Student Veterans

Student Veterans

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Financing Your Education

  • Veterans interested in pursuing a degree in education can find financial aid options at TeachingDegree.org
  • For more financial aid resources, including branch-specific aid, and scholarship opportunities for veterans and military service members visit Accounting.com

Housing for Student Veterans

Qualifying student veterans pursuing higher education in New York City may utilize G.I. Bill housing allowances to subsidize the cost of renting an apartment. It is illegal to discriminate against a student veteran wishing to use the GI Bill to pay for housing. To provide more information to landlords and housing managers, please download this joint letter from DVS and the Department of Social Services (DSS).

DVS and the New York City Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) aim to provide landlords and student veterans with helpful information about legal protections under New York law for tenants seeking to finance their rent with G.I. Bill housing allowances. For more information, please review this information sheet provided by DVS and CCHR

Predatory Loans

The NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) has issued a report detailing the predatory practices used by for-profit schools to target student veterans. Below are some valuable takeaways from the report:

  • Veterans who earned bachelor's degrees from for-profit schools had average student loan debt balances 20 percent higher than veterans who attended nonprofit and public institutions.
  • For-profit schools attended by NYC veterans have poor graduation and earnings outcomes and are less likely to offer credit for military experience.

"Veterans on Campus-NYC" Initiatve

Veterans on Campus-NYC is a collaboration between DVS, our corporate partners, and NYC colleges and universities. Our objectives are:

  • To assist academic institutions in identifying and adopting best practices that create a supportive student veteran experience
  • To inspire new transitioning service members and their families to pursue their higher education goals here in NYC
  • To catalyze and promote academic research that will lead to deeper understandings and innovation
  • To ensure a successful transition to purpose-driven lives through educational achievement and viable careers

Student Veteran Resources

  • Affordable Colleges Online provides a comprehensive resource guide for veterans interested in attending vocational and trade schools including how to find the right school and program, how to use your G.I. Bill to cover expenses, how to transfer credit for military experience, & more. 

  • Find volunteer opportunities with the Mission Continues.

  • The NYC Veteran Alliance offers financial support to student veterans struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about Veterans Mutual Aid.

Online Education Programs

Online Continuing Education

Community Impact at Columbia University is holding online education programs for veterans. Courses include:

  • ESOL (English as a Second Language)
  • TASC (High School Equivalency available in both English and Spanish speakers)
  • College Road (College Preparation)
  • Job Road and Computer Training

Interested candidates must have their DD-214. To learn more, contact: Michael A Grant at 212-854-9621 or mag2312@columbia.edu

Online Tutoring

Active duty servicemembers and reservists can receive free online tutoring at tutor.com. Expert tutors are available 24/7 to offer support in over 100 K-12 and college-level subjects, including math, writing, reading, ELL, science, English, social sciences, history, accounting, finance, nursing, world languages, computer science, study skills, and test prep.

See the Student Veteran Resource Guide for a downloadable pdf featuring all the resources listed on this page.