Veterans on Campus

Student Veterans

Student veterans: We’ve prepared a Veterans on Campus Welcome Packet to help get you oriented to being a student veteran in New York City.

Veterans on Campus-NYC is a coalition of the City's colleges and universities, corporations, and the NYC Department of Veterans and Services.

Our objectives are:

  1. To assist academic institutions in identifying and adopting best practices that create a supportive student veteran experience
  2. To inspire new transitioning service members and their families to pursue their higher education goals here in NYC
  3. To catalyze and promote academic research that will lead to deeper understandings and innovation
  4. To ensure successful transition to not only college and community life and educational achievement, but viable new careers and purpose-driven civilian lives

To learn more about how to become a participating school in VOC-NYC, email us or call 646-891-8637.

GI Bill

The Post- 9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty after September 10, 2001. Eligible veterans may receive a percentage of tuition, school fees, housing allowance, and stipend for books and supplies. Learn more about eligibility and benefits at the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • For more information on how best to manage your GI Bill benefits, visit: College Factual
  • To provide feedback about your educational institution, visit: VA GI Bill Feedback Portal
  • For information about financial counseling and managing BAH, visit: NYC DCA
  • To find out if your school participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, visit the VA's Yellow Ribbon page.

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)

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 G.I. Bill for the purposes of paying for housing.

DVS and the Department of Social Services (DSS) have collaborated to assist student veterans adversely impacted by the 2018 Fall semester GI Bill delays. If a student veteran has fallen behind on rent and is in need of immediate assistance, we've stepped up to streamline the way in which DSS will evaluate their case for emergency funds or other benefits. To provide more information to landlords and housing managers, please download this joint letter from DVS and DSS.

The New York City Department of Veterans’ Services (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.

Links

Government programs and other resources available:

Consumer Finance Service Member Resources
DCWP Financial Counseling
VA Survivor & Dependent Benefits
Student Veterans of America’s Raytheon Patriot Scholarship
VA GI Bill Comparison Tool
VA Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits Tool

How to minimize student debt:

DCWP Student Loan Tips and Resources
DOE Student Aid Management
Consumer Finance Debt Support for Disabled Students

Student loan repayment programs:

Federal Student Loan Support for Service Members
My Great Lakes Repayment Plan Tools

Risks of for-profit programs/fraudulent colleges/trade schools:

Best Colleges for Veterans
Video: Identifying Predatory Practices

Lower-cost alternatives to for-profit higher education:

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Facts
US News Best Colleges
US News Best Grad Schools
DOE Compare Schools