Military and Veterans | Saint Francis University
Skip navigation

Military & Veterans

At Saint Francis University we are dedicated to the success of veterans & current military personnel. The university's service-focused mission aligns well with active duty or reservist men and women, as well as veterans who have honorably served and are looking to transition into the classroom. The university also serves dependent children and spouses of eligible military personnel. 

    • Military Friendly university banner

      For the past decade, SFU has been named a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media.

    • VALLO at SFU

      If you're a veteran who wants to finish your degree, advance your career, or start fresh on a new undergrad path, VALP can help you.

    • Military banner

      Francis Worldwide  offers a tuition discount for active military, national guard, reserves, and veterans. 

    • For the past decade, SFU has been named a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media.

    • If you're a veteran who wants to finish your degree, advance your career, or start fresh on a new undergrad path, VALP can help you.

    • Francis Worldwide  offers a tuition discount for active military, national guard, reserves, and veterans. 

  • ___

    Flash facts

    The Military Affairs Department is here to make sure the unique needs of veterans & current military personnel are met. We offer:

    • Guidance on Federal and State programs that provide military financial aid benefits.
    • Help with application, financial aid, and priority scheduling processes at Saint Francis.
    • Scholarship opportunities through the Veterans Accelerated Learning Program (VALP).
    • Assistance building your resume and conducting job searches.
    • Generous transfer credits review.
    • Information about physical and mental health services that are provided on campus and through the surrounding communities.
    • Help navigating the Army ROTC curriculum as Acting Liaison for the program on campus.
    • Certify veteran enrollment to the VA for Education Benefits.
    • Click here for a VA Benefits checklist to help with your educational endeavor.
    • A chance for you to connect and discuss issues through the Student Veterans of America Club. All veterans/current military students are encouraged to participate. 
  • ___

    Top Military Friendly School

    Did you know that Saint Francis University has been named a Military Friendly School?

    2020 Military thumbnail

    SFU ranks in the top 15% of all colleges, universities & trade schools nationwide for the certifications, programs, policies and financial efforts it uses to recruit and retain military students.

    “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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

  • ___

    Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)

    Saint Francis has participated in an Army ROTC program for many years in partnership with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Beginning in 2009, Saint Francis students fully participate in the Military Science program with training and leadership labs at IUP. Participating students may be eligible to receive full tuition scholarships. Unlike many other institutions, Saint Francis will award ALL students that successfully complete the ROTC curriculum with a Minor in Military Science to accompany your Major concentration in any curriculum.

  • ___

    Veterans Accelerated Learning Program  (VALP)

    Veterans and military personnel now have an easier way to finish their degree and obtain occupational licensing. 

    A $1 million grant has allowed SFU to launch the new Veterans Accelerated Learning Program (VALP) and provide scholarship money to help with any expenses the G.I. Bill doesn’t cover for them. Through VALP, veterans will be able to enroll in the majority of programs at SFU that require licensure after obtaining a degree. SFU’s versatile programs provide an opportunity for veterans to obtain degrees and licenses quicker and with fewer obstructions, thus transitioning into the workforce at a faster rate.

    Learn more >

    • SFU Alum Combines Nursing Career with Military Service

      Thanks to Saint Francis University's military-friendly options, Sarah was able to graduate from the top Nursing program in the nation and become a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army through IUP's elite ROTC Warrior Battalion program.  

      Read more

    • Josh3

      Veteran-Student's Last Semester in VALP

      Joshua Grimes is a 24-year-old VALP-student in his final semester of the Master of Physician Assistant Program at SFU.  

      Future: Upon graduation from the Physician Assistant Program, Grimes will be attending Officer Development School (ODS) to be trained in a Naval Officer's responsibilities. Upon graduation from ODS, his position and placement will then be determined as he becomes employed as a Physician Assistant in the United States Navy.

      Why VALLO: "The VALLO program has been one of the greatest aids to me as I have worked towards obtaining my Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree. The program has offered immense benefits to me mainly in two ways. Firstly, working towards a degree is difficult and expensive, but the VALLO program helped ease the financial burden and allowed me to focus more on my education and less on finances. Secondly, the VALLO program has helped me meet some of the great people who make the program possible, allowing me to get answers to many of the questions I have had."