Prospective Students with Military Backgrounds
The State University of New York welcomes students with military experience. Thousands of veterans are enrolled across the SUNY System. A variety of benefits encourage college enrollment for veterans and provides financial assistance to make it easier to pursue higher education. To explore the education benefits you qualify for and complete an application, visit Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits.
The information here will provide an overview of the kinds of benefits that are available to Veterans. Please contact the organizations identified below and/or Financial Aid Offices at SUNY campuses to ask questions or receive additional information.
The New GI Bill
The content below provides detailed information on the new GI Bill for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. This organization can be found at http://www.iava.org. The information and chart below are from this Web site.
Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act (S.22/H.R. 2702)
This proposed benefit will cover the full cost of education at any public school in the country and many private schools. To qualify for the benefits a veteran has to have served at least 90 days of active duty service post-9/11 and have remaining entitlement. Only post 9/11 active duty service counts toward this benefit. Any remaining Chapter 30 or 1607 entitlement can be converted into this new education benefit. There is no requirement to buy-in to qualify and the benefits last for 15 years after separation.
This benefit discards the outdated benefits system and replaces it with a WWII-style GI Bill that provides upfront tuition payments directly to the school, provides a book/supply stipend of $1,000/yr and a monthly living stipend.
The tuition payments can be used at any public or private school but are capped at the cost of the most expensive public school in the state - IAVA's GI Bill Calculator. However, more expensive private schools offering a veterans-only scholarship will see that scholarship matched dollar for dollar up to the full cost of tuition.
The monthly living stipend will be based on the Department of Defense Basic Housing Allowance (BAH) for that region. The stipend will be pegged to the E-5 with a dependent rate for the zip code of the school.
Reservists will continue to receive a percentage of the active duty rate based on the length of their active duty service. However, this new benefit will allow reservists to accumulate active duty service from multiple tours (more service = higher benefits). Lastly, every reservist called to active duty will now have 15 years to use their benefits, no longer just those that do 8 years of active duty or select reserve.
Scholarships and Awards for Veterans:
The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) guarantees federal student and parent loans, offers loan management services, and provides guidance for college planning. In New York State, HESC also administers the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and other state specific grants and scholarships. HESC provides financial information for veterans called the Military Corner. For any questions, contact HESC at 1-888-697-4372 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructions for Students Called to Active Military Duty:
For students who are called to active military duty, need to withdraw from school, or return to school after military duty, the following scenarios detail how to handle your Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL). It is important to contact your school, lender, or guarantor when appropriate.
SOCAD is the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) degree program for the Army. It consists of colleges that offer associate and bachelor's degree programs on or accessible to Army installations worldwide.
Troops to Teachers (TTT) - A national program designed to assist eligible military personnel to transition to a new career as public school teachers in targeted schools. Registered participants may be eligible for financial aid.
Military.com can walk you through one of your biggest decisions. From their college search engine, to their tips and advice columns, you can decide the best path to follow.
Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA) are awards for full-time study and part-time study for eligible veterans matriculated at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution or in an approved vocational training program in New York State.
The Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty, called "MGIB" for short, provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans.
The National Association of Veterans Upward Bound Project Personnel (NAVUBPP) is the professional association for Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) staff personnel. Veterans Upward Bound projects are funded by the U. S. Department of Education and serve eligible veterans across the nation.
New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC)
Department of Veterans Affairs Eastern Regional Office
United States Department of Veterans Affairs