Veterans Support Services

Financial Aid & Tuition Awards

All students, regardless of what benefits they think they may be eligible for, should complete two forms: the Federal form: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online and an application for New York State Tuition Assistance Program or TAP. When filling out the FAFSA online, be sure to click on the New York State residents link to complete the TAP application online as well as the CUNY supplement.

Tuition Awards

New York State Division of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Tuition Award (VTA), may also be available for eligible students.

Military Tuition Assistance

Air Force
Army/Reserves/National Guard
Marines
Navy
Coast Guard

VA Education Benefit Summary

VA offers a number of programs to those who have served, as well as eligible survivors and dependents of veterans. A brief summary of each program is listed below:

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits to those who have served on active duty after September 10, 2001. It can be used only at Institutions of Higher Learning. It can pay up to the maximum tuition and fees charged in an undergraduate program at state Institutions of Higher Learning in each state. If you are attending at least one class in a classroom you may be entitled to receive a housing allowance equal to the military BAH for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school you are attending. You may also receive a books and supplies stipend up to $1,000 each year. You have 15 years from your last discharge from active duty to use your benefits.

The MGIB-Active Duty program provides up to 36 months of education benefits to those who have served on active duty. This benefit may generally be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses.

The MGIB-Selected Reserve program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. This benefit may generally be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses.

The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.

DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may generally be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training.

The Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. This benefit may generally be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses.

This National Call to Service Incentive program requires a participant to perform a period of national service to be eligible for benefits. It is a Department of Defense program that is administered by VA.