Aid for Military / Veterans

In addition to the traditional forms of financial aid, students who are military veterans may be eligible for additional financial assistance for their educational expenses. The VA Certifying Official and staff are available to assist you in the application process. Special forms are required for Veterans Benefit Programs; please utilize the Veterans Application Checklist (link the checklist here).

New JCC students using VA benefits are asked to complete the following forms:

  • JCC VA Application
  • Copy of Member Copy 4
  • Copy of VA form 22-1990, 22-5490, or 28-1900 (whichever form applies to your benefits)
    • If you have not yet submitted your initial application to the VA to utilize your benefits, we recommend that you do so at the VA’s website 
  • Certificate of Eligibility (Letter from the VA that indicates your eligibility)
  • VA Form 22-1995 or 22-5495 (depending on benefits used) if you are changing schools and/or degree programs
  • Please contact us by phone at 315-786-2283 (toll free 888-435-6522, ask for Financial Services) to schedule an appointment or discuss your benefits. Questions about your benefits can also be answered by calling the VA toll free number at: 1-888-442-4551.

VA Educational Benefit Programs:

Post 9/11 GI Bill Chapter 33
The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides you with up to 36 months of education benefits for degree and certificate programs. Generally, benefits are payable for up to 15 years following release from active duty. Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits include tuition and fees (up to the maximum amount set by VA), a monthly stipend, and book stipend not to exceed $1,000 per academic year. All benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill are prorated based on the eligible tier percentage and the number of credit hours.

Additional requirements for the Post 9/11 GI Bill include: you must take at least one full-semester 3-credit on-campus course to be eligible for the full amount of their monthly stipend.

For additional information, please contact the Veteran’s Certifying Official located in the Financial Services Office, room 6-024.

Montgomery GI Bill Chapter 30
The Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty program provides you up to 36 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.

Montgomery GI Bill Chapter 1606
The Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve which includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corp Reserve, and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and Air National Guard. You may use this educational assistance program for degree and certificate programs.

Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components. VA makes the payments for this program. You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits. Your benefit entitlement ends 10 years from the date of your eligibility for the program or on the day you leave the Selected Reserve.

Vocational Rehabilitation Chapter 31

The Vocational Rehabilitation program provides services and assistance necessary for service-connected disabled veterans to achieve independence and to obtain and maintain suitable employment. Vocational Rehabilitation services include, in part, assessment, counseling, training, subsistence allowance, and employment assistance. VA also will assist you in job placement. While you are enrolled in a Vocational Rehabilitation program, VA pays the cost of tuition, fees, required books, supplies, and equipment.

If you are eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation benefits, you may receive up to 4 years of rehabilitation services. Generally, you must complete a rehabilitation program within 12 years from the date VA notifies you of your entitlement to compensation benefits.

Survivors’ and Dependents Educational Assistance Program Chapter 35
This program provides financial aid for the education of dependent sons, daughters, and spouses of:

  • Veterans who died or are permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.
  • Veterans who died from any causes while such service-connected disability was in existence.
  • Servicepersons missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
  • Servicepersons forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.

If you are eligible for Chapter 35 Benefits you may be entitled to receive up to 45 months of education benefits. Generally speaking, for a son or daughter must be between the ages of 18 and 26 to receive benefits for attending school. Marriage of a child does not prohibit this benefit. A young person eligible for training may not enroll while in the Armed Forces. For a spouse, benefits end 10 years from the date VA finds you eligible or from the date of death of the veteran.

Tuition Assistance:

Other Military NYS Awards

Vietnam Veterans Tuition Awards (VVTA)

This program provides financial assistance to eligible veterans matriculated in undergraduate and graduate degree programs on either a full-time or part-time basis. Students can be awarded up to 100% tuition per semester for full-time study or $5,000 per academic year, whichever is less. To be eligible for this program, the veteran must:

  • be a legal resident of New York State
  • have served in the armed forces of the United States in
  • have been discharged from the service under other than dishonorable conditions
  • Apply for a Federal Pell Grant and NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award (Part-time students do not need to apply for a TAP award). 
    • Indochina between December 22, 1961 and May 7, 1975
    • Persian Gulf anytime during the Desert Storm conflict
    • Iraq/ Afghanistan during the current military conflicts