As a veteran or on active duty, your military service has prepared you for life’s toughest challenges, including earning a college degree. Take the next step in your career through a degree program with HU.

At Harrisburg University you are not alone! There are many students who share your background in the service. Faculty, staff and alumni and students who are veterans will help you during your time at the University. If you’d like to meet with a member of the HU Veterans Club, email us at

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs for Military Personnel & Veterans!

Harrisburg University’s Online Bachelor’s Degree Program is career focused and designed specifically for active duty military like you who would find it difficult to attend traditional college. You can earn your degree 100% online. Your classes will include career driven, adult working professionals exclusively. Projects will encompass opportunities to work independently and to occasionally collaborate with other adult students. Current degree offerings include B.S. in Cyber Security Operations and Management, Management & eBusiness, Digital Marketing, and Business Analytics.  Plus there is an Online RN to BSN program.  More online degree offering are found at

Master’s Degree Programs for Military Personnel & Veterans!

Harrisburg University’s graduate programs are designed to meet the educational needs of those who seek a full-time or part-time graduate education consistent with a technologically diverse and rapidly changing work environment. And working adults will appreciate the convenient schedules that can include online, weekend and evening classes.  Most HU master’s programs are available in an executive weekend format where students are on campus one weekend a month and take classes online. Learn more about the graduate programs by clicking here. 

Learn more about the admissions process here or begin your online application.

Veteran Student Policies


Prior Learning Assessment for Military Personnel and Veterans at Harrisburg University –
Earning Credit for What You Already Know

What is Prior Learning Assessment? 
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a flexible, efficient way of earning undergraduate college credits for college-level knowledge you have acquired outside a traditional classroom. At Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, we understand that you may have acquired college-level knowledge without having attended college. That’s why we offer the PLA program based on a national model of excellence in assessing college-level knowledge acquired outside the classroom.

PLA can shorten your time to degree earned and reduce costs in the form of tuition savings.

I never completed my degree, so how can I possess college-level knowledge? 
Harrisburg University firmly believes that college-level knowledge, no matter how it is earned, warrants credit. We understand learning is life-long endeavor, and that that adults continue learning throughout their careers. Students draw on knowledge or skills gained from a wide variety of sources. Below is a list of common ways students who have earned credit through the PLA program have acquired college-level knowledge:

  • Employees can earn college credit for approved courses
  • Full or part-time jobs
  • Prior independent reading and study
  • Training programs or in-service courses
  • Volunteer work
  • Cultural and artistic pursuits
  • Hobbies and recreational pastimes
  • Community or religious activities
  • Military service
  • Travel study
  • Organizational memberships

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of already-acquired college-level knowledge in a specific subject area. PLA is not independent study. Instead, students work with a mentor, who is an expert in the subject, to develop an electronic portfolio that documents a student’s mastery of the subject. What is important to remember about our PLA program is that students do not get credit for experience; they earn credit by demonstrating that they possess college-level knowledge of a subject.

Questions? E-mail or call 717.901.5100  Ext. 0126.


Make Sure You’re Eligible

If you’re looking at Harrisburg University and are considering taking advantage of the education benefits offered by Veterans Affairs, you will want to first ensure that the VA deems you eligible for those benefits and that it has your chosen course of study on an approved list. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website states who is eligible for education benefits, and the Veterans Online Application website also outlines the forms needed to support an initial application for those benefits. For questions on the GI Bill, you can also call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).

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.
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.

HU Participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® that allows veterans to attend private schools and graduate programs costing more than the state tuition cap. Under the program, participating colleges and universities such as Harrisburg University offer must offer a veterans-only scholarship which the VA will then match up to the full cost of tuition and fees. Click here for more information.


Ready for the Next Step?

Ready for the next step? Request information on our programs. Consider a visit to the campus. We offer private tours and special admissions events throughout the year. You can register by calling the admissions office at 717.901.5101. Learn more about the admissions process here or begin your online application

For updated Veteran Student Policies please click here.

“GI Bill ®” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government website at