SUNY Benefits and Supports for Military-Aligned Students

SUNY is committed to helping our nation’s service members and their families advance their goals through an affordable, supportive college education. Whether you’re a first-time student or returning for an advanced degree, certificate, or microcredential, you’ll find a culture of acceptance, understanding and success at SUNY. More than 40 of our 64 campuses have been named military friendly by G.I. Jobs Magazine and are among the top 15% of colleges nationwide in offering the best overall experience for military students. You’ve served our country. Now SUNY is proud to serve you.

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What You’ll Get as a Military-Aligned Student at SUNY

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Tailored support for military-aligned students, from academic advising to on-site childcare

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Review of military experience for college credit so you can save time and money on your degree

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Up to 7 free applications to SUNY colleges and universities, saving you up to $350

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Flexible programs like credit-bearing microcredentials, and online learning to meet your needs

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Expanded New York State Tuition Assistance Program

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Get Academic Credit for Your Military Experience

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) at SUNY may help you save time and money by awarding college credit for demonstrated knowledge gained outside the classroom, including military service.

To determine if your experiences meet the equivalency requirements, use the Joint Service Transcript (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) or CCAF Transcript (Air Force) to send your transcripts to the SUNY campus of your choice.

For more information, contact Diana Pasterchick, Coordinator of Veteran and Military Affairs, at Diana.Pasterchick@suny.edu.

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SUNY campuses offer a broad range of programs in flexible formats to help you earn a degree or credential around the demands of a busy schedule.

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Apply for Free

You can apply to up to seven SUNY campuses with no application fee if you qualify as one of the following:

  • ✔ Active-duty service member
  • ✔ National Guard or active Reserve member
  • ✔ Veteran
  • ✔ Spouse or dependent child of an active-duty, National Guard, active Reserve, or veteran sponsor

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Speak to a Campus Counselor

Each of SUNY's 64 colleges and universities has a trained counselor who can assist you in making the most of your GI Bill benefits to start or continue your education at SUNY. We’ll work with Veterans Affairs to help make a complicated process as simple as possible.

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Diana Pasterchick, Coordinator of Veteran and Military Affairs

The Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 requires educational institutions to make certain disclosures to students using federal military and/or VA educational benefits. To view and print a copy of an estimated personalized cost of attendance you can visit the SUNY Net Price Cost Calculator and select (put campus name here) from the dropdown. Additional financial information can be found at the NCES College Navigator site.

The SUNY Financial Aid Plan (FAP) will provide a more in-depth analysis and accurate picture of student cost once the student has filed their FAFSA, completed a SUNY application, and has been accepted by a campus.