Veteran's Resource Guide
How do I get started?
- Establish an account on the GI Bill Web Site: www.gibill.va.gov (or 1‐888‐442‐4551).
- Meet with an Elizabethtown College admissions representative to review degree programs, costs, and have your military training and prior college credits evaluated for transfer into a degree program. Some things to consider when choosing a degree program:
- What are your educational goals?
- How much of your educational benefits have you used already and how much will you need to reach your academic goals?
- How much will you need for living expenses?
- Visit www.FAFSA.ed.gov to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
- You may want to visit this resource, www.ebenefits.va.gov, a joint self‐service web portal; a central location for Veterans, Service Members, and their families to research, find, access, and, in time, manage their benefits and personal information.
Who is the certifying official at Elizabethtown College's School of Continuing and Professional Studies?
Academic Advising Coordinator and
VA Certifying Official
Phone: (717) 720-4024
How do I order my military transcripts?
Students who were formerly able to access and request a transcript through the AARTS or SMARTS web sites must now use the Joint Services Transcript (JST) website. The Joint Services Transcript (JST) is a function of the Department of Defense and is not associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs
Air Force: CCAF transcripts
How does Elizabethtown College evaluate military credits?
Elizabethtown College will evaluate credits from military transcripts for transfer into degree programs as long as the military education and experience received a credit recommendation from the American Council on Education. The School of Continuing and Professional Studies will consider the transfer of credit for military education and experience upon receipt of notarized appropriate documentation such as DD Form 295 (Application for the Evaluation of Education Experience During Military Service) and/or Form DD‐214 (Service Separation Certificate).
What academic support resources and services are available?
Academic Support Resources
The Elizabethtown College School of Continuing & Professional Studies encourages all enrolled learners to take advantage of its support services, such as advising services, tutoring services, and resources for college success. SCPS has faculty-recommended learners and alumni to provide tutoring services in writing, math, and accounting, and an online 24/7 tutoring program through Smarthinking. For more information, please contact your academic advisor.
The Elizabethtown College School of Continuing & Professional Studies is committed to providing equal access to all of its courses, programs and services for qualified students with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
The Office of Disability Services requires documentation from the treating health care provider about a student’s condition in order to establish the presence of a disability, gain an understanding of how the disability affects the student’s ability to function in a college setting, and make informed decisions about reasonable accommodations and adjustments. The Director of Disability Services reviews all requests for academic adjustments and accommodations.
For further clarification about policies for students with disabilities, please contact your academic advisor or Lynne Davies, Director of Disability Services, at (717) 361-1227.
For more information, please visit www.etown.edu/offices/disability.
Course Registration Scheduling Preference
According to Act 46 of 2014, public institutions are required to provide scheduling preference for veteran students. Even though we are a private institution, we are opting to establish a similar protocol and allow veterans to have scheduling preference. A veteran student does NOT need to be using Veterans Administration (VA) or Department of Defense (DoD) benefits to be eligible for scheduling preference. To be eligible, veterans must provide a copy of their discharge paperwork (DD214) or a Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) to the School's VA Certifying Official. Course scheduling for approved veteran students will start one (1) week prior to registration opening for all other students.
What other resources are available to veterans?
What college scholarship opportunities are available for military personnel, veterans, and/or their families?
What resources are available to assist veterans who are transitioning careers?
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Links and Resources
- PA Department of Labor & Industry – Services for Veterans
- USA Jobs Veterans Resources – https://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans/ and www.fedshirevets.gov
- Criminal Justice & Veterans – a guidebook of education & career resources
What resources are available in my community?
- Military OneSource: a comprehensive resource provided by the Department of Defense (DoD) to give information on many aspects of military life to active duty, Guard and Reserve service members, and their families.
- United Way of Lancaster County : provides resources in Lancaster, Berks and the Lehigh Valley.
- United Way of York County
- United Way of the Capital Region: provides resources in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry County
- Hotline for Women Veterans: A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs resource for women veterans - 1-855-VA-WOMEN; form more information about the hotline and links to other resources, read the VA's press release.