RMU Center for Veterans and Military Families

RMU’s Center for Veterans and Military Families is open 24/7 to all veteran/military students and their families.

The mission of RMU's Center for Veterans and Military Families (CVMF) is to be a resource center that is big enough to matter, yet small enough to care. This mission is achieved by providing industry-leading support, services, and facilities dedicated to veteran/military students and their families. The CVMF's staff administrates veteran and military educational benefits inside a private 5,000 square foot location that includes a computer lab, quiet study area, lounge space, training/conference room, lockers, and an administrative office area.  The office area includes a kitchenette that is stocked with free snacks, drinks, and coffee along with a refrigerator, toaster oven, and microwave.    Additionally, the CVMF delivers continual, holistic transition assistance programming for veteran/military students and military family members that will be the cornerstone to their on-going personal, academic, and career success.

Located on the lower level of the Jefferson Center, the Center for Veterans and Military Families is the central hub for its students to access the services they need while fostering a strong sense of camaraderie and family.  The CVMF also welcomes all of our ROTC students and is the home of RMU’s Army ROTC Cadre.

Robert Morris University’s degree programs are approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the GI Bill ® and by the Department of Defense for Federal Tuition Assistance (DOD TA).  (DOD TA does not cover our cost of attendance, and it cannot be used towards doctoral degrees).  Robert Morris University also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program ® without limits allowing students who 100% qualify for Yellow Ribbon ® to attend RMU tuition and fee free during their period of GI Bill ® entitlement. Additionally, RMU also participates PA National Guard Education Assistance Program (EAP) and Military Family Education Program (MFEP), accepting it as partial payment toward tuition.

Do you want to know more? Contact us:

David Ausman
Director, Center for Veterans and Military Families
ausman@rmu.edu
412-397-5424

Christie McFadden
Military & Veteran Benefits Specialist & Primary Certifying Official
mcfaddenc@rmu.edu
412-397-5435

Jodi A. Hample
School Certifying Official and Office Assistant 
hample@rmu.edu
412-397-5498

Dr. Sabrina Hakim
VA VITAL Coordinator
veteransaffairs@rmu.edu
412-397-5426

Or VA Education Hotline at 1-888-GIBILL-1 or 1-888-442-4551  

Military Friendly Yellow Ribbon GI Bill PNGAS

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 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Resources for Veterans & Military Families

Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL)

The VITAL initiative is a partnership between the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and Robert Morris University to aid in the academic retention and success of student veterans. 

The RMU VA VITAL Coordinator, Dr. Sabrina Hakim is here to support student veterans’ transition from service-member to student. Her mission is to provide seamless access to VA healthcare services, on-campus mental health services, and outreach to the campus community highlighting the unique strengths and challenges of student veterans. VITAL aims to meet your needs and maximize your potential in the academic setting.  Click Here for more information (This would be the link to the larger page below)

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

The office of Federal Student Aid provides grants, loans, and work-study funds for college or career school.

Veteran's Education Benefits

The VA website offers the most up to date information. This is a great resource to help you on your journey through higher education. Below are some great links to help you get started:

For more information please contact the VA for any question at 1-844-698-2311 (MYVA311), or use the special student GI Bill Hotline at 1-888-GIBILL-1 or 1-888-442-4551.

Certification of VA Benefits

The RMU Center for Veterans and Military Families (CVMF) does require a covered individual complete, sign, and return the “Enrollment Verification Form”  to a School Certifying Official (SCO) each semester in order to authorize the SCO to submit the covered individual’s certification.  Please submit the forms in person at the CVMF or to mcfaddenc@rmu.edu. Copies of the form can be found in the CVMF or here. Our helpful Enrollment Checklist can be found here.

  • A Covered Individual is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under the VA GI Bill or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits.

The CVMF also requests all covered individuals submit a current copy of their Certificate of Eligibility (COE), e-Benefits Statement of Benefits, or benefits application confirmation (for first time users) each and every semester.  

Please contact the CVMF at 412-397-5426 with any questions.

Robert Morris University will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33.

Student Engagement Transcript Waiver Form

Students wishing to apply for a waiver of Engaged Learning Graduation Requirements must complete the form and submit it along with supporting documentation. For additional guidance, please contact Donna Anderson, Senior Director, Engaged Learning and Community Involvement at anderson@rmu.edu or by phone at 412-397-6492.

Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Pennsylvania has the 4th highest veteran population of any state in the nation, with nearly one millions servicemen and women. The Pennsylvania DMVA helps educate veterans on federal, state and local benefits, as well as programs and services, that they are eligible for.

Military.com

Learn anything you need to know about every branch of the military, including eligible benefits, veterans' news, job openings, and available discounts.

Special Opportunities for Veterans and Military

SEAL Future Fund

RMU has partnered with the SEAL Future Fund to provide opportunities for active duty and veteran Navy SEALs to earn a degree and prepare for their next career. The SEAL Future Fund’s mission is to prepare transitioning Navy SEALs for a civilian life of purpose. One of its programs is Educational Assistance, which includes academic counseling, networking, coaching and scholarships to cover the funding gap between military education benefits and the full cost of pursuing education. Another program is Career Building, which includes connecting SEALs with local communities of former SEALs, veterans and civilian leaders across the country to facilitate job seeking and community integration.

MBA Discount

RMU offers a 30% tuition discount for its M.B.A. program to service members stationed at four Pittsburgh-area bases: the 171st Air Refueling Wing, the 911th Airlift Wing, the 316th Sustainment Command, and the 99th Regional Support Command. For more information contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 412-397-5200 or graduateadmissions@rmu.edu.

Priority Registration for Veteran & Military Students

Priority registration means that identified veterans, service members, and military family members are assigned a registration period before students with the same credit standing. The registration time and day are determined by transferred, completed, and currently enrolled credits.

Eligibility for priority registration will be determined by the CVMF. Please contact the CVMF to discuss the required documentation necessary to receive this benefit.

To view your registration period, students will log into Sentry Secured Services and click on Registration, then Registration Status. The registration period will not display until after the next semester schedule of courses is available. Please note, if students elect not to utilize their priority registration period, additional students will begin to register and courses may fill up. It is of great benefit for veterans, service members, and military family members to schedule courses during their assigned time slot.

Credit for Life

Through the Credit for Life program at RMU, Military service members and Veterans pursuing further education can save significant time and money by applying to receive college credit for military service and experience. For more information, please contact David Ausman, Director of the RMU Center for Veterans and Military Families, at ausman@rmu.edu or 412-397-5424.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I determine my eligibility for military tuition benefits?
Eligibility is determined by the VA Regional Processing Office in Buffalo. You may apply online, have a form sent to you, or pick one up at our office.

VA Website
Contact the VA by phone: 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551)
Our office: Christie McFadden at 412.397.5435 

I have just applied to receive my Montgomery veteran's education benefits for the first time.  When will I receive my first payment?
The VA will send your Montgomery veteran's education benefits directly to you, the student.  It may take up to 12 weeks for the first payment to arrive, but the payment will be retroactive.  At RMU, we understand that delays in the administration of your benefits may cause you to be late in paying your tuition bill.

I already have a bachelor’s degree.  Can I still use my military tuition benefits? 
Yes, you may use your benefits in any degree program, including master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs.  

What should I do if I decide to withdraw from a class or change my enrollment?
If you are receiving veterans education benefits and voluntarily withdraw from a class or change your enrollment, you must notify our VA Certification Official. Changing from full-time to part-time status may affect the amount of your benefits.  Full-time status is defined as 12 or more credits per term.

If you withdraw because you are called up to active duty, you need to provide a copy of your deployment order to the Center for Veterans and Military Families. At the Center for Veterans and Military Families, we will do whatever is required to help students who have been called up to active military duty transition out of the university as expeditiously as possible. RMU has deployment policy for you to download and view.

Who can access the CVMF Gym?
The CVMF Gym is only to be used by the CVMF staff, Bravo Company cadets and cadre of the Three Rivers Battalion ROTC program at Robert Morris University (RMU ROTC), and the cadets and staff of the IUP Police Academy at Robert Morris University (RMU/IUP Police Academy).  Use of the CVMF Gym by all other parties is forbidden unless prior written consent is received from the Director of the Center for Veterans and Military Families (CVMF Director).  The CVMF staff and RMU ROTC will be given priority use of the CVMF Gym.

For more formation on the rules and regulations, click here

Rankings
  • RMU is consistently ranked a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine
  • U.S. News World Report recently named RMU its inaugural Best Colleges for Veterans rankings and has ranked the university in three separate categories for Best Online Programs for Veterans
  • RMU has been named a Top School by Military Advanced Education in its 2018 MAE Guide to Colleges & Universities.
  • Military Times Best for Vets list of best colleges and universities
  • RMU adheres to the Principles of Excellence and the 8 Keys to Veterans Success
  • RMU has been named a PNGAS Guard-Friendly School