2014-2015 Undergraduate Bulletin

Veteran Benefits

Montgomery G.I. Bill–Active Duty (Chapter 30)

Under Chapter 30, individuals who entered military service on or after July 1, 1985 and had their basic military pay reduced by $100 per month for the first 12 months of service are generally eligible.

Montgomery G.I. Bill–Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

Under Chapter 1606, individuals who are satisfactorily participating in required training or who are fulfilling an obligated service of not less than six years in the Selected Reserve are eligible for benefits. Eligible reservists are entitled to $345 per month to a maximum of 36 months of educational assistance or the equivalent in part-time training.

Montgomery G.I. Bill–Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) (Chapter 1607)

REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It 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 that reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 are either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.

Montgomery G.I. Bill–Survivor’s and Dependent’s Educational Assistance Program (DEA) (Chapter 35)

DEA provides education benefits 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 be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. A spouse may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances by the Veterans Administration.

Chapter 33 (Post–9/11 G.I. Bill)

The Post–9/11 GI Bill is a new education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.

Tuition Benefits for Active New York State National Guard Members

This is a New York State tuition assistance program for active members of the New York Army National Guard, the New York Air National Guard and the New York Naval Militia. It provides tuition assistance for active members enrolled in a first-degree program of study. The award covers tuition after all other financial aid has been applied to the tuition charges. Students must apply for federal and state aid and file a DMNA 96-1 form, which can be obtained from their individual national guard units. Continuation of the award will be dependent on good military standing, making satisfactory progress toward the degree and on maintaining good academic standing for financial aid purposes.

Tuition Assistance

The Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of a soldier’s professional and personal self-development goals. TA is available for courses that are offered in the classroom or by distance learning. The courses must be offered by schools that are registered in GoArmyEd (http://www.goarmyed.com/)and are accredited by accrediting agencies that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department of Defense (DoD) has directed a uniform TA fiscal policy across the military services. Per semester hour cap is $250 and the fiscal year ceiling is $4,500. The Army will pay 100 percent of the tuition charged by a school up to the established per semester hour cap and fiscal year ceiling.

Veterans Tuition Awards

Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA) are available for New York State residents who served in Indochina between December 22, 1961 and March 7, 1975; in the Persian Gulf on or after August 2, 1990 and in Afghanistan during hostilities on or after September 11, 2001. Veterans are eligible to receive up to 98 percent of the tuition cost each semester at in-state, degree-granting institutions or approved vocational programs.

New York veterans must first complete both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) applications.

Veterans must also complete the New York State Veterans Tuition Award Supplement or contact HESC. Be sure to print the WEB supplement Confirmation, sign it, and return it along with the required documentation according to the instructions. Questions regarding eligible service or how to document service should be directed to the HESC Scholarship Unit at 888.697.4372. Questions regarding Veterans Benefits may be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

Tuition Benefit for Out of State Veterans

Veterans who reside outside of New York State are eligible for an in state benefit for 18 months from their first day of classes, or from the beginning of the fall 2013 semester (whichever is later). This applies to new and continuing student veterans (matriculated and non-matriculated) with an other than dishonorable discharge. Reservists and National Guard are not eligible for this benefit. In order to continue receiving in state tuition students must establish New York State residency (as defined in the CUNY Tuition and Fee Manual) by the end of the 18-month period. There is no retroactive benefit for prior semesters.