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 center is an oasis for our military students, providing them with a private place to socialize with fellow student veterans, study in our quite study area or use our computer lab, watch TV, or snag something to eat. Free coffee and snacks are always available to veterans, and there is also a kitchen area with a refrigerator, toaster, and microwave.

Located on the lower level of the Jefferson Center, the Center for Veterans and Military Families is the central hub for anything you may need during your time at Robert Morris. It is also where you will find the offices of David Ausman, the Director of Center for Veterans and Military Families, and Christie McFadden, Benefits Specialist and Certifying Official for veterans. 

Contact Us

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

Christie McFadden
Benefits Specialist
mcfaddenc@rmu.edu
412.397.5435

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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

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 resources tool to
help you on your journey through higher education. Below are some great links to help you
get stated:

For more information please contact the VA at 1-844-698-2311.

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

      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.

      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.

      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