How to Apply for Benefits
All Students, regardless of what benefits they believe they may be eligible for, should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Students new to CUNY who have not used any U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs educational assistance benefits should apply through their veterans affairs representative.
Transfer Students who have received U.S Department of Veterans Affairs educational assistance benefits at non-CUNY institutions of higher education should apply in person to their CUNY college's veterans affairs representative. Transfer students, generally, only need to complete a VA 22-1995 Change in Place of Training form, which can be obtained from their college's veterans affairs representative.
Continuing Students can be certified for benefits as soon as they have registered for the semester.
Disabled Students are eligible for additional financial help when they apply for Vocational Rehabilitation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Disabled students must have a VA-certified disability rating of at least 20 percent. Disabled students will receive authorization directly from the VA. This authorization needs to be brought to the student's college and the college will then notify the VA when the student is enrolled and in attendance at the college.
Dependents who have not received Dependents' Educational Assistance Benefits (Chapter 35) will need to apply using VA Form 22-5490 <pdf> or provide a previously issued Certificate of Eligibility.
Resident Tuition Rates
Resident tuition rates apply to all members of the armed services on full-time active duty who are stationed in New York State, as well as to their spouses and dependent children.
Those certified for benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill are eligible for tuition and fee deferral. Those certified for benefits under other programs may request a tuition-only deferral, and fees must be paid at the time payment is due. Application must be made prior to the start of each semester in lieu of bill payment. A tuition-only deferral will be processed for veterans who are certified for veteran's benefits by the Office of the Registrar at their college. Application must be made prior to the start of each semester in lieu of bill payment. All non-tuition fees must be paid at the time payment is due. Veterans are responsible for the payment of tuition whether they have received U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits or not. Students who have received a veteran's deferment and have not cleared their debt will be prevented from registering for the following semester and will have a hold placed on their records. The deferral must be presented to the bursar, along with the payment of fees.
Eligible veterans may request an advance payment for their first two months prior to being certified. Advance payment must be requested no sooner than 120 days and no later than 45 days before the first official day of the semester. Advance payment checks are mailed directly to the college's veterans affairs representative. Students should be aware, however, that after receiving an advance payment check they will not receive another check for several months. Completed forms are to be submitted to the college's veterans affairs representative.