistance from the following links:

You may be eligible for federal and state education assistance, but all military service members, and their spouses, receive a special tuition rate from Immaculata. Please contact our Admissions Office at 484-323-3524 or email us at capsadmissions@immaculata.edu. Once you apply, you will be asked to submit documentation to verify your eligibility.

Readmission of Service Members

Immaculata University’s academic community includes a number of veteran and military students. At times, these students may be called to fulfill their duties for training or deployment. Immaculata has a number of procedures in place to support such students during service related absences. See our policy for readmission of Service members and reservists.

If you are a Military Veteran

You may be eligible for a number of state and federal benefits, depending on your service. Call 1-888-442-4551 or check the Department of Veterans Affairs website to review the eligibility requirements and see if you qualify for educational benefits.

Our Veterans Certification Officer can assist you with questions regarding the benefit process. Contact Kate Commiskey at 484-323-3242 or mcommiskey@immaculata.edu.

Yellow Ribbon Post 9/11 GI Bill® Information

Immaculata University is proud to be a part of the Yellow Ribbon Program. To check your eligibility for this program, please check the Veterans Affairs website.

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 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Credit for Prior Learning

Military transcripts will be evaluated and accepted credits will be transferred free of charge! Learn more about Credit for Prior Learning here.

How to Get Started

  1.  Apply to Immaculata University: If you are not yet a student at Immaculata University, you must apply for admission. Apply for an undergraduate or graduate program.
  2. Apply for Financial Aid: You may be qualified for additional state and federal financial aid. Applying for financial aid must be done every year. You will find information about financial aid and tuition assistance opportunities from the Office of Financial Aid.
  3. Apply for Benefits: Please review the eligibility requirements to see if you qualify for educational benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. In order to do this, log in to the Veterans Affairs website. You may also call 1-888-442-4551. If you qualified for benefits, you will receive a letter of eligibility from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Once you receive your letter of eligibility, send a copy of that letter to Kate Commiskey (Undergraduate Students) or Karen Wolkov (Graduate Students)

Benefit Programs and Additional Resources

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers several different programs for individuals that meet specific qualifications. For the most up-to-date information on the G.I. Bill®, visit www.gibill.va.gov. Please read the descriptions of the programs available through the Department of Veterans Affairs and the program requirements listed below to determine your eligiblity.

  • Montgomery G.I. Bill® (Chapter 30)
    • You are eligible if you enlisted after July 1, 1985; served at least two years on Active Duty; your pay was reduced by $100 per month for the first 12 months of service; you have an honorable discharge; and you have not passed the 10-year delimiting date.
  • Montgomery G.I. Bill® – Selected Reserves (Chapter 1606)
    • You are eligible if you incurred a 6-year enlistment in the Selected Reserves or the National Guard after July 1, 1985; completed initial active duty training; are serving in good standing in your unit; and you have not passed the 10-year delimiting date.
  • Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 32) and Vietnam Era G.I. Bill® (Chapter 34)
    • Eligibility depends on the dates of active duty service; amount contributed; and recent VA legislation. Call the VA at 1.888.442.4551 to determine your individual eligibility.
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607)
    • See the questions and answers page to learn more about this benefit, which became available in 2005.
  • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)
    • Dependents of veterans (spouses and children ages 18-26) are eligible if the veteran has a 100 percent service-connected disability or the veteran’s death was service-connected.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)
    • Veterans who suffered a service-connected disability while on active duty and need vocational rehabilitation as a result of their disability (normally 20 percent or greater) may be eligible for benefits. See more information about this benefit by clicking on the link above.
  • The Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)
    • The Post-9/11 GI Bill® is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after Sept. 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for this Bill, which became effective for training in 2009.

Additional Contacts

Local Philadelphia Veterans Benefit Office:

  • Veterans Administration Office
    5000 Wissahickon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19101
    1-800-827-1000

Additional Resources

  • G.I. Bill® Comparison Tool: This tool will assist you in calculating your benefits and in researching approved academic programs.
  • Paying for College Website: Get help in making informed financial decisions about how to pay for college.
  • Student Loans: You may apply for both federal and private loans. Learn about the differences between federal and private loans. If you are awarded more federal financial aid than you need, you may cancel the loan or accept less than offered. Before your loan money is disbursed, you may cancel all or part of your loan at any time by notifying the Office of Financial Aid. After your loan is disbursed, you may cancel all or part of the loan within certain time frames. Your promissory note will explain the procedures and time frames for canceling your loan.
  • Immaculata University College Scorecard: The college scorecard provides information about Immaculata’ s affordability and value.
  • College Navigator: Learn more about Immaculata using the National Center for Education Statistics program.
  • TA Decide: This comparison tool is designed specifically to aid participants of DoD’s Tuition Assistance (TA) program in making informed choices on schools and education programs.

In accordance with ED 34 C.F.R. 668.71-668.75 and 668.14, Immaculata University does not participate in high pressure recruitment practices. Our recruitment efforts are designed to highlight the benefits of the University and the steps taken to advance your educational goals. We are committed to providing an excellent faculty and dedicated student services and resources. Click here to review Immaculata University’s policy regarding Veterans and Service Members Recruiting and Marketing.

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