How to Use Your Benefits at SUNY Orange

SUNY Orange is fully committed to meeting the unique needs of returning veterans and strives to promote a smooth transition to college as well as academic success for student veterans. SUNY Orange's associate degree and certificate programs are approved for veterans and eligible dependents by New York State Department of Education.

SUNY Orange offers in-state tuition and fees to covered individuals under the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. Please see the Bursar's website for further information.

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33)

Veterans Tuition Award (VTA)

Active Duty and Reservists

Recruitment Incentive & Retention Program for National Guard and Naval Militia (RIRP)

Vocational Rehabilitation (Ch. 31)

Information for Spouses and Dependents

Child of Veteran Award Program (CVA)

Post-9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33)

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit for individuals who served on active duty after September 10, 2001 and were honorably discharged, and activated members of the National Guard and Reserves.  Those who qualify for the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty, MGIB-Selected Reserve or REAP will have the option to choose which benefit best suits their need. Ch. 33 provides up to 36 months of benefits.  Benefits are valid for 15 years after the last period of active duty.

Member Serves

% of Maximum Benefit Payable

At least 36 months

100%

At least 30 continuous days on active duty and must be discharged due to service-connected disability

100%

At least 30 months, but less than 36 months

90%

At least 24 months, but less than 30 months

80%

At least 18 months, but less than 24 months

70%

At least 12 months, but less than 18 months

60%

At least 06 months, but less than 12 months

50%

At least 90 days, but less than 06 months

40%

How to use your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits at SUNY Orange:

  • Apply online at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/apply.asp
  • Once you have received your Certificate of Eligibility, please submit it to the Office of Veteran’s Affairs.
  • Your tuition and fee payments will be sent directly to SUNY Orange.  Your housing (BAH) and book stipends will be sent directly to you. 
  • If you receive benefits at the 100% rate, you are waived from paying the $50 Tuition Deposit.
  • Each semester, you will need to sign a promissory note with Student Services Central.   
  • Book stipends are $41.66 per credit, up to a maximum of $1,000 per academic year. 
  • Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is a monthly housing allowance based on the BAH for an E-5 with dependents. 
    • You must be enrolled at least 51% to be eligible (6.5+ cr. fall/spring, 2+ cr. summer).  If you are enrolled part-time, your BAH will be prorated based on the number of credits you are taking. 
    • If you take all online courses, you will receive half of the national average BAH.  
    • You must take at least one on-campus course each semester to receive full BAH.
  • The VA will reimburse you for the cost of approved licensing and certification tests up to $2,000 (e.g. CLEP). Apply for fee reimbursement at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/national_testing.asp

Veteran Tuition Award (VTA)

Eligible students are NY residents discharged under honorable conditions and who are:

  • Vietnam Veterans who served in Indochina between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.
  • Persian Gulf Veterans who served in the Persian Gulf on or after August 2, 1990.
  • Afghanistan Veterans who served in Afghanistan during hostilities on or after September 11, 2001.
  • Veterans of the armed forces of the United States who served in hostilities that occurred after February 28, 1961 as evidenced by receipt of an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, or a Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal.

How to use your Veterans Tuition Award at SUNY Orange:

  • VTA is a tuition-benefit only and will not cover fees.  If you also are eligible for another benefit that fully covers your tuition (e.g. 100% Post-9/11 GI Bill), you will not be able to use both.  However, if you receive Post-9/11 Bill benefits at less than 100% or Montgomery GI Bill/Ch. 30 benefits, you can use these in addition to VTA. 

Active Duty and Reservists

Active Duty/Tuition Assistance (TA)

Each branch of the military has its own tuition assistance policy and procedures. Service members should contact their Education Services Officer (ESO) for detailed information.

How to use your Tuition Assistance at SUNY Orange:

  • Apply online using the links provided on the SUNY Orange Veteran’s website and then send in your approval paperwork to Student Services Central or the Office of Veteran’s Affairs.
  • Tuition Assistance covers tuition only, not fees.
  • Each semester, you will need to sign a promissory note with Student Services Central.  

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD, Ch. 30)

You may be eligible to receive MGIB benefits while you are on active duty or after you are separated from active duty. You may be eligible if you first entered active duty after June 30, 1985, and contributed towards the MGIB.  For additional eligibility requirements, please refer to http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_ad.asp.

  • You must have received honorable discharge.
  • Benefits must be used within 10 years after most recent discharge date. 

Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR, Ch. 1606)

The MGIB-SR program provides education and training benefits to eligible members serving a minimum six year contract with the Selected Reserve, including the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.  Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and VA makes the payments. 

How to use your Montgomery GI Bill benefits at SUNY Orange:

  • To apply, complete VA form 22-1990 at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/apply.asp
  • Once you have received your Certificate of Eligibility, please submit it to the Office of Veteran’s Affairs.
  • Your payments will be sent to you directly, not to SUNY Orange. 
  • Each semester, you will need to sign a promissory note with Student Services Central.  
  • You must verify your enrollment monthly by Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by Interactive Voice Response (IVR): https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do or 1-877-823-2378.
  • If you are eligible for a kicker, submit a copy of your kicker contract to the regional VA by mail or fax.
  • The VA will reimburse the cost of approved licensing and certification tests (e.g. CLEP) up to $2,000. Students apply for fee reimbursement directly through the VA: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/national_testing.asp

Recruitment Incentive & Retention Program for National Guard and Naval Militia (RIRP)

The Recruitment Incentive & Retention Program (RIRP) is a New York State program designed to recruit and retain members for the State Military Forces (Army and Air National Guard, and Naval Militia).  This program will pay the cost of tuition up to SUNY tuition rates per semester.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Be in good standing with State Military Forces.
  • Be accepted and enrolled in an undergraduate degree-granting program for a minimum of six (6) credit hours per semester.
  • Be a resident of the State of New York for a period of 186 days prior to using the program, excluding Active Duty periods.

** For complete eligibility requirements, see DMNA Regulation 621-1

To apply for the RIRP, a Service Member must:

  • Read and complete the MOU and DMNA 96-1 at https://dmna.ny.gov/education/?id=rirp
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) (Pell Grant).  Obtain Student Aid Report (SAR) as proof of PELL approval or denial.  Final PELL determination is required before the complete package can be approved. (http://www.FAFSA.ed.gov)
  • Complete the application for Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Obtain original TAP award certificate as final proof of TAP approval or denial.  Final TAP determination is required before the complete package can be approved. (http://www.hesc.com)
  • Obtain a Letter of Acceptance from the College
  • Submit all documents from 1, 2, 3 & 4 to your Unit Administrator (UA) or the Education Service Representative

Applications must be received by the appropriate Education Service Representative by

  • 15 August for the Fall semester       
  • 15 December for the Spring semester

Contact your Education Service Representative for more information:

  • Army National Guard @ (518) 272-4051
  • Air National Guard @ (518) 786-4226
  • New York Naval Militia @ 518-786-4585

How to use your RIRP benefits at SUNY Orange:

  • RIRP is a tuition-benefit only and will not cover fees.
  • Each semester, you will need to sign a promissory note with Student Services Central.
  • Each semester, you will need to pay the $50 Tuition Deposit.

Vocational Rehabilitation (Ch. 31)

Individuals who have a minimum 10% service-connected disability may be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation.  If you have a service-connected disability that prevents you from continuing your former career, you may be able to receive one-on-one support from the VA to help you choose an academic program that is appropriate for your career goals. 

How to use your Vocational Rehabilitation benefits at SUNY Orange:

  • Apply online at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/apply.asp
  • Once you have applied and are deemed eligible, you will receive a letter confirming your eligibility.  You will then meet with your VA Counselor to discuss your options and create an individualized academic plan. 
  • You must speak with your VA Counselor each semester prior to registering for courses.  Once you receive your authorization letter from your VA Counselor, please submit it to Office of Veteran’s Affairs for certification.
  • If you need to repeat or drop a course or if you are interested in changing your major, you must speak with your VA Counselor for approval.
  • Your tuition and fee payments will be sent directly to SUNY Orange. 
  • You are waived from paying the $50 Tuition Deposit each semester.
  • Each semester, you will need to sign a promissory note with Student Services Central.  

Information for Spouses and Dependents

Post-9/11 GI Bill Transfer (Ch. 33)

Allows Servicemembers to transfer all 36 months or portion of unused benefits (unless number of transferable months is limited) to their spouse and/or dependent child(ren). The Department of Defense (DoD) determines transfer eligibility.

Spouses

  • May start to use the benefit immediately.
  • May use the benefit while the member remains in the Armed Forces or after separation from active duty.
  • Are not eligible for the monthly housing allowance while the member is serving on active duty.
  • Can use the benefit for up to 15 years after the service member’s last separation from active duty.
  • A subsequent divorce will not affect the transferee’s eligibility to receive educational benefits; however, after an individual has designated a spouse as a transferee under this section, the eligible individual retains the right to revoke or modify the transfer at any time.

Children

  • May start to use the benefit only after individual making the transfer has completed at least 10 years of service.
  • May use the benefit while the eligible individual remains in the armed forces or after separation from active duty.
  • May not use the benefit until he or she has attained a secondary school diploma (or equivalency certificate), or he or she has reached age 18.
  • Is entitled to the monthly housing allowance stipend even though the eligible individual is on active duty.
  • Is not subject to the 15-year delimiting date, but may not use the benefit after reaching 26 years of age.
  • Marriage will not affect eligibility but individual retains the right to revoke or modify the transfer at any time.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

  • For children and spouses of active duty members killed in line of duty on or after 9/11/01.
  • Receive 36 months of entitlement of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at the 100% rate, including BAH. 
  • Have 15 years from date of death to use benefits or until date of remarriage (for spouses).

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA, Ch. 35)

  • The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers up to 45 months of educational benefits to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.
  • May not use the benefit until he or she has attained a secondary school diploma (or equivalency certificate), or he or she has reached age 18.  Children cannot use benefits after reaching age 26.

How to use your Post 9/11 Transfer, Fry Scholarship or DEA benefits at SUNY Orange:

  • Post-9/11 Transfer – Servicemembers apply to transfer benefits at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/ and once approved, spouses/dependents complete VA form 22-1990E at http://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/index.asp
  • Fry Scholarship and DEA - To apply, complete VA form 22-5490 at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/apply.asp
  • Once you have received your Certificate of Eligibility, please submit it to the Office of Veteran’s Affairs.
  • Post-9/11 Transfer and Fry Scholarship -Your tuition and fee payments will be sent directly to SUNY Orange.  Your housing (BAH) and book stipends will be sent directly to you.
  • DEA - Your payments will be sent to you directly, not to SUNY Orange. 
  • Post-9/11 Transfer (if at 100% rate) and Fry Scholarship - you are waived from paying the $50 Tuition Deposit.
  • Each semester, you will need to sign a promissory note with Student Services Central.  
  • The VA will reimburse you for the cost of approved licensing and certification tests up to $2,000 (e.g. CLEP). Apply for fee reimbursement at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/national_testing.asp

Child of Veteran Award Program (CVA)

For children of NY Veterans who suffered a disability of at least 40% as a result of service during war time.

SUNY Orange Office of Veterans and Military Services vetaffairs@sunyorange.edu or (845) 341-4071