Veterans Resources

We’re proud of our role in educating our country’s veterans and active-duty service members. Every year, many students with military experience enroll at GSPIA, bringing unique perspectives to the classroom and preparing themselves for high-level military or civilian careers. We offer a broad range of support services to these students and their families.

Application Fee Waiver

In recognition of their service to the country and their accomplishments, GSPIA waives its $50 application fee for veterans of the US armed forces, active-duty miliary personnel, returned Peace Corps volunteers, AmeriCorps volunteers, and more. For a full list of who qualifies for an application fee waiver, visit the Special Scholarship Partners page. 

When applying to GSPIA, these students should contact GSPIA at 412-648-7640 or before submitting their application to request details about the waiver.

On-Campus Military Support Services

The University of Pittsburgh is approved to receive VA education benefits, which provide financial support to eligible veterans and dependents. We also sponsor a fully staffed Office of Veterans Services on campus. For more about the office and VA education benefits, visit

Active-duty military personnel with orders stationing them at the University of Pittsburgh typically receive in-state tuition rates. Active-duty army personnel funded by the Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) program should inquire about adjustments to meet low-cost school tuition rates, if necessary.

The University of Pittsburgh and neighboring Carnegie Mellon University are home to Air Force, Army, and Navy ROTC units, which occasionally hire GSPIA students and alumni as instructors.

Off-Campus Military Support Services

Many military support facilities are available in the Pittsburgh area.

  • Military Lodging: An Air Force Inn is available at the Pittsburgh IAP Air Reserve Station in Coraopolis (about 20 miles east of the city).

  • Medical Care: FAOs are supported by TRICARE Prime Remote in Pittsburgh. In addition, the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System has a facility adjacent to the University’s campus.

  • PX: A limited exchange with Class VI and barber shop is located on the former C.E. Kelly Field Support Center in Oakdale. This facility will move to the Air Reserve Station in Coraopolis in the near future.  

  • Commissary: The Pittsburgh Area Commissary exists alongside the Moon Express and Military Clothing Store at the McGarity Army Reserve Center in Coraopolis, PA. This facility replaced the former C.E. Kelly Field Support Center in Oakdale. 

  • Military ID Issuing Facility: Military IDs are issued at several locations in and around Pittsburgh. 

  • Other Support/Service Providers: PAServes offers you access to a continuum of providers who can assist you with employment, housing, financial assistance, and other services. 

DLPT: Defense Language Proficiency Tests may be administered by the 99th RRC Education Center.

Distinguished GSPIA Military Alumni

  • General Roscoe Robinson Jr., first African American to become a four-star general in the U.S. Army [link to 5.2.5 Roscoe Robinson lecture series]
  • General Arthur E. Brown, vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army, 1987–1989
  • Rear Admiral Alan D. Breed, U.S. Coast Guard