Contact Christina Pratt, Veteran Affairs Administrator
There are various service related educational enitltements, each with its own set
of qualifications. Some are simple, while others are more complex; you may often qualify
for more than one option. We realize it is difficult to find one direct source of
information. We are here to streamline this process and make it as easy as possible.
Christina Pratt is a veteran, a student, and has been providing professional veteran
education consultation for years. Dr. Matt Lalonde will conduct a brief interview
with you to match your eligibility with your options, and then advise on the best
process to secure the entitlement(s). (P) 518-255-5105 (E) firstname.lastname@example.org
This link can also be utilized to transfer your GI BILL or update your benefit profile. The VA requires that you "update your current benefits"
anytime you change a school or major.
Upon completion of this application, the VA will send you a "Certificate of Eligibility"
(COE). It can take up to 30 days for the VA to send this to you via mail.
(optional) Beneficiaries who have applied for education benefits and received a decision, but
have not yet received a COE have the option to submit a "Statement of Benefits" for
certification. To do so, you must create a vets.gov account to access the Statement
of Benefits. With a username and password, beneficiaries can access the Statement
of Benefits by completing the following steps:
Login or create an account at vets.gov
Select "Your Account"
Choose "Get your Post-9/11 GI BIll Statement of Benefits"
Click "Print Statement of Benefits" and send it to us. We will still need your COE
once it comes in for our record(s), but we can certify you with this document.
Once you receive your "Certificate of Eligibility" from the VA, submit the form to
our campus Certifying Official Rebecca Burton in the Financial Aid Office at SUNY
Cobleskill. Rebecca can also assist with other financial aid issues. You may submit the information
in person, via email, fax or U.S. Mail:
The VA requires that the school accurately certify any changes in your academic program
or schedule. This form must be submitted each semester, and anytime you modify your
schedule to help you avoid penalties or repayments to the VA.
Candidates must furnish either a high school transcript, GED scores or college transcript.
If you have less than 30 credits at the college level, you must also furnish a final
high school transcript.
Military Transcripts - You can (and should) apply to earn credit for your military experience by supplying
a military transcript. SUNY Cobleskill highly values your military experience and will evaluate your military
transcripts to help provide as much transfer credit as possible in accordance with
your program of study and university policies.
JST (Marines, Navy, Army Coast Guard):
Register (if you forgot your login, register again)
Click "Official Transcript Request"
Enter "Cobleskill" in search field. Select State University of New York at Cobleskill
and then follow the prompts to submit. This is sent electronically to our Registrar's
Regardless of the any VA educational entitlements you have been awarded, you should
apply for all of your financial aid options. Click on the link above and follow the
directions for applying for federal and state financial aid.
Once you recieve an email confirmation that your FAFSA award has been sent to SUNY
Cobleskill (approximately 48 hours), please contact Rebecca Burton to discuss your
financial aid options as they pertain to your VA educational entitlements.
Apply for a SUNY Cobleskill Scholarship - SUNY Cobleskill issued $884,875 last year. Whether you believe you need it or
not, the veteran's office highly encourages you to submit an application. Deadline
for new students is August 4.
Federal Military Tuition Assistance - this mainly applies to active duty, reserves and/or National Guard. Follow the
directions below to learn more. Generally speaking tuition asisstance is applied
for independently or through your command. See your education officer or liason for
State Military Tuition Assitance (Veterans, Reserves, Guard, and Dependents)
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 competitive program
will pay the cost of tuition up to SUNY tuition rates per semester.
New York State Veterans Tuition Awards Scholarship (VTA) are awards for full-time study and part-time study for eligible veterans matriculated
in an approved program at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution
or in an approved vocational training program in New York State (NYS).
NYS Military Enhanced Recognition Ncentive and Tribute Scholarship (MERIT) provides financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of members of
the United States Armed Forces or state organized militia who, at any time on or after
Aug. 2, 1990, while New York State residents, died or became severely and permanently
disabled while engaged in hostilities or training for hostilities.
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) of the Department of Defense is an educational financing program for spouses of
active duty service members and activated guard and reserve members. MyCAA offers
up to $4,000 to eligible military spouses to pursue certifications or licenses for
Student Veterans Association Scholarship - To be awarded to a full time returning student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Veteran
discharge must be either general, general under honorable conditions or honorable.
The student must be active in SUNY Cobleskill SVA (active defined as attending minimum
of 3 meetings per semester and 2 events per semester.) Financial need preferred but