Future students

Veterans and Active Military

HACC Supports Veterans and Active-Duty Personnel 

Meet Jessica Shingara, a veteran who is completing her Associate Degree in Accounting and plans to transfer to Elizabethtown College to complete her bachelor’s degree.

“I’m one of four student workers at the Harrisburg Campus in the Military and Veteran Affairs Office (MVAO). I am responsible for briefing veterans on how to use their educational benefits and help in the processing of their paperwork.”

Why does Jessica want a degree, and why did she choose HACC?

What does HACC offer veterans and active military?


What does Jessica like about HACC?


Come meet Jessica and the more than 900 veterans and active military who are studying at HACC either in the classroom or through Virtual Learning.


Key Facts To Remember: 

  • You can register for summer or fall 2015 classes before other students – starting March 30!
  • HACC offers more than 300 online classes and 13 fully online degree programs, such as communications, health science or business management.
  • HACC is the only college in Pennsylvania participating in the VetSuccess program, which provides on-site support to any veteran exploring higher education offerings.
  • HACC has the second largest active military/veteran population among colleges and universities in Pennsylvania.
  • Dependents of veterans and military personnel who are high school juniors or seniors can use military benefits for dual enrollment at HACC to earn high school and college credit simultaneously.
  • Veterans and military personnel receive three physical education credits or two physical education credits and one wellness credit if the basic training date occurred after 1993.

Follow these steps to become a HACC student: 

  • Contact HACC's Military and Veteran Affairs Office (MVAO). You will receive a MVAO education briefing.

    They will brief you on:

         They will assist with:    

    • The required VA application paperwork
    • Submitting the VA Form 22-1990 for new students
    • Submitting the VA Form 22-1995 for transfer students    
    • Completing the VA Form 22-5490 or 22-5495 forms for individuals receiving chapter 35 or Fry scholarship benefits
    • Information on Education Assistance Program (EAP) for Guard       
    • Information on Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) for Reserve or Guard 

2. Apply and enroll at HACC. MVAO staff members are available to assist you. Learn how to apply and enroll.  

3. Submit your Veterans Benefits Request form (Yellow Sheet). You can complete this form on-line after you registered for classes. Please contact your campus MVAO by calling: 

  • Gettysburg Campus 717-337-3855 ext. 113034
  • Harrisburg Campus 717-780-2331
  • Lancaster Campus 717-358-2954
  • Lebanon Campus 717-270-6346
  • York Campus 717-718-0328 ext. 513226
Please call 717-780-2331 or e-mail vaoffice@hacc.edu for immediate assistance.

The law for in-state tuition is a PA law - HR 3230 Section 702 Effective for the Spring 2015 (201530) semester, all veterans/eligible students will be charged in state tuition rates as per HR 3230 Section 702.  

According to Act 46 of 2014, HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College is required to provide course scheduling preference for veteran students.  Per this Act, HACC established a veteran as: a person who has served in the United States Armed Forces, including a reserve component and National Guard; and was discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable. Current members of the National Guard, Reserves and Active Duty (Active Duty service members must provide a copy of their PCS orders) are also included in this definition.  

A veteran does NOT need to be using Veterans Administration (VA) or Department of Defense (DoD) benefits to be eligible for scheduling preference.  Veterans using VA or DoD education benefits will be given a benefits briefing by HACC's MVAO staff.  The veteran student must be admitted to HACC and provide HACC's MVAO a copy of their discharge paperwork (DD Form 214) or a Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE). HACC's MVAO will review the submitted documents and indicate veteran status on student’s record.   

Course scheduling for approved veteran students will start one (1) week prior to HACC's priority scheduling for returning students. Veteran students must provide documentation to the MVAO at least one (1) week prior to veteran priority scheduling. In addition, new HACC veteran students must complete New Student Orientation (NSO) and meet with an academic advisor prior to course scheduling.NSO can be completed either face-to-face, on campus or online through HACC's orientation system. Each student who qualifies under the law as a “veteran student” (current or new) will be coded by the MVAO office, which will allow students to register in person or online during the priority registration period. Current veteran students must meet the same academic standards as other students to have priority registration in HACC's competitive programs.  Students are responsible for following the process outlined in this policy. Students who do not meet the deadlines will be placed into HACC's regular enrollment process.  

The college’s representative for this program is HACC's Military and Veteran Affairs Director and Coordinator. The representatives can be contacted at 717-780-2331 or via e-mail at vaoffice@hacc.edu

“Act 46 of 2014 requires public institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania to provide veteran students, as defined in the Act, with preference in course scheduling. Non-compliance may be reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Education by submitting the Higher Education Student Complaint form found at www.education.state.pa.us”