Veterans Benefits - New Students

For Chapters 30, 33, 1606 and 1607 if you have no applied for Veterans education benefits you will need to do so by completing VA Form 22-1990 which can be completed online. Using VONAPP is faster than completing a paper application. If you prefer a paper application refer to VA Forms and Resources.

For Chapter 35 you will need to complete VA Form 22-5490 which can also be done on line. If you prefer a paper application refer to VA Forms and Resources.

For Chapter 31 the application students must fill out is VA Form 22-1900. However, it is advised they call the VA rehabilitation counselor first. To learn more about or apply for Chapter 31 benefits in NYS, call the following number 1-800-827-1000.

 

What to send SUNY Polytechnic Institute's VA Certifying Official

  1. Copy of completed application for (Veterans education benefits)
  2. Copy of member 4 DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty)
  3. Copy of Kicker Program documentation (if applicable)
  4. Notice of basic eligibility(NOBE) if you are in the Reserves
  5. Certificate of Eligibility (you will receive this from the Buffalo Regional VA office once a determination on your  eligibility is made). You MUST have this for Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  6. Copy of Veterans Fact Sheet refer to VA Forms and Resources.

Please note that Veterans Education Benefits at this time are considered a resource in the Financial Aid package and adjustments to other aid will be made as required by law. To find out what education benefits you qualify for and an application for VA benefits, please visit: www.gibill.va.gov. The Registrar's Office at SUNY Poly certifies Veterans Benefits. All paperwork must be submitted to the Registrar's Office, Second Floor - Kunsela Hall, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502 or by FAX (315) 792-7802.

 

Scholarships and Awards for Veterans
For further information about scholarships and awards for veterans and to apply please visit the Military Corner. Questions may be addressed to 1-888-697-4372 or e-mail at militarycorner@hesc.com.

 

Chapter 30 (Veterans GI Bill)
Educational assistance program available to fully honorably discharged veterans who meet the eligibility criteria explained in detail on the Department of Veterans Affairs website Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD)

 

Chapter 33 (New Post 9/11 GI Bill)
This educational assistance program is effective August 1, 2009 and is available to fully honorably discharged veterans who meet the eligibility criteria explained in detail on the Department of Veterans Affairs website. The site includes an eligibility chart to estimate your coverage. www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/benefits.htm#CH33 A brochure explaining the Post 9/11 GI Bill is also available at: www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/pamphlets/ch33_pamphlet.pdf

 

Chapter 1606 (Reserves/National Guard)
This program may be available if you are a member of a selected reserve. More eligibility information on Chapter 1606 is provided on the Department of Veterans Affairs website www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/benefits.htm#MGIBSR

 

Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
www.gibill.va.gov/pamphlets/CH1607/REAP_FAQ.htm

More eligibility information on Chapter 1607 is provided on the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) website www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/benefits.htm#REAP

 

Chapter 35 (Survivor's and Dependents Educational Assistance program; DEA)
The spouse, child, stepchild or adopted child of a veteran who is deceased (service-connected) or who is 100% disabled (service-connected) may qualify for Chapter 35 benefits. Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website: www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/benefits.htm#DEA

 

Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation)
Any veteran receiving at least 10% permanent, service-connected disability from the DVA can apply for this benefit. Approval is made on a case-by-case basis and is managed at the state level. To learn more about or apply for Chapter 31 benefits in NYS, call 1-800-827-1000.

 

Certification of Enrollment
For all chapter benefits (with the exception of Chapter 31) our certifying official must notify the DVA of your enrollment each semester. It is your responsibility to contact our office at which time you are fully registered for a term. Your enrollment will be certified with the DVA shortly thereafter. Each month that you qualify for benefits, you must contact the DVA for enrollment certification. This should be done on the last day of each month, online at WAVE - (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) Follow the WAVE (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment) link to complete electronic certification or via phone at 1-877-823-2378. If your enrollment certification has been submitted and you would like to check on the status of your payment, you can call the NYS regional office at 1-888-442-4551.

 

IMPORTANT: IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO NOTIFY THE VA CERTIFYING OFFICIAL WHEN WITHDRAWING OR ADDING A COURSE THAT CHANGES YOUR STATUS (Ex: 12 dropping down to 9 credits goes below full time). You can stop at the Registrar's Office to make changes to your schedule and should inform the VA Certifying Official at that time. Also if you plan on attending SUMMER courses, you need to contact the VA Certifying Official as well. meghan.getman@sunyit.edu

Please note that Veterans Education Benefits at this time are considered a resource in the Financial Aid package and adjustments to other aid will be made as required by law. To find out what education benefits you qualify for and an application for VA benefits, please visit: www.gibill.va.gov. The Financial Advisement Office at SUNY Poly certifies Veterans Benefits.

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